Daman Shines In Season-Opening Win Over ETSU

Feb. 10, 2006

Final Stats

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Wayne Daman Jr. worked six shutout innings while Jeff Miller led the Cougar offense with three hits and three RBIs as Washington State opened its 2006 baseball campaign with an 8-2 victory over East Tennessee State Friday at the Buccaneer Classic, hosted by Charleston Southern University. In the Cougars' second game of the tournament, Kennesaw State took advantage of six Cougars errors to post an 8-5 victory.

Against ETSU, the Cougars opened the scoring in the fourth as Paul Gran led off the frame with a triple to left then scored on Jeff Miller's sacrifice fly to center. Jim Murphy's RBI single in the sixth scored Miller to extend the lead to 2-0. WSU broke the game open with a six-run seventh inning, sparked by Miller's two-run single and Matt Thomas' two-run double, as the Cougars led 8-0.

That was more than enough for Daman, who scattered two singles while striking out a career-high nine en route to the victory. Daman retired the first 10 batters he faced before Matt Traylor reached on a fielding error by Daman with one out in the fourth. In all, four Cougar pitchers saw action as Zach Bird and Matt Way each worked scoreless innings with David Roberts working the final frame. So dominating were the Cougar pitchers that ETSU did not advance a runner past second base until the ninth inning.

The Cougar offense pounded out 11 hits, led by Jeff Miller's three, while brother Jay Miller added two hits.

For ETSU, Tony Lombardi suffered his first loss of the season after working 6 1/3 innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits. He was the first of five Buccaneer pitchers on the afternoon. Offensively, Anthony Russell had two hits and an RBI to lead a five-hit attack. Both ETSU runs came on bases-loaded walks in the ninth inning.

In the nightcap, WSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a four-run first inning. Jay Miller and Jeff Miller each had RBI singles and Murphy added a two-run single to center. Kennesaw answered with a five-run third, capitalizing on four Cougar errors in the frame, to take a 5-4 lead. Matt Hopkins and Matt Dallas each had RBI singles as the Owls had three hits in the inning and just one earned run.

It remained a one-run game until the eighth when KSU increased the lead to 8-4. Again it was aided by two Cougar errors and a hit batter as all three runs were unearned. The Cougars answered with a single run in the eighth on a solo home run by Jeff Miller, his third hit of the game.

Reese Baker started for WSU and went four innings, allowing five runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out six. Jayson Miller and Nick Cebula also worked for the Cougars. Jeff Miller led the way against offensively with three hits and a pair of RBIs, while Travis Coulter added two singles.

Ryan Perry led KSU at the plate with three hits while Dallas added two with two runs scored. Bubba Blalock picked up the win, going five innings, scattering seven hits and surrendering four runs. Michael Bohanna allowed just the Miller home run in his four innings of relief.

The Cougars continue play at the Buccaneer Classic Saturday with an 11:30 a.m. (PST) meeting against host Charleston Southern. Sophomore Matt Oye is scheduled to start on the hill for WSU.

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