May 1, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior shortstop Shawn Stevenson went 4-for-6 for the second consecutive game fueling an 18-hit Washington State attack as the Cougars snapped a 14-game Pac-10 losing streak crushing the University of Washington Huskies 14-1 Saturday afternoon at Bailey Field.
For the Cougars the month of May could not have come any sooner, as WSU struggled through April with a 2-16 record. In addition to snapping the 14-game Pac-10 losing skid, the win Saturday put an end to a six-game losing stretch and improved WSU's season record to 19-25, 2-15 in the Pac-10. The Huskies fell to 28-14 overall and 10-7 in league play.
Starting pitcher Reggie Rivard (Jr., Bonnyville, Alberta) was spectacular in his fourth career start picking up the complete game, six-hit victory. The hard-throwing right-hander threw four no-hit innings before giving up a leadoff single to Richard Hall in the fifth. Rivard, who started the season as the Cougar's closer, gave up only one run to improve his ERA as a starter to 2.78.
"I spotted my fastball well, kept them off balance, and the defense did a great job for me," Rivard said after the game. "We needed one of those game to just go out there and beat somebody bad to gain some momentum for the rest of the year."
At the plate Stevenson (Jr., Everett) continued to dominate UW pitching raising his career average against the Huskies to .458 (33-72) in 18 games. Saturday Stevenson duplicated his Friday performance, going 4-for-6 with a double and three RBIs. For the weekend Stevenson is now 8-for-12, raising his season average from .290 to .313.
The Cougars recorded its most hits since March 20 against Oregon State when had 18. Every Cougar in the lineup had at least one hit and only two players failed to score a run. Freshman Bookie Gates (3B, Seattle) was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two doubles to raise his season average to .318.
The Cougs jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after three innings. Gates scored two with a double down the left field line to start a five-run rally in the third. Steve Curran (Jr., Bellevue) knocked in two more with home run deep over the center field fence and catcher Jeff Scherer (Sr., Kennewick) followed with a solo shot for the back-to-back home runs. The home runs for Curran and Scherer were both their seventh of 1999.
The Cougars pushed its lead to 12-0 with another five-run inning in the fourth. Gates fisted a ball to center field to score Ray Hattenburg (Jr., Spokane) and Stevenson scored two more with a sharp single to left field.
Washington starter Jeff Carlsen came into the game with a perfect 7-0 record, but lasted only three and one-third innings while picking up the loss. The sophomore right-hander allowed 10 earned runs on 10 hits while not striking out a batter.
"Rivard pitched outstanding for us and really gave us a boost of confidence as we near the end of the season," said WSU head coach Steve Farrington. "Our hitters came out disciplined hitting the ball the other way and our defense played well. This win really gives us something to play for tomorrow."
The Huskies and Cougars will close out the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bailey Field. Wade Parrish (4-5, 5.31 ERA) is scheduled to pitch against UW's Travis Anderson (2-2, 4.93 ERA).
UW 000 000 100 - 1 6 2 WSU 115 501 10x - 14 18 2
Jeff Carlsen, Matt Hampton (4), Zack Daniels (8), Dominic Woody, and Jake Gann (8). Reggie Rivard and Jeff Scherer.
W - Rivard (2-1) L - Carlsen (7-1) S - None
HR - Steve Curran (7), Jeff Scherer (7)
T - 2:23 A - 806
UW Hits - Williamson, Woody, Erickson, Ticen 2, Hall. WSU Hits - Stevenson 4, Hecker, Grove, Hattenburg 2, Bode, Gates 4, Curran 2, Scherer 2, Robertson. E - Erickson (2), Hall (13), Gates (16), Curran (2). 2B - Williamson (11), Woody (15), Ticen (6), Stevenson (15), Hattenburg (14), Gates 2 (12). 3B - None.