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20070422 Errors Costly as Baseball Falls To WSU, 5-3
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Release: 04/22/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">PULLMAN</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Wash.</st1:State> ? </B>A pair of <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> errors in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed two runs to score as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> took the rubber game of the Pac-10 series with a 5-3 win at Bailey-Brayton Field on Sunday. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>The loss was <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>&rsquo;s second straight to the Cougars and dropped the Cats to 31-9 overall and to 9-3 in the Pac-10, while <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Washington</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> won its first conference series of the year and improved to 19-18 overall and to 3-9 in the conference</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>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.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>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.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>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&rsquo;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.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>In the very next at bat, Jeff Miller hit a ball towards a drawn in Abel at short, but he couldn&rsquo;t find a handle to allow Gran to come home and push the edge to 5-3.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> went quietly in the ninth to drop just their second three-game series of the year.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Coulon (3-2) was charged with the loss after allowing an unearned run in the eighth. WSU&rsquo;s Ross Humes (3-1) picked up his third win of the year after 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>WSU&rsquo;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. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> rallied to pull even by scoring two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth before the defensive miscues cost the Cats.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will close out its three-week road trip next weekend when it heads to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Los Angeles</st1:place></st1:City> to face UCLA.</FONT></P>
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