Cougars Sweep Doubleheader at No. 25 Oklahoma
March 15, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - Washington State racked up 25 hits and swept a doubleheader at No. 25 Oklahoma 4-3 and 8-5 in nonconference baseball, Saturday at Dale Mitchell Park. The second game was scheduled for seven innings, but it took the Cougars (13-4) an extra frame to knock off the Sooners (14-5).
'Winning three games and having a chance to sweep a team as good as Oklahoma on its home field says a lot about our guys,' Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said.
In the opener, Jayson Miller (3-0) gave up three runs in six innings and struck out a season-high eight, one shy of his career high set in 2005.
The Cougars took a 4-0 lead with a run in the first and three in the second. Jared Prince put the Cougars on the board with a two-out, RBI-double in the first. In the second, Matt Fanelli singled with one out and moved to second on a ground out by Riley Tubbs. Travis Coulter, who was 5-for-10 in the doubleheader, plated Fanelli with a single and scored on a double by Shea Vucinich. Paul Gran capped the rally with a run-scoring single.
Miller kept the 4-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth when he was struck with some bad luck. With one out, Aaron Baker singled off of Miller's leg and moved to third on a double by Spencer Selby. Casey Johnson's ground out scored one run and Miller appeared to be out of the inning when Trey Sperring hit a routine fly ball to center field. However, Cougar center fielder Garry Kuykendall lost the ball in the sun and it fell in for a double scoring Selby to make the score 4-2. Tyson Seng delivered a RBI-single to cut WSU's lead to 4-3.
Four Cougar relievers combined to shutout the Sooners over the final three innings to preserve the victory. Seth Harvey struck out Sperring to end the eighth with the potential tying and winning runs aboard. Ross Humes pitched the ninth for his third save of the season.
In the nightcap, WSU jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. Gran doubled in a run in the first and Kuykendall recorded a RBI on a fielder's choice in the second. In the third, Prince drove in a run on ball that was booted at shortstop by Bryant Hernandez, Greg Lagreid delivered a sacrifice fly and Scott Suttmeier collected a RBI-single.
The Sooners chased Cougars starter Chad Arnold with a four-run fourth. Selby led off with a home run, Johnson singled, Hernandez doubled and Seng singled to cut WSU's lead to 5-2 and put runners at first and third with no one out. Michael Ratigan came on in relief and struck out Jamie Johnson as Seng stole second. Mike Gosse followed with a two-run single trimming the Cougar advantage to 5-4.
The Sooners tied the game in the sixth on a RBI-single by Gosse and had a chance to win the game in the seventh. J.T. Wise singled off Andrew Davis (2-0) and was running on the pitch when Selby hit what appeared to be a game-winning double to right field. However, Prince made a leaping catch on the run to rob Selby and push the game into extra innings.
In the eighth, Vucinich walked with one out, moved to second on a throwing error, and took third on a single by Coulter. After John Desmarais flied out, Gran hit a ball to deep right that was dropped by Casey Johnson for a three-base error that scored two runs. Moments later, Gran scampered home on a wild pitch to put WSU up 8-5. Humes worked the bottom of the eighth for his fourth save of the season and second of the day. Steve Kost also appeared in both games to set the WSU career record with 76.