March 5, 1998
LAS VEGAS -- The Washington State baseball team pounded out 13 hits in route to a decisive 11-2 victory over local foe Lewis-Clark State Thursday in first round play at the UNLV Coors Desert Classic at Cashman Field.
Washington State (6-4) starter Wade Parrish (3-0) kept LCSC (8-3) in check at the plate allowing only one run over seven innings of work. Parrish gave up six Warrior hits and struck out four. Parrish improved his team leading ERA to 2.48. Sophomore Les McTavish spelled Parrish in relief and sealed the Cougs sixth victory of the '98 campaign. McTavish threw the last two innings in relief and allowed only one hit and one unearned run.
LCSC starter Tim Wetteland took the loss for the Warriors while lasting only 3.1 innings in his second appearance of the year. Wetteland surrendered seven hits and eight runs to the Cougar lineup. Owen McCalister was one of the bright spots for the Warriors, coming out of the bullpen to throw 2.2 innings of shut out ball. Brian Nannini was the offense for LCSC with his fourth inning solo home run.
Shortstop Shawn Stevenson led the way for WSU at the plate with a 3-for-5 day in his customary lead-off spot. With a third inning single Stevenson extended his school record hitting streak to 28 games. The 5-8, 140 pounder also added his fourth career home run in the eighth with a solo shot over the right field fence.
Leftfielder Scott Randall also enjoyed a three-hit day and pushed across three runs. Catcher Jeff Scherer broke out of a mild slump and raised his average 69 points from .231 to .300 with a 3-for-4 day. Greg Mitchell added two hits in the win and hit his first round tripper of the season.
The Cougs jumped on the Warriors in the second putting up two runs. Scherer landed the big blow with a two run triple to center field. After a solo home run by LCSC's Brian Nannini in the fourth, the Cougars exploded for five runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning. Scott Randall pushed across three of the five runs with a bases loaded double to left center field.
With an 8-1 lead at his back, Parrish took control until his exit in the eighth, allowing only one hit between the fifth and eighth innings. Washington State added two more runs in the seventh on Greg Mitchell's two out, two-run home run to left centerfield. Stevenson accounted for the Cougars last run of the afternoon with a solo home run. McTavish closed the game for the Cougs with a 1-2-3 eighth and a solid ninth.
With the win, the Cougs broke a nine game loosing streak against the Warriors. The Cougars were winless in seven tries last year against LCSC. Next up for Washington State will be a 10 a.m. contest against 23 ranked Ohio State. Dave Wheeler will be making his first start of the year on the mound. Friday's game will be played at Earl E. Wilson Field on the UNLV campus.
LCSC 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 - 2 7 1 WSU 0 2 1 5 0 0 2 1 x - 11 13 3 Tim Wetteland, Owen McCalister (4), Todd Menti (7), and Barry Larson, Gil Pierce (7). Wade Parrish, Les McTavish (8), and Jeff Scherer. W - Parrish (3-0); L - Wetteland (0-1); S - None, HR - Stevenson (2), Mitchell (1), Nannini (1). T - 2:35; A - 212. LCSC Hits - Riley, Pierce, Flanagan 2, Nannini, Heriford, Larson. WSU Hits - Stevenson 3, Randall 3, Kelley 2, Mitchell 2, Scherer 3. E - Kline, Stevenson, Randall, Kelley. 2B - Randall, Riley. 3B - Scherer.