Cougars Fall In Ninth Inning To LCSC 9-5

May 11, 2005

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Pullman, Wash - Despite a four-run rally in the eighth inning to take its first lead of the game, the Washington State baseball team fell to Lewis-Clark State 9-5 after a five-run ninth inning by the Warriors. With the win LCSC took the season series 2-1 Wednesday night at Bailey-Brayton field.

Cougar (20-29) closing pitcher Dane Renkert (1-3) took the loss after giving up five runs, three earned, and two hits in the final inning of the game. WSU used a total of nine pitchers in the game.

LCSC (43-6) closer Chris Kissock (6-1) earned the win, allowing only one hit and no runs in the final 1.1 innings of the game.

The Warriors scored a pair of runs in both the first and third innings before rallying in the ninth for the win. After loading the bases with two base on balls sandwiched around a hit by pitch, Renkert hit Brandon Morris to tie the game 5-5. One out later Gavin Concepcion recorded hit a run-scoring single to take the lead. LCSC then used a Cougar throwing error, a sacrifice fly and a single to score its final runs of the inning.

The Cougars rallied in the eighth inning, scoring four runs with two singles, a pair of doubles, a sacrifice fly and a fielding error to take a 5-4 lead. Jay Miller doubled to plate Jeff Miller, who led off the inning with a single, and advanced to third on the play. Brady Everett then sacrificed to score Miller. Following a single by Jim Murphy and a hit by pitch Bryan Yates doubled to deep center to score Garret Kimbrel, who pinch ran for Murphy. Pinch runner Adrian Valdez scored on the play when the Warriors catcher dropped the ball trying to tag Valdez at home.

Jeff Miller cut LCSC's lead in half when he led off the first inning with a solo shot to left off LCSC's Brad Davis, which was the first home run the starter had given up this season. The long ball, which is Miller's third of the season, marks the first time since April 18, 2004 a Cougar has led off a game with a home run.

The Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Allen Balmer hit a bases-loaded single through the right side to score Joey Dyche and Ryan Stevenson. Dyche walked to lead off the inning and Stevenson singled to reach base one out later.

With two outs in the fourth LCSC's Stevenson hit a two-run double, plating Dyche, who reached on a fielder's choice, and Justin Fuller, who reached on a Cougar error.

WSU resumes Pacific-10 Conference action when it travels to Los Angles to take on No. 24 USC in a three-game series scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday.

LCSC	200 200 005 - 9 11 2WSU	100 000 040 - 5 10 2Brad Davis, Carlos Fisher (4), Wright (8), Chris Kissok (8) and Gavin Concepcion.Reese Baker, Matt Oye (2), Steve Kost (3), Dustin Willis (4), Nick Cebula (5), Eric Dingwall (6), Travis Webb (7), Brett Sommer (8), Dane Renkert (9) and Brady Everett.W - Kissok (6-1). L - Renkert (1-3). Save - None. HR - Miller, Je (3).T - 2:52. A - 231.OPP Hits - Dyche, Fuller 2, Stevenson 2, Balmer 2, Concepcion 3, Vogel.WSU Hits - Miller, Je. 3, Miller, Ja., Everett, Murphy, Franklin, Yates, Rubin, Suttmeier.E - Balmer, Concepcion, Thomas, Renkert. 2B - Stevenson, Miller Ja., Everett, Yates. 3B - None.
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