Cougar Baseball Left Out in the Cold in Loss to Ariz

April 7, 2001

PULLMAN - Juniors Adrian Thomas and Tyson Boston continued their hot hitting on an otherwise frigid day for Washington State baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field Saturday afternoon, as the Cougars were downed 11-7 by the Arizona Wildcats. Snow flurries delayed the game nearly an hour prior to the first pitch, and a mixture of rain and snow led to a 49-minute delay after the seventh inning.

With the loss, WSU dropped to 11-21 (3-5 in Pac-10) while Arizona improved to 23-16 (6-5).

Thomas and Boston recorded 3-for-5 days, after they both collected two hits on Friday, and also combined to drive in three of the Cougars' seven runs in the game. With WSU down 4-0, Thomas put the Cougs on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with a two run single through the right side of the infield that sent Tanner Kahler and Justin Williams across the plate to cut the deficit to two runs.

After Arizona registered another run in the fifth, the Cougar center fielder Justin Williams answered with a two-out, two-run double to center to put WSU within one run at 5-4.

Cougar starting pitcher Zach Fisher pitched eight and one-third innings and was charged with 11 runs, but only seven earned, while striking out five hitters. Fisher, a junior from Port Orchard, Wash., never appeared to be bothered by either delay, but he seemingly ran out of gas after throwing 153 pitches before leaving in the ninth inning.

Arizona scored four runs to seal the win in the ninth with two scores coming on base hits and another run scoring on a sacrifice fly. A wild pitch from WSU reliever Lanakila Niles allowed Kenny Huff to come across the plate to give the Wildcats an 11-4 lead.

First baseman Stefan Bailie drove in Thomas in the bottom of the ninth with a single that found its way through the left side of the infield, and Boston singled to right-center to drive in right fielder Mike Knight to make it an 11-6 ballgame. Bailie continued the rally by scoring on a wild pitch off the arm of Arizona pitcher Rob Elias, but reliever Daryl DeSalvo struck out Williams before pinch hitter Garrett Alwert flied out to conclude the game.

Arizona 200 212 004 - 11 12 1
WSU 000 220 003 - 7 14 3
Sean Rierson (1), Rob Elias (8), Daryl DeSalvo (9), and Ken Riley.
Zach Fisher (1), Lanakila Niles (9), and Jon Baeder.
W - Rierson (4-4). L - Fisher (0-5). Save - DeSalvo (5). HR - Duncan.
T - 2:49. A - 329.
Arizona Hits - Hassey 2, Torres, Durazo, Duncan 2, Abram 2, Anderson, Huff, Riley, Duran.
WSU Hits - Thomas 3, Knight, Bailie 2, Boston 3, Kahler 2, Williams 2, Baeder.
E - Rierson, Kahler 2, Delos Santos. 2B - Abram, Thomas 2, Boston, Williams. 3B - None.

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