March 17, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Zach Bode went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and hit his third home run in as many games and left-handed reliever Matt O'Brien pitched two innings of perfect ball to help lead the Washington State baseball team to a 16-11 non-conference victory over the University of San Francisco Wednesday at Benedetti Diamond.
After going 4-1 in the Bay Area, the Cougars are now 12-5 on the season, while San Francisco fell to 9-12-1.
The Cougars fell behind early when WSU freshman starter Tyson Thompson (Bothell, Wash.) gave up three runs in the first inning. Washington State bounced back in the second taking the lead with a five-run inning. Bode had a two-run single and right fielder Dusty Edler (Yakima, Wash.) had a run-scoring double to account for most of the scoring.
WSU added four more runs in the third to stretch their lead to 9-3 with Ray Hattenburg (Spokane, Wash.) contributing a two-run single. Hattenburg ended the day going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and continues to swing a hot bat that has seen him go 14-for-30 in his last seven games. For the season the junior first baseman/outfielder is hitting .377 (29-for-77) with three home runs and five doubles.
Bode (Issaquah, Wash.) is also on a tear at the plate after going 3-for-5 with five RBIs and a home run Wednesday against USF. The junior utility player is 8-for-18 in his last five games and is now hitting .400 (10-for-25) on the season.
In the third WSU took an 11-6 lead when two-sport star Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.) connected on a two-run home run. Gleason finished the game going 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored. After starting the season slowly at the plate, Gleason has caught fire to raise his season average to .302 (19-for-63). 11 of his 19 hits have come in the last seven games.
Every time WSU added to their lead USF seemed to have an answer. The Dons scored three in the third and two more in the fourth with USF first baseman Taggert Bozied providing most of the damage. The sophomore Bozied had a career day at the plate going 4-for-5 with three home runs, a triple, and six RBIs. Bozied now has 18 home runs on the year which is already second on the USF single-season list. He also pitched the ninth inning in relief and did not give up a run. USF third baseman Gregg Omari added a 4-for-5 game for the Dons.
Unlike WSU's three-game series at Cal in which the bullpen was used only twice, the Cougars sent seven pitchers to the mound. O'Brien (Seattle, Wash.) picked up his third win of the year while pitching a perfect seventh and eighth innings. Freshman Sean Donlin (Woodinville, Wash.) maintained his perfect 0.00 ERA pitching 1.2 innings of shutout ball. Freshman Zach Fisher (Port Orchard, Wash.) made his Cougar debut pitching effectively in just over an inning
Washington State will next host Oregon State in a three-game non-Pac-10 counting series at the Yakima County Baseball Stadium in Yakima, Wash. Games will be played Friday at 2 p.m. and a doubleheader Saturday starting at 11 a.m.