April 21, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The WSU baseball team saw its offense go from spectacular to vitually non-existent Saturday afternoon in a 10-9 loss to Oregon State at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Cougars scored four runs in the second and fourth innings, but then could not get a runner past first base until the ninth inning.
With the loss, Washington State falls to 14-26 (5-9 in Pac-10) while the Beavers improve to 24-16 (7-7).
WSU designated hitter Tyson Boston started off the scoring for either team as he drove in Bookie Gates with no outs in the second inning as Boston reached safely on Beaver shortstop Will Hudon's error, the first of two OSU errors in the inning. Shortstop Richard Hall's two-run single took advantage of the second error as Hall would ultimately reach third on the same play, but not before Boston and Brent Robertson crossed the plate to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead. Evan Hecker completed the Cougs' scoring in the inning when he singled in Hall to give WSU a 4-0 advantage after an inning and a half.
The Beavers climbed back in the game in their half of the second inning by scoring two runs off Cougar starter Zach Fisher, then tied the game at four in the third inning after Chris Biles plated two runs with a double.
The Cougs' bats came alive again with two outs in the fourth inning, as Adrian Thomas singled in Jon Baeder to give WSU the lead once again at 5-4. After Thomas advanaced to second on Mike Knight's infield single, Stefan Bailie cleared the bases with a three-run blast to give the Cougars a four run lead.
Oregon State took control of the game from the bottom of the fourth inning on, as they scored two more runs off Fisher in the fourth before Lanakila Niles went on the mound in relief. Fisher lasted three and one-third innings and gave up six runs on eight hits while striking out three batters.
The Beavers sliced the Cougar lead in half by scoring one run in the fifth, and Chris Biles' two-run home run gave OSU their first lead of the game and one they wouldn't relinquish at 9-8. Brian Barden singled in Oregon State's 10th run of the game for a two run Beaver lead after seven. OSU starter Josh Nicholson went the distance and earned his win in the last half of the ballgame, holding the Cougars scoreless from the fifth inning until the ninth.
In the ninth, Washington State attempted to extend the game at least one more half inning, but Boston's RBI single to left field that scored Bailie was the only offense the Cougars could produce in their last at-bat.
The final game of the season between the Cougs and the Beavers will be Sunday at noon in Corvallis.
WSU 040 400 001 - 9 14 0 OSU 022 212 10x - 10 15 3 Zach Fisher (1), Lanakila Niles (4), Garrett Alwert (7) and Jon Baeder. Scott Nicholson (1) and Bryan Ingram. W - Nicholson (8-2). L - Niles (0-3). Save - None. HR - Bailie (13), Biles (7). T - 2:47. A - 683 WSU Hits - Thomas 2, Knight, Bailie 2, Gates 3, Robertson 2, Boston, Baeder, Hall, Hecker. OSU Hits - Stark, Barden 4, Jarvis, Carter 2, Biles 3, McBride 2, Hudson, Gordon. E - Biles, Hudson 2. 2B - Robertson, Barden, Jarvis, Carter, Biles, McBride, Hudson. 3B - None.