Oregon plated five runs in the 44-minute first inning, and it just got worse for the Cougars from there.
Namely, in the sixth inning, which lasted a whole lot longer.
The Ducks (20-12, 6-4) sent 11 home — eight were earned off Washington State reliever Trevor Ichimura — to dismantle the Cougs 21-3 in a Pac-12 baseball game Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Both groups left 13 on base. To WSU (7-24, 0-10), that mattered. Less so to UO, which was on a start-to-finish hitting spree. The Ducks had 19 knocks, including five extra-base hits, and the Cougars’ committed four errors and notched nine hits, two apiece from Danny Sinatro and Garrett Gouldsmith.
WSU hurlers Brandon White and Ky Bush allowed 13 runs before Ichimura entered. UO starter Robert Ahlstrom earned the win with a five-inning, one-run exhibit.
Because of expected rainfall, today’s Oregon-WSU game has been moved to a 12:05 p.m. start time.
Oregon 504 10(11) 000—21 19 1
WSU 100 000 011—3 9 4
Ahlstrom, Fuller (6), Somers (7), Breault (8) and Campbell. White, Bush (3), Ichimura (6), Sellers (7), Barnum (9) and Notaro.
W — Ahlstrom (5-4). L — White (2-5).
Oregon hits — Novitske 3, Smith 2 (2B, 3B), Steer 3, DeLuca 3 (2-2B, 3B), Zavala 4, Matthews 2, Miller, Foxcroft.
WSU hits — Plew, Sinatro 2, Alvarez, Gouldsmith 2, Polinsky (2B), Barnum, DeLappe.
WSU hires basketball assistants
PULLMAN — New Washington State men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith has officially announced two of his assistants — former Western Oregon boss Jim Shaw and Smith’s prior associate coach at San Francisco, Derrick Phelps.
WSU sent the news out Friday.
Shaw compiled a 102-30 record over four seasons at Division II Western Oregon, where he led the Wolves to their first-ever No. 1 ranking and three tournament appearances.
Before then, he collected about 25 years of D-I coaching experience, including a nine-year stop as a Washington assistant (2004-13) and a two-season stint alongside Randy Bennett at Saint Mary’s (2013-15). During Shaw’s time there, UW went 208-100, arguably the best regular-season stretch in program history.
He helped Oklahoma to a Final Four appearance and three Big 12 titles in the early 2000s.
Shaw, a Western Oregon grad and former NAIA All-American, had stops at Idaho State, Portland and Oregon State in the 1980s and ’90s.
“(Shaw) brings experience as a successful Pac-12 assistant, having been a part of five Pac-12 championships during his stints at Oregon State and Washington,” Smith said, quoted in a news release. “Jim is a native of Washington and is coming to us as a celebrated head coach at Western Oregon.”
Phelps and Smith are acquainted — the two spent the last five years together. Three of those at USF and two at Columbia. Before then, Phelps played a key recruiting role for the surprising talent on the early-2010s Monmouth teams.
“Phelps will be an integral part of our program’s development,” Smith said. “His knowledge of the game as a former NBA player and overseas professional will be invaluable to our young men. He has been the backbone of our program sharing his wisdom and leadership at our previous institutions.”
Phelps spent time with the NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers before a decade as a professional in Europe, then a spell as a player-coach for Romania’s Clubul Sportiv.
He attended North Carolina from 1990-94, where he was an All-ACC, All-American, national-championship winning point guard under Dean Smith.
Phelps holds records in single-game and career steals (nine and 247), and is fifth in UNC history with 637 career assists.
“... He brings the ‘Carolina Way’ wherever he goes,” Smith said. “He is a national champion. Nothing else needs to be said.”
UI sets spring game slate
MOSCOW — Idaho football’s annual Silver and Gold Spring Game is set for April 19 at 6 p.m. at the Kibbie Dome. Before the game, UI has scheduled a slew of events.
At 4 p.m., food vendors and a live radio show will be stationed near the Kibbie Dome’s west ticket booth. Simultaneously, a discounted gear sale will be at the Dome’s southeast loading bay. The sale will continue to Saturday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
For Vandal Scholarship Fund members at the AD level and up, and Quarterback Club members, the Bud and June Ford Club Room will have appetizers and a no-host bar. Student-athletes from various sports will be there to socialize with VSF members before the game, and football players and coach Paul Petrino afterward.
The game will feature a split roster and four 15-minute quarters, and traditional football rules.
Season tickets for UI’s 2019 campaign are available on GoVandals.com or by phone at (208) 885-6466.
Cougs to scrimmage
PULLMAN — The Washington State football team has scheduled its second spring scrimmage for today at about 11 a.m. at Martin Stadium. The Cougars will start practicing an hour before that.
WSU cancels final spring game
PULLMAN — Washington State soccer has decided to cancel its trip to Boise State, ending its spring season a game early.
The school announced Friday that the Cougars will instead train at home for the remainder of the spring season.
WSU’s preseason camp begins in August. The program’s full schedule will be released at some point in June.