Cougars Fall To Oregon State In Series Opener
May 19, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Mitch Canham drove in five runs and Dallas Buck picked up his 10th win of the season as No. 6 Oregon State defeated Washington State, 16-1, Friday evening in the Pacific-10 Conference series opener Friday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.
With the loss the Cougars fall to 34-19 overall, 9-10 in conference play. OSU improves to 36-13 on the season, 13-6 in Pac-10 action.
Freshman Jared Prince led of the bottom of the second inning with a deep home run over the wall in left, his seventh home run of the season as WSU jumped out the 1-0 lead. The Beavers tied the score in the top of the third as Darwin Barney lined a two-out double down the right field line, scoring Canham from second.
Oregon State broke the game open in the fifth with a 10 run innings. A leadoff walk followed by a Canham home run gave the Beavers a 3-1 lead. Two more singles and an intentional walk loaded the bases and ended the evening of Cougar starter Reese Baker. After striking out his first hitter, reliever Mike Wagner walked Tyler Graham for the third run of the inning. Bill Rowe followed with a two-run single up the middle for the 6-1 lead. Chris Kunda added a three-run double and Barney closed out the inning with an RBI single as OSU took an 11-1 lead.
In the sixth the Beavers put up two more runs on an RBI double from Shea McFeely and Graham's RBI single, making it a 13-1.
With one out and runners at first and second in the bottom of the sixth, the game was delayed due to lightning. Following a 34-minute delay, Buck induced Jay Miller to hit into an inning-ending double play, ending the Cougar threat.
The Beavers closed out the scoring with a three-run, eighth inning with Canham's two-run single being the big blow.
The Cougars managed just three hits off Buck as Prince homered while Murphy doubled and Travis Coulter singled. Coulter's fourth inning single extended his team-high hitting streak to 18 games. Baker suffered the loss for WSU, allowing six runs on seven hits in four and 1/3 innings, as his record fell to 2-4.
Oregon State collected 16 hits on the evening, led by Barney's four while Canham added three with five RBIs and three runs scored. Buck improved to 10-2 this season as he allowed just the three hits while striking out six in his first complete game of the year.
These same two teams continue the series Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.