March 19, 1999
YAKIMA, Wash. - Zach Bode hit his fourth home run in as many games fueling a six-run first inning as the Washington State baseball team held on for a 6-2 victory over Oregon State in a non-Pac-10 counting game Friday afternoon at Yakima County Baseball Stadium.
With the win the Cougars extended their winning streak to four games and improved their season record to 13-5.
The Cougars cruised to the victory behind the spectacular pitching performance of starter Wade Parrish who improved his record to 4-1. Parrish (Othello, Wash.) came out of the gates on a tear recording strikeouts on eight of the first nine outs. The junior lefty had a three hitter through four innings and ended his seven-inning outing scattering six hits while giving up no runs and striking out a career high 11.
"It was just another game where I hit the corners effectively and used my off speed pitches well," Parrish said. "This win gives me and the team a lot of confidence as we head into the start of Pac-10 play against USC next weekend."
The Cougar bats also got off to a hot start scoring all six of their runs with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Bode (Issaquah, Wash.) continued his torrid hitting streak that has seen him go nine for his last 21 with a two-run home run. The junior designated hitter now has four home runs in his last four games and five total on the season.
"I am just seeing the ball really well and swinging the bat with a lot of confidence," Bode said. "I am not really thinking about home runs when I get up to the plate, but I just want to keep hitting the ball well."
Boyd Robertson (Richland, Wash.) was hit by a pitch to score a run and Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.) walked with the bases loaded to add another tally to the Cougar total. Junior shortstop Shawn Stevenson (Everett, Wash.) completed the WSU six-run rally with a two-run single up the middle to score Robertson and Steve Curran.
Catcher Jeff Scherer (Kennewick, Wash.) was the only Cougar to record more than one hit going 2-for-4 with his eighth double of the year. Also of note Curran (Bellevue, Wash.) played excellent defense at first base in only his sixth career start in the field and the junior added his first career stolen base in the third inning.
Oregon State (10-14) starter Pat Versluis (1-2) was credited with the loss as he gave up six runs off three WSU hits in two-thirds of an inning. Beaver reliever Travis Rainwater pitched effectively in five and a third innings not allowing a run and only three hits. Oregon State scored their only two runs in the eighth inning of Cougar reliever Les McTavish (Slave Lake, Alberta).
Washington State will come back tomorrow and play their only doubleheader of the season. The Cougars will send lefty Todd Meldahl (3-0, 4.02) and right-hander Lanakila Niles (1-0, 7.00) to the mound and Oregon State combat with B.R. Cook (2-5, 3.47) and Mark Newell (2-1, 5.40). Both games will be nine innings with the first at 11 a.m.