Cougars Fall 6-5 To Hornets, But Take Series 2-1.
May 9, 2005
The Washington State baseball team was unable to capture the series sweep over Sacramento State, falling 6-5 Monday at Bailey-Brayton Field in the finale of the three-game non-conference series. The Hornets took the season-opening series at Sacramento 2-1, leaving the two teams tied with three wins each this spring.
WSU (20-28) relief pitcher Nick Cebula (2-3) entered the game in the fourth inning to relieve starter Jayson Miller, and took the loss after allowing three runs, all earned, over 1.1 innings of work. Cougar middle reliever Travis Webb pitched 2.1 scoreless and hitless innings, while closer Dane Renkert allowed only one hit and no runs, fanning four Hornets in the final two innings of the game.
Hornet (19-30) starter and Wenatchee, Wash. native Travis Kane (3-4) earned the win, allowing nine hits and five runs, four earned, while striking out four Cougars over 7.0 innings of work. Marshall Hendon recorded the final two outs of the game for his first save of the season.
After posting single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, Sacramento State used five singles to score three runs in the fifth and regain the lead, 6-4.
WSU answered the Hornets' run in the second with one run of its own and took a 4-2 lead in the third by scoring three runs with four singles and a Brady Everett sacrifice fly. The Cougars would only score one more run, a single tally in the seventh.
The Cougars had runners at first and second with one out in the ninth inning, but a game-ending double play ended the contest.
The Hornets' run in the second came when Matt Wilson, who walked to reach base, scored on a Josh Levine single up the middle. In the third Brian Conradi drove home Cliff Hinkle, who led off the inning with a single to right field. Brian Blauser drove home the Hornets third run of the game with a sacrifice fly to plate Levine in the fourth.
In its' half of the second inning WSU battled back to tie the game 1-1, when Jeff Miller drove home his first run of the game with a single that plated Jimmy Murphy. Murphy had walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on Jason Freeman's team-leading 16th sacrifice bunt of the season.
WSU's Kaeo Rubin recorded his third single of the game to lead off the third inning and scored two batters later on a Jay Miller single. Everett then plated Scott Suttmeier, who reached base with a single through the right side, for his team-leading 56th run batted in this season. Jay Miller scored WSU's final run of the inning when his brother Jeff Miller singled to short.
Sacramento State's Jim Strombach drove home the first two Hornet runs in the fifth with a single to left-field that plated Wilson and David Flores. Everet Rincon then plated Hinkle with a single to score the eventual game-winning run and take a 6-4 Hornet lead.
With two outs in the seventh, Jay Miller doubled home Suttmeier, who reached base with his second single of the game. Miller was thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple.
The Cougars will host Lewis-Clark State Wednesday in the final game of their non-conference series before heading to USC for a three-game Pac-10 series beginning Friday.
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W - Kane (3-4). L - Cebula (2-3). Save - Hendon (1). HR - None.T - 2:34. A - 239.Sac State Hits - Strombach 2, Hinkle 2, Conradi 3, Wilson, Flores 2, Levine 2, Rincon.WSU Hits - Rubin 3, Suttmeier 2, Miller Ja. 2, Miller Je. 2, Kimbrel, McAngus.E - Wilson (9), Suttmeier (8). 2B - Miller Ja. (10), Kimbrel (2). 3B - None.