No. 17 Stanford Drops Pac-10 Opener To Washington State, 7-1
March 25, 2006
Stanford, Calif. -
Washington State (19-6, 1-0 Pac-10) scored six unanswered runs in the final two innings on the way to a 7-1 victory over No. 17 Stanford (11-8, 0-1 Pac-10) in the Pac-10 opener for both clubs at Sunken Diamond on Saturday. The Cougars snapped a 23-game losing streak to the Cardinal that dated back to 1978 with their victory.
Stanford starter Greg Reynolds (7.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO) and Washington State starter Mike Wagner (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) were locked in a 1-1 pitching dual through the first seven innings before the Cougars scored three in the top of the eighth off Reynolds to hand him a loss that dropped his record to 1-2. Wagner (3-3) earned the victory before giving way to relievers Steve Kost (0.2 IP, 2 SO) and Nick Cebula (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB), who secured the victory by shutting out the Cardinal in the final two innings with Cebula being credited for his second save of the season.
Jeff Miller (2-5, HR, SB, 2 RBI) hit a key two-run homer in the Cougar eighth and was one of four Washington State players with a pair of hits each. Jay Miller (2-3), Ryan Krauser (2-3) and Jim Murphy (2-4, RBI) also had two hits apiece, while Jared Prince drove in a pair of runs. Travis Coulter and Zach McAngus both scored twice for the Cougars.
Jason Castro (3-3) had his the first three-hit day of his career and was the only Stanford player with more than one hit, while also recording Stanford's highest putout total of the season with 15.
Chris Minaker had his season-high 11-game hit streak come to an end by going 0-for-4 but did have a season-high nine assists and fielding 14 chances perfectly in the field.
Joey August drove in Stanford's lone run with a fifth inning RBI single that scored Castro, who had singled to lead off the inning, to tie the game at 1-1.
A full recap will follow.