Cougar Baseball Overwhelmed by Sun Devils 14-4

April 14, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State Sun Devils recorded 22 hits as they defeated WSU 14-4 in a Pac-10 baseball contest Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium. Six ASU hitters recorded three or more hits, led by Jeremy West who collected four, as they improved to 24-13-1 while the Cougars dropped to 13-24, 5-7 in conference play.

After ASU jumped on top of the Cougs by scoring three runs in the first inning, first baseman Stefan Bailie drove in Jon Baeder for the Cougs' first run and shortstop Bookie Gates singled-in Adrian Thomas to cut the Sun Devil lead to one run.

After the top of the third, thought, it was pretty much all Arizona State as the Sun Devils scored three runs off WSU starter Jamin Svendsen in their half of the third inning, and they sent three more runners across the plate against reliever Tony Banaszak in the fifth inning. They also chalked up another run in the fifth off Tyson Thompson to build a commanding 10-3 lead after five innings, and added to the lead in the seventh and eighth innings by scoring four more runs to put the game out of hand at 14-3.

The Cougar offense, after facing two pitchers through the first three-plus innings, struggled against reliever Aaron Klusman. After Baeder walked with the bases loaded to score Brent Robertson in the fourth inning, Klusman struck out the side to end the monumental scoring threat.

After the fourth, Mike Knight, was the only Cougar to reach base until one out remained for WSU in the ballgame. Knight was the Cougars' offensive bright spot, going three-for-four and stealing two bases in the contest. In the last third of the ninth inning, Richard Hall doubled off the wall in left center and came around to score on an Evan Hecker single to make it a 14-4 ballgame. After Bailie singled to right field and advanced Hecker to third, Klusman struck out Gates with the two runners aboard to seal the Cougars' fate.

The next game for WSU will be Monday, April 16, as the team will step out of conference play to take on Central Washington. The first pitch at Bailey-Brayton Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.

WSU	002	100	001	-	4	8	1ASU	303	040	13x	-	14	22	1Jamin Svendsen (1), Tony Banaszak (3), Tyson Thompson (5) and Jon Baeder (1), Brandon Reddinger (8)Ryan Schroyer (1), Bryce Kartler (3), Aaron Klusman (4) and Casey Myers (1), Cesar Castillo (9).W - Klusman (1-0). L - Svendsen (2-1). Save - None. HR - None.T - 3:16. A - 2462 .WSU Hits - Hall, Hecker, Bailie, Gates, Robertson, Knight 3.ASU Hits - Phelps 2, Duffy 3, Myers 3, Allen 3, Conrad, West 4, Garrabrants 3, Scheaffer 3.E - Bailie, Lopez. 2B - Knight, Phelps, Myers, Conrad. 3B - Phelps.
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