Husky Offense Falls Silent In Loss To WSU

April 29, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington baseball team, which had amassed 32 hits in the first two games of theirthree-game series at Washington State, was held to only five hits by WSU starter JustinCayetano as the Cougars salvaged a series split with a 7-2 win Sunday at Bailey-BraytonField. Washington had won nine in a row over WSU prior to Sunday's loss.

Cayetano (3-2), a junior lefty, allowed two runs on five hits while walking three andstriking out six in eight and one-third innings. He had held the Huskies to only two hitsthrough the first eight innings. UW sophomore starter Sean White (3-1) worked sixinnings, allowing six runs in the loss.

Washington (24-15 overall, 5-10 in the Pac-10) posted a run in the first when secondbaseman Marc Rittenhouse belted a solo homer over the scoreboard in left, his first of theseason. Rittenhouse, a senior captain from Bellevue, returned to the Husky orderWednesday after missing five weeks after thumb surgery. The Huskies are 13-3 withRittenhouse in the lineup and 11-12 without him.

Washington State (15-29, 6-12) took a lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Mike Knight doubled and Bookie Gates was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. After a groundoutmoved the runners up, DH Garrett Alwert singled up the middle to drive both runnershome.

WSU stretched the lead to 5-1 with three runs in the fourth. Evan Hecker doubled off thewall in right field to drive in the first two runs before Knight belted his second double ofthe game and fifth of the series to send Hecker home. The Cougars would go on to postsingle runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.

In the ninth, Rittenhouse tripled and scored on a double from Jay Garthwaite. The Huskiesloaded the bases, but reliever Donny Davis got a lineout and a groundout to end the threat.

Knight and Hecker eached finished the day with two doubles. Knight was 2-for-4 whileHecker also singled to finish 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.

The Huskies take on Gonzaga Monday and Tuesday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. each daybefore returning to Seattle. Washington then opens a 10-game homestand Friday night vs.Oregon State.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington State 7, Washington 2Washington   100 000 001 -- 2 5 2Wash. St.    000 231 10x -- 7 13 1Sean White, Mike Bomar (7) and Ben Johnson. Justin Cayetano and Jon Baeder. W -Cayetano (3-2). L - White (3-1). 2B - UW, Jay Garthwaite, WSU, Baeder, Mike Knight 2,Evan Hecker 2, Bookie Gates. 3B - UW, Marc Rittenhouse. HR - UW, Rittenhouse (1). T- 2:25. A - 463.
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