May 6, 2001
PULLMAN - The WSU Cougar baseball team received solid pitching Sunday but saw its offense struggle for the second day in a row against Lewis-Clark State, mustering only four hits in a 5-1 loss at Bailey-Brayton Field. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 15-32 while the Warriors improve their record to 49-12.
Starter Tyson Thompson pitched five innings and gave up four runs, but only two earned, on five hits while striking out five LCSC hitters in the process. Zach Fisher came on in relief for the last four innings and allowed just two hits and struck out three to keep the Warrior offense at bay.
Garrett Alwert led off the second with a bloop single to center field, but was caught stealing in the next at-bat to start a streak of 21 consecutive batters retired by Warrior pitchers. Catcher Jon Baeder broke the streak in the ninth inning with a single to first base that saw the ball take a wicked bounce on its way to the edge of the infield, and Knight registered his second hit of the day with another infield single to the shortstop. Bailie grounded into a fielder's choice one batter later to retire Knight and end the game.
The next game for the Cougars will be against Southern California Saturday, May 12, in Los Angeles at Dedeaux Field. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.
LCSC 000 211 001 - 5 7 0 WSU 101 000 000 - 1 4 3 J.R. Crider (1), Nic Puckett (4), Nick Gravelle (8), Wes Hutchison (9) and Trevor Brown, Gabe Stadjuhar. Tyson Thompson (1), Zach Fisher (6) and Jon Baeder. W - Puckett (6-0). L - Thompson (1-4). Save - None. HR - None. T - 2:23. A - 679. LCSC Hits - Hellman, Koshelnik, Brown, Knowlton, Ryan, Kimura, Osuna. WSU Hits - Knight 2, Alwert, Baeder. E - Gates, Baeder, Smith. 2B - Brown, Ryan. 3B - None.