Cougars Hold Off Cal For 7-6 Win

March 24, 2001

Justin Cayetano handcuffed the California Bears on three hits through seven innings as the Washington State Cougars notched their second straight Pacific-10 Conference win with a 7-6 decision at Evans Diamond Saturday.

Cayetano (2-1) worked into the eighth inning for the Cougars (10-16 overall, 2-0 Pacific-10) while holding the Bears to three hits and three runs, while striking out three and walking three. Donny Davis finished up for WSU and allowed the final three Bear runs.

Starter Ryan Atkinson (0-3) took the loss for California (14-13, 1-4), allowing six hits and four runs in the first four innings. The Bears used four other pitchers in the game televised live by FOX Sports Net.

Bookie Gates and Brent Robertson led WSU at the plate with two hits each as the Cougars collected eight hits. The win was WSU's fourth in the last six games.

WSU continued its recent trend of scoring early, tallying two runs in the first inning, then adding one run in the fourth and two more in the fifth for a 5-0 advantage. California scored two runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth, but WSU was able to answer with single runs in the seventh and ninth innings.

The game winning run came in the top of the ninth with WSU leading 6-4. Gates, who singled to left, eventually came home on a passed ball by Bear catcher Spencer Wyman

California made a run at WSU with two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Davis, with pinch runner Nick Medrano on third, enticed leadoff hitter Ben Conley to fly out to center, ending the game.

In the first inning, Evan Hecker led off with a single and eventually scored on Stefan Bailie's fly-out to left field. Later in the inning Brent Robertson's infield single to shortstop scored Mike Knight, aboard on a single.

In the fourth, Tyson Boston opened the inning with a double and came home on Jon Baeder's grounder to the pitcher. An inning later Hecker walked, moved to third and then came home on Gates' groundout to first. A wild pitch by California's third pitcher, Ryan Lubner, scored Bailie later in the fifth inning.

Baeder collected an easy RBI in the seventh when he drew a walk with the bases loaded, putting WSU up 6-2.

Each team committed two errors, with WSU's fielding mistakes leading to two unearned runs. California's errors helped the Cougs tally three unearned runs. Seven walks by the five Bear pitchers also aided WSU's run production.

The Cougars conclude the three-game series at California with a 1:00 p.m. contest Sunday. Zach Fisher is expected to start on the mound for WSU.

WSU 200 120 101 - 7 8 2
CAL 000 002 022 - 6 7 2
Justin Cayetano, Donny Davis and Jon Baeder.
Ryan Atkinson, Brian Montalbo (5), Ryan Lubner (5), Blake Read (8), Matt Brown (9) and Spencer Wyman.
W - Cayetano (2-1). L - Atkinson (0-3). Save - None. HR - None.
T - 2:50. A - 173.
WSU Hits - Hecker, Knight, Bailie, Gates 2, Boston, Robertson 2.
Cal Hits - Conely, Grossman, Horwitz, Jackson, White, Dragicevich 2.
E - Baeder, Smithy, Jackson, White. 2B - Boston, Grossman, Horwitz, Dragicevish. 3B - White.

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