Cougs Even Apple Cup Series With 5-1 Win

May 10, 2008

SEATTLE - Lefty Jayson Miller came one out short of throwing a complete-game shutout but nonethleless led Washington State to a 5-1 win over the Washington baseball team Saturday at Husky Ballpark as the Cougars evened the Apple Cup series at one win apiece.

The Huskies (30-17 overall and 9-8 in the Pac-10) had a five-game winning streak broken and dropped into fourth in the conference standings with the loss. Washington State improved to 27-21 overall and 6-11 in league play.

UW starting pitcher Cam Nobles (4-4) suffered the loss. The right-hander from Mill Creek went only four and two-thirds, allowing three runs on seven hits.

Miller, a senior from Richland, improved to 7-1 on the season with the second complete game of his career. He didn't allow a Husky to reach third base until the bottom of the ninth and finished with nine strikeouts.

WSU opened the scoring with three in the third. After a sacrifice fly from third baseman Paul Gran drove in one, first baseman Jim Murphy hit a towering, two-run homer to left to stake the visitors with a 3-0 lead. The homer was Murphy's 13th of the season.

In the seventh, Murphy, a senior from Kirkland's Juanita High, came through again. After Scott Suttmeier reached on his third single of the day and took second on a throwing error, Murphy doubled off the left-center field fence, increasing the Cougar lead to 4-0.

The Cougars tacked on a fifth tally in the eighth. Michael Weber led off with a single, his third hit of the game, moved to second on a bunt and to third on a groundout before scoring on a bloop single from Travis Coulter.

Washington scored its lone run in the bottom of the ninth when Ty Rasmussen's two-out double drove in Sean Meehan.

Meehan finished 3-for-4 with three singles while third baseman Jarett Jackson was 2-for-4.

The Huskies and Cougars close out the series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game, which will air live on KKNW AM-1150. Husky left-hander Nick Haughian is slated to face off with Cougar right-hander Chad Arnold.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington State 5, Washington 1Washington State  003 000 110 -- 5 13 0Washington        000 000 001 -- 1  9 1Jayson Miller and Greg Lagreid. Cam Nobles, Jason Erickson (5),Tyler Cheney (9) and Joey Dunn, Brett Wilcox (9). W - Miller (7-1). L- Nobles (4-4). 2B - WSU, Michael Weber 2, Jim Murphy; UW,Andy Lentz, Ty Rasmussen. HR - WSU, Murphy (13). T - 2:44. A - 1,361.Records: WSU 27-21, 6-11; UW 30-16 overall, 9-7 Pac-10.
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