Late Cougar Rally Falls Short in 4-3 Loss at No. 12 Arizona State
April 14, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - No. 12 Arizona State scored three runs in the fifth and made them stand up as the Sun Devils held off a late Cougar rally to defeat Washington State 4-3 in a Pacific-10 Conference game Saturday evening at Packard Stadium.
Down two entering the top of the ninth, Greg Lagreid led off with a single to right. The next batter, Paul Gran, hit into a 6-3 double play as Lagreid was called for interference at second base. Jeff Miller followed with a solo home run to left, but WSU (16-16, 1-7) drew no closer as Jason Jarvis, who entered for ASU (28-10, 9-2) in the top of the ninth, retired the next batter to preserve the win.
WSU manufactured a run in the third to tie the game at 1-1 as with two outs and runners at the corners, Cody Bartlett took off from first a was caught in a run down. Matt Fanelli at third alertly broke for home from third and crossed before Bartlett was tagged out.
The Sun Devils put up three in the fifth, all coming with two outs, as Jarred Bogany's infield single plated the first run and Andrew Romine followed with a two-run double to center. The Cougars cut the lead to two in the sixth as Zach Borba walked, stole second, then scored on a throwing error by the shortstop Romine.
Facing the No. 2 hitting team in the nation, the Cougar pitchers kept the Sun Devil bats in check for the most part. Starter Wayne Daman Jr. worked five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Ross Humes came on to start the sixth and did not allow a run, scattering three hits while striking out three with no walks.
Offensively Bartlett had a pair of hits while Miller was credited with the team's only RBI following his team-leading fifth home run of the season.
Josh Satow picked up the win as he went eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts. Jarvis worked the ninth to pick up his fourth save. Eric Sogard and Romine each had three hits to lead the Sun Devil's at the plate.
These two teams will conclude the three-game series Sunday at Packard Stadium with first pitch scheduled for noon.
WSU BASEBALL Washington State 001 001 001 - 3 6 1 Arizona State 100 030 00x - 4 10 1 WP - Josh Satow (8-2). LP - Wayne Daman Jr. (2-2). Save - Jason Jarvis (4). WSU - Wayne Daman Jr., Ross Humes (6) and Greg Lagreid. ASU - Josh Satow, Jason Jarvis (9) and Petey Paramore. WSU Hits - Cody Bartlett 2, Matt Fanelli, Jared Prince, Greg Lagreid, Jeff Miller. ASU Hits - Eric Sogard 3, Andrew Romine 3, Tim Smith 2, Jarred Bogany 2. E - Lagreid, Romine. 2B - Prince, Smith, Romine. 3B - None. HR - Jeff Miller.
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