February 13, 1998
TEMPE, Ariz. -- An eight-run eighth inning fueled by six Washington State walks broke a 1-1 tie, and gave the Arizona State Sun Devils a 9-1 win Friday night at Packard Stadium.
Washington State (2-2) starting pitcher Jammal Gaines was impressive in his second start of the season. He held the #6 ranked Sun Devils to one run and only three hits in seven solid innings of work. Gaines (1-0) was pulled from the game in the Sun Devil half of the eighth with the score tied 1-1. Dave Wheeler (0-1) threw just four pitches in his appearance, but the four balls proved to be enough to record his first loss of the year. In just one inning of work, the Cougar bullpen gave up eight runs, three Sun Devil hits, and six costly base-on-balls.
Arizona State (9-2) starting pitcher Ryan Mills (3-1) was equally impressive as Gaines in his eight innings of work. The preseason All-American gave up only one run and two Cougar hits to earn his third victory of the season. Ace releiver Chuck Crampton pitched a solid ninth inning to secure the Sun Devils ninth win of the season.
A pitchers' duel between Gaines and Mills kept the game scoreless until the sixth inning. Dusty Edler led off the sixth inning for the Cougs with a walk. After a wild pitch, a Shawn Stevenson single to left field, and a fielder's choice, the Cougars owned a 1-0 lead. ASU answered with a run of their own in the seventh when Sun Devil shortstop Richy Leon scored on a fielder's choice.
With the score tied 1-1 in the eighth, the flood gates opened by way of the Cougars bullpen. Willie Bloomquist, a Port Orchard, Wash. native, provided the back-breaker with a two-run single to center field, and third baseman Andrew Beinbrink added a two-run double to push ASU's lead to 7-1.
The Cougars could only manage two hits and six baserunners against Sun Devil pitching. Stevenson collected his sixth hit of the year, and Casey Kelley collected his 10th. Both Stevenson and Kelley are riding four-game hitting streaks. The Cougars left five runners on base in their second loss of the season.
The three game series continues Saturday with a 6 p.m. match-up with Todd Meldahl (0-1) or Wade Parrish (1-0) expected to start against Arizona State junior Phil Lowery (2-1). The series will conlude Sunday with a 12 p.m. contest at Packard Stadium.
WSU 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 2 0 ASU 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 x - 9 6 0 Jamaal Gaines, Dave Wheeler (8), Aaron Cozzens (8), Reggie Rivard(8), and Jeff Scherer Ryan Mills, Chuck Crampton (9), and Jeremy Jones, Greg Halvorson (9) . W - Mills (3-1); L - Wheeler (0-1); S - None , HR - None. T - 2:30 ; A - 1356. WSU Hits - Stevenson, Kelley. ASU Hits - Moreno, Leon, Bloomquist, Myers, Gosewisch. E - None. 2B - Kelley, Beinbrink . 3B - None.