Rubin Remains Hot As Cougars Shut Out Bears 8-0

March 12, 2005

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PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Senior Kaeo Rubin continued his hot hit streak going 3-for-4 as the Washington State baseball team shut out Northern Colorado 8-0 Saturday in the second game of the three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field.

'We had another great pitching performance,' said WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut. 'Wayne Daman Jr. had another great start for us. All three individuals did a good job combining for the shutout.'

Wayne Daman Jr. (3-0) earned the win in his fifth start of the season for the Cougars (12-8). Daman threw six innings, allowing four hits and no runs. Eric Dingwall and Travis Webb had relief appearances for WSU. Dingwall threw two innings of perfect ball, while Webb closed out the game for the Cougs, throwing an inning and allowing two hits. With the combined shutout, the WSU pitching staff has allowed three runs and is boasting a 1.50 earned run average for the series against the Bears (3-12).

Angelo Telitz (0-4) took the loss for Northern Colorado (3-13), shelling out six runs on three hits before the Bears were able to record an out. Telitz was relieved in the first inning by Jason Sands, who threw seven innings, holding the Cougars to two runs, both earned, on seven hits.

With two hits in the first inning, Rubin tied a WSU record with hits in 10 consecutive at-bats, not counting walks. In addition, Rubin is the first Cougar to record hits in nine consecutive trips to the plate.

The record was originally set in 1992 by Mike Kinkade, who now plays for the Cleveland Indians. Rubin collected two hits sandwiched around a walk at Lewis-Clark State last Sunday. Friday he went 6-for-6 against Northern Colorado, then was 3-for-4 against the Bears in the second game of the series, with hits in his first two plate appearances Saturday.

Kinkade also holds the WSU record for reaching base 13 consecutive times, 10 hits and three walks. Rubin reached base 11 straight times during his streak with 10 hits and one walk.

The Cougars rallied early in the first, sending 11 batters to the plate, scoring the first six before an out was recorded. The first two runs came on a pair of bases loaded walks to Brady Everett and Jim Murphy. Zach Kosturos then extended his streak to 12 games with a two-run double to center. With runners on second and third, Jeff Miller hit a triple to left center to score the final two runs of the inning.

'Offensively, we had got off to a great start in the first,' said Marbut. 'We had strong execution of some solid hits.'

WSU added another run in the fifth inning when Brady Everett scored on a ground out by Grant Alexander.

Northern Colorado left a total of seven runners on base for the game, including a runner who was left stranded on third when Craig Troxell grounded into a double play to end the game.

WSU will look to complete the three-game sweep of Northern Colorado Sunday at noon in the final game of the series at Bailey-Brayton Field.

UNC	000 000 000 - 0   6  0WSU	700 010 00X - 8   10 2Angelo Telitz, Jason Sands (1), Brian Carruthers (8) and John Ray, Jason Sator (8).Wayne Daman Jr., Eric Dingwall (7), Travis Webb (9) and Brady Everett, Zach Franklin (7).W - Daman Jr. (3-0). L - Telitz (0-4). Save - None. HR - None.T -2:12 . A - 271.UNC Hits - Beaman, Ray, Garr, Baker, Weidenaar, Clark.WSU Hits - Rubin 3, Ja. Miller, Everett, Muprhy, Kosturos, Alexander, Je. Miller, McClure.E - Hall, Alexander. 2B - Rubin, Murphy, Kosturos. 3B - Je. Miller.

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