WSU Wins 15-8 During Second Day of Tournament
March 4, 2005
Lewiston, Idaho -- - Sophomore Jeff Miller went 2-for-5 and drove home five runs as the Washington State baseball team defeated the University of Portland 15-8 in its third game of the Banana Belt Tournament Friday at Harris Field. The Cougars are now 2-1 in tournament play.
Freshman Matt Oye (0-0) started the game for the Cougars (9-8) but surrendered six runs, three earned, during 3.2 innings on the mound. WSU's Eric Dingwall (1-0) earned the win, throwing 3.1 innings allowing no runs and three hits, while striking out six batters. Also seeing mound time for the Cougars was Steve Kost. Kost threw two innings allowing two runs on two hits.
'We had a good offensive performance tonight,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'Anytime you score 15 runs in a game, you've executed the offense well. Jeff Miller is a hard working kid with a great work ethic. The extra work he puts in showed tonight. I am happy with Kost and Dingwall's performances out of the bullpen. Kost had a solid showing and Eric (Dingwall) was just outstanding tonight.'
Earning the loss for the Pilots (5-7) was starting pitcher Given Kutz (2-2). Kutz threw 6.1 innings allowing eight hits and 10 runs, five of which were earned.
WSU's 15 runs were highlighted by Jeff Miller's five RBI performance, including a three-run home run in seventh inning. Jim Murphy also went deep with a two-run shot to right field for his second home run in as many games.
The Cougars posted two early runs in the top of the first inning following a run scoring double by Jason Freeman and a sacrifice fly by Brady Everett. WSU added runs in the top of the third and fourth. In the third, Kaeo Rubin scored on a single to left by Jay Miller to take a 3-0 lead. The next inning, the Cougars posted another run when Jeff Miller drove home Zach Kosturos, for his first RBI of the night.
Portland posted its first run of the game in the bottom of the third when Jason Krohn was plated on a single by Nik Kosach. The Pilots rallied in the fifth, posting five runs on three hits, including a two-run shot to left center by Krohn.
The Cougs answered the Pilots' five-run inning by tying the game at six in the top of the sixth. The three runs came on a run scoring triple by Zach McAngus, a one-run single by Kosturos and a RBI double to right center by Jeff Miller.
The Pilots scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead. The final Portland runs of the game came on a two-run home run to right center by Kosach.
WSU rallied in the seventh to score five runs. The five runs were scored following Jeff Miller's three-run homer, a throwing error to score Jason Freeman and a sacrifice fly to score Everett. WSU posted another run on the board during the eighth on a single by Everett to score Jay Miller.
The final Cougar runs came in the ninth on Murphy's home run to score pinch hitter Nick Hall who had led off the inning with a double down the left field line.
Wayne Daman Jr. (2-0), who is boasting a 1.23 ERA, will get the start for the Cougs Saturday against Lewis-Clark State in WSU's final game of the tournament. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Harris Field.
WSU 201 103 512 - 15 14 4Portland 001 502 000 - 8 10 4Matt Oye, Steve Kost (4), Eric Dingwall (6) and Brady EverettGiven Kutz, Chris Siegfried (7) and Riley Snell, Joe Watson (7).W - Dingwall (1-0). L - Kutz (2-2). Save - None. HR - Murphy, Je. Miller, Krohn, Kosach.T - 3:05. A - 85.WSU Hits - Rubin, Freeman 2, Ja. Miller 2, Everett, McAngus, Kosturos 2, Hall, Murphy, Je. Miller 2, McClurePortland Hits - Krohn 2, Kosach 3, Pierce 2, Krause, Rodgers 2,E - Alexander, McClure 3, Little, Krohn, Wiltshire, Rodgers. 2B - Rubin, Freeman, Kosturos, Hall, Je. Miller, Krohn, Pierce, Rodgers. 3B - McAngus, Rodgers.