April 18, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State Cougars committed four costly errors and starting pitcher Wade Parrish lasted only two and a third innings as the University of Arizona Wildcat baseball team completed a Pacific-10 Conference series sweep of the Cougs with a 13-9 victory Saturday afternoon at Buck Bailey Field.
The Wildcats extended its longest conference winning streak since 1989 to seven games and are now 10-8 in Pac-10 play, 29-16 overall. The Cougars suffered its third consecutive Pac-10 series sweep and are currently in last place with a 1-11 record. WSU has lost 14 of its last 16 games and hold a 17-19 mark overall in 1999.
Arizona starting pitcher Ben Diggins picked up the win giving up seven runs off eight WSU hits to improve to 7-3 on the season. Diggins, who was the 32nd overall selection in last June's Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, struck out seven Cougars in just over five innings of work. Tony Milo entered in relief of Diggins in the sixth inning and picked up his second save of the year allowing three hits and two runs while striking out four.
WSU starter Wade Parrish (Othello, Wash.) did not last past the third inning for the third consecutive start, giving up six earned runs off six hits to pick up the loss. Parrish is now 4-4 on the season and 0-3 against Pac-10 teams. Reliever Les McTavish (Slave Lake, Alberta) continues to look sharp as he threw two and a third innings of one-hit, shutout ball. Zach Fisher (Port Orchard, Wash.), and Matt O'Brien (Seattle, Wash.) also saw action on the mound for WSU.
Arizona got off to a hot start scoring 10 runs in the first four innings. Doubles by Keoni DeRenne and Ernie Durazo pushed runs across the plate in the first, and third baseman Erik Torres accounted for two more with a two-run single. In the third the Wildcats capitalized on two WSU errors to push its lead to 7-0 and then Durazo added two more in the fourth to give Arizona the 10-2 advantage. The Wildcats added two insurance runs in the seventh inning to seal the win.
Durazo finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs and for the series hit at an impressive .538 clip (7-13) with three doubles and six RBIs. DeRenne was 3-for-4 while playing in his 101st consecutive game and left fielder Kenny Huff also added three hits for Arizona.
The Cougars put two on the board in the third when Jason Grove (Walla Walla, Wash.) hit a two-run double with two outs. WSU's big inning came in the sixth when they scored five runs to pull to within three runs of the Wildcats. Ray Hattenburg (Spokane, Wash.) capped off a 4-for-5 day with a grand slam home run off Milo deep over the left field fence. Hattenburg finished the weekend going 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, a home run, and seven RBIs. The junior utility player is now hitting .396 (61-154) for the year while starting in all 36 of the Cougars' games.
Grove added his ninth home run of the year in the eighth inning and looks to be back on track after coming back from a month-long layoff with a broken thumb. Grove was 2-for-4 with four RBIs Sunday and led the Cougars at the plate against Arizona with six hits in 10 at-bats (.600). The sophomore outfielder is now hitting .433 (39-90) on the year.
The Cougars were its own worst enemy in the series against Arizona committing 11 errors and leaving 29 men on base. The Cougars did however turn seven double plays against the Wildcats and came within one of tying the school record of five Sunday. Shortstop Shawn Stevenson started his 63rd consecutive game at shortstop Sunday, but committed three errors.
The Cougars will look to end its season-high seven-game losing streak Tuesday with a 6:30 game against regional rival Lewis-Clark State at Bailey Field. WSU is 0-2 against the Warriors in 1999. The Cougars will then return to Pac-10 play next weekend with a three-game series in Los Angeles, Calif., to face the UCLA Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Ben Diggins, Tony Milo (6), and Dennis Anderson.
Arizona 403 301 200 - 13 15 0 WSU 002 105 010 - 9 11 4
Wade Parrish, Zach Fisher (3), Matt O'Brien (5), Les McTavish (7), and Jeff Scherer.
W - Diggins (7-3); L - Parrish (4-4); S - Milo.
HR - Duncan (17), Grove (9), Hattenburg (5).
T - 3:10; A - 702.
Arizona Hits - Gingrich, Juday, DeRenne 3, Duncan, Durazo 3, Torres, Huff 3, Jones, Anderson .
WSU Hits - Stevenson 2, Grove 2, Hattenburg 4, Gleason, Philley 2.
E - Stevenson 3 (18), Grove (3).
2B - Gingrich (11), Juday (13), DeRenne (11), Durazo (10), Huff (12), Grove (4), Stevenson (10), Hattenburg (13).