WSU Will Play Sacramento State In Rubber Game Sunday
Feb. 5, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Washington State (1-1) baseball team used a Zach Kosturos double to win 8-7 Saturday in the conclusion of Friday's suspended game, but couldn't pull off another victory in the second game of the series against Sacramento State (1-1) at Hornet Field. The Hornets won the afternoon game 9-8 with a run-scoring single in the ninth inning by Brian Blauser that plated pinch runner Darnell Guary.
In the 10th inning of the first game of the series Kosturos doubled home Jason Freeman, who was walked by relief pitcher Travis Kane (0-1) to win WSU's first game of the season. Wayne Daman, who also started the second game of the series, recorded the save while Nick Cebula (1-1) earned the win.
In the second game, Sacramento State out-hit WSU 13-5 and had a 7-0 lead until the seventh inning when the Cougars scored six runs. Kane started for the Hornets and allowed just one hit in the first five innings, but closer Marshall Plouffe (1-0) recorded the win, giving up two runs, both earned, and striking out the final Cougar he faced. Cebula took the loss after walking three batters in the ninth to load the bases before Blauser singled to clench the victory.
'We haven't put it all together yet,' head coach Donnie Marbut said. 'Friday we hit the ball well and played tough defense. Today we didn't defend well and didn't really hit. It was great to see us down that much and come back to take the lead, but disappointing we couldn't hold on to win. On a positive note Steve Kost did a great job out of the bullpen.'
Sacramento State took a 3-0 lead in the first with three hits, an Everett Rincon sacrifice bunt and two costly Cougar fielding errors. Jim Strombach, who walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second with Rincon's sacrifice, scored the first run after a WSU fielding error. Blauser reached base and advanced to second on the same play. Blauser advanced on a throwing error after Brett Flowers singled and scored with a Matt Wilson single. Josh Levine plated Flowers with a single to left.
The Hornets added four runs to their lead in the fourth, scoring two runs in one play with two WSU errors. Levine, who doubled to lead off the inning and Billy Sinacori, who was hit by a pitch both scored following two Cougar throwing errors following Travis Kassebaum's bunt. Rincon single to drive home Kassebaum, who reached second with the errors and scored when Wilson singled after Blauser doubled.
In the seventh the Cougars scored six runs with one hit and one error. Sacramento pitchers walked three Cougars, one resulting in a run, and hit WSU batters four times, which allowed Brady Everett, Zach Franklin, Jeff Miller and Matt Thomas to score. The Hornets also committed a fielding error that allowed Zach McAngus to score. Jimmy Murphy, who singled to reach base, scored with a bases-loaded walk by Kyle Christensen, the first of three Sacramento State pitchers to face batters in the inning.
WSU took a 8-7 lead in the eighth after pinch hitter Nick Hall doubled to score Miller, who had doubled. Freeman hit a run-scoring single that plated Scott Suttmeier, who pinch ran for Hall. In the bottom half of the inning Sacramento State tied the game when Brian Conradi singled to drive home Bauser, who walked and advanced to third on Wilson's single.
The two teams meet Sunday at noon to decided the winner of the series.