May 1, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - University of Washington second baseman Brent Robertson hit a second inning grand slam for his first collegiate home run capping a five-run second inning as the Huskies held on for the 9-6 win over Washington State in a Pacific-10 Conference game Friday night at Bailey Field.
The Cougars, which lost its 14th consecutive Pac-10 game and sixth in a row overall, dropped to 18-25 on the year and 1-15 in league. The Huskies improved its overall mark to 28-13 and 10-6 in league play. The third place Huskies have now won nine of its last 10 games.
The Huskies took the lead in the second inning when Robertson connected on the grand slam off WSU starter Todd Meldahl. After a Dominic Woody leadoff double, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch, Robertson put the 2-1 Meldahl offering just over the center field fence. Dwight DeMar capped the five-run outburst with a solo shot for his first collegiate home run.
In the bottom of the second the Cougars answered with three runs to cut the Huskies advantage to two. Junior shortstop Shawn Stevenson (Everett) drove home two runs with his 14th double of the year. In the third the Cougars appeared to have the game tied at five when Jeff Scherer (Sr., Kennewick) connected on a double with two runners on base. Bookie Gates (Fr., Seattle) scored from second and Steve Curran (Jr., Bellevue) scored all the way from first, but was called out for missing third base.
With UW holding a 6-5 lead in the fifth, the Huskies added two more runs when Tyson Boston tripled home Woody, and then scored on a throwing error by Boyd Robertson (Sr., Richland).
The Cougars had its opportunities to get back in the game, but left the bases loaded twice and 14 runners on base overall. Stevenson paced the Cougars at the plate going 4-for-6 with a double and two RBIs. Over the course of his three-year WSU career the junior shortstop has dominated UW pitching hitting at a .439 (29-66) clip in 17 games. The four-hit game raised Stevenson's 1999 batting average 12 points to .302. Scherer was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. The three through seven hitters in the Cougar lineup combined to go 0-for-16.
UW started Jeff Heaverlo struggled in his outing giving up five runs and six hits in only three innings of work. The All-American struck out four in recording the no-decision. Reliever Mike Bomar gave up one run over the course of his three and two-thirds innings. The lefty picked up the win improving his season mark to 4-2. Taylor Grant pitched two and a third innings of shutout ball giving up only one hit to pick up his second save of the year.
Meldahl (Jr., Butte, Mont.) picked up the loss falling to 3-5 on the year. The left-hander gave up 11 hits and eight runs in six and two-thirds innings. Jamaal Gaines (Sr., Antioch, Calif.) finished the game for WSU giving up a run in two and one-thirds innings.
UW 050 120 001 - 9 13 0 WSU 031 100 100 - 6 11 2
Jeff Heaverlo, Mike Bomar (4), Taylor Grant (7), and Dominic Woody. Todd Meldahl, Jamaal Gaines (7), and Jeff Scherer. W - Bomar (4-2); L - Meldahl (3-5); S - Taylor (2), HR - Brent Robertson (1), Dwight DeMar (1). T - 3:02; A - 1,115.
UW Hits - DeMar 2, Linden, Ticen, Williamson, Woody 2, Erickson, Boston, Orgill, Robertson 2, Hall. WSU Hits - Stevenson 4, Hecker 2, Scherer 3, Robertson 2. E - Boyd Robertson (7), Gaines (1). 2B - Woody (14), Erickson (7), Stevenson (14).Scherer 2 (13), Boyd Robertson (8). 3B - Ticen (1), Boston (1), Hall (1).