Cougars Score Three in the Ninth Inning to Beat Gonzaga

April 22, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. - Travis Coulter's two-out single scored Shea Vucinich to cap a three-run ninth inning and Washington State defeated Gonzaga 9-8 in a nonconference baseball game, Tuesday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

The Cougars (20-18) entered their final at bat trailing 8-6. With one out, Greg Lagreid singled and Alex Burg singled to move pinch runner Simi Reynolds to second. Matt Fanelli moved both runners up with a ground out to first base. Vucinich followed with a double to the gap in left center off Brandon Harmon (2-6) that tied the game 8-8 and set up Coulter's heroics.

'We haven't had many breaks lately and our guys could have quit,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'It was a good way for us to break our losing streak after the close games we have let get away.'

After Gonzaga (23-17) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, WSU answered with three runs in its half of the frame. Scott Suttmeier extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a one-out single and moved to third on an infield hit by Paul Gran. After Jim Murphy struck out, Jared Prince delivered a two-run triple and came into score on a double by Lagreid.

The Bulldogs tied the game on a two-run home run by Drew Heid in the second and chased Cougar starter Prince with a three-run third to take a 6-3 lead.

Burg hit a solo home run in the fourth and the Cougars tied the game in the seventh on run-scoring singles by Lagreid and Burg.

Gonzaga took an 8-6 lead in the eighth on a RBI-single by Evan Wells off Steve Kost and a wild pitch by James Wise that allowed Heid to score.

Ross Humes (3-3), the seventh pitcher of the game for the Cougars shut out the Bulldogs in the ninth inning to pick up the win.

WSU opens a three-game series with San Jose State beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Pullman.

Washington State 9, Gonzaga 8----------------------------------------------------------------------Gonzaga............. 123 000 020  -  8 18  1      (23-17)Washington State.... 301 000 203  -  9 15  1      (20-18)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Gonzaga - STUMETZ; McCLURE(7); HARMON(9). Washington State - Prince, Jared;Lambert, Connor(3); Ratigan, Michael(4); Davis, Andrew(7); Kost, Steve(8); Wise, James(8);Humes, Ross(9).Win-Humes, Ross(3-3)  Loss-HARMON(2-6)  T-3:00  A-292HR GON - HEID (2).HR WSU - Burg, Alex (2).Game notes:Kost, S. faced 2 batters in the 8th.
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