We are continuing our coverage of National Signing day with a few more releases from schools. The full list is below.
The Washington State Media Relations department has put out a release detailing the successful summers of many different Cougar baseball program. Greg Lagreid picked up the biggest honor as he was named an All-American at the National Baseball Congress World Series. The entire release is available from Washington State here.
The Washington State Cougars have released their 2008 schedule which is highlighted by 13 games against 2007 NCAA Tournament participants. They will open the season on February 22nd when the Creighton Blue Jays visit for a three game set. They will also host Kent State on March 7th-9th in a four game series and Arizona State on April 11th-13th. The full release is available here.
The University of Texas gave up four runs in the top of the eighth inning and dropped a 7-6 decision to Washington State University in collegiate baseball action Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
With Texas (9-6) leading 6-3 in the eighth inning, WSU’s Travis Coulter got a pinch-hit single and moved to second on a groundout by Ryan Krauser. Simi Reynolds struck out swinging but reached base as the ball got by UT catcher Preston Clark whose ensuing throw to third base was too late to retire Coulter. The play put runners at the corners and a pinch-hit single by Josh Ashenbrenner plated Coulter and cut the lead to 6-4. Paul Gran hit a sacrifice fly to push Reynolds across, trimming the lead to 6-5. Jared Prince capped off the comeback with a two-run triple that eluded the glove of a sprinting Nick Peoples and staked the Cougars to a 7-6 lead.
For the third straight game, Texas pounced on the Cougars early scoring two runs in the second inning. With one out, Peoples singled to centerfield and stole second base. Chais Fuller put runners at the corners with an infield single. An error on an attempted double steal allowed Peoples to score and put Fuller at second base. Travis Tucker singled up the middle to push Fuller across and give UT a 2-0 lead.
Texas added three more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Chance Wheeless and Bradley Suttle each drew walks to lead off the frame. With one out, Clark hit a single to leftfield, scoring Wheeless. Peoples followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Suttle. Fuller capped off the rally with a double down the leftfield line, scoring Clark and giving Texas a 5-0 cushion.
Washington State (3-3) broke the scoring seal with two runs the top of the sixth inning. Gran hit a leadoff double and scored on a single up the middle by Jim Murphy. A single by Jeff Miller along with a throwing error by Suttle put runners at second and third and Greg Lagreid plated a runner with a groundout to shortstop, cutting the lead to 5-2.
The Cougars added another run in the seventh inning. With two outs, Gran singled and a fielding error by Fuller on a grounder to short by Prince put runners at first and second and a ground-rule double by Murphy scored Gran and trimmed the margin to 5-3.
Texas added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Peoples doubled up the middle and scored on a pinch-hit single by Clay Van Hook, giving UT a 6-3 lead.
Michael Ratigan (1-1) earned the win for Washington State. He allowed one run on two hits and struck out one over 1.1 innings. Ross Humes pitched two innings of shutout relief to earn his first save of the season.
Randy Boone (0-4) was saddled with the loss for Texas. He allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out three over 2.1 innings. Austin Wood started for the Longhorns allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three over 5.2 innings.
Fuller led Texas’ offensive attack, going 3-for-5 with one double, one run scored and one RBI. Peoples went 2-for-4 with one double, two runs and one RBI.
Gran paced the Cougars’ offense, going 3-for-4 with one double, two runs and one RBI. Prince and Murphy each went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Texas returns to action on Friday with the Longhorns hosting Oral Roberts University in a 2:30 p.m. contest at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The University of Texas scored a combined seven runs in the first two innings and coasted to an 11-2 win over Washington State University in collegiate baseball action Saturday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas (9-5) pounced on the Cougars early with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Tucker and Jordan Danks were each hit by pitches to lead off the inning. Chance Wheeless laid down a sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third. Bradley Suttle hit a single to leftfield to drive in a Tucker and Danks. Kyle Russell was issued a walk and Preston Clark plated Suttle and put runners at the corners with a single to left centerfield. Nick Peoples pushed across the final run of the inning with a sacrifice squeeze bunt staking the Longhorns to a 4-0 lead.
