Cougars Take Series 2-1, Falling In Final Game 4-3
March 13, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - The Washington State baseball team was unable to complete a three-game sweep of Northern Colorado falling 4-3 Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field.
The Cougars (12-9) were held hitless by the Bears' (4-13) starting pitcher Evan Linn (1-1) until the seventh inning. Linn threw 6.0 innings off the mound, allowing three earned runs on only one hit. Through the first 4.2 innings Linn retired all 14 Cougar batters sent to the plate. He hit Zach Kosturos with two outs in the fifth to end the southpaw's run at a perfect game.
WSU's starting pitcher Jayson Miller (0-3) took the loss in his fourth start of the season. The freshman went 4.2 innings, allowing four runs, all earned, and six hits, while striking out one Bear batter. Matt Oye and Dane Renkert saw time out of the bullpen for the Cougs. Combined, the two relief pitchers held the Bears hitless in the final 4.1 innings of the game.
The Bears got on the board early, posting a run in the first and a pair of runs in the second. Northern Colorado would open the game with a run when Chad Clark scored on a ground out by Phil Delich. In the second the Bears used a Zach Brockman double and Ryan Symons' single to bring the score to 3-0.
John Ray led off the fifth inning for Northern Colorado with a solo home run to left to give the Bears a 4-0 lead and score the eventual game-winning run.
The Cougars would record their first hit and runs of the game in the seventh inning. WSU's first hit came when Jay Miller connected for a run-scoring double to score Jason Freeman, who led off the inning with a walk. Brady Everett reached on a walk and advanced to second with a balk that also moved Miller to third. Jim Murphy then hit into a ground out to score Miller. Everett would eventually score on a wild pitch to bring the score to 4-3. WSU ended the inning leaving Garrett Kimbrel, who reached on a double, stranded at second base.
Kaeo Rubin recorded a single in the eighth inning, extending his current hitting streak to seven games. Rubin finished the series with a .714 average going 10-for-14 for the weekend. During Friday's victory, the senior went 6-for-6, tying a school record set in 1907 for six hits in a game. Saturday, with his 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
WSU would attempt to a rally in the ninth, but would fall short, leaving the tying run at third to end the game.
The Cougars will return to action Friday March 18 as they host Utah Valley State for a four-game series at Bailey Brayton Field. Friday's opener begins at 3 p.m., with a double header scheduled for Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and the final game of the series scheduled for Sunday at noon.
UNC 120 010 000 - 4 6 0WSU 000 000 300 - 3 4 2Evan Linn, Tyler Pearson (7), Brennan Garr (9) and John Ray.Jayson Miller, Matt Oye (5), Dane Renkert (9) and Brady Everett.W - Linn (1-1). L - Miller (0-3). Save - None. HR - Ray.T - 2:21. A - 322.UNC Hits - Symons, Ray 2, Chacon 1, Brockman 2.WSU Hits - Rubin, Jay Miller, Everett, Kimbrel.E - Yates, Oye. 2B - Ray, Brockman 2, Jay Miler, Everett, Kimbrel. 3B - None.