WSU Rallies For 5-4 Win At California

March 23, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. -- - Aaron MacKenzie pitched near perfect relief and Jeremy Farrar collected four hits as the Washington State Cougars recorded up a 5-4 victory over the California Bears in a Pacific-10 Conference baseball game Sunday at Evans Diamond.

MacKenzie (1-3) entered the game for WSU (6-18) with two out in the fifth inning, taking over for starter Bryce Chamberlin. He picked up his first victory of the season, giving up just one hit while striking out five and walking one over the final four and one-third innings. The Cougars had 12 hits and did not commit an error.

Bear starter Kyle Crist worked into the fifth inning before giving way to Mike Padgett (2-2), who took the loss for California (15-11). Padgett allowed two runs and four hits before giving way to Jesse Ingram, who threw the final three innings and allowed just one WSU hit. Catcher Chris Grossman led California at the plate with two of the team's four hits.

Farrar had a pair of doubles to lead WSU's offense, while Steve Mortimer and Jon Baeder each collected two hits. Baeder had a double and a single and Mortimer hit his second home run of the season and also collected a single.

Chamberlin allowed just three hits, but issued three walks and hit one batter. He gave up a double and a home run in California's two-run second inning and then in the fifth when they tallied two more, he issued a walk, gave up a run-scoring triple and wild pitched the Bears' final run home.

WSU started the scoring with a single run in the top of the second inning, thanks to Baeder's run-scoring double that plated Mortimer. Then, after the Bears went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the inning, WSU regained the lead, scoring twice in the fifth. Farrar's double scored Baeder and Grant Richardson's first of two sacrifice flies to center score Farrar.

Cal came right back in their half of the inning with two runs to regain the lead 4-3, but that was the last time the host club, who won the first two games in the weekend series, would cross home plate.

Mortimer's right field home run tied the game in the sixth and an inning later Richardson picked up his second RBI, driving his fly ball deep enough into center field to allow Jay Miller to score from third. Miller opened the inning with a single to left center and moved to third on Farrar's hit-and-run single down the left field line.

Meanwhile MacKenzie was nearly untouchable in relief. He gave up a one-out single in the sixth, then retired eight straight Bear batters before walking Grossman to open the ninth. He then set down the next three batters to end the game.

This week the Cougars step out of Pac-10 action, traveling to Irvine, Calif., for a three-game series with the University of California-Irvine Anteaters beginning Friday.

WSU 010 021 100 - 5 12 0
California 020 020 000 - 4 4 0
Bruce Chamberlin, Aaron MacKenzie (5) and Jon Baeder.
Kyle Crist, Mike Padgett (5), Jesse Ingram (7) and Chris Grossman.
W - MacKenzie (1-3). L - Padgett (2-2). Save - None. HR - Mortimer (2), Nelson.
T - 2:40. A - 263.
WSU Hits - Hart, Miller, Farrar 4, Bruce, Mortimer 2, Jacobsen, Baeder 2.
California Hits - Grossman 2, Nelson, Smith.
E - None. 2B - Farrar 2, Baeder, Grossman. 3B - Smith.

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