Cougars Get Taste of Own Medicine Against Bruins
April 1, 2001
PULLMAN -- The Washington State baseball team squandered late leads in both games of a doubleheader against the UCLA Bruins at Bailey-Brayton Field Sunday, two days after an incredible 12-11 come-from-behind victory by the Cougars. UCLA won the first game 13-10, and then swept the twinbill with a 10-9 victory to improve to 19-9 overall (3-3 Pac-10), while WSU dropped to 11-19 (3-3).
The early game featured plenty of offense for everyone, as the two teams combined for 23 runs and 37 hits. Second baseman Bookie Gates and left fielder Adrian Thomas led the Cougs with four hits each and finished a combined 8-for-9.
After UCLA put five runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first, the Cougars responded with four of their own in the bottom half of the inning, including back-to-back home runs off starter Jon Brandt by Stefan Bailie and Gates to start the scoring for WSU. Three batters later, Thomas doubled-in Tyson Boston and Tanner Kahler to close the gap to one run.
In the second and down 6-4, designated hitter Brent Robertson took advantage of the strong wind blowing out towards right field when he hit his first home run as a Cougar to cut UCLA's once again to a single run.
In the sixth, WSU took the lead for the first time, scoring four runs in the inning, beginning with Evan Hecker's infield single that scored Thomas to make it a 7-6 game. Robertson scored catcher Jon Baeder on a fielder's choice, Gates drove in two more with a single to right-center field to break the tie and give the Cougs a 9-7 advantage.
The Bruins tied the game off Cougar starter Justin Cayetano, who last six and one-third innings and gave up nine runs, but kept UCLA scoreless in the middle three innings. In the ninth, reliever Lanakila Niles surrendered four runs after retiring the first five batters he faced, but the Bruins took advantage of three singles, a double, and two hit batsmen in the last inning to retake the lead at 13-9.
Richard Hall drove in Brandon Reddinger to start one last rally, but the comeback was short-lived as Hecker flied to left field to end the game.
In the second game, the Cougars jumped out to an early 9-0 thanks to timely hitting and great pitching by starter Zach Fisher through the first six innings.
Gates continued his hot hitting from the first game when he doubled-in Bailie and Robertson as WSU jumped to an early 2-0 lead, but was thrown out at third on the play. Gates hit a perfect 4-for-4 in the second game to finish 8-for-9 with two doubles and six RBI for the day.
In the fourth, Baeder doubled to the gap in right-center to score Gates and Thomas, and shortstop Aaron Smith scored Baeder with a blooper down the right field line to give the Cougars a five-run lead.
The WSU offense kept on producing in the fifth and sixth innings to give the Cougs a 9-0 lead. Gates, Boston, and Thomas each drove in a run in the fifth to make it an eight-run ballgame, and Gates finished the Cougar scoring by driving in Evan Hecker in the ninth.
Starter Zach Fisher pitched superb baseball, giving up only two singles through the first six innings while striking out five hitters and no walks. In the seventh, though, UCLA sent Fisher to the showers with five runs on five hits, and the Bruins scored two more off reliever Garrett Alwert to put themselves within striking distance down 10-7.
The UCLA comeback finished in the eighth inning off Donny Davis, as Bruin center fielder Matt Pearl drove in Josh Canales to give UCLA the lead. Bruin reliever Wade Clark gave up only two hits in the final two innings to squash any chances of a Cougar victory.
The next game for the Cougars is Friday, April 6 against the Arizona Wildcats at Bailey-Brayton Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
UCLA 511 000 204 - 13 0 0
WSU 410 004 001 - 10 0 0
Jon Brandt (1), Kevin Jerkens (6), Mike Kunes (7) and Josh Arheart.
Justin Cayetano (1), Lanakila Niles (7), Donny Davis (9), and Jon Baeder (1), Brandon Reddinger (8).
W - Kunes (3-0). L - Niles (0-2). Save - None. HR - Robertson (1), Bailie (10), Gates (3).
T - 3:18. A - 893.
UCLA Hits - Pearl, Francisco 2, Baron 2, Berry 3, Reece, Campanella, Arhart, Griffin 4, Canales 2.
WSU Hits - Hecker 2, Robertson 2, Bailie 2, Gates 4, Kahler, Thomas 4, Baeder, Delos Santos, Hall.
E - Shelley, Smith. 2B - Baron, Berry, Arhart, Griffin, Canales, Thomas. 3B - None.
UCLA 000 000 730 - 13 0 0
WSU 200 331 000 - 10 0 0
Bobby Roe (1), Wade Clark (5), and Casey Grzecka (1), Shane Miranda (7), and Josh Arhart (9).
Zach Fisher (1), Garrett Alwert, Donny Davis (7), Lanakila Niles, Nick Kenyon (8), and Jon Baeder.
W - Clark (2-0). L - Davis (2-3). Save - None. HR - None.
T - 3:07. A - 893.
UCLA Hits - Pearl 2, Baron 2, Berry, Reece 1, Janssen, Miranda, Canales 2.
WSU Hits - Hecker, Robertson, Bailie, Gates 4, Thomas 2, Baeder 2, Smith 2.
E - Griffen, Thomas. 2B - Janssen, Gates 2, Baeder, Smith. 3B - None
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