May 13, 2002
LEWISTON, Idaho - Nic Puckett limited Washington State to seven hits and went the distance as the Lewis-Clark State Warriors picked up a 6-4 win Monday night in a non-conference baseball game at Harris Field. The Warrior win evened the four-game season series at two wins each.
Starter Bryce Chamberlin (0-1), who went six strong innings in his longest outing of the season, took the loss for WSU (19-29), leaving the game trailing 4-3. Puckett (4-0) recorded his second consecutive complete game, throwing 141 pitches for LCSC (36-15).
Both clubs scored single tallies in the opening inning. The Cougars jumped in front 1-0 when Bookie Gates singled home Evan Hecker after the latter led off the game with a double over the left fielder's head. In the bottom of the inning the Warriors scored without benefit of a hit. LCSC leadoff hitter Micah Furtado was hit by a Chamberlin pitch to open the inning, moved to second on a passed ball and eventually scored on a Cougar error.
Chamberlin carried a no hitter into the fourth inning, but then ran into a bit of a problem, thanks to a pair of infield singles by Mike Madrid and Zeph Zinsman. Both Warrior batters collected singles when their hits ricocheted off Chamberlin's foot toward third base. Madrid eventually scored on Mark Gallagher's solid single to center, putting LCSC in the lead 2-1.
WSU responded in the sixth with a pair of runs, thanks to timely hits from Gates and Wes Falkenborg that gave the Cougs a 3-2 lead. Hecker singled to open the inning, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a double to right center by Gates. The Cougar second baseman then moved to third on a groundout and came home on Falkenborg's single between first and second.
The Warriors didn't let the Cougars enjoy the lead for long, responding in the bottom of the sixth with two runs on Zinsman's fifteenth home run of the season. His two-run blast was wind-blown over the left field fence and scored Tory Haven, who walked with one out.
The host club then added to their lead with two more runs in the seventh, both off Lanakila Niles, who took over for Chamberlin at the start of the inning. With Furtado on third and Ryan on second with a double, pinch hitter Gabe Stajduhar singled to right center, scoring both runners and putting LCSC on top 6-3.
WSU closed out the scoring with a single tally in the ninth, thanks to pinch hitter Robert Stahlke's two-out double that brought home Mike Andrusco. Andrusco was a pinch runner for Falkenborg, who opened the inning with a walk. Puckett then ended the game by forcing pinch hitter Brent Robertson to pop up just behind first base.
WSU resumes action Friday at Arizona in a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series. The first contest begins at 7 p.m.
WSU 100 002 001 - 4 7 4
LCSC 100 102 20x - 6 8 0
Bryce Chamberlin, Lanakila Niles (7), Zach Fisher (7) and Brandon Reddinger.
Nic Puckett and Tyler Best.
W - Puckett (4-0). L - Chamberlin (0-1). Save - None. HR - Zinsman (15).
T -2:24. A -197.
WSU Hits - Hecker 2, Gates 2, Boston, Falkenborg, Stahlke.
LCSC Hits - Madrid, Zinsman 3, Gallagher, Ryan, Furtado, Stajduhar.
E - LaRue3, Bruce. 2B - Hecker, Gates, Stahlke, Ryan.3B - None.