WSU Drops Second Straight Game to No. 12 Stanford

April 2, 2005

Pullman, Wash. - Cougar catcher Brady Everett extended his current hit streak to 17 games with one of Washington State's 12 hits, but it wasn't enough to keep the Cougars from falling 11-4 Saturday in the second game of a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series to No. 12 Stanford at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Sophomore Wanye Daman Jr. (4-2) got the starting nod on the mound for WSU (15-16, 0-5 Pac-10) for his eighth start of the season. Daman Jr., went 3.1 innings giving up seven runs, all earned, on eight hits and a walk to take the loss. Dane Renkert came in to relieve Daman Jr.,in the fourth inning and remained on the mound for the rest of the game. The co-captain allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits, while striking out three batters over 5.2 innings.

Stanford (16-9, 2-0 Pac-10) starting pitcher Jeff Gilmore (5-1) earned the win, going 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits and two base on balls. Relievers Matt Manship and Blake Holler held the Cougars to two hits and no runs over the final 3.1 innings of the game.

'It's been a tough series,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'We've got to come out and play hard tomorrow in order to give ourselves the chance to win'

WSU scored all of its runs in the game with two outs in an inning. With two outs in the first inning, the Cougars rallied, but were only able to post one run on a single by Jim Murphy. WSU left the bases loaded to end the inning when Zach Kosturos grounded into a fielder's choice that found Zach McAngus out at second.

The Cougs sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth inning but were only able to drive three batters home. Jeff Miller hit a double down the left field line to score Kosturos, who reached base with a single. Miller and Garrett Kimbrell, who hit a single to left, scored when Jason Freeman singled up the middle two batters later. Everett lined out to the third baseman to end the inning with the bases loaded.

Stanford jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a solo home run to right by Jed Lowrie for his first long ball of the day. Lowrie went yard again in the ninth inning with a two-run shot to right for his tenth homer of the season.

The Cardinal scored three runs in the third to take the lead for the remainder of the game. John Mayberrry Jr., hit a two-run double and John Hester hit a one-run single to bring the score to 4-3. Stanford posted three insurance runs in the fourth with run-scoring hits by Chris Lewis and Adam Sorgi.

Stanford scored four more runs in the game, two in the sixth and the final two on Lowrie's homer in the ninth. In the sixth the Cardinal scored with a sacrifice bunt by Sorgi and a Cougar error.

The Cougars and Stanford will face off at noon Sunday in the finale of the three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field. In acknowledgement of Alumni Weekend at Bailey-Brayton Field, Cougar baseball coaching legend Bobo Brayton will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

STAN	103 302 002 - 11  12  0WSU	100 003 000 -   4  12  2Jeff Gilmore, Matt Manship (6), Blake Holler (8) and John Hester.Wayne Daman Jr., Dane Renkert (4) and Brady Everett.W - Gilmore (5-1). L - Daman Jr. (4-2). Save - None. HR - Lowrie 2 (10).T - 2:55. A - 837.STAN Hits - Sorgi 2, Minaker, Lowrie 3, Mayberry Jr. 2, Hester 2, Lewis, Rapoport.WSU Hits - Rubin, Jas. Freeman 3, Ja. Miller, Everett, Murphy, McAngus 2, Kosturos, Je. Miller, Kimbrel.E - Murphy (2), Daman Jr. (1). 2B - Sorgi, Mayberry Jr, McAngus, Je. Miller. 3B - None.
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