Cougars Drop Series Opener To Stanford 6-1

April 4, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Washington State dropped its home opener to No. 4 Stanford 6-1 Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field, despite a solid pitching effort from starter Tony Banaszak.

Banaszak (1-7) pitched a complete game, allowing six runs on seven hits in the losing effort for the Cougars (9-20 overall, 1-3 in the Pac-10). John Hudgins (5-2) also went the distance, surrendering one run on seven hits in notching the win for the Cardinal (19-10, 5-2).

Jeremy Farrar had WSU's lone run with his second home run of the season, a blast over the left field wall in the bottom of the sixth. Wes Falkenborg led the Cougars with two hits.

The Cougars stayed close early, allowing single runs in the top of the third and the fourth innings, falling behind 2-0. Stanford then erupted for four runs in the top of the sixth inning to break the game open.

In the top of the sixth, the Cardinal had just two hits, but two Stanford batters reached on walks and two were hit by Banaszak. All four players ended up scoring.

Banaszak settled down afterward, allowing just one hit the rest of the way.

The Cougars had several opportunities to cut into the Cardinal lead.

In the fourth, Grant Richardson doubled with one out, but the next two batters, Falkenborg and Baeder, grounded out.

In the sixth, prior to Farrar's homer, Justin Hart singled to lead-off the inning, but Derek Bruce followed by hitting into a double play.

With one and two men on base in the eighth, Farrar grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Cougars also had the lead-off man reach base in five innings, but failed to score four times.

The three-game series continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Cougars are expected to send sophomore Bryce Chamberlin to the mound.

Stanford 001 104 000 - 6 7 0
WSU 000 001 000 - 1 7 0
John Hudgins and Ryan Garko.
Tony Banaszak and Jon Baeder.
W - Hudgins (5-2). L - Banaszak (1-7). Save - None. HR - Farrar.
T - 2:01. A - 703.
Stanford Hits - Fuld, Quentin, Garko, Swope, Ash 2, Lowrie.
WSU Hits - Hart, Miller, Farrar, Richardson, McGrath, Falkenborg 2.
E - None. 2B - Quentin, Sope, Richardson, Falkenborg. 3B - None.

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