March 25, 1998
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Ryan Smith's three-run home run in the fifth inning and two scoreless innings of relief by Ole Vigeland helped push Washington State past Gonzaga 10-8 Wednesday at August/A.R.T. Stadium.
Vigeland (1-0) entered in the fifth in relief of Cougar (11-11) starter Dave Wheeler. Vigeland kept the Gonzaga (2-20) bats inn check and did not allow a hit. With the two scoreless innings, Vigeland has still not allowed a hit while in a Cougar uniform. He has pitched six innings in four relief appearances, while striking out eight batters. Reggie Rivard entered in the ninth to secure the Cougar win and picked up the first save of the year for Washington State.
Gonzaga starter Kevin Workman left the game with 4-3 lead in the fifth, but Tucker Urdahl (0-1) couldn't silence the Cougar bats. WSU catcher Ryan Smith landed the big blow with a three-run home run deep over the left field fence. Urdahl lasted only two-thirds of an inning while allowing four WSU runs to cross the plate. The loss was the 18th consecutive for the Zags, which is a school record.
The Cougs opened with a run in the first frame off the bat of slugger Casey Kelley. The home run by Kelley was his eighth for the season, which leads the Pac-10 North. In the bottom half of the inning, the Bulldogs roughed up Wheeler for four runs. Bo Hart contributed two of those runs with a double to right center. Hart ended the day 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.
The Cougs pulled to within one with two runs in the fourth and took the lead with the five-run fifth. Greg Mitchell added his fifth home run of the year with a solo shot in the fourth.
The Zags came up with a late inning rally scoring three runs off Cougar reliever Les McTavish in the seventh and eighth innings. Rivard entered the game in the ninth with a three-run lead and surrendered one Gonzaga run before getting George Arnott to pop up to catcher Jeff Scherer to end the game.
Scott Randall added two hits in the win to raise his batting average to .383, which leads teamate Jason Grove by one point. Steve Curran contributed three hits to break out of a slump that saw him hitting just .232. He is now hitting .260.
The Cougs now lead the season series with Gonzaga 4-1 and will meet three more times with all remaining games being played in Pullman. Washington State returns to play Saturday, hosting a squad of former players in the annual alumni game. Jason Grove is expected to start in the 2 p.m. game at Bailey Field.
WSU 100 250 200 - 10 12 1 GONZAGA 400 000 031 - 8 11 3 Dave Wheeler, Ole Vigeland (5), Les McTavish (7), Reggie Rivard (9), and Ryan Smith, Jeff Scherer(6). Kevin Workman, Tucker Urdahl (5), Brian Newton (5), Forrest Higgins (8), and Scott Asan. W - Vigeland (1-0); L - Urdahl (0-1); S - Rivard (1), HR - Kelley (8), Mitchell (5), Smith (2), Murrell, Hart. T - 2:53; A - 110. WSU Hits - Randall 2, Kelley, Mitchell, Curran 3, Grove, Hattenburg 2, Smith, Gleason. GONZAGA Hits - Murrell 2, Stokey, Hart 4, Arnott 2, Gradishar, Miller. E - Randall (5), Stokey, Asan, Workman. 2B - Curran (4), Hart, Arnott, Miller. 3B - Gleason (4).