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Cougs shut down No. 3 OSU
P JAMES WISE
the staff of Cougfan.com
Posted Apr 23, 2011
JAMES WISE WAS phenomenal on Saturday, shutting down No. 3 Oregon State with 7 2/3 innin"gs of three-hit ball in the Cougars' 2-0 win. We finally put a complete game together,” coach Donnie Marbut said. “When we needed a game the most, James Wise came up big for us. Before the game, he was confident and there was no doubt in his mind he was going to win today.”
The Cougs avoided a sweep with the win, and snapped OSU's nation leading 11-game win streak.
evened his record at 4-4 with the win.
Washington State (15-19, 3-12 Pac-10) earned its first shutout of Oregon State (29-8, 10-2 Pac-10) in over a decade with the win.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the third on a one-out walk to
and back-to-back singles by
. In the sixth, Washington State added a run on one-out singles by
and a two-out, infield hit from
After allowing an infield single in the first, Wise did not give up another hit until the sixth, including a stretch where he retired 10-straight hitters. He was tested in the seventh, however. After a walk, infield hit and a passed ball, OSU runners were at second and third with two outs. But Wise struck out Dylan Jones to end the threat.
In the eighth, Wise yielded a walk and a single with two outs.
entered the game in relief and with the runners in motion, punched out Kavin Keyes on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
worked the ninth for his Pac-10 leading seventh save of the season. The save also moved the southpaw into sole possession of seventh place on the Cougar single-season saves list and into a tie for fifth on the WSU career saves list.
The Cougars return home Monday to face BYU (20-16,7-7 MWC) at 5:30 p.m. in the first of a two-game series.
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