March 18, 1998
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Shawn Stevenson's clutch run-scoring triple in the sixth inning gave the Cougars the lead and they never looked back in scoring 14 runs over the final three frames to post a 18-4 non-conference baseball win over host Gonzaga Wednesday at August/A.R.T. Stadium.
Starting slow, the Cougars (8-10) snapped a three-game losing streak by overcoming Gonzaga's (2-16) early 3-1 lead, thanks to a 16-hit attack that included Casey Kelley's team-leading sixth home run of the year. Scott Randall and Greg Mitchell each had three hits, while Kelley and Steve Curran had two hits each. Robin Guiver (1-0), the second of five WSU pitchers, picked up the win.
Matt Kearney (0-3) took the loss for Gonzaga. He was the third of six Bulldog pitchers. Travis Knight and Adam Stokey each had three hits, while three other Bulldogs had one hit each.
Jason Grove started on the mound for WSU and worked three innings, walking two and striking out two. When he left, Gonzaga had a 3-1 lead. Guiver allowed just two hits in his two innings of work, while Ole Vigeland followed with a near-perfect two innings and Les McTavish did the same for one inning. Neither Cougar pitcher allowed a hit as WSU took control. Shane Rice finished up for WSU, throwing the ninth inning while giving up Gonzaga's last run.
Kelley and Mitchell each had run-scoring singles as WSU tied the game 3-3 with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. In the sixth Justin Mentink led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Scherer. Stevenson then picked up his only hit of the afternoon with a triple to the corner in right field, scoring Mentink with the go-ahead run.
WSU came back to score three more times in the seventh, added six runs in the eighth and closed out the afternoon with five runs in the ninth. In the seventh Steve Curran had a run-scoring single, while Ryan Smith and Steve Gleason each scored runners with sacrifice flies.
Kelley's home run scored six runs in the eighth, while Gleason drove home another run in the inning. Ray Hattenburg had a run-scoring single in the ninth and Randall drove home two runs with a double.
While the Cougars hit the ball well against Gonzaga, five Bulldog errors also contributed to the host club's loss, resulting in 10 unearned runs for WSU. All four Gonzaga runs were earned, although WSU did have two errors.
Stokey drove home three of Gonzaga's runs with his three hits. His fielder's choice groundout in the first scored Knight, while in the third inning his single to center field scored Knight to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead. He also had a single to center in the ninth that scored Bo Hart.
WSU returns to action Saturday, hosting Oregon State in the first of four Pac-10 North games. The two teams play a doubleheader Sunday, then conclude with a single game Monday. All contests, including Saturday's 1:00 p.m. opener will be played at Bailey Field.
WSU 010 021 365 - 18 16 2 Gonzaga 201 000 001 - 4 9 5 Jason Grove, Robin Guiver (4), Ole Vigeland (6), Les McTavish (8), Shane Rice (9) and Jeff Scherer, Ryan Smith (6). Nick Hess, Tucker Urdahl (3), Matt Kearney (6), Forrest Higgins (8), Jason Sazama (8), Kevin Workman (9) and Scott Asan. W - Guiver 1-0; L - Kearney 0-3; S - None, HR - Kelley (6). T - 3:22; A - 218. WSU Hits - Stevenson, Randall 3, Robertson, Kelley 2, Mitchell 3, Curran 2, Hattenburg, Mentink, Smith, Gleason. Gonzaga Hits - Taylor, Knight 3, Hart, Stokey 3, Arnott. E - Kelley, Edler, Knight, Hart, Workman 3. 2B - Randall, Taylor, Knight. 3B - Stevenson.