'Comeback Cougars' Beat UCLA in Bottom of the Ninth

March 30, 2001

PULLMAN -- WSU second baseman Bookie Gates singled-in the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the Washington State Cougars beat UCLA 12-11 in a Pac-10 conference game Friday at Bailey Brayton Field. Evan Hecker scored from second base on Gates' drive to left-center field to finish the Cougars' comeback after trailing 10-0 earlier in the game.

After hitting a single to lead off the inning, Hecker advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Van Delos Santos. Gates' single off Bruin reliever Casey Jannsen sent Hecker, who had one fist raised in triumph as he ran the final 90 feet, across the plate to win the game.

'The team kept fighting back, they respected the game and just played solid baseball,' said WSU head coach Tim Mooney. 'They could have rolled-over after the first couple of innings, but they fought back and that's what I'm most impressed with.'

UCLA roughed up Cougar starter Tony Banaszak and seemed to put the game out of hand in the first two innings, scoring nine runs on nine hits in his one-plus innings' of work.

'We didn't have good starting pitching once again, but we got a great relief effort,' said Mooney.

Freshman Jamin Svendsen relieved Banaszak in the second and pitched solidly for the final eight innings to keep WSU in the game as he earned his second win of the season. Svendsen walked two and struck out three batters, and received assistance from his defense in several tough jams, as the Cougars turned three double plays that quickly dampened Bruin scoring threats.

The Cougs chipped away at the Bruins' lead in the fifth inning off UCLA starter Josh Karp, as Hecker drove in Adrian Thomas to put WSU on the scoreboard.

In the sixth, the Cougars closed the gap as they manufactured five runs, beginning with Tanner Kahler's single off Bruin starter Josh Karp that scored two runners. Shortstop Aaron Smith sent another run across the plate with a sacrifice fly, and Hecker drove in WSU's fifth run of the game when he singled in Garrett Alwert with two outs. Adrian Thomas scored on a fielder's choice to make it a 10-6 ballgame.

In the seventh, the Cougars continued the rally as Tyson Boston scored on a fielder's choice, and Hecker recorded his third RBI of the afternoon, doubling-in catcher Brandon Reddinger.

After UCLA scored one run in the top of the eighth, Stefan Bailie answered in the bottom of the inning as he scored after getting hit by a pitch and advancing on three wild pitches by Bruin relievers to reduce UCLA's lead to two runs. One batter later, and with Gates at second base, Boston completed the Cougar comeback with a home run that bounced off the top of the left-field fence and out of the ballpark.

UCLA 451 000 010 - 11 19 0
WSU 000 015 231 - 12 16 5
Josh Karp (1), Mike Castillo (6), Kevin Jerkens (7), Doug Silva (8), Casey Janssen (9) and Casey Grzecka (1).
Tony Banaszak (1), Jamin Svendsen (2), and Jon Baeder (1), Brandon Reddinger (7).
W - Svendsen (2-0). L - Janssen (0-1). Save - None. HR - Francisco, Berry, Boston (4).
T - 3:06. A - 914.
UCLA Hits - Pearl, Francisco 3, Baron 4, Berry 2, Shelley 2, Grzecka 4, Griffin 1, Canales 2.
WSU Hits - Hecker 3, Gates 2, Boston 2, Kahler 3, Thomas 3, Alwert, Reddinger 2.
E - Gates 2 (4), Kahler (3), Svendsen 2 (2). 2B - Francisco, Grzecka, Hecker (4), Gates (8). 3B - None.

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