March 23, 1999
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's Adam Stokey went 5-for-6 with three home runs and seven RBIs as the Bulldogs defeated the No. 29 ranked Washington State Cougar baseball team 17-5 Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game at August/A.R.T. Stadium.
Stokey, a sophomore first baseman from Northridge, Calif., hit home runs in the second, fifth and ninth innings and now has eight on the year. Jason Bay recorded a three hit day, and Kevin Taylor, Jarrod Hertz, and Barry Matthews each had two hits apiece. It was the Zags second straight win over a ranked team as they defeated No. 6 Pepperdine Sunday 15-9 and on the season GU evened their record at 9-9-1.
On the mound Matt Kearney improved his season record to 2-1 after giving up five hits and only two runs in his five-inning appearance. Tucker Urdahl and Kenon Willis came out of the bullpen to help secure the Bulldogs ninth win of the year.
Gonzaga did most of their damage in the first three innings scoring 10 of the 17 runs. WSU starter Les McTavish fell to 0-1 on the season after giving up eight runs and five hits in just over an inning of work. Only five of McTavish's eight runs given up were earned as the Cougar defense committed a season-high five errors.
Steve Curran (Bellevue, Wash.) and Ray Hattenburg (Spokane, Wash.) were the only Cougars to record more than one hit. Curran continued his hot hitting streak in which he has gone 7-for-14 in the last four games. Curran ended the day 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs. Hattenburg was 2-for-4 with a double raising his season average to a team high .391 (36-92). With the loss the Cougars fell to 15-6 on the year.
WSU make their debut at Buck Bailey Field Wednesday with a 3 p.m. game against regional rival Lewis-Clark State (22-5). Reliever Justin Nakaishi (Syracuse, Utah) will make the transition from the bullpen to the staring role for the first time this year.