April 1, 1999
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 3 ranked Stanford University baseball team scored six runs in the first three innings as the Cardinal proved to be too much for the visiting Washington State baseball team in a 9-3 Pacific-10 Conference win Thursday night at the Sunken Diamond in front of 1,508 fans.
The Cardinal are now 21-8 on the season and own an impressive 7-0 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cougars are 16-10 overall and 1-3 in league play. After earning their first national ranking since 1994 March 22 at No. 29, WSU is 1-5.
Stanford starting pitcher Jason Young paved the way for the defending Pac-10 South champions striking out 12 and giving up only two runs in seven innings of work. Young, who has already been named the Pac-10 player of the week three times this season, is now 6-1 on the season. Freshman J.D. Wilcox struck out four and gave up only one hit in two innings of relief work.
Washington State starter Wade Parrish (Othello, Wash.) suffered his shortest outing of the year giving up six runs off nine hits in three innings. Parrish, who started the season on a tear at 3-0, has lost three of his last four starts and is now 4-3 on the season. Justin Nakaishi (Syracuse, Utah) and freshman Tyson Thompson (Bothell, Wash.) entered in relief of Parrish and held the Cardinal to three runs over the final five innings. Thompson pitched two strong innings giving up only two hits while not allowing a run to cross the plate.
Stanford jumped out to an early 6-1 lead after three innings. A four-run, four-hit third inning did most of the damage and scattered Parrish from the game. The WSU relief corps did a good job shutting down the potent Cardinal scoring attack, with only a three-run sixth inning off Nakaishi adding to the run total.
WSU scored its first run in the second inning coming in the form of a Jeff Scherer (Kennewick, Wash.) solo home run. For Scherer, it was his second home run in as many games and he now has four on the year. Scherer also added a run-scoring double in the sixth inning to finish the day 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Center fielder Steve Gleason was the only other Cougar to have more than one hit going 2-for-3 with his fifth home run of the year.
Stanford catcher Damien Alvarado led a balanced 16-hit Cardinal attack that saw six players record at least two hits. Alvarado was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Joe Borchard, who also pulls duty on the gridiron for the Cardinal as a quarterback, went 2-for-4 at the plate with his fifth home run of the season.
The Cougars and Cardinal will play the second game of the three-game league series Friday under the lights at 7 p.m., at Sunken Diamond. Bay Area native Jamaal Gaines (2-2, Antioch, Calif.) will get the start for the Cougars and Justin Wayne (3-1) is expected to start for Stanford.