WSU Baseball Loses 7-6 Heartbreaker to Gonzaga in Extra Innings

March 4, 2001

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Gonzaga catcher John Munhall hit the first pitch off WSU reliever Donny Davis in the bottom of the tenth inning for a home run to beat the Cougar baseball team 7-6 Sunday afternoon at Walla Walla CC. With the loss, WSU's record fell to 5-11 while Gonzaga improved to 5-6 after taking three of four games from the Cougs over the weekend.

The Cougars trailed 6-3 in the eighth inning when Stefan Bailie hit a blast over the wall with two outs to record his eighth home run of the year to cut Gonzaga's lead to two runs. WSU was able to send the game to extra innings as Brent Robertson drove in Justin Williams and Bookie Gates with a single to centerfield to tie the game at six.

Right fielder Mike Knight capped off his three-for-five day with a single in the 10th, but the Cougars were retired on a double play and a fly ball before Munhall came to the plate in the bottom of the inning.

In the first inning, Gonzaga jumped to a quick 3-0 lead off Cougar starter Justin Cayetano, but WSU answered in the third as Evan Hecker hit a double with two outs and later scored on a wild pitch.

After the Bulldogs scored another run in the fourth, third baseman Tanner Kahler recorded WSU's first triple of the year to lead off the inning and later scored on Gonzaga reliever Mike Jackson's third wild pitch of the game. Later in the inning, Knight followed up Kahler's triple with one of his own scoring Hecker to make it a 4-3 ballgame.

Cayetano got into trouble in the fifth inning as Gonzaga second baseman Eric Rodland reached base after being hit by a pitch and later scored off a Barry Matthews double increased the Bulldogs' lead to 5-3. Davis relieved Caytano with two outs after Gonzaga scored another run to boost their lead to three runs.

The next game for the Cougar baseball squad will be played in Yakima, Wash., Friday, March 9 at 3 p.m. against the Oregon State Beavers in a non-conference series.

WSU (5-11) 001 020 012 0 - 6 9 2
Gonzaga (5-6) 300 040 24x 1 - 7 12 0
Justin Cayetano (1), Donny Davis (5), John Baeder (1), Brandon Reddinger (9).
Ed Clelland (1), Mike Jackson (3), Sean Ingalls (5), David Hixson (9) and Kevin Richardson (1), Brian Munhall (9).
W - Hixson (1-3), L - Davis (0-1), S - None.
T - 3:08, A - 180.
WSU Hits - Hecker 2, Knight 3, Bailie, Gates, Kahler, Robertson.
Gonzaga Hits - Rodland, Gebbers, Matthews 3, Richardson, Gold, Doane.
E - Kahler, Knight. 2B - Hecker, Gates, Gebbers, Matthews, Munhall. 3B - Kahler, Knight. HR - Bailie, Gold, Munhall.

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