Cougs Come Up Short in Tim Mooney's First Game

Jan. 25, 2001

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Junior pitcher Andy Davidson gave up only one run and struck out six batters in six innings combined to lead Cal State Northridge to a 7-2 win over the Cougars at Matador Field Thursday afternoon.

The non-conference matchup opened coach Tim Mooney's fist season at WSU as well as the 106th year of Cougar baseball.

However, the Matadors scored four runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth to give them all the offense needed for the win.

In the third, Cal State Northridge sophomore Eric Verbryke batted-in two runs off of Cougar pitcher Zach Fisher (Port Orchard, Wash.) with a double and Tim Arroyo drove in Verbryke and junior Robert Smith with two outs to give the Matadors a commanding 4-0 lead. The Matadors continued their offensive prowess into the fourth, as Smith scored two runners and later scored himself, thanks to an Aaron McKenzie single.

Cougar freshman Kevin Spaulding (Anacortes, Wash.) relieved Fisher after the fourth inning, and shut down the Matador bats, giving up only three hits and did not allow a run. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

In the sixth inning, freshman Scott Spaulding (Los Altos, Calif.) drove in the Cougars' first run of the season scoring redshirt sophomore Wes Falkenborg (Redmond, Wash.) after Falkenborg reached with a single and advanced to second on a balk and then took advantage of an Adrian Thomas grounder to short to advance to third.

Falkenborg doubled-in junior Bookie Gates (Seattle, Wash.) in the seventh to score the Cougars' final run of the game. Gates walked, then advanced to second and third off singles by Justin Williams (Spokane, Wash.) and Stefan Bailie (Mesa, Wash.).

Starting sophomore pitcher Tyson Thompson, facing only his second batter of the game, was struck by a Adam Nikolic line-drive in the head early in the first inning. Thompson, the returning leader on the squad with 74.1 innings pitched last season, was taken to the hospital for medical precautions and later seen at Matador Field walking under his own power.

WSU 000 001 100 - 2 12 2CSUN 004 300 00x - 7 11 1

Tyson Thompson, Zach Fisher (1), Kevin Spaulding (5), and Jon Baeder.Andy Davidson (1), Merrill Dunn (7), Mike Frick (9), and Phillip Archer.W - Davidson (1-0), L - Fisher (0-1), S - None, HR - None, WP - Davidson.T - 2:34, A - 214.

WSU Hits - Hecker, Gates 2, Boston, Bailie 2, Falkenborg 2, Stockwell, Baeder, Robertson.CSUN Hits - Stotts, Mikolic 3, Smith, McKenzie 2, Verbryke, Archer, Arroyo, Gorman.E - Thomas 1 (1), Gates 1 (1), Smith 1 (1), 2B - Gates, Falkenborg, Verbryke, Smith.


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