Cougars Win Second Game 11-4 to give Tim Mooney First Win at WSU

Jan. 27, 2001

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The WSU Cougar baseball squad captured the second game of a doubleheader against Cal State Northridge 11-4 Saturday to give new head coach Tim Mooney his first victory as a Coug.

'In the first game we were hesitating, swinging when it was too late,' said Mooney. 'We were hitting defensively. The second game we took a few swings, fouled off a few pitches, and really attacked the ball.'

Sophomore Stefan Bailie gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead right off the bat when he drove in Evan Hecker with a two-run home run in the first inning.

Matador lead-off hitter J.T. Stotts answered Bailie's home run with one of his own in the bottom of the first CSUN manufactured another run in the second inning to tie the game 2-2.

Cougar shortstop Bookie Gates singled in the third inning and took advantage of three consecutive walks by pitcher Craig Mosher to give the Cougars a 3-2 advantage. Bailie scored one batter later thanks to a single by Mike Knight, and the Cougars led by two after three innings.

After Adam Nikolic drove-in one more run for Northridge in the fourth, Gates and Bailie scored again in the fifth inning on consecutive fielder's choice plays to push the lead to 6-3 and give the Cougars enough runs to win their first ballgame of the year.

Justin Cayetano relieved Garrett Alwert in the sixth inning and pitched nearly perfect baseball, giving up only three hits in 3.2 innings but no runs.

'We got some really great relief pitching from Jamin Svendsen in the first game and Justin Cayetano in the second,' Mooney said.

Tyson Boston effectively put the game away in the ninth inning with a one-out three-run blast to left field for his first home run as a Cougar.

While the offense sparkled in the latter stages of the afternoon, Mooney has been most impressed with the team's defense throughout the series.

'We played very well defensively, two games without an error is outstanding. Bookie (Gates) is playing excellent defensive baseball right now, as is Jon Baeder behind the plate,' said Mooney.

In the early game, the Cougars could not get started offensively in a 4-3 loss. Matador starting pitcher Bill Murphy pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out nine batters in the win.

Stotts singled-in Hanson with two outs in the second inning after Hanson doubled off Cougar pitcher Tony Banaszak, who was making his first career start with the team.

CSUN exploded in the third, as Jason Gorman, Aaron McKenzie and Tim Arroyo each sent a runner home to bump the lead to a commanding four runs.

The Cougs battled back in the eighth inning, as Stefan Bailie drove in Gates and Evan Hecker with a two-out double to tie the game at three. Matador closer then struck out Wes Falkenborg to end the inning, then retired the side in the ninth to secure the win for Cal State Northridge.

Game 1WSU (0-2) 000 000 030 - 3 6 0Cal State Northridge (2-0) 010 030 00x - 4 11 1Tony Banaszak (1), Jamin Svendsen (5) and Jon Baeder.Bill Murphy (7), Merrill Dunn, Bobby Graves, Mike Frick (8), and Phillip Archer.W - Murphy(1-0), L - Banaszak (0-1), S -Frick (1), HR - None.T - 2:24, A -312.WSU Hits -Gates 1, Bailie 1, Knight, Robertson 2, Baeder.CSUN Hits - Stotts 2, Gorman 2, Smith 2, McKenzie 1, Arroyo, Verbryke, Hanson, Nikolic.E - Hanson (1). 2B - Bailie, Hanson, Nikolic.

Game 2WSU (1-2) 202 020 014 - 11 13 0Cal State Northridge (2-1) 110 101 000 - 4 16 1Nick Kenyon (1), Garrett Alwert (2), Justin Cayetano (5) and Brandon Reddinger, Ryan Sullivan, and Jon Baeder.Craig Mosher (1), Ryan McDermott (3), Merrill Dunn (5), Bobby Graves (8), Justin Fortugno (9), andJason Allec, Eric Ballen, and Phillip Archer.W - Kenyon (1-0), L - Mosher (0-1), S - None, HR - Bailie, Boston, Stotts, Hanson., WP -Mosher.T - 3:20 A - 302.WSU Hits - Hecker 2, Gates 2, Bailie 2, Falkenborg, Robertson, Knight 2, Delos Santos, Boston 2.CSUN Hits - Stotts 3, Nikolic 4, McKenzie 2, Verbryke 2, Gorman, Allec, Hanson 3.E - Allec, 2B - Robertson, Stotts, McKenzie, Hanson.c-o-u-g-s

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