February 5, 1998
SAN DIEGO -- Wade Parrish threw seven innings of two run, six hit ball to lead the Washington State Cougars to a 13-6 season opening crushing of San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium Thursday.
Parrish (1-0), led the way on the mound, striking out four in his seven innings of work. The win for the Cougars (1-0) gave WSU its first season-opening win since 1993 when they beat Eastern Oregon State.
Jeff Scherer, in his first game as a Coug, had a big day at the plate; going 2-for-4 and drove in six runs. His fifth inning grand slam over the left field fence put the Cougs up by seven runs, 9-2. Shawn Stevenson went 2-for-6 in the lead-off position, including his third career home run. Also in his first game as a Cougar, Boyd Robertson was 3-for-5, with pushing two runs across the plate. Stevenson and Robertson shored up the middle infield with no errors in seven attempts. Casey Kelley also added his first home run of the year, an opposite field shot, to go along with two singles.
The Cougars won this one at the plate scoring 13 runs, while collecting 16 hits, including three home runs. WSU put a runner on base in each of the nine innings, and 27 total for the game.
Washington State is scheduled to set battle with defending Conference USA tournament champion Houston, at 1:00 Friday. WSU will finish up their first road trip Saturday with a pair of games. The first being a 1:00 game with Houston, and the latter a 6:00 nightcap with SDSU. All games will be played at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
WSU 0 4 1 0 4 0 2 0 2 - 13 16 3 SDSU 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 - 6 10 1 WSU Parrish, Rivard (8), Cozzens (9), and Scherer. SDSU Samadani, Hughes (2), Seiler (4), Halverson (5), Eppeneder (6), Herrora (8), and Rogers, Lopez W - Parrish (1-0); L - Samadani (0-1); S - None, HR - Stevenson, Kelley, Scherer, Comeaux. T - 3:02; A - 364. WSU Hits - Stevenson, Robertson, Mitchell, Kelley, Grove, Hattenburg, Randall, Scherer. SDSU Hits - Ramos, Kolb, Hurd, Pelaez, Comeaux, Lockhart, Hammons, Kim. E - Kelley, Edler, Cozzens, Mora. 2B - Stevenson, Robertson, Scherer, Ramos, Pelaez 3B - Kolb, Hurd