April 16, 2001
PULLMAN - WSU infielders Bookie Gates and Stefan Bailie each hit two home runs to lead the Cougar baseball team past the Central Washington Wildcats 17-7 Monday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field. Gates matched a career high by driving in six runs and WSU Head Coach Tim Mooney emptied his bench as almost every position player saw action on the field. With the non-conference win, Washington State improved to 14-24 for the season while Central Washington dropped to 19-18.
Down 1-0, Gates accounted for all three runs in the bottom of the third inning with a blast over the left-center field fence to give the Cougs a lead they would not relinquish.
In the fourth inning, WSU's offense sprung to life as Tyson Boston started a string of eight straight Cougar hits and runs with no outs, singling to left field and later scoring on a Brandon Reddinger single to right field. Justin Williams hit the first of three WSU home runs in the inning with a three-run shot of his own to increase the Cougs' lead to 7-1. After a pair of doubles off the bats of Evan Hecker and Brent Robertson, Gates hit his second home run of the day, a two run-round-tripper, and Stefan Bailie followed hit his 11th homer of the year to make it an 11-1 ballgame.
The runs kept coming for the Cougars in the fifth and sixth innings, as Robertson drove in Reddinger before Gates sent Williams across the plate in the fifth to increase the lead to twelve runs. In the sixth inning, Adrian Thomas cleared the bases with a three-run single with two outs for a 16-1 WSU advantage.
Bailie capped off the Cougars' scoring for the ballgame with his second solo-home run of the day with one out in the seventh inning. Bailie finished the day two-for-five, matching Reddinger's two-for-five effort, and finished with two RBI.
Starter Garrett Alwert threw four innings, giving up one run on four hits buts no walks to earn his second win of the year. Lanakila Niles relieved Alwert in the fifth and shut out the Wildcats through the next three innings while surrendering only one hit. The Wildcats were able to score six runs in the eighth inning off reliever Tony Auckland, but Donny Davis retired the side in the inning and Sean Donlin recorded a one-two-three inning in the ninth to end the ballgame.
The next game for the Cougars will be on the road in Corvallis, Oregon, as the squad will take on Pac-10 rival Oregon State. The first contest of the three-game weekend series will be Friday, April 20, with game time scheduled for 3 p.m.
CWU 001 000 060 - 7 11 2 WSU 003 823 10x - 17 16 1 Saul Hardin (1), Kevin Jamison (4), Josh Roberts (8), and Brandon Templer. Garrett Alwert (1), Lanakila Niles (5), Tony Auckland, Donny Davis (8), Sean Donlin (9), and Brandon Reddinger. W - Alwert (2-1). L - Hardin (0-1). Save - None. HR - Gates 2 (6), Bailie 2 (12), Williams (WSU) (4). T - 2:25. A - 267. CWU Hits - Williams 2, Brownlee, Hill 3, Akins, McCarthy, Templer, Chamaty. WSU Hits - Hecker, Thomas, Robertson, Gates 2, Bailie 2, Alwert, Sullivan, Boston, Hall, Smith, Reddinger 2, Williams, Philley. E - Williams (CWU) 2, Knight. 2B - Williams (CWU), McCarthy, Hecker, Robertson, Hall. 3B - None.