April 10, 1998
PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Portland State baseball team scored in only three innings, but prevailed with the 9-6 victory over the Washington State Cougars in Pac-10 North play Friday afternoon at Civic Stadium.
The Vikings (11-18, 1-8 Pac-10 North) were led by second baseman David Ferres who turned in a 4-for-5 day off three WSU pitchers. Catcher Neal Andrade turned in a 3-for-4 afternoon, including a double and a solo home run. Shortstop Charlie Curry added a three-run home run. Viking starting pitcher Scott Oyler was not spectacular in his outing, but came away with the win with his six innings of work. Oyler (2-1) gave up nine hits and five runs while striking out six.
Washington State (14-14, 4-4) starter Jamaal Gaines (2-4) was roughed up in his outing giving up 12 hits and seven runs in only four and a third innings. Les McTavish entered in relief of Gaines and gave up two runs in just over an inning of work. Hard throwing Aaron Cozzens pitched the final two innings and was perfect not giving up a hit or a run.
The top five in the Cougar lineup; Sevenson, Randall, Kelley, Mitchell, and Grove; were a combined 10-for-21, with two doubles, a triple, a home run, and five of the six RBIs. Mitchell turned in the most notable performance as he continued his hot hitting from the UW series. The third baseman was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. Kelley was 2-for-3 with a double and both Randall and Stevenson recorded two hits apiece.
The Cougs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Jason Grove scored on a Ryan Smith sacrifice fly. Grove led the inning off with a triple down the right field line, his second of the year. In the third the Cougs took a 5-0 lead, much to the help of Mitchell's sixth homer of the year, a three-run blast over the right field fence.
In the fourth inning, the Vikings started on the comeback trail and closed the Cougar lead to just one, 5-4. Portland State struck again for three runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth to take the lead 9-5.
Washington State couldn't start any kind of a rally, as they were shut out for five innings before scoring a single run in the top of the ninth. Portland State's Adam Flohr pitched the final three innings in relief for the Vikings and gave up only one run to earn his first save of the year. The Vikings out-hit the Cougs 15-12 and for the sixth time this season WSU did not commit an error.
The Cougars and Vikings will continue their Pac-10 North rivalry tomorrow at 12 p.m. for the first game of a doubleheader. The Cougs are now all alone in third place in the NorPac, while Oregon State (6-2) and Washington (6-3) are locked in a series showdown for sole possession of first place. The Beavers defeated the Huskies Friday 4-2 to take a half game lead in the Pac-10 North. Todd Meldahl (3-3) and Dave Wheeler (1-2) are expected to get the starts on the mound for Washington State.
WSU 014 000 001 - 6 12 0 PSU 000 432 00x - 9 15 1 Jamaal Gaines, Les McTavish (5), Aaron Cozzens (7), and Ryan Smith. Scott Oyler, Adam Flohr (7), and Neal Andrade. W - Oyler (2-1); L - Gaines (2-4); S - Flohr (1), HR - Mitchell (6), Andrade (4), Curry (3). T - 2:58; A - 110. WSU Hits - Stevenson 2, Randall 2, Kelley 2, Mitchell 2, Grove 2, Gleason, Robertson. PSU Hits - Remington, Ferres 4, Southall 2, Keith, Andrade 3, Riehl, Boudreau 2, Curry. E - Riehl. 2B - Randall, Kelley, Southall, Andrade, Riehl. 3B - Grove (2).