April 12, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash. - Eddie Bonine pitched eight innings of five-hit ball, allowing no earned runs and striking out 10 to lead Washington State to a 4-2 win against Washington Friday night at Husky Ballpark.
"That's the best Bonine has pitched," WSU head coach Tim Mooney said. "I mean he was absolutely great. I can't say enough good things about what he did."
It was the second consecutive solid outing by Bonine (6-4). Last week, he pitched a complete game three-hitter in a win against Arizona State. Brandon Hundt got the last two outs of the game to notch his team-leading third save of the season, while Shawn Kohn (6-2) went the distance for the Huskies, but received the loss.
The win improved WSU to 14-18 overall and 2-5 in the Pac-10. Washington dropped to 13-17-1 and 1-3.
Bonine's gem was backed by 11 hits from the WSU lineup. Third baseman Jeff LaRue went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in two runs. LaRue now has nine hits in last 16 at-bats. Right fielder Collin Henderson was 3-for-4.
"Jeff LaRue is our best hitter right now - he's just so hot at the plate," Mooney said. "What I liked about the offense today was the way we executed. We were running the offense extremely well."
The Cougars struck first in the top of the second inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Baeder grounded into a double play, but it was enough to score LaRue, giving WSU a 1-0 lead.
WSU tacked two more runs on the board in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded, LaRue came through with a double to left field that plated Henderson and Evan Hecker to stretch the Cougar lead to 3-0.
The Huskies scored all their runs in the bottom of the eighth. Brandon Jacobson ledoff the inning by reaching on an error by WSU shortstop Derek Bruce. He later came home on a fielder's choice to make it 4-1. Tyler Davidson followed with an RBI single that plated Tila Reynolds to cut the Cougar lead to 4-2. But Bonine then got the last out to end the UW threat.
Billy Gorrell and then Hundt closed out the Huskies in the final frame to secure the win. Hundt got Husky slugger Jay Garthwaite to hit a grounder back to the mound with two outs and the bases loaded to end the UW rally.
The two teams meet again Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game will be shown on tape delay on Fox Sports Northwest at 5 p.m.
WSU 010 002 010 - 4 11 2
Washington 000 000 020 - 2 5 0
Eddie Bonine, Billy Gorrell (9), Brandon Hundt (9) and Jon Baeder.
Shawn Kohn and Aaron Hathaway.
W - Bonine (6-4). L - Kohn (6-2). Save - Hundt (3). HR - None.
T - 3:02. A - 447.
WSU Hits - Hecker, Hart, Stahlke, LaRue 2, Falkenborg, Mortimer, Baeder, Henderson 3.
Washington Hits - Reynolds 2, Davison 2, Hathaway.
E - Gates, Bruce. 2B - LaRue, Henderson, Reynolds. 3B -None.