Cougars Revenge Home Loss Downing Gonzaga 7-3
April 5, 2005
Spokane, Wash. - The Washington State baseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 7-3 victory over Gonzaga Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Avista Stadium in Spokane. The Cougars now lead the season series against the Bulldogs 2-1, avenging their 14-12 extra-inning loss to the GU March 29 at home.
WSU (16-17, 0-6 Pacific-10 Conference) sent six pitchers to the mound during the game, with freshman Jayson Miller (1-3) earning the victory. Miller, who pitched two perfect innings, came out of the Cougar bullpen in the second inning and was the pitcher of record when WSU took the lead in the fourth inning, 5-3.
Starting pitcher Bobby McEwen (0-2) took the loss for Gonzaga (18-11, 5-3 West Coast Conference), allowing four runs, all earned, on four hits and one walk in three innings of work. The Bulldog pitching staff allowed nine hits in the game, but kept WSU's Brady Everett from recording a hit, snapping his 18-game hitting streak.
WSU used 10 batters to score five runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. The Cougars scored four of their five runs before Gonzaga recorded an out in the inning. WSU batters hit five singles in the fourth inning, including run-scoring hits by Jim Murphy, Zach McAngus, Zach Kosturos and Jeff Miller. Jason Freeman drove home the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.
"It's good to start winning again," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We had another rough first inning, giving up three runs on four hits, but our bullpen came through for us the rest of the game, only giving up three hits. Matt Thomas came up with a big hit for in the eighth and then a good defensive play in the ninth."
The Cougars added two insurance runs in the top of the eighth when freshman Matthew Thomas hit a two-run single up the middle to score pinch hitter Zach Franklin and McAngus, who led off the inning with a double. McAngus' two-base hit was the only extra-base hit of the afternoon for either team.
The Zags took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but failed to cross home plate for the remaining eight innings of play. Gonzaga scored with run-scoring singles by Jeff Culpepper and Will Ayala sandwiched around a fielder's choice that allowed Kiel Thibault to score and Aaron McGuiness to reach first base.
WSU had an opportunity to add more runs to the board in the ninth, but Jeff Miller grounded into a bases-loaded double play to end the game.
Everett, the senior from Federal Way High School, who's 18 game hit streak is the longest in WSU history for a catcher, went 0-for-4 at the plate with one walk and a run scored against the Bulldogs. The school record for hits in consecutive games belongs to Shawn Stevenson at 28 games. Stevenson ended the 1997 season with hits in his last 18 games, then hit safely in the first 10 games of the 1998 season. Everett's 18-game hit streak leaves him third on the Cougar baseball list for hits in consecutive games behind Stevenson and John Olerud, who hit safely in 22 games during the 1988 season.
WSU returns to Pac-10 action Friday night at 6 p.m. when they open a three-game home series against No. 6 Arizona at Bailey-Brayton Field.
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