Zach McAngus Powers Cougars Past Portland, 9-4

Feb. 23, 2006

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Zach McAngus had three hits, including his first home run of the season, and Wayne Daman, Jr. worked seven strong innings and Washington State University defeated the University of Portland, 9-4, in the opening game of the 2006 River City Classic Thursday morning at Hornet Field.

With the win the Cougars improve to 7-2 on the season while the Pilots fall to 1-4.

After three scoreless innings, the Cougars got to Portland starter Ari Ronick in the fourth for two runs. With two outs and Jared Prince on first, McAngus connected for his first home run of the season over the fence in right. It marked the eighth time in nine games this season the Cougars scored first.

It appeared that might be enough for Daman, who cruised through the Pilot order through the first five innings. In the sixth, Andrew Wrisley's one-out double snapped a streak of eight straight Pilots retired by Daman. After a walk to Travis Vetters, Jesse Rodgers' fly to left was misplayed by Jay Miller, resulting in a two-base error as Wrisley scored on the play. Chase Powell's RBI groundout to second scored Vetters to tie the game at 2-2.

WSU answered in its half of the inning. With two outs, Prince lined a single through the left side. McAngus then drilled a 3-2 pitch down the line in left, scoring Prince for the 3-2 lead. Jim Murphy, who had been hit by Ronick in his first two at-bats, lined a single to left to score McAngus and extend the Cougar lead to 4-2.

In the bottom of the seventh the Cougars broke the game open, scoring five runs. WSU put together five hits, all singles, sandwiched around a walk and hit batter. McAngus had a two-run single, while Jay Miller, Paul Gran and Jared Prince all had run-scoring hits. Miller, who entered the at-bat 0-for-3 on the day, extended his hitting streak to 12 games dating back to last season.

Portland closed out the scoring in the eighth as Matthew Peters laced a two-out, two-run double to right-center.

For the game Daman matched his career-high with nine strikeouts, his third-straight, nine-strikeout performance this season. He allowed two runs, none earned, on four hits while walking just one as he improved to 3-0 this year. Nick Cebula worked the final two innings, surrendering two runs on two hits with one strikeout.

McAngus led a 12-hit Cougar attack as he drove in five runs and scored two. Prince and Nick Hall each had a pair of hits for WSU.

Ronick went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, as his record fell to 0-1. Josh Roberts and Danny Meier combined for the final two innings of work. At the plate Wrisley, Peters and Jesse Rodgers each had two hits, while Peters drove in three runs.

WSU continues play at the River City Classic Friday when it faces Brigham Young University. First pitch is set for 10 a.m. at Davis, Calif.

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