Cougars Storm Back For 14-5 Win Over Sac State

May 10, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Washington State spotted visiting Sacramento State five runs, then used the long ball to roar back and capture a 14-5 non-conference baseball win Saturday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.

The Cougars didn't get their first hit until the third inning, but from the fourth through the sixth inning, they blasted four doubles and home runs by Jay Miller, Grant Richardson and Wes Falkenborg to take a 8-5 lead. Richardson has now hit home runs in six straight games, equaling the WSU record set by Casey Kelley in 1997.

Starter Bryce Chamberlin (4-5) struggled early, then settled down and was nearly untouchable for his final six innings. WSU's (17-31) win was its third straight and second over the Hornets. Chamberlin, after giving up six hits in the first two innings, gave up just one more hit in the next six innings before Brett Betham and Billy Gorrell finished up in the ninth. Chamberlin struck out a career high 10 Hornets.

Sacramento State (30-23) starter Mel Cuckovich (0-2) left the game in the sixth, leading 5-4, but with two runners on base. He was relieved by his older brother Steve Cuckovich, but the second Hornet pitcher couldn't halt WSU's comeback as the Cougars scored five times in the inning to take the lead 8-5.

Derek Bruce led WSU's 13-hit attack with a 4-for-5 day, including two doubles. He also stole two bases. Catcher Jon Baeder added three hits and drove home three runs for WSU.

WSU got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Miller led off with a home run. After Richardson walked, Falkenborg followed with his deep ball, cutting the visitor lead to 5-3.

In the sixth, Richardson started the inning with his 13th home run of the year. Jacobsen added a run-scoring double and Jon Baeder followed him with another double that scored two more runs. Miller's single sent the fifth Cougar run of the inning home.

The Cougars added a single run in the seventh when Bruce led off the inning with a single, stole second and third and scored on Baeder's third hit of the day.

The Hornet defense then fell apart in the eighth inning as WSU added five more runs. The Cougars took advantage of two fielding errors and one throwing error, plus a pair of wild pitches, a run-scoring double by Steve Mortimer and a single by Bruce that scored another run.

The two teams conclude their three-game series Sunday in a noon game. Aaron MacKenzie is expected to be WSU's starting pitcher as the Cougs go for a fourth straight win.

Sacramento State 320 000 000 - 5 7 3
Washington State 000 305 15x - 14 13 1
Bryce Chamberlin, Brett Beetham (9), Billy Gorrell (9) and Jon Baeder.
Mel Cuckovich, Steve Cuckovich (6), Renecke Stelzriede (6), Joe Guntz (8) and Brian Blauser.
W - Chamberlin (4-5). L - M. Cuckovich (0-2). Save - None. HR - Miller (2), Richardson (13), Falkenborg (3).
T - 2:56. A - 343.
Sacremento State Hits - Reimer 3, Hinkle, Schmidt, Acha, LeVier.
WSU Hits - Miller 2, Richardson, Mortimer, Falkenborg, Bruce 4, Jacobsen, Baeder 3.
E - Hinkle, Acha 2, Baeder. 2B - Acha, Mortimer, Bruce 2, Jacobsen, Baeder. 3B - None.

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