WSU Baseball Picks Up Win Over ORU 7-3

March 17, 2001

TULSA, Okla. -- - Tony Banaszak threw a four hitter and went the distance as the Washington State Cougars handed host Oral Roberts a 7-3 setback in a non-conference baseball game Saturday at Johnson Stadium. WSU's victory evened the series at one win apiece heading into the final weekend game Sunday.

The Cougars (7-14) pushed home five runs in the second inning to take command and Banaszak (2-4) held the Golden Eagles in check, allowing just two hits until the final inning. Stefan Bailie had the big hit for WSU in the second inning, a bases loaded single to center that brought home all three baserunners.

Starter Stockton Davis (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season for Oral Roberts (13-4), who suffered their first loss after nine straight wins.

After a scoreless first inning, the Cougars went to work in the second frame. With one out Aaron Smith and Jamin Svendsen drew back-to-back walks. Jon Baeder then singled home Smith with WSU's first run. After Mike Knight drew a walk to load the bases, the Golden Eagles called on David Humen to replace Davis on the mound.

Bookie Gates promptly greeted Humen with a run-scoring single up the middle for WSU's second run. Bailie then followed with a single to center that got past ORU's Erick Donaldson for an error. Baeder and Knight scored on Bailie's hit and Gates came home from first on the error to give WSU a 5-0 lead.

WSU then added single runs in the third and fifth innings to take a 7-1 lead into the ninth frame. Knight's sacrifice fly in the third scored Ryan Sullivan with WSU's sixth run and then in the fifth Sullivan led off with a triple and then came home on Smith's single to center.

Meanwhile Banaszak handcuffed the Golden Eagles until the ninth when back-to-back doubles by Danny Boyle and Steve Holm and Billy Joe Richardson's sacrifice fly to right field accounted for ORU's final two runs. Wilton Reynolds accounted for the host club's first run with his fifth home run of the year in the fourth inning.

The Cougar starter walked just two and struck out three in his best outing of the season. Sullivan, who started in the designated hitter role, and Baeder were the only Cougar batters to collect two hits.

The two teams end the three-game weekend series with a single contest Sunday at 11 a.m. PT. The Cougars then return to the Pacific Northwest for games Tuesday and Wednesday at Washington. WSU opens Pacific-10 Conference play next weekend at California.

Washington State 7, Oral Roberts 3 (Mar 17, 2001 at Tulsa, Okla.)
Washington State 051 010 000 - 7 8 0 (7-14)
Oral Roberts 000 100 002 - 3 4 2 (13-4)
Banaszak and Baeder
Stockton Davis, David Humen (2), Rene' Recio (3) and Castillo.
Win - Banaszak(2-4), Loss - Davis (3-1), Save - None, HR - Reynolds, ORU (5).
T - 2:30, A - 200.
WSU Hits - Knight, Gates, Bailie, Sullivan 2, Smith, Baeder 2.
ORU Hits - Boyle, Holm, Reynolds, Lintt.
E - Donaldson, Davis, 2B - Boyle, Holm, 3B - Sullivan.

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