April 8, 2001
PULLMAN - "Offense" was the theme of the day at Bailey-Brayton Field Sunday, as the Washington State baseball team jumped out to a 14-5 lead over the Arizona Wildcats before winning by a final score of 17-14. The 17 runs were the most for the Cougar squad this season as they improve to 12-21 (4-5 in Pac-10) while Arizona dropped to 23-17 (6-6).
Shortstop Bookie Gates led all Cougar hitters as he recorded a perfect five-for-five day to go with six RBI and finished the game a triple away from the cycle. Adrian Thomas, Mike Knight, and Stefan Bailie were a productive top of the lineup for the home team as well, combining for nine hits in 15 at-bats with four RBI and scored 10 runs.
Arizona jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Cougars responded with three runs in their half of the inning, beginning with right fielder Knight's fourth home run of the year that sailed over the right field fence. In the next at-bat, Bailie collected his first of four singles on the day and later came around to score on a wild pitch to tie the game. Designated hitter Garrett Alwert gave WSU a lead it would never relinquish by driving in Gates with two outs to give the Cougars a 3-2 lead.
In the second, the Cougs' offensive fireworks continued as Knight drove in two more runs with a liner up the middle, and Gates hit a three-run blast to give WSU an 8-3 lead. Knight finished the game two-for-four with three RBI.
Thomas led off the third inning with a home run over the scoreboard in left-center field, and Alwert drove in a pair of runs for an 11-5 WSU lead after the Wildcats scored three runs of their own in the top of the inning. Second baseman Brent Robertson singled-in Tyson Boston to cap-off the Cougar scoring in the inning.
Gates kept sending runners across the plate by singling in Adrian Thomas in the fourth, and scoring Knight and Bailie with a double in the sixth inning. Thomas scored the final run of the game for WSU by scoring from second base on a wild pitch in the eighth.
Except for Donny Davis, who registered his third save of the year, Cougar pitching was not exactly dominating against Wildcat hitters. Starter Tony Banaszak and Jamin Svendsen combined to go eight-plus innings and pitched well enough to maintain the WSU lead throughout, with Banaszak getting his fourth win this season. Arizona designated hitter Matt Abram bested Gates' performance, collecting five hits by hitting for the cycle before a second home run in the ninth inning. Right fielder Shelley Duncan hit two bombs in finishing four-for-five with five RBI to give the Wildcats a chance at a series sweep.
The next game for the Cougs is Tuesday, April 10 against the Gonzaga Bulldogs, starting at 2 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Arizona 203 030 114 - 14 18 0
WSU 355 102 01x - 17 18 0
David Brockman (1), Joe Little, Anthony Sulser (2), Jason Martinez (3), Chris Goodman (6), Brian Anderson (8), and Ken Riley.
Tony Banaszak (1), Jamin Svendsen (6), Donny Davis (9), and Jon Baeder.
W - Banaszak (4-4). L - Brockman (0-2). Save - Davis (3). HR - Torres (3), Durazo (6), Duncan 2 (16), Abram 2 (8), Huff (2), Thomas (2), Knight (4), Gates (4).
T - 2:53. A - 425.
Arizona Hits - Hassey 2, Torres 2, Durazo 2, Duncan 4, Abram 5, Anderson, Huff, Duran.
WSU Hits - Thomas 3, Knight 2, Bailie 4, Gates 5, Alwert 2, Robertson 2.
E - None. 2B - Hassey, Durazo, Abram, Gates 2. 3B - Abram.