Zags Come Back To Beat Cougs On Quirky Play

March 29, 2005

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PULLMAN, Wash. - - The Washington State baseball team squandered a 12-3 lead going into the eighth inning, eventually losing to Gonzaga 14-12 in a 10-inning game, Tuesday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.

WSU (15-14) sent 10 pitchers to the mound in the game with the ninth pitcher for the Cougs, Grant Alexander (0-1) taking the loss, after entering the game in the ninth in bases-loaded situation.

Gonzaga (16-9) reliever Nate Williams (1-0) earned the win, allowing one hit and no runs over the final three innings of the game.

Zach Franklin going 3-for-6 while driving home five runs. Franklin recorded a two-run home run in the first, a run scoring single in the second and a two-run double in the fourth.

Gonzaga scored the winning run in the top of the tenth inning on one of the strangest plays of the season. Following a single to left by Darin Holcomb to load the bases, the Cougars attempted a hidden ball trick. On the relay off of the single, Cougar third baseman Zach McAngus held onto the ball. Once the next batter stepped up to the plate, WSU pitcher Steve Kost faked a throw to third. McAngus then revealed that he had the ball and tagged the Gonzaga runner, who was leading off the bag. Following deliberation by the umpires, it was ruled that Kost committed a balk, scoring Will Ayala for the winning run. The Zags would add another run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Aaron McGuinness to score Nick Merriman.

With one out in WSU's half of the first inning, Brady Everett and Jim Murphy hit back-to-back home runs. Everett hit his eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot to right. Murphy then hit a solo shot to left field for his sixth homer of the year. Two batters later, Franklin went yard for his first long ball of the season to give the Cougs an early 6-0 lead.

WSU added three more runs in the second a wild pitch that scored Jason Freeman, a double by McAngus and Franklin's single. WSU scored its only other runs of the game in the fourth inning with Franklin's double and a one-run single by Jeff Miller.

After being held to three runs in the first seven innings, the Zags sent 10 batters to the plate in the eighth inning, scoring six. With two outs, the runs were surrendered on a wild pitch to score McGuinness, a three-run homer by Bobby Carlson and singles by McGuinness and Kiel Thibault. The Bulldogs scored three more runs in the top of the ninth to force extra innings. Two of the three runs were forced in on bases-load walks, with the other run coming home when Carlson was hit-by-a-pitch.

WSU will return to action this weekend when it hosts No. 12 Stanford in Pacific-10 Conference action at Bailey-Brayton Field. The three-game series begins Friday night at 6 p.m.

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Jay Bryner, Josh Bryant (2), Brandon Harmon (4), Chris Albrecht (6), Nate Williams (8) and Kiel Thibault.
Jimmy Freeman, Matt Oye (2), Jayson Miller (3), Brett Sommer (4), Travis Webb (5), Dane Renkert (6), Dustin Willis (7), Eric Dingwall (8), Grant Alexander (9), Steve Kost (10) and Brady Everett, Trent Smith (6).

W - Williams (1-0). L - Alexander (0-1). Save - None. HR - Carlson, Everett, Murphy, Franklin.T - 4:04. A - 227.GU Hits - Holcomb 2, McGuinness 2, Thibault, Culpepper, Carlson 2, Campbell, Wayt, Ayala 4, Terry, Highberger.WSU Hits - Rubin 3, Jas. Freeman, Everett 2, Murphy 3, McAngus 2, Franklin 3, Miller 2, Suttmeier.

E - Hall. 2B - McGuninness, Carlson, Rubin, McAngus, Franklin. 3B - None.

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