Ison, Miller Lead Cougars Past Warrios, 6-1
March 4, 2006
LEWISTON, Idaho - Nick Ison registered a season-high nine strikeouts over eight innings and Jay Miller added four hits as Washington State University defeated Lewis-Clark State, 6-1, at the Banana Belt Tournament Saturday afternoon at Harris Field.
With the win the Cougars continue their season-long, seven-game winning streak and improve to 13-2 overall. The Warriors fall to 11-3.
Ison was masterful throughout the afternoon. He limited the Warriors to one run on three hits and retired the side in order five times. His record improved to 4-0 this season with a 1.00 ERA.
The Cougars jumped out first, scoring a pair of runs in the second courtesy of three hits. With runners at first and third, Zach McAngus lined a single to right, scoring Paul Gran. Jeff Miller then doubled to the gap in right-center, plating Jim Murphy, who reached on a single to right.
WSU figured out Warrior starter Chris Kissock early on. The Cougars collected six hits in the first three innings but had scoring threats cut down on a double play to end the first and a caught stealing for the first out in the third. WSU added a run in the fifth when Jay Miller lined a one-out double to the wall in right then scored on Gran's single up the middle.
LCSC's first hit came in the fifth on Jessie Mier's leadoff double to right. He came around to score the Warriors first run on D.J. Kooken's groundout to short. The Warriors loaded the bases in the inning but managed just the one run.
In the eighth the Cougars added three insurance runs as Gran led off with a double then scored on Murphy's RBI single up the middle. Garrett Kimbrel's pinch-hit single to center scored Jeff Miller, who drilled a two-out triple high off the center field wall. Travis Coulter then put one through the left side to score Kimbrel.
The Warriors threatened in the eighth, loading the bases following a two-out error by Ison. On a 2-0 pitch, Mier grounded into a fielder's choice to third base to end the inning.
Travis Webb came on in relief of Ison to work a perfect ninth inning as the Cougars reached their longest winning streak since winning eight straight during the 1997 season.
Offensively the Cougars pounded out 15 hits in the contest, with Jay Miller leading the way. He had four hits for the second straight game and in three Banana Belt games this weekend is hitting .643 (9-14). Gran finished the afternoon with three hits and two runs scored.
For LCSC, Kissock suffered his first loss of the season as he falls to 3-1. Mier, Nic Benton and Jaun Verdejo accounted for the three Warrior hits.
WSU concludes play at the Banana Belt with a Sunday afternoon game against Gonzaga at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.