Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Errors Costly as Baseball Falls To WSU, 5-3
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 22, 2007
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            PULLMAN, Wash. ?- A pair of Arizona errors in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed two runs to score as Washington State took the rubber game of the Pac-10 series with a 5-3 win at Bailey-Brayton Field on Sunday.


The loss was Arizona’s second straight to the Cougars and dropped the Cats to 31-9 overall and to 9-3 in the Pac-10, while Washington State won its first conference series of the year and improved to 19-18 overall and to 3-9 in the conference


Rallying to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the eighth, freshmen Erik Castro and Robert Abel committed back-to-back errors on consecutive plays to allow the Cougs to plate the go-ahead runs.


Left-hander David Coulon started the trouble, walking leadoff hitter Greg Lagried. Cory Burns replaced Coulon on the mound and retired Simi Reynolds on sac bunt for the first out in the frame.


Paul Gran followed with hard hit ball right to Castro at third, but the ball bounced off his chest and trickled away for an infield single. Castro attempted to make a play on the ball but compounded UA’s trouble when his throw to get Gran at first sailed well past C.J. Ziegler and down the right field line to allow Lagried to score the go-ahead run and advance Gran to third.


In the very next at bat, Jeff Miller hit a ball towards a drawn in Abel at short, but he couldn’t find a handle to allow Gran to come home and push the edge to 5-3.


Arizona went quietly in the ninth to drop just their second three-game series of the year.


Coulon (3-2) was charged with the loss after allowing an unearned run in the eighth. WSU’s Ross Humes (3-1) picked up his third win of the year after 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.


WSU’s Travis Coulter led the Cougs to a 3-0 advantage through the first five innings, scoring a pair of runs and driving in another after going 3 for 3 with a school-record-tying three doubles.


Arizona rallied to pull even by scoring two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth before the defensive miscues cost the Cats.


Arizona will close out its three-week road trip next weekend when it heads to Los Angeles to face UCLA.

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