March 15, 1999
BERKELEY, Calif. - The California Golden Bears baseball team scored six runs in the ninth inning, but it was not enough to erase the outstanding seven inning, one-run pitching performance by Todd Meldahl as the Cougars defeated Cal 10-7 in a non-Pac-10 counting game Monday at Evans Diamond. With the win WSU improves its season mark to 10-5 while the Golden Bear fall to 9-16.
Meldahl (Butte, Mont.) scattered seven hits and struck out four to stay perfect on the year at 3-0.
Ryan Atkinson took the loss for the Golden Bears as his season record fell to 1-5. Atkinson gave up five runs on three Cougar hits in his short one and one-third innings of work. A host of Cal relievers combined to give up five runs in seven innings of work.
At the plate the Cougars used a new-look lineup to gain their 10th victory of the year. Ray Hattenburg (Spokane, Wash.) started his first game of the year in left field and went 4-for-4. He is now 6-for-8 in the series against Cal after going 2-for-4 with two home runs Saturday.
Designated hitter Zach Bode (Issaquah, Wash.) was 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single. Centerfielder Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.) was also 2-for-5 and provided the biggest blow of the afternoon with a second inning grand slam home run. Freshman infielder Bookie Gates (Seattle, Wash.) was 1-for-5 on the afternoon extending his current hitting streak to eight games.
The Cougars jumped out to an early 6-1 lead after three innings. Gleason's grand slam, the Cougars first of '99, did most of the damage in the second inning. Bode's second home run of the year came in the third giving WSU the 6-1 advantage.
WSU extended its lead to 10-1 with a four-run sixth inning. Hattenburg hit a bases loaded single to score Gleason, and freshman Evan Hecker (Seattle, Wash.) was credited with an RBI on a fielders choice. Bode concluded the WSU scoring with a two-run single scoring Hecker and Gates.
In the ninth the Golden Bears scored six runs and sent the tying run to the plate before hard-throwing reliever Reggie Rivard could get Jason Williams out on a pop fly and Mike Tonis forced out at second base to secure the WSU win. Lanakila Niles (Pearly City, Hawai'i) was the culprit of the six-run inning giving up five earned runs on four Golden Bear hits. Tonis led the Bears at the plate going 3-for-4 and is now 5-for-7 in the series against the Cougs.
The Golden Bears and Cougars will play the rubber match of the three-game series Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Tuesday's game will be the make-up game that was rained out Sunday. Bay Area native Jamaal Gaines (0-2) is scheduled to get the start for the Cougars against Cal's freshman right-hander Trevor Hutchinson.