WSU And Sacramento State End Opening Day With 7-7 Tie
Feb. 4, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The opening game of the Washington State baseball team's season has yet to be decided as the Cougars, under first-year head coach Donnie Marbut, battled Sacramento State through nine innings of play Friday to have the 7-7 tie game called due to darkness. The game will resume Saturday at noon at Hornet Field in the top of the 10th inning. The second game of the away series will begin immediately after the conclusion of Friday's make-up.
James Freeman started on the mound for WSU allowing three runs, one earned and four hits while striking out three. Sacramento State's Ethan Katz did not allow a run in five innings of work but in the sixth inning the Cougars batted through the order, working out three Hornet relief pitchers on their way to a six-run inning.
In the sixth inning WSU overcame a 3-0 deficit with six hits including a RBI homerun by transfer Brady Everett that plated Zach Kosturos who walked to start the inning. With the bases loaded Jeff Miller hit a two-run single that scored Jimmy Murphy and Zach McAngus. Jay Miller drove home Scott Suttmeir two plays later with a single to right and Kosturos finished the scoring rally with a sacrifice fly to center that plated Jeff Miller.
In the first Sacramento State took a three-run lead with two hits and the help of some Cougar errors. Brian Blauser grounded out to score Ronnie Machado who walked to lead off the inning and advanced with a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. Brian Conradi drove home Brett Flowers and Matt Wilson with a single to left. Flowers walked and Wilson reached on a WSU fielding error and both advanced into scoring positions following a passed ball.
'We had some early missed opportunities and a big error in the first, but Jimmy Freeman did a good job under some tough circumstances,' Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'Cebula came in in the eighth and got us out of a jam and helped us push it into the extra innings. We hit the ball well but had nothing to show for it,' Marbut added. 'With a 16-hit game we should have more than seven runs. We might start Wayne Daman to finish this game even though he's slated to start the second game.'
In the seventh McAngus hit a solo homerun to extend the Cougar lead to 7-3 while the Hornets scored twice in the bottom of the inning to bring their run total to five. Machado doubled down the left field line to score Everett Rincon who reached on a throwing error and advanced to second on the same play. Blauser singled to score Machado who reached third on a wild pitch by Cougar reliever Dane Renkert.
In the eighth WSU failed to record a hit while Sacramento State used two hits and a sacrifice bunt to tie the game at seven. Machado hit his second RBI double of the game to plate pinch runner Travis Kassebaum who replaced Josh Levine after he was hit by a pitch. Rincon sacrificed to advance Kassebaum before he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jim Strombach singled down the right-field line to score Darnell Guary who pinch ran for Machado. The Cougars ended the inning when Flowers grounded into a double play that caught Blouser, who was hit by a pitch, out at first.
In the ninth WSU pinch hitter Zach Franklin recorded the Cougars only hit while the Hornets failed to connect.
The two teams will play the final game of the series Sunday, at noon at Hornet Field.
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