March 30, 2003
IRVINE, Calif. - - Washington State received eight solid innings from starter Aaron MacKenzie in a 4-2 win against host UC Irvine Sunday at Anteater Ballpark.
MacKenzie (2-3) allowed two runs on six hits in his best effort of the season for WSU (8-19). Nick Kenyon pitched a scoreless ninth to record his first save of the season. Michael Koehler (1-3) pitched 2.1 innings, allowing one run on one hit in the losing effort for the Anteaters (11-19).
The win gave the Cougars their first series victory of the season.
At the plate, Jay Miller was 2-of-5 with and RBI, while Wes Falkenborg was 2-for-4, hitting his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning. Jon Horwitz and Matt Fisher had two hits each to lead UC Irvine.
The WSU lead held until the Anteaters added a run in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score.
Falkenborg's homer in the sixth gave the Cougars another short-lived lead, as UC Irvine knotted the score at two in the bottom of the eighth.
WSU took the lead for good with a two-run ninth. With two outs, Jon Baeder doubled to right centerfield and scored when the next batter, Robert Stahlke, singled. Miller followed with a single to right centerfield, scoring Zapper McGrath, who pinch-ran for Stahlke.
Kenyon allowed one hit in the ninth, but quickly ended the Anteater threat, getting the final two outs on routine fly-outs to nail down the win.
The Cougars make a trip to Spokane Tuesday, where they'll meet Gonzaga at 2 p.m. at August/A.R.T. Stadium. WSU returns to Pac-10 play Friday, when they make their first appearance of the season at Bailey-Brayton Field with a three-game set with Stanford. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.
WSU 100 001 002 - 2 10 0
UCI 000 100 010 - 2 7 0
Aaron MacKenzie, Nick Kenyon (9) and Brandon Reddinger, Jon Baeder (7).
Paul French, Steve Schroer (7), Michael Koehler (7), Phil Tripoli (9), Chris Nicoll (9), Keith Raulinaitis (9) and Jeff Werhun.
W - MacKenzie (2-3). L - Koehler (1-3). Save - Kenyon (1). HR - Falkenborg (1).
T - 2:23. A - 612.
WSU Hits - Hart, Stahlke, Miller 2, Farrar, Richardson, Falkenborg 2, Reddinger, Baeder.
UCI Hits - Horwitz 2, Klemm, Wagner, Falk, Fisher 2.
E - None. 2B - Baeder, Fisher. 3B - None.