Jeff Miller Goes Yard In Cougars' 7-4 Loss to No. 6 Arizona
April 9, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - - Sophomore Jeff Miller went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, but it wasn't enough as the Washington State baseball team fell 7-4 to No. 6 Arizona Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field, in front of 2,142 fans in Pacific-10 Conference action. Saturday's attendance was the 11th largest crowd at WSU since 1989.
WSU (16-19, 0-8 Pac-10) starting pitcher Jimmy Freeman (6-3) took the loss throwing 140 pitches over eight innings. Freeman allowed six runs, five earned, on 15 hits in his 11th start of the season.
'We played good in spurts, which is really disappointing,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'Jimmy Freeman just pitched his guts out and it would have been nice to give him a win. We had some great performances but when you give a team like Arizona four out of seven runs, you're probably not going to win.'
Kevin Guyette (6-2) threw a complete game for the Wildcats (23-10, 7-1 Pac-10). In nine innings of work, the current Pac-10 pitcher of the week, allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out eight batters.
Miller, a graduate of Newport High School in Bellevue, recorded his first hit of the game in the second inning with an infield single. On the next play, while attempting to steal second, Miller dislocated his finger but remained in the game. In his next at-bat, the second baseman hit a two-run home run to left, giving the Cougars a 4-3 lead in the fourth, which was their first lead of the series.
When asked if Miller would play tomorrow Marbut said, 'I think it'd be really hard to take a guy like Jeff Miller out of a ballgame. Jeff is the kind of guy that never wants to leave a game, and I don't think he'd let me take him out even if I wanted to.'
Arizona scored early with a pair of runs in the first inning. The Wildcats' first run came off a single through the left side by Jeff Van Houten. Two batters later, Nick Hundley hit a run-scoring double to center.
WSU posted its' first runs in the first inning to tie the game at 2-2. Following singles by Jay Miller and Jason Freeman, catcher Brady Everett hit a double to score Freeman. Then, Jay Miller scored on a ground out by Jim Murphy. The Cougars' remaining runs of the game were the product of Jeff Miller's long ball in the fourth.
The Wildcats scored consistently throughout the remainder of the game. Jason Seefeld hit a single in the second to drive home Chris Frey, who led off the inning with a double. In the fifth, Hundley hit a solo shot to left field to bring the score to 4-4. Bryan Kervin scored the game winning run in the sixth on a single by Brad Boyer.
Arizona posted solo runs in the eighth and ninth. Van Houten hit his third single, second run-scoring, to bring home Trevor Crowe in the eighth. The Wildcats posted the final run of the game ninth when Hundley scored on a Cougar throwing error.
The Cougars look to avoid the sweep and close out the three-game series with Arizona Sunday at noon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
ARIZ 210 011 011 - 7 15 0WSU 200 200 000 - 4 7 4Kevin Guyette and Nick Hundley.Jimmy Freeman, Eric Dingwall (9), Dustin Willis (9), Travis Webb (9) and Brady Everett.W - Guyette (6-2). L - Freeman (6-3). Save - None. HR - Hundley (8), Je. Miller (2).T - 3:05. A - 2142.ARIZ Hits - Crowe 2, Boyer 2, Van Houten 3, Hundley 3, Frey, Donald, Seefeld, Kervin 2.WSU Hits - Jas. Freeman, Jay Miller 2, Everett, McAngus, Je. Miller 2.E - Everett, Murphy, Suttmeier, Dingwall. 2B - Hundley, Frey, Everett. 3B - None.