Cougars Let Lead Slip Away In 7-4 Loss At Washington

March 21, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. -- - The Washington Huskies, for the second straight night, spotted visiting Washington State a 3-0 lead, then battled back for the win, this time 7-4 in a non-conference baseball game at Husky Ballpark. Tuesday the Huskies won 8-3 after trailing by three runs.

Stefan Bailie and Bookie Gates carried the offensive load for WSU (6-18), each collecting two hits and driving home one run. Starter Tyson Thompson (1-3), who worked into the fifth inning and was victimized by three errors, took the loss, giving up five unearned runs.

John Otness collected three hits and drove home three runs to pace Washington (13-4), while starter Randy Vanderplow (1-1) picked up the victory.

The Cougars jumped on Vanderplow early, scoring one run in the first on a run-scoring single by Gates, then added two more runs in the third when Bailie doubled home Mike Knight and later scored on a double by Tyson Boston. WSU's only other run came in the seventh when Bailie was hit by a pitch to open the inning and later scored on Brent Robertson's groundout to third.

Washington started its comeback in the fourth with one run, then sent Thompson to the dugout in the fifth, scoring four times after the Cougar starter retired the first two batters. Tyler Davidson pushed home the first two runs with a single to left and Otness singled home two more tallies.

Washington's final two runs came in the seventh when Done drove home one run with his second double and later scored on pinch hitter Duggan Moran's single.

Lanakila Niles relieved Thompson in the fifth, with Jamin Svendsen, Justin Cayetano and Donny Davis following him to the mound. After Thompson gave up five unearned runs, Niles allowed two more runs, including the only earned run of the game for Washington. Four Cougar errors, including a crucial two-out fielding error in the fifth, contributed to the Husky scoring. WSU pitchers also issued nine walks, hit two batters and recorded one balk.

In all, the two teams stranded 25 runners, including 12 by the Cougars. The Cougars did turn two double plays, one in each of the first two innings.

The next action for WSU will be a three-game series at California, beginning Friday with a 2 p.m. game. Game times Saturday and Sunday are 1 p.m. each day. All three Cougar games will be broadcast on KCLX in Colfax and will also be available on the WSU internet site.

WSU 102 000 100 - 4 6 4
Washington 000 140 200 - 7 8 1
Tyson Thompson, Lanakila Niles (5), Jamin Svendsen (7), Justin Cayetano (7), Donny Davis (8) and Jon Baeder.
Randy Vanderplow, Matt Gardner (6), Shawn Kohn (7), Trevor Gibson (8), Scott Robertson (9) and Chad Yarbrough.
W - Vanderplow (1-1). L - Thompson (1-3). Save - Robertson. HR - None.
T - 3:31. A - 662.
WSU Hits - Bailie 2, Gates 2, Boston, Thomas.
UW Hits - Reynolds, Davidson, Done 2, Otness 3, Moran.
E - Knight, Hall, Smith, Williams, Reynolds. 2B - Bailie, Boston, Thomas, Done 2.

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