Cougars Fall 6-5 In Ninth Inning To Warrior Home Run
April 27, 2005
LEWISTON, Idaho - - The Washington State baseball team fell 6-5 to Lewis-Clark State Wednesday night at Harris Field in non-conference action. The Warriors captured the victory with a walk-off home run by D.J. Kooken to tie the season series 1-1.
Kyle Wright (5-1) earned the win for LCSC (37-6, 27-3 NAIA) throwing 4.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits, while striking out five WSU batters.
Jay Miller and Brady Everett both recorded three hits for the Cougs during the game. Jay Miller, who leads the team with 58 hits, went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Everett went 3-for-4, driving home two runs with singles in the fifth and ninth innings. The game marked the 14th time this season Everett has driven home more than one run in a game. Kaeo Rubin also recorded multiple-hits for WSU with a pair of singles.
WSU's Jason Freeman scored the first run of the game in the second inning when Jeff Miller plated him with a sacrifice fly. The next batter, Matt Thomas, then hit a single through the left side to score Zach McAngus and give the Cougars an early 2-0 lead.
The Warriors scored three runs in the third to take a 3-2 lead. Justin Fuller drove home the first run of the inning with a single to right that plated Matt Vogel. With the bases loaded, Allen Balmer drew a walk to bring home Fuller. The final inning run came on a Brandon Morris sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Stevenson. The Warriors posted another run in the fourth with Fuller's second run-scoring single of the night.
The Cougars scored two runs in the fifth to tie the game 4-4, with the first run coming on a run-scoring single to left by Everett. Jim Murphy hit into a fielder's choice that brought Jay Miller around to score the tying run.
In the sixth inning, LCSC regained the lead when Stevenson hit a single though the right side that scored Joey Dyche.
The Warriors looked to close out the game in the top of the ninth inning, but Cougar Jay Miller scored on Everett's second run-scoring single of the game to tie the game 5-5.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Kooken hit the walk-off home run to dead center field to capture the Warrior victory.
WSU resumes Pac-10 play when it hosts cross-state rival Washington in a three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field beginning Friday night at 6 p.m.
WSU 020 020 001 - 5 11 0 LCSC 003 101 001 - 6 11 3 Nick Cebula, Travis Webb (4), Brett Sommer (5), Eric Dingwall (7), Steve Kost (9) and Brady Everett. Carlos Fisher, Kyle Wright (5) and Paul Keck, Gavin Concepcion (4). W - Wright (5-1). L - Kost (0-2). Save - None. HR - Kooken (1). T - 3:01. A - 955. WSU Hits - Rubin 2, Jay Miller 3, Everett 3, Murphy, Ja. Freeman, Thomas. LCSC Hits - Dyche, Fuller 3, Stevenson 3, Celigoy, Kooken, Concepcion, Vogel. E - Fuller, Celigoy, Vogel. 2B - Jay Miller, Concepcion. 3B - None.
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