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Cougars' Late Inning Heroics Not Enough to Get Past UW
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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April 5, 1998

SEATTLE -- Steve Gleason hit a dramatic three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give the Washington State baseball team a 6-5 lead, but a home run by Jim Na in the bottom of the twelfth pushed No. 16 ranked UW past WSU for the 9-7 victory Sunday at Husky Ballpark. The win by the Huskies salvaged a split in the four-game series and pushed them into a half game lead in the Pac-10 North.

Washington State (14-13, 4-3 Pac-10 North) starter Dave Wheeler had his second solid outing of the year. Wheeler went four innings against the potent UW (19-9, 6-2) lineup while giving up five runs on four hits. Wheeler's only real mistake was a fastball to Ed Erickson that was driven well over the right center field wall for a three-run home run.

The Cougar relief corps continued to turn in solid performances. Hard throwing right-hander Reggie Rivard entered in relief of Wheeler in the fifth and didn't allow a run to cross the plate in his four innings of work. Closer Ole Vigeland entered in the ninth with a one-run lead and pitched well despite giving up the tying run. Vigeland gave up his first hit and run of the '98 campaign to end his streak of hitless innings.

Les McTavish (2-2) pitched well in his relief stint despite being tagged with the loss. McTavish matched UW pitcher Wayne Lee pitch-for-pitch as they dueled in the extra innings. He gave up just two hits in two and a third innings with the big blow being the homer by Na. McTavish struck out three of the 10 batters he faced.

Washington starter Travis Anderson was dominant in his seven innings of work before handing the ball over to the Husky bullpen. Anderson gave up only two earned runs while striking out seven Cougs. Matt Massingale entered in the eighth and was perfect. UW closer Cody Morrison entered in the ninth with a two-run lead. Morrison gave up the home run to Gleason that ended up sending the game into extra innings.

In the extra frames, Wayne Lee kept the Cougar bats in check striking out six in just three innings of work. His only mistake came in the form of Casey Kelley's opposite field home run in the top of the twelfth. Mike Bomar (1-0) threw only one pitch, a fly out by Steve Curran, to record the win. Na provided the heroics for the Huskies with the three-run shot, his second of the year. Third baseman Ryan Lentz added a three-hit game in the winning cause.

Gleason was only 1-for-5 on the afternoon, but with his three-run shot almost catapulted the Cougs to a win. Greg Mitchell continued his hitting ways against the Huskies going 2-for-4 and ended up with seven hits in the series. Kelley's homer in the twelfth was number 12 on the season and only needs 12 more to surpass John Olerud on the all-time record list in Cougar baseball history. Team leading hitter Scott Randall was 2-for-5 with a double.

The Cougs put a run up on the board first when Mitchell scored on an error by shortstop Kevin Miller. They added one more in the fourth when Steve Curran connected on a solo home run over the right field fence. The Huskies rallied in the fourth and fifth to score five runs, three of which came off the bat of Erickson's home run.

The Cougs started a late inning rally in the eighth when they scored a run to clip UW's lead to just two runs. In the ninth Justin Mentink hit a one-out single and Jeff Scherer walked to set the table for Gleason. On an 0-1 pitch from Husky closer Cody Morrison, Gleason hit his third home run of the year over the left center field fence to give the Cougs a 6-5 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, Vigeland took the mound and walked the leadoff batter. With one out he appeared to throw a game ending double play, but Randall couldn't handle the ball cleanly and the tying run came across to score.

With the score deadlocked at six in the twelfth, Kelley connected on a solo homer to put the Cougs up by one 7-6. In the bottom half of the inning with McTavish on the mound, Na put the fastball into Lake Washington to win the game for the Huskies.

Mitchell had a great series at the plate going 7-for-17 with two doubles and Shawn Stevenson turned in a 5-for-14 series. The wins for the Cougs put them within one and a half games of the lead in the Pac-10 North and now face winless Portland State in a four-game series this weekend. The Cougs are expected to keep the same pitching rotation with Jamaal Gaines (2-3) opening the series Friday at 3:00. With 14 wins on the season, the Cougars have already surpassed '97s win total.

WSU	010	100	013	001	-	7	10	1
UW	000	320	001		003	-	9	9	2
Dave Wheeler, Reggie Rivard (5), Ole Vigeland (9), Les McTavish (10), and Ryan Smith, Jeff Scherer (6).
Travis Anderson, Matt Massingale (8), Cody Morrison (9), Wayne Lee (9), Mike Bomar (12), and Ryan Bundy.
W - Bomar (1-0); L - McTavish (2-2); S - None, HR - Kelley (12), Curran (6), Gleason (3), Erickson (5), Na (2).
T - 4:00;  A - 1293.
WSU Hits - Stevenson, Randall 2, Kelley, Mitchell 2, Grove, Curran, Mentink, Gleason.
UW Hits - Magruder, Miller, Lentz 3, Erickson, Woods, Bundy, Na.
E - Randall (7), Miller, Erickson.
2B - Randall (7), Grove (10), Magruder.
3B - None.

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