May 3, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State catcher Jeff Scherer hit a two-out, two-strike single off the base of the right-center field fence in the bottom of the tenth inning to score the winning run defeating the University of Washington Huskies 14-13 in a Pacific-10 Conference game Sunday in wet and windy conditions at Bailey Field.
After dropping 14 consecutive Pac-10 games the Cougars have now won two straight improving its overall record to 20-25 and 3-15 in league play. The series win for the Cougars was its sixth of the year and its first in Pac-10 play. The Huskies came into the three-game series hot winning nine of its last 10 games, but with consecutive loses fall to 28-15 overall and 10-8 in the Pac-10.
The Huskies pulled ahead shortly with a run in the eighth off a Bryan Williamson double. WSU answered with a single tally in the bottom of the inning when Zach Bode (Jr., Issaquah) doubled home Jason Grove (So., Walla Walla). The Cougs almost took the lead on a single by Bookie Gates (Fr., Seattle), but rightfielder Williamson threw out pinch-runner Dusty Edler (Sr., Yakima) at the plate on a perfectly executed relay.
A Matt Hollod pinch-hit, run-scoring single put the Huskies up once again in the top of the ninth, but not for long as WSU answered with a run of its own tying the game at 13. Freshman Evan Hecker (CF, Seattle) scored Boyd Robertson (Sr., Richland) to push the game into extra innings.
After Matt O'Brien (Jr., Seattle) stranded the go-ahead run at third base the Cougars came out hot in the bottom of the tenth. Ray Hattenburg lead off the inning with a double and then Edler and Gates followed with infield hits to load the bases with no outs. UW reliever Ken Ferguson nearly got out of the jam when Steve Curran (Jr., Bellevue) grounded into a 3-2-4 double play. Scherer then stepped to the plate with runners on second and third and drove the two-strike pitch deep to center field that was misjudged by UW's Tyson Boston to give the Cougars the extra inning win. Ferguson picked up the loss falling to 2-3 in '99.
"I hit a pretty good fastball and to be quite honest I thought it was going to be an out," Scherer said after the game. "The ball kept carrying and then it dropped in there. To win this series against those guys is huge for us."
O'Brien recorded the win for the Cougs improving his season record to 6-4. Jamaal Gaines (Sr., Antioch, Calif.) and freshman Tyson Thompson (Bothell) both game excellent relief appearances combining to strike out ten Huskies.
Starter Wade Parrish (Jr., Othello) continues to struggle on the mound after getting off to a 4-1 start in 1999. Parrish gave up six runs while not lasting past the second inning and has not recorded a win since March 20 against Oregon State.
The Cougars scored the bulk of its runs in the first two innings. Hattenburg and Grove picked up back-to-back run-scoring hits to account for the two-run first inning. In the second Hattenburg and Grove struck again fueling the six-run explosion. Grove hit a grand slam home run over the right field fence and then Hattenburg followed with a solo shot to left-center for the back-to-back home runs.
The duo of Grove and Hattenburg continue to make an assault at the Cougar record books vying for a spot on the top-10 season batting average list. Grove was 3-for-6 Sunday with five RBIs to raise his season average to .392, and Hattenburg was 3-for-5 raising his average to .396.
Gates capped his first series against the Huskies going 3-for-6 and was 7-for-14 in the three games. Bode had a pair of doubles in a 3-for-5 game, as did Curran who went 2-for-4. Shawn Stevenson (Jr., Everett, Wash.) was the only Cougar to not record a hit Sunday, but was the hottest Cougar over the weekend going 8-for-15 with two doubles and six RBIs. In 19 career games against the Huskies Stevenson is 33-for-75 (.440).
For the Huskies Kevin Ticen finished off an impressive weekend at the plate going 5-for-6 with a pair of home runs. Ticen was 8-for-14 (.571) in the series with a double, a triple, two home runs and five RBIs. All nine starters for UW recorded a hit Sunday.
The Cougars will take a week off for final exams and then return to action Pac-10 action next weekend with a three-game series against the Cal Bears (24-30, 9-12) at Bailey Field. The Cougars took two of three from the Golden Bears earlier in the year in games that did not count against the Pac-10 standings.
UW 240 113 011 0- 13 17 1 WSU 260 030 011 1- 14 19 1
Travis Anderson, Shawn Kohn (2), Daniel Jahn (5), Taylor Grant (8), Matt Massingale (8), Matt Bomar (9), Ken Ferguson (10), and Dominic Woody. Wade Parrish, Tyson Thompson (2), Jamaal Gaines (6), Matt O'Brien (10), and Jeff Scherer. W - O'Brien (6-4); L - Ferguson (2-3); S - None, HR - Ticen 2 (13), Woody (15), Hall (1), Grove (12), Hattenburg (7). T - 4:25; A - 406. UW Hits - DeMar, Hollod, Ticen 5, Williamson 3, Woody 2, Erickson, Boston, Orgill, Robertson, Hall.. WSU Hits - Hecker 2, Grove 3, Hattenburg 3, Bode 3, Edler, Gates 3, Curran 2, Scherer, Robertson. E - Hall (14), Stevenson (22). 2B - Williamson 2 (13), Woody (16), Brent Robertson (4), Grove (7), Hattenburg (15), Bode 2 (5), Curran 2 (5) 3B - DeMar (1).