Cougar Baseball Explodes in Ninth Inning for Win at BYU

May 6, 2008

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PROVO, Utah - Paul Gran and Jim Murphy homered on consecutive pitches to open the ninth inning and Washington State scored seven times in the frame to post a 13-7 victory at BYU, Tuesday.

'Gran and Murphy came up big at the right time for us,' Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'We have lost some games like this, but the more you play and gain confidence, the more you feel like you can come back.'

Washington State (25-20) trailed BYU (19-30) 7-6 after eight innings before rallying for victory in its final at bat for the third time this season. Gran tied the game on a 1-0 pitch with his ninth home run of the season and Murphy blasted the next pitch from Jared Miller (4-2) over the center field barrier to put WSU on top 8-7. It was Murphy's 11th dinger of the season and the 29th of his career to place the senior seventh on the Cougars' all-time list.

Simi Reynolds and Travis Coulter each added a RBI-single to make it 10-7 before Scott Suttmeier singled in two runs and Coulter scored on an error to increase the WSU advantage to 13-7 and cap the uprising. Andrew Davis (5-2) worked three and two-thirds innings, giving up one run on three hits to earn the victory.

Washington State jumped out to a 3-0 in the third on a two-run single by Suttmeier and a sacrifice fly by Gran. BYU gained the lead at 4-3 with two runs in the third and two more in the fifth before WSU scored three times in the top of the sixth.

Michael Weber led off the frame with a double and scored on a single by Alex Burg. One out later, Shea Vucinich doubled to put runners at second and third. Coulter drove in a run with and infield single and Vucinich came into score on a throwing error to put WSU on top 6-4.

BYU responded with two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to retake the lead at 7-6 before WSU rallied in the ninth.

Washington State 13, BYU 7----------------------------------------------------------------------Washington State.... 003 003 007  - 13 17  0      (25-20)BYU................. 002 022 100  -  7 13  6      (19-30)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Washington State - Prince, Jared; Davis, Andrew(6). BYU - WESTENSEE; MICHON(6);AMERSON(6); MILLER(8); WARD(9); JUDD(9); SHUTT(9).Win-Davis, Andrew(5-2)  Loss-MILLER(4-2)  T-3:23  A-1117HR WSU - Gran, Paul; Murphy, Jim.MILLER faced 3 batters in the 9th.JUDD faced 2 batters in the 9th.
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