May 22, 1999
SEATTLE, Wash. - Ray Hattenburg drilled three doubles and a single and scored five times to lead the Washington State Cougars past the Washington Huskies 17-13 Saturday at Husky Ballpark in the final regular-season baseball game of the year for both clubs.
Hattenburg ended the afternoon with a 4-for-5 performance to capture WSU's batting crown with a .398 average, the fourth best season ever for a Cougar batter. Jason Grove, who entered the game tied with Hattenburg at .389, went 3-for-6, scored three times and drove home three runs to end the season at .393. His average is the sixth best in Cougar history.
WSU's 19-hit attack made a winner of Jamaal Gaines (4-4) in his last Cougar game. The WSU (24-31) senior pitched effectively for six innings before getting in trouble in the seventh. Gaines allowed 11 hits, four of them in the seventh, struck out five, and did not allow a walk.
Tyson Thompson, Zach Fisher and Matt O'Brien finished up for the Cougars, who captured the weekend series with Washington 2-1 and took the season series 4-2.
Starter Jeff Heaverlo (10-4) took the loss for Washington, his second setback to WSU in three weeks. He worked into the fourth before leaving the game after allowing 11 hits and 10 runs, all earned. He walked two and struck out six before Mike Bomar took over on the mound. Randy Vanderplow and Owen Garmire also saw relief action for the Huskies.
In the last two games against Washington, WSU collected 36 hits. Saturday, in addition to the seven hits Hattenburg and Grove collected, Shawn Stevenson stroked three hits, while Evan Hecker, Zach Bode, Bookie Gates and Steve Curran each had two hits. WSU's first four batters in the lineup, Stevenson, Hecker, Gates and Hattenburg, collected 12 hits and scored 13 runs. Gates was WSU's top run producer, pushing four runners home with his two hits.
Hattenburg's three doubles tied a WSU one-game record and Grove's 18th home run, a two-run blast in the fifth inning, pushed him into a tie for seventh on the WSU list. In addition, in two years, Grove has stroked 30 home runs, placing him sixth on the Cougar all-time last and just 10 short of Jeff Hooper's record 40.
WSU jumped to an 8-2 lead after three innings against Washington, the first two coming in the first when Hattenburg and Scherer hit back-to-back doubles. In the third WSU pushed across six runs, including three on Gate's bases loaded triple. Steve Curran also had a run-scoring single.
The Cougars continued their offensive onslaught in the fourth while sending Heaverlo, a second-team All-America pick this week, to the dugout. Bode's two-run single did the damage in the fourth, while Grove's home run in the fifth pushed the Cougar advantage to 12-2.
The Cougars kept the pressure on the Huskies with four more runs in the seventh to take a 16-2 lead before the host club found some offense. Grove had a run-scoring single and later came home on a wild pitch, while Hattenburg doubled home a run and scored on Gates' sacrifice fly in the seventh. In the ninth the Cougs added their final run on Bode's run-scoring single.
Washington finally got to Gaines in the seventh, scoring seven times. Dominic Woody had a three-run home run and Todd Linden a pinch hit single that scored two more runs. The Huskies then added two runs in the eighth on Pete Orgill's home run, then two more in the ninth on Nick Stefonick's two-run double.
WSU 206 220 401 - 17 19 0 UW 020 000 722 - 13 18 2
Jamaal Gaines, Tyson Thompson (7), Zach Fisher (7), Matt O'Brien (9) and Jeff Scherer.
Jeff Heaverlo, Mike Bomar (4), Randy Vanderplow (8), Owen Garmire (9) and Dominic Woody, Pete Orgill (8).
W - Gaines 4-4 L - Heaverlo 10-4 S - None
HR - Grove (18), Woody (19), Orgill (9)
T - 3:30 A - 1,306
WSU Hits - Stevenson 3, Hecker 2, Grove 3, Hattenburg 4, Scherer, Bode 2, Gates 2, Curran 2.
UW Hits - Hollod 2, Stefonick 3, Williamson 1, Woody 2, Orgill 4, Ticen 2, Jahn, Brooks, Robertson, Linden.
E - Hollod (4), Brooks (5).
2B - Hattenburg 3 (20), Scherer (14), Stefonick (9), Brooks (2). 3B - Gates (2).