Cougar Baseball Falls In Rubber Game 8-6

Feb. 6, 2005

Box Score

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Washington State (1-2) catcher Brady Everett hit a grand slam home run in the third to take a 5-4 lead, but Sacramento State (2-1) battled back, scoring three runs in the fourth to win 8-6 and take the series 2-1.

Cougar starting pitcher Reese Baker allowed seven runs, four earned, in 3.2 innings of work, but reliever Matt Oye (0-1) recorded the loss, allowing three hits and one run, which was earned, over 2.1 innings. Sacramento State's Warren Rosebrock (1-0) pitched the final 5.1 innings, allowing just five hits and no runs while striking out three Cougars. Freshman Jayson Miller finished the game for WSU, allowing just one hit and one walk while facing eight Hornet batters.

'We played poorly this weekend,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'We played as poorly as you possibly can all weekend long. We didn't play great defense and we didn't hit or pitch well either. We are going to have to come back this week and work hard in practice to fix some of the errors we had to prepare for next weekend. Jayson Miller pitched very well and will start next weekend for us.'

The Hornets took an early four-run lead with five hits and a sacrifice bunt in the first. Pedro Santiago singled to score Everett Rincon, who reached base on an error three batters earlier. Matt Wilson then plated Brian Blauser with a bunt. Pat Keiper hit a bases loaded single to short, driving home Santiago and Wilson for two unearned runs.

In the third WSU's Jeff Miller, who led off the inning with a base on balls, scored when Jay Miller walked. Then Everett hit his second home run of the series to clear the bases and score Matt Thomas, Kaeo Rubin and Miller.

The Hornets tied the game 5-5 in their half of the third inning when Josh Levine doubled home Santiago.

WSU scored its final run in the fourth inning when Jay Miller plated Jason Freeman, who walked and stole second.

Sacramento State's Travis Kassebaum scored the tying run when, after leading off with a walk and advancing on a wild pitch and a stolen base, scored with a Jim Strombach single. Strombach then stole second and scored when Wilson singled to center field. Brian Conradi drove home Santiago two batters later with a single for the final run of the game.

The Cougars will travel to Hammond, La., next weekend to take on Southeastern Louisiana in a three-game series beginning Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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