March 22, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Ray Hattenburg's first career home run ignited Washington State in a 9-0 shutout of Oregon State Sunday as the Cougars gained a split in their Pacific-10 Conference North doubleheader at Bailey Field. Oregon State captured the first game 6-2 behind the five-hit pitching of Andrew Checketts.
Wade Parrish (4-1) worked seven innings in the nightcap to pick up the win for WSU (10-11 overall, 2-1 in league play), while starter Brody Percell (2-3) took the loss for OSU (12-7-1, 1-2). In the seven-inning opener Checketts (5-1) struck out six and walked just one. Todd Meldahl (2-3), who worked into the sixth inning, took the loss for the Cougars.
After struggling at the plate against Checketts, WSU collected nine hits in the second game, including Hattenburg's three-run home that finished off a six-run Cougar rally in the seventh. Holding on to a 1-0 lead since the first inning, the Cougs took advantage of two timely hits, two walks, a hit batter, an error and one wild pitch to score six times.
With the bases loaded thanks to a walk, a hit batter and an error, WSU scored its first run of the seventh on a wild pitch by Percell. After Oregon State called Mike Boire out of the bullpen to replace Percell, Boyd Robertson walked to filled the bases again. This time Casey Kelley collected WSU's first hit of the inning to score Shawn Stevenson and Dusty Edler. Hattenburg then hit his home run to right center off relief pitcher Val Mencas, boosting WSU to a 7-0 lead.
The Cougars then added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning when Steve Gleason doubled home Jason Grove and Jeff Scherer scored on a one-out bases loaded grounder by Robertson that was not handled cleanly by OSU shortstop Troy Schader.
Parrish was tough with men on base, although he walked seven while striking out four. Reggie Rivard worked the final two innings and allowed one hit as WSU picked up its first shutout in 103 games dating back to a 5-0 win over Portland State in April of 1996. OSU had scoring opportunities off both Parrish and Rivard, but ended the game stranding 11 runners on base.
Oregon State scored two runs in the first inning of the opener on solo home runs by Schader and Matt Bailie. In the fifth OSU picked up another run on Bailie's sacrifice fly that scored Corrie Wilkie. OSU then added two more runs in the sixth when Wilkie doubled home Garrett Bates and Casey Macomb. The Beavers closed out their scoring in the seventh when Rob Colley doubled home Eric Stark with two out.
WSU's only scoring off Checketts came in the sixth with OSU holding a 5-0 lead. The long ball accounted for both runs as Casey Kelley hit a team-leading seventh home run of the year over the fence in right center field and Greg Mitchell followed with his fourth home run, this one to left center. Jason Grove collected two of WSU's five hits in the short game, both doubles.
Game 1 OSU 200 012 1 - 6 9 1 WSU 000 002 0 - 2 5 0 Andrew Checketts and Ben Bertrand. Todd Meldahl, Aaron Cozzens (6) and Ryan Smith W - Checketts 5-1; L - Meldahl 2-3; S - None, HR - Schader (2), Bailie (3), Kelley (7), Mitchell (4). T - 2:09. OSU Hits - Wilkie, Schader 2, Bertrand, Bailie, Stark, Lipe, Colley, Bates. WSU Hits - Randall, Kelley, Mitchell, Grove 2. E - Schader. 2B - Wilkie, Colley, Grove 2. 3B - None.
Game 2 OSU 000 000 000 - 0 6 2 WSU 100 000 62x - 9 9 0 Brody Percell, Mike Boire (7), Val mencas (7), Jeremy Rankin (8) and Ben Bertrand. Wade Parrish, Reggie Rivard (8) and Jeff Scherer. W - Parrish 4-1; L - Percell 2-3; S - None, HR - Hattenburg (1). T - 2:58; A - 271. OSU Hits - Wilkie 2, Conley, Lipe, Davis, Bates. WSU Hits - Stevenson 2, Randall, robertson, Kelley, Hattenburg, Grove, Scherer, Gleason. E - Schader, Lipe. 2B - Robertson, Grove, Gleason. 3B - Stevenson.