Cougs Split Doubleheader with Gonzaga, Will Close Out Series Sunday

March 3, 2001

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - WSU Cougar pitcher Tony Banaszak pitched solid seven innings to earn his first win of the season as WSU won the second game of a doubleheader over Gonzaga 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Walla Walla CC. The Cougars earned a split with the Bulldogs after losing the first game of the day 10-4.

After giving up a run in the first inning, Banaszak surrendered five hits but no runs or walks in the next six innings until he was relieved by Donny Davis in the eighth.

Down 1-0, the Cougars got on the scoreboard in the third inning as freshman catcher Brandon Reddinger reached safely on an error by the Bulldog third baseman John Gebbers to start the inning and he later scored on another Gonzaga error to tie the game at one.

In the sixth inning, WSU broke the tie as Evan Hecker led off the inning with a double off Bulldog pitcher Errol Simonitsch, advanced to third on a Mike Knight single, and later scored on a bases loaded walk to Brent Robertson. Richard Hall drove in the second run of the inning with a bases-loaded walk as well, this time by Gonzaga reliever Matt Reding.

Van Delos Santos scored the eventual winning run in the seventh inning as Gonzaga squandered the run while turning a double play.

Donny Davis earned his second save of the year after relieving Banaszak in the eigth with two on and no outs, and he saw those two runners score on a pair of fielder's choice plays, but Davis shut down the Bulldogs' offense in the ninth to seal the win.

The first game of the afternoon witnessed early pitching problems for the Cougars and efficient Gonzaga offense as the Bulldogs claimed a 6-0 lead on their way to a 10-4 victory over WSU. While only recording three hits in an inning and a third, the Bulldogs took advantage of three walks and three hit-by-pitches from WSU starter Garrett Alwert to obtain the early six run lead. Reliever Jamin Svendsen tried to keep Gonzaga in-check the rest of the way, as he gave up four runs and three walks in his seven and two-third innings of work.

The Cougar offense could not get much going off Gonzaga starter Scott Stencil, as Stencil surrendered only three runs through seven innings to earn his second win of the year.

In the fourth inning, Stefan Bailie hit his seventh home run of the year and Bookie Gates scored on an error to cut the lead to four runs, but Gonzaga scored two more runs in the sixth to answer the Cougs to make the score 8-2. Centerfielder Evan Hecker drove in Richard Hall in the seventh and in the ninth innings to finish the WSU offense for the game.

WSU's closes out the series against Gonzaga Sunday at Walla Walla CC with a 1 p.m. start.

Game 1Gonzaga (4-5) 240 002 020 - 10 12 2
WSU (4-10) 200 200 101 - 4 6 2
Scott Stencil, (1), Davin Morita (8), and Brian Munhall.
Garrett Alwert (1), Jamin Svendsen (2) and Jon Baeder.
W - Stencil (2-1), L - Alwert (1-1), S - None.
T - 2:28, A - 220.
Gonzaga Hits - Gebbers 4, Matthews, Munhall 4, Richardson, Doane, Evans.
WSU Hits - Hecker, Knight, Bailie, Robertson, Hall.
E - Hertz 2, Robertson, Hall. 2B - Gebbers, Munhall. 3B - Munhall. HR - Gebbers, Bailie.

Game 2
Gonzaga (4-6) 100 000 020 - 3 8 2
WSU (5-10) 001 002 10x - 4 4 0
Errol Simonitsch (1), Matt Reding (6), Kyle Nearhood (7), and Brian Munhall
Tony Banaszak (1), Donny Davis (8) and Brandon Reddinger (1), John Baeder (6).
W - Banaszak (1-3), L - Simonitsch (0-1), S - Davis (2).
T - 2:02, A - 220.
Gonzaga Hits - Rodland, Matthews, Munhall 2, Richardson, Doane 2, Gold.
WSU Hits - Hecker, Knight 2, Hall.
E - Gebbers, Munhall. 2B - Rodland, Hecker.

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