Oct. 17, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Left-hander Bret DeRooy tossed a one-hit shutout and Gray defeated Crimson 5-0 in game four of the Washington State Fall World Series.
DeRooy (1-1) struck out three and did not walk a batter in the six-inning game. He faced 19 batters, one over the minimum. With the victory Gray evened the best-of-five series at two games apiece. The winner-take-all game five is scheduled for Wednesday. First pitch time has not been announced.
Jason Monda reached on an error with one out in the bottom of the first against DeRooy. The southpaw responded by retiring the next 12 men he faced. DeRooy was five outs away from a no-hitter when Jay Ponciano singled. Ponciano was erased when Josh Bircher bounced into a double play and DeRooy set Crimson down in order in the sixth to complete the gem.
Gray staked DeRooy to a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first against Crimson starter Spencer Jackson (1-1). With one out, Patrick Claussen and Derek Jones singled to put runners at the corners. Jones was caught stealing, but Claussen raced home on the play with the game's first run. It was the only run Jackson yielded in four innings of work.
In the fifth, Sal Arena and Paul Clingan worked one-out walks against Crimson reliever Travis Cook. After Brett Jacobs struck out, Claussen laced a two-run double in the right-center field gap to give Gray a 3-0 advantage. Jones followed with a run-scoring single to cap the rally.