Bullpen Saves The Day As Cougars Defeat UCLA, 4-3
April 8, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jared Prince drove home Travis Coulter with the winning run in the 10th inning and four Cougar relievers combined for seven and 2/3 innings of scoreless relief as Washington State University earned a 4-3, extra-inning victory over UCLA in a Pacific-10 Conference game Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
With the win the Cougars improve to 22-11 on the season, 4-4 in conference action and even the series at one game apiece. UCLA falls to 17-14, 2-3 in Pac-10 play.
Coulter led off the 10th with a single up the middle, his only hit of the day, off Bruin reliever Josh Roenicke. Jay Miller then sacrificed Coulter to second, who advanced to third on Roenicke's throwing error. Prince then grounded out to first, but Coulter came home with the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the inning Travis Webb retired the Bruins in order, two by strikeout, to pick up his third save of the season.
The key to the game was the Cougar relievers. Prince lasted just two and 1/3 innings, his shortest outing as a starter this season, giving up three runs on six hits. Jayson Miller came on with one on and one out in the third. Miller retired the first 12 batters he faced before allowing a one-out double to Brandon Crawford in the seventh. After getting the next batter to pop up, Miller gave way to Steve Kost, who induced Chris Jensen into an inning-ending groundout.
Kost allowed one hit in his one inning of work before Nick Cebula came on and went the next one and 1/3 innings, allowing one hit while striking out one. Cebula was the pitcher of record when the Cougars scored in the 10th as he picked up his first win of the season.
UCLA jumped out early with a run in the first. Prince, who had walked just two batters all season, allowed three in the first inning, the second driving in a run as the bases were loaded. WSU answered in the third when Simi Reynolds led off with a single to center, then scored on Coulter's RBI groundout to shortstop.
The Bruins quickly broke the tie in the bottom of the third as Sean Smith doubled home Chris Jensen. Smith then came around to score as the next batter, Brett McMillan, also doubled, making it a 3-1 Bruin lead. That chased Prince from the game and ended the Bruin scoring for the afternoon.
Jeff Miller tied the game in the fourth as he connected for a two-run home run deep over the wall in center field, scoring Prince. It was Miller's team-leading sixth home run of the season.
For the game Reynolds had three hits for the Cougars while Prince added two. UCLA was paced by Crawford and Smith as each player had two hits. Both the Cougars and UCLA had nine hits on the day. Bruin starter Dave Huff worked into the ninth, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out nine. Roenicke suffered the loss as he allowed the unearned run on run hit in his one and 2/3 innings of work.
These two teams conclude their series Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.