Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Falls to Washington State, 9-3
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 15, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Washington State baseball team opened its game against Arizona on Sunday with four runs in the first three innings and closed it with five more over the final three frames, as the Cougars evened the three-game Pac-10 series at one win each in a 9-3 victory at Kindall Field.


The win bumped the Cougars to 32-18 on the year and to 8-9 in the Pac-10, while the Wildcats dropped to 22-26 overall and to 7-10 in the conference with the loss.


            WSU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off of Arizona starter Brad Mills in the first on a run-scoring double play, added another in the second on a RBI double by catcher Greg Lagreid and pulled ahead 4-0 on a two-run single by Jim Murphy in the third.


            UA’s Colt Sedbrook cut the Wazzu advantage to one with a three-run homer in the fifth, but the Arizona bullpen faltered late to thwart any potential comeback.


            Left-hander Daniel Schlereth walked in a pair of runs in the seventh, and right-hander Cory Burns gave up two runs on three hits in the eighth and one more on two hits in the ninth.


            The Cougars rapped out 12 hits total on the night, as all nine starters in the order finished with at least one base knock. The top three hitters in the WSU order ?- Paul Gran, Travis Coulter and Jay Miller ?- teamed up to go 5 for 11 with a double, a triple and six runs scored, and Murphy and Zach McAngus each chipped in with a pair of RBI.


            Starter Wayne Daman Jr. (6-3) picked up the win, with Sedbrook’s fourth home run of the year his only mistake on the night. The right-hander scattered nine hits over six innings, struck out four and walked none.


            Mike Wagner worked the final three innings scoreless to pick up his first save of the year.


            UA’s Mills (5-5) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs on six hits over six innings. The left-hander struck out six and walked three on the night.


            Arizona’s Jason Donald extended his hitting streak to 19-striaght with a single to left in the first inning. He finished the night 1 for 4. Sedbrook (2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI) and Bill Rhinehart (2 for 4) each posted two hits for the Wildcats in the loss.


            Arizona and Washington State will meet up for the rubber game of the series on Monday at 12 p.m. Left-hander David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

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