May 4, 2001
PULLMAN - Washington State third baseman Brent Robertson was stranded at third base as the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Cougars nearly came back from a 10-run deficit for the second time in the season, but the Cougs lost a wild 15-14 game to the Lewis-Clark State Warriors Friday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field. WSU dropped to 15-30 for the season while LCSC improved to 47-12.
After the Warriors took a 1-0 in the top of the first, starting pitcher Garrett Alwert helped his own cause as he drove in Bookie Gates with a two-out double in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at a run each. Gates broke the tie with a solo shot over the left field fence in the third, and he and Mike Knight drove in one run each in the fourth to give WSU a three run lead at 4-1.
The Warriors broke the game open with 10 runs in their half of the fifth, as LCSC's lineup batted around before an out was recorded and every hitter in the lineup scored at one point in the frame. Alwert surrendered little to the Warriors through the firs four innings, giving up only four hits during that time, but he was roughed up in the fifth when the first five Warrior hitters reached base safely. LCSC's designated hitter Jay Knowlton hit a three run blast off reliever Lanakila Niles, which was followed by Nick Walker's two run blast off Nick Kenyon that game LCSC an 11-4 lead.
After giving up four more runs to LCSC in the seventh and down 15-5, WSU battled back in the bottom of the inning, scoring seven runs to pull within three, highlighted by Justin Williams' lead off home run, his fifth of the season. Evan Hecker drove in two more runs, scoring Robertson and Jon Baeder, and Hecker later scored as well thanks to a Stefan Bailie single up the middle.
The Cougars continued to chip away at the lead in the eighth inning as they cut the Warriors' lead to one run as both Knight and Gates capped each of their four-for-six and efforts by driving in another run. In the ninth, Robertson doubled with one out to put the tying run on board, but Tanner Kahler grounded out to short and Richard Hall flied to left the end the game.
The next game for the Cougs will be against LCSC Saturday in Lewiston at Harris Field. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.
LCSC 100 0(10)0 400 - 15 16 1 WSU 101 2 0 1 720 - 14 21 0 Collin Pershon (1), Ryan Heitmann (4), Ben Royce (5), Ricky Bostick, Nick Gravelle (6), Hutchinson (9) an dGabe Stadjuhar. Garrett Alwert (1), Lanakila Niles, Nick Kenyon (5), Sean Donlin (7), Donny Davis (8) and Jon Baeder W - Heitmann (3-1). L - Alwert (2-4). Save - Hutchinson (4). HR - Walker (8), Brown (10), Knowlton (3),Gates (7), Williams (5). T - 3:43. A - 675. LCSC Hits - Koshelnik, Walker 3, Hellman 2, Stadjuhar 2, Brown 2, Knowlton 3, Kimura, Osuna. WSU Hits - Hecker 2, Knight 4, Gates 4, Bailie 3, Alwert 3, Williams, Robertson, Baeder, Hall 2. E - Walker. 2B - Satdjuhar, Osuna, Knight, Gates, Alwert, Robertson. 3B - None.