WSU Shuts Out Sacramento State In A Graduation Day Victory
May 7, 2005
Pullman, Wash. - Jimmy Freeman threw 7.2 scoreless innings and Brady Everett drove home two runs to help the Washington State baseball team defeat Sacramento State 6-0 Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field in the first of a three-game non-conference series. The game followed WSU's 2005 Spring Commencement ceremony in which four Cougars, including Freeman, Zach Kosturos, Bradley Selinger and Adrian Valdez celebrated thier graduation from Washington State.
Freeman (7-5), who started on the mound for WSU (19-27, 0-15 Pacific-10 Conference), struck out six Hornets and allowed only six hits to earn his team-leading seventh win of the season. Senior reliever Dane Renkert finished the game for the Cougs, allowing one hit and fanning one batter over 1.1 innings of work.
"Jimmy Freeman threw a great game for us and Dane Renkert provided a strong performance in relief," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "It's hard to throw a shutout in college baseball. This is a great way to start off the series."
Sacramento State (18-29) starter Ethan Katz (5-8) took the loss, allowing six hits and four runs, all earned, while striking out three Cougs. A total of three Hornet relievers saw action on the mound.
The Cougars scored in the final three innings of the game to record the win and snap their seven-game losing streak. WSU posted a single run in the sixth, three in the seventh and two runs in the eighth inning.
Everett drove home Kaeo Rubin with a single in the sixth inning for the game-winning run. He led off the eighth inning with his team-leading 11th home run. The long ball was the catcher's 51 run batted in and 15th multiple-runs batted in game this season.
After WSU's Jason Freeman led off the seventh inning with a single, the Cougs used three walks, a hit by pitch and a sacrifice fly to take a 4-0 lead. Jeff Miller walked to plate Freeman, then Zach Franklin, who replaced Rubin as the designated hitter, walked to plate Jimmy Murphy, who reached base with a base on balls. Scott Suttmeier then sacrificed to center field to score Garrett Kimbrel, who was hit by a pitch.
In the eighth inning, Murphy followed in Everett's footsteps, hitting a solo home run to left field to score the Cougars final run of the game and record his seventh long ball of the season.
WSU will face off against the Hornets in the second game of the series at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field
Sac St. 000 000 000 - 0 7 0 WSU 000 001 32X- 6 9 1 Jimmy Freeman, Dane Renkert (7) and Brady Everett. Ethan Katz, Marshall Plouffe (7), Marshall Hendon (7), Brandon Hall (8) and Matt Wilson. W - Freeman (7-5). L - Katz (5-8). Save - None. HR -Everett (11), Murphy (7). T - 2:41. A - 367. Sac St. Hits - Watanabe, Blauser, Flowers 2, Conradi, Sinacori, Levine. WSU Hits - Rubin, Suttmeier, Miller Jay 2, Everett 2, Freeman Jas., Murphy, Kimbrel. E - Miller Je. 2B - Blouser 2. 3B - None.
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