Cougars Unable to Avoid Sweep By No. 6 Arizona In 13-10 Loss
April 10, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - - Despite a seven-run third inning, that gave the Washington State baseball team an 8-3 lead, the Cougars fell to No. 6 Arizona 13-10, in the final game of a Pacific-10 Conference series Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field. Arizona won the season series against the Cougars 3-0.
WSU (16-20, 0-9 Pac-10) used five pitchers throughout the game, with reliever Wayne Daman Jr. (4-3) taking the loss. In Daman's 11th appearance of the season, his third as a reliever, he threw 1.2 innings allowing five runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk. Nick Cebula got the starting nod on the hill for the Cougs, throwing three innings, while allowing five runs, four earned.
Arizona (24-10, 8-1 Pac-10) relief pitcher Mark Melancon (2-2) earned the win. Melancon, who went 3.1 innings allowing one run on two hits, was the pitcher of the record for the Wildcats when they scored the go-ahead run in their four-run seventh inning.
The Cougars capitalized on costly Wildcat errors in the first that gave WSU an early 1-0 lead. Following two UA fielding errors, Jason Freeman scored on the third Arizona error of the inning.
WSU was unable to hold the lead long, allowing a Wildcat run in top of the second. Chris Frey scored the tying run on a double to left by Jason Donald. Arizona scored two more runs in the third on hits by Jordan Brown and Nick Hundley.
Again in the third inning, errors proved costly for the Wildcats. In the inning, the Cougars sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs, all unearned, to give the Cougs an 8-3 lead. The runs were products of two Arizona errors, a walk, a hit batter, two fielder's choices, singles by Zach Franklin and Kaeo Rubin, and a two-run double by Jeff Miller.
The Wildcats chipped away at the WSU lead in the fourth inning with a pair of runs that scored on a one-run single to right by Trevor Crowe and a sacrifice fly by Brad Boyer.
WSU extended its lead to 9-5 in the fifth when Zach McAngus scored on a sacrifice fly by Miller, for his third run batted in of the game.
Between the sixth and seventh innings, Arizona scored eight runs to take a 13-9 lead using a Cougar error, a groundout and a two-run single by Jeff Van Houten. The Wildcats scored an additional four runs in the sixth to tie the game. The Cats took the lead in the top of the seventh and never looked back. Bryan Kervin plated the game winning run on a double to left, while Brad Boyer drove home a run with a sacrifice fly. Arizona's two remaining innings runs came off of two Cougar errors.
WSU returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Spokane to take on Gonzaga at Avista Stadium at 3 p.m.
ARIZ 012 204 400 - 13 16 5WSU 107 010 001 - 10 10 4David Coulon, Sean Jarrett (3), Eric Berger (5), Mark Melancon (6) and Nick Hundley.Nick Cebula, Travis Webb (4), Jayson Miller (6), Wayne Daman Jr. (6), Steve Kost (8) and Brady Everett.W - Melancon (2-2). L - Daman (4-3). Save - None. HR - None.T - 3:47. A - 534.ARIZ Hits - Crowe 3, Boyer 2, Van Houten, Brown 2, Hundley, Frey, Donald 2, Decater, Kervin 3.WSU Hits - Rubin 2, Everett, Murphy, McAngus, Franklin 2, Kosturos, Je. Miller, Thomas.E - Hundley, Donald, Kervin, Coulon 2, Rubin, Franklin 2, Cebula. 2B - Hundley, Frey, Donald, Kervin, Je. Miller. 3B - Decater.