Baseball: Cougs top Stanford AGAIN!

THE WASHINGTON STATE baseball team dispatched No. 17 Stanford for the second time in two days on Sunday, topping the Cardinal 8-5. The Cougs belted out 17 hits and came back from deficits twice to improve their overall mark to 20-6, (2-0 Pac-10) while moving into position for a possible sweep on Monday. After beating Stanford the day before for the first time in 23 times, Washington State found themselves tested early on in the middle game of the series.

The Cougs put one up on the board in the first but Stanford stormed back to take a 4-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Pitcher Nick Ison couldn't get on track, walking four and facing 10 men in the first frame. But WSU wasted little time tying it up.

The first four Cougars reached base the second inning, and WSU played position baseball to take advantage of a balk, sacrifice fly and single to plate three and knot the score at four apiece.

Eight of ten WSU batters had at least one hit on the day. SS/CF Paul Gran 2-3 with two RBIs, Jay Miller went 3-for-5 with one RBI and his brother, Jeff Miller, was also 3-5. Designated hitter Ryan Krauser also rapped out three hits. But it was the WSU pitching staff that made the difference.

"This was the best game we have played all year," said WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut. "It's unreal how our bullpen responded today. Coach (Gregg) Swenson did a great job of managing those guys today. It was an unreal performance and I couldn't be happier."

WSU used six pitchers on the afternoon. After Ison gave way in the second, Stanford would score only one more earned run. Jayson Miller (2-0) pitched four strong innings, giving up one run and two hits to earn the win. Josh Williamson, Steve Kost and Nick Cebula combined for three innings of one hit ball before closer Travis Webb sealed the deal in the ninth.

Washington State the day before snapped a 23-game skid against Stanford with a 7-1 victory dating back to 1978. The Cougs go for the sweep Monday morning with the first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m.

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