Cougars Strike Early In 18-10 Win Over Gonzaga
March 3, 2006
LEWISTON, Idaho - Jay Miller collected four hits and scored five runs while Wayne Daman picked up his fourth win in as many outings as Washington State University defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 18-10, at the Banana Belt Tournament Friday evening at Harris Field.
With the win the Cougars improve to 12-2 overall, their best start since going 18-0 during the 1980 season. Gonzaga falls to 8-7.
The Cougars took advantage of a pair of Bulldog errors to post two runs in the first. Jay Miller had the only hit in the inning, extending his hitting streak to 17 games dating back to last season. Gonzaga made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first as Scott Campbell led off with a home run over the center field fence.
Jeff Miller led off the WSU second with a deep home run to center, his team-leading fourth home run of the season. An RBI double by Jay Miller, who later scored on a balk, and a run-scoring single from Garrett Kimbrel pushed the lead to 6-1 in the third.
That was enough for Daman, who despite giving up a season-high seven runs, improved to 4-0 this season. Daman worked six innings, allowing 11 hits while striking out five. Zach Bird came on in the seventh to work the final three innings, picking up his first save of the season.
Trailing 13-1 midway through the game, the Bulldogs cut into the lead. A single run in the fifth followed by a five-run sixth inning cut the Cougar lead to 13-7. The Bulldogs collected six hits in the five-run sixth, including a two-run double by Nick Merriman and an RBI single from Jackson Brennan.
The Cougars added two more runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to put the game away. Jay Miller, who scored a career-high five runs, was involved in both innings. He led off the seventh with a double and scored on Jared Prince's double to right center. In the eighth, he walked and scored on Paul Gran's third triple of the season.
For the night Jay Miller went 4-for-5 with five runs and three RBIs, while four other Cougars collected two hits each. Prince, added a season-high four RBIs while Travis Coulter and Simi Reynolds each scored three times.
Gonzaga was led at the plate by Campbell's three hits while Merriman added two hits and drove home three. On the hill the Bulldogs used four pitchers, with starter Clayton Mortensen picking up the loss after working four and 1/3 innings, allowing 10 runs, although only four were earned.
WSU continues play at the Banana Belt with a Saturday afternoon game at Lewis-Clark State. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.