Texas added three more runs in the bottom of the second. Chais Fuller led off the inning with a double down the leftfield line, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a single to rightfield by Jordan Danks. Wheeless singled up the middle to put runners at first and second and Suttle drove in two more runs with a single to the right centerfield gap increasing the margin to 7-0.
The Longhorns added two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Tucker singled, stole second base, advanced to third on single by Danks and scored on a single to centerfield by Suttle. A fielding error by WSU’s centerfielder put runners at second and third and Russell hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield to plate Danks and inflate the cushion to 9-0. In the fifth inning, Peoples hit a leadoff single, Jeff Boes was hit by a pitch and a fielder’s choice grounder by Fuller put runners at the corners. Tucker hit a single, scoring Peoples and a sacrifice fly by Danks drove Fuller home giving Texas an 11-0 advantage.
Adrian Alaniz cruised through the first six innings, allowing just three hits, but was touched for two runs in the seventh. Jim Murphy hit a leadoff single to centerfield. Matt Fanelli pinch ran for Murphy, and scored on a double down the leftfield line by Jeff Miller. Simi Reynolds followed with a single through the right side of the infield to score Miller and trim the lead to 11-2.
Suttle led the Texas offense going 3-for-5 with one double, one runs scored and a career-high five RBI. Danks went 2-for-2 with one walk, one hit by pitch, three runs scored and two RBI. Tucker went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Alaniz (4-1) picked up the win for Texas allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings. Alex Posey and Hunter Harris combined for two innings of scoreless relief.
Nick Ison (1-1) was saddled with the loss for Washington State. He allowed nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits, two walks and two hit batters over four innings.
Texas and Washington State wrap up the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Chais Fuller drove in a pair of runs and Randy Boone escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth as No. 13 Texas defeated Washington State, 4-2, in the first of a three-game series Friday at Disch-Falk Field.
With the loss the Cougars see their season record move to 2-2 while the Longhorns improve to 8-5.
The Cougars trailed 4-2 entering the ninth but had runners at first and second with no outs following back-to-back singles by Travis Coulter and Jared Prince. Jim Murphy then lined into a double play as Kyle Russell’s throw from right field retired Coulter, who was trying to advance on the play. Boone then retired Jeff Miller on an infield popup to end the game.
Texas never trailed as it scored two runs in the second and another in the third to take a 3-0 lead before the Cougars found the scoreboard. The Longhorns played small ball to get their first run across, using two sacrifice bunts in the second to push across the first run. Russell followed with a two-out, ground-rule double to left-center, driving home Nick Poeples to extend the lead to 2-0 off Cougar starter Matt Way.
In the third Longhorn catcher Preston Clark connected for a two-out home run over the center field wall, his second home run of the season.
In the fourth the Cougars broke through with a pair of solo home runs by Jeff Miller and Greg Lagreid. Miller led off the frame with the first home run by a Cougar this season over the left field wall. One out later, Lagreid followed with a deep blast to left, the second of his WSU career.
Chances were few by both teams from then on as Jayson Miller came on in the fifth in relief of Way and held the Texas bats in check. In the sixth the Longhorns added an insurance run as Peoples led off with a single to right. Peoples looked to be picked off first but advanced with a stolen base when Murphy’s relay throw from first was dropped at second base. One out later, Peoples came home on another sacrifice bunt, this one off the bat of Fuller.
Way suffered the loss as he went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout. Jayson Miller also worked four innings, surrendering just three hits, all singles, while striking out five. At the plate Coulter had a pair of hits as the Cougars collected seven on the day.
Texas started James Russell picked up the victory as he allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. Joseph Krebs and Boone each worked two innings with Boone picking up his third save of the season.