April 4, 1998
SEATTLE -- Todd Meldahl threw his first complete game as a Cougar to lead the Washington State baseball team to a 7-5 victory over the Washington Huskies in the first game of a double header Saturday at the new Husky Ballpark. In the nightcap, Washington's freshman starter Jeff Carlsen threw a one-hit complete game shutout to salvage the split for the Huskies in an 8-0 victory.
Meldahl (3-3) recorded the third complete game of the season for the Cougar (14-12, 4-2 Pac-10 North) pitching staff. In the shortened seven inning game, Meldahl went all the way while allowing only six hits and three earned runs. In the second game the Husky (18-9, 5-2) bats came alive to scatter eight hits off Cougar starter Wade Parrish (4-2). Parrish was touched for seven runs, while giving up three home runs.
In the second game, the Huskies looked to starter Jeff Carleson to stop the two game skid. Carlesen, a freshman out of Poulsbo, Wash., was near-perfect in route to his nine-inning, one-hit performance. Through five and two-thirds innings, Carleson had not allowed a hit, but Casey Kelley broke up the no-hitter with a sharp single. Carlesen allowed only six Cougar runners to reach base and at one time retired nine batters in a row. The tall right hander struck out six Cougs and walked four. Matt Hampton (3-3) was tagged for the loss in the first game allowing 11 his and seven earned runs.
Shawn Stevenson was 3-for-4 in the morning game and Greg Mitchell continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 game. Casey Kelley had a repeat performance of Friday's series opener with his second first inning home run in as many games. Freshman Jason Grove also contributed a three-run home run to push his season total to six in the winning cause. Kelley was the only Washington State player to record a hit off Carlsen in game two.
The Huskies were led by Ryan Lentz, who turned in a two home run performance to break out of an 0-for-10 slump. Catcher Ryan Bundy also had a home run in the Huskies first win of the series. Team USA member Chris Magruder reached base six out of nine times for the day and stole three bases.
The Cougs struck first with the two-run home run by Kelley that wrapped just inside the left field foul pole. Jason Grove added a three-run home run in the third to put the Cougs up 5-0.
Washington State now leads the series 2-1 and are within a half game of the lead in the Pac-10 North. They are tied with Oregon State, who need just one more game to complete a sweep of Portland State. The four-game series will conclude Sunday at 1 p.m. with Dave Wheeler (1-2) scheduled to take the mound for WSU. The win in the first game Saturday was the third this season for the Cougs against ranked opponents. The Cougs now have 14 wins on the season, which already surpasses last years total of 13.
WSU 203 120 0 - 7 12 4 UW 000 201 2 - 5 6 1 Todd Meldahl, and Ryan Smith. Matt Hampton, Wayne Lee (7), and Pete Orgill. W - Meldahl (3-3); L - Hampton (3-3); S - None, HR - Grove (6), Kelley (11). T - 2:42. WSU Hits - Stevenson 3, Randall, Kelley, Mitchell 2, Grove, Curran, Smith, Gleason 2. UW Hits - Magruder 2, Miller, Ticen, Orgill, Woods. E - Stevenson, Mitchell, Smith 2, Whitemarsh. 2B - Curran, Smith, Geason, Ticen. 3B - None.
WSU 000 000 000 - 0 1 1 UW 120 121 01x - 8 11 1 Wade Parrish, Aaron Cozzens (6), and Jeff Scherer. Jeff Carlsen, and Ryan Bundy. W - Carlsen (5-1); L - Parrish (4-2); S - None, HR - Bundy, Lentz 2. T - 2:31; A - 1565. WSU Hits - Kelley. UW Hits - Magruder, Woods, Miller 2, Lentz 2, Erickson 2, Bundy 2, Na. E - Robertson, Rittenhouse. 2B - Magruder, Erickson. 3B - None.