California Hands WSU a 4-0 Shutout

May 29, 2004

California used clutch hitting, solid defense and Mike Padgett's pitching to hand the Washington State Cougars their second shutout of the season, a 4-0 setback in a Pacific-10 Conference baseball game Saturday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Padgett (5-5) scattered six hits over 7.1 innings and took full advantage of three inning-ending double plays to hold WSU in check as the Bears (25-30 overall, 9-14 Pac -10) evened the weekend series.

WSU starter Aaron MacKenzie (6-8) threw 7.2 innings and gave up nine hits and all four runs while striking out 10 Bear batters. Wayne Daman Jr. finished up for WSU with 1.1 innings of hitless ball.

The Cougars had some scoring chances, including a bases loaded situation in the ninth, but inning-ending double plays in the fourth, sixth and seventh frames kept the Bears on top.

Meanwhile California pecked away at the Cougar starter, scoring single runs in the second, third, seventh and eighth innings.

In the second frame, Justin Nelson walked to open the inning and later scored on a single by Jeremy Burchett. An inning later David Weiner gave the Bears a 2-0 lead when he homered over the right center field fence.

MacKenzie then retired eight straight batters and held the visitors scoreless until the seventh when Matt Einspahr doubled with one out and then scored on a single by Jeff Dragicevich that just barely eluded a diving J. J. Burress in short left field.

The Bear's final run came in the eighth when Garrett Bussier singled with two outs and then scored on Brennan Boesch's double. At that point WSU brought in Damon Jr. and he retired the final out of the inning.

The Cougars had their scoring chances. In the fourth, after Zach Kosturos singled with one out, but the first of the three double plays retired the Cougars. Two innings later with Jay Miller at first, a second double play sent WSU back to the field. Then, in the seventh Zach McAngus walked to lead off and then, after a pop out, was wiped out in another double play.

WSU's best chance for a early score came in the third when Burress doubled to short right field and two outs later Miller was hit by a pitch. With runners on first and third, Grant Richardson hit a solid fly ball to left field that took the Bear's Boesch to the warning track.

The Cougars also had a chance to score in the eighth inning when Collin Henderson collected a pinch hitter single and eventually moved to third when Jason Freeman's grounder forced Kaeo Rubin at second. The scoring opportunity ended with Miller's grounder to third.

WSU's final opportunity came in the ninth when Richardson singled and McAngus singled and then moved to second and third when Kosturos grounded out to first. Bear relief pitcher Jesse Ingram, who took over before Kosturos came to the plate, then struck out Justin Hart, walked Zach Franklin and struck out pinch hitter Jeremy Farrar to end the game.

The two teams conclude the three-game series and the season with a single game at noon Sunday Bailey-Brayton Field.

California	011	000	110	-	4	9	0WSU	000	000	000	-	0	7	1Mike Padgett, Matt Swanson (8), Jesse Ingram (9) and Garrett Bussiere.Aaron MacKenzie, Wayne Daman Jr. (8) and Brandon Reddinger, Zach Frnaklin (8).W - Padgett (5-5). L - MacKenzie (6-8). Save - Ingram (10). HR - Weiner (9).T - 2:39. A - 327California Hits - Weiner 2, Boesch 2, Burchett, Nelson, Einspahr, Dragicevich, Bussier.WSU Hits - Rubin, Kosturos 2, Burress, Miller, Henderson, Richardson.E - MacKenzie. 2B - Weiner, Boesch, Burress. 3B - None.
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