Cougars Unable to Avoid Sweep In 5-4 Loss To Cal
March 26, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - - The Washington State baseball team left the tying run on base in the ninth inning as the Cougars lost the finale of the Pacific-10 Conference series with California 5-4 at Evans Diamond in Berkeley. The Bears swept the series 3-0.
Taking the loss for the Cougars (15-13, 0-3 Pac-10) was reliever Dane Renkert (1-1), who replaced starting pitcher Nick Cebula in the fifth inning. Renkert threw three innings allowing four hits on two runs, both earned, while striking out three Bears (19-9, 3-0 Pac-10). Eric Dingwall also saw mound time for the Cougars, pitching the final out of the eighth inning.
Cal's reliever Travis Talbott (2-1) earned the win, pitching 2.2 innings allowing no runs on two hits. Joe Todoroff started the game for the Bears, but after giving up three runs on five hits, he was replaced by Matt Swanson in the fifth inning.
Leading the Cougars offensively was freshman Jim Murphy. Murphy went 3-for-5 Saturday, with two singles, a double and drove home two of the four runs WSU scored. Murphy is now leading all Coug regulars for the season with a .371 batting average.
The Cougars battled back and forth with Cal for the lead until the eighth inning when Chris Errecart scored the winning run when Josh Satin hit into a fielder's choice.
In the second inning, WSU's Zach Kosturos recorded his team-leading third triple of the season to reach base. The next batter, Jeff Miller, then grounded out to the shortstop to score Kosturos giving the Cougs an early 1-0 lead. The lead didn't last for long as the Bears tied the game in their half of the second when Brennan Boesch scored on a single through the right side by Travis Howell.
WSU regained the lead in the third with a single by Murphy to plate Jason Freeman but once again, Cal answered with a run in its half the inning. The Bears run came on a single by Boesch to score Matt Einspahr.
The Cougars took over the lead again in the fifth inning, but were unable to maintain it for longer than an inning. Zach McAngus plated Freeman with a single in the WSU half of the inning but the Bears responded with a run to tie the game 3-3. With two outs, Cal's Satin double down the left field line and was then plated by Allen Craig during the next at bat.
The scoring for the seventh inning followed the same pattern as the previous innings, with the Cougars scoring a run in the top of the inning, and Cal responding with a run in the bottom of the inning. WSU's Murphy drove home his second run of the game with a double to bring home Brady Everett in the top of the inning. During the bottom of the inning, the Cal run was scored by Chris Errecart when Satin hit into a fielder's choice.
With two outs in the top of the ninth, Everett hit a single up the middle to put the tying run on base. The Cougars left Everett stranded on first, when McAngus flied out to right to end the game. During the game, WSU left a total of 11 base runners stranded on base.
The Cougars return home Monday for an exhibition game against the University of British Columbia before facing the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a regular season match-up Tuesday night. Game times are set for 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m.
WSU 011 010 100 - 4 10 1CAL 011 010 11X - 5 13 1Nick Cebula, Dane Renkert (5), Eric Dingwall (8) and Brady Everett.Joe Todoroff, Matt Swanson (5), Travis Talbott (7) and Travis Howell.W - Talbott (2-1). L - Renkert (1-1). Save - None. HR - None.T - 3:21. A - 523.WSU Hits - Rubin 2, Jas. Freeman, Ja. Miller, Everett, Murphy 3, McAngus, Kosturos.CAL Hits - Van Winden, Carlson, Errecart, Boesch 3, Satin, Craig 2, Howell, Spraker, Einspahr 2.E - Ja. Miller. 2B - Jas. Freeman, Muprhy, Van Winden, Errecart, Satin. 3B - Kosturos.