April 21, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State freshman outfielder Evan Hecker hit a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 7-7 tie as the Cougars went on to beat the Warriors 11-7 in a non-conference game Tuesday night at Buck Bailey Field.
Hecker's home run, his first of his collegiate career, snapped WSU's seven-game losing steak and improved the Cougars' record to 18-19. Hecker (Seattle, Wash.) finished the game 2-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs.
Sophomore Jason Grove (Walla Walla, Wash.) added an insurance run in the eighth when he followed Hecker with his 10th home run of the year to center field for the back-to-back home runs. Catcher Ryan Smith (Port Orchard, Wash.) was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and one run scored.
Freshman pitcher/designated hitter Tyson Thompson (Bothell, Wash.) picked up his first collegiate win out of the bullpen throwing a third of an inning in the eighth. Thompson was also 1-for-4 at the plate with a run scored. Les McTavish (Slave Lake, Alberta) did not give up a hit in the ninth inning to seal the win for the Cougs.
WSU jumped out to 4-1 lead in the second inning and took a 7-5 advantage into the sixth. LCSC tied the game at seven in the top of the eighth inning when Brian Nannini hit a leadoff home run to center field. WSU reclaimed the lead in the latter half of the inning when Hecker drove a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence.
"I was just looking for a good pitch and something that I could put in play," Hecker said. "This win is big for us to gain some momentum going into the UCLA series."
LCSC reliever Garnet Jensen threw two no-hit innings in the six through the eighth before giving up the four runs in the eight to take the loss falling to 1-1 on the season. The Warriors, who just jumped to the top of the NAIA national poll, are now 38-9 on the season.
In Tuesday night's game WSU shortstop Shawn Stevenson (Everett, Wash.) started his 64th consecutive game and freshman Kevin Harasimowicz (Redmond, Wash.) saw his first action in a Cougar uniform.
WSU will return to Pacific-10 Conference play this weekend with at three-game series against UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game times are schedule for 6 p.m., Friday and 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday in Westwood, Calif.
LCSC 100 401 010 - 7 8 2 WSU 040 030 04x - 11 9 2 James Ramshaw, Garnet Jensen (6), and Gill Pierce. Reggie Rivard, Matt O'Brien (5), Tyson Thompson (8), Les McTavish (9), and Ryan Smith.
W - Thompson (1-1), L - Jensen (1-1), S - None, HR - Grove (10), Nannini (3), Strankman (5), Hecker (1). T - 2:52, A - 223. LCSC Hits - Koshelnik, Luther, Cheff, Vodegel 2, Fazio, Nannini, Strankman. WSU Hits - Hecker 2, Grove, Thompson, Perreira, Philley, Smith 2, Gates. E - Stevenson (19), Philley (3), Durham, Cheff. 2B - Vodegel. 3B - None.