Feb. 24, 2002
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- - Despite holding a 4-0 lead after three innings of play, Washington State was unable to fend-off host Texas A&M Sunday night in a 6-4 loss at the Texas A&M Continental Classic at Olsen Field.
Jamin Svendsen (1-1) got the loss for WSU (5-5) for his one inning of work. Svendsen allowed three hits and two runs in the losing effort. Chris French (1-0) captured the win for the Aggies (10-2). Todd Deninger picked up his first save of the season.
"I don't feel we lost this game," WSU head coach Tim Mooney said. "This was a great, great college baseball game. If you look at it in terms of wins and losses, yeah, it wasn't successful. But we did a lot of good things out there. You have to give credit to Texas A&M, they earned it."
Svendsen followed starter Josh Bartlome in the fourth inning. Bartlome, a true freshman making his first start, went 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits. Junior Billy Gorrell had a solid outing, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on just two hits.
"Bartlome pitched great for his first collegiate start," Mooney said. "But he got into trouble in the fourth and couldn't get out of it. He just couldn't find the strike zone again."
At the plate, the Cougars were led by the efforts of senior second baseman Bookie Gates and freshman first baseman Grant Richardson. The duo both hit two-run home runs, Richardson in the second inning and Gates in the third.
Richardson's home run, his second of the season, came off of French and brought home Jeff LaRue to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. Gates' bomb plated Mike Andrusco and extended the WSU lead to 4-0.
"Bookie just hit a stone to centerfield and Grant hit the ball hard too, to give us that early lead," Mooney said. "We had some good at-bats, but that won't show in the box score. They just made some outstanding defensive plays. That was the difference."
WSU gave up five runs to the Aggies in the top of the fourth and another run in the top of the fifth. The Cougars mounted one last rally in the bottom of the ninth. With the tying run on second base, Deninger got pinch-hitter Garrett Alwert to pop-up to shortstop to end the game.
The Cougars will complete the four-day tournament tomorrow with a doubleheader. WSU will meet Kentucky at 8 a.m. and Pepperdine at 11 a.m.
Texas A&M 000 510 000 - 6 9 0
WSU 022 000 000 - 4 6 2
Chris French, Todd Deninger (6) and Justin Pouk.
Josh Bartlome, Jamin Svendsen (4), Billy Gorrell (5) and Brandon Reddinger.
W - French (1-0). L - Svendsen (1-1). Save - Deninger (1). HR - Wong (4), Gates (1), Richardson (2).
T - 2:41. A - 4145.
Texas A&M Hits - Evans 2, Wong, Petru 2, Mavroulis, Pouk, Reed 2.
WSU Hits - Hecker, Gates, LaRue, Richardson, Mortimer, Reddinger.
E - LaRue, Bartlome. 2B - Evans. 3B -None.