Pitching Dominates As No. 14 Arizona State Edges Cougars, 2-1
April 1, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Andrew Romine had a hand in both Sun Devil runs and Zechry Zinicola worked three inning of one-hit relief as Arizona State escaped with a 2-1 victory over Washington State in Pacific-10 Conference play Saturday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Following the loss the Cougars fall to 21-9 overall, 3-3 in conference action. Arizona State, after dropping the series opener, wins the next two to improve to 23-8, 2-1 in Pac-10 play.
Originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, the game was pushed back to 6 p.m. because of rain and snow in the Pullman area. By the first pitch, the skies had cleared but it remained chilly with a game-time temperature of 42 degrees. The cold weather did not affect the high level of play by both teams, as pitching dominated the game.
Cougar starter Wayne Daman Jr. matched his career-high with nine strikeouts, but allowed two runs in his six-plus inning to suffer the hard-luck loss. Daman saw his record fall to 5-2 this season as he allowed six hits and did not walk a batter.
ASU jumped out first in the third inning when Colin Curtis' infield single to short brought home Romine, who led off the inning with a double. In the fifth the Cougars tied the scored thanks to three infield singles. With runners at second and third with two outs, Paul Gran's shot behind the bag at second brought home Jim Murphy, tying the contest at 1-1.
Eric Sogard led off the seventh for ASU with a double to the gap in left center. That ended Daman's night as Steve Kost came on in relief. Following a wild pitch, Sogard scored on Romine's single to right, making it 2-1 Sun Devils. From there it was left to Zinicola, who retired the Cougars in order in the seventh and ninth. The Cougars had the tying run at second with one out in the eighth, but Zinicola got Jay Miller to groundout then struckout Jared Prince to preserve the one-run lead.
For ASU, Pat Bresnehan started and allowed one run on five hits while striking out six in his 4 2/3 innings. Brett Bordes added 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief as he picked up the win before giving was to Zinicola, who earned his sixth save this season. Sogard, Romine and Brett Wallace each had two hits.
Washington State is next in action Tuesday when it hosts Gonzaga University at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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