May 10, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - In the last game of the year at Bailey Field for the Washington State baseball team, things just didn't go there way giving up 18 hits and 11 walks to the California Golden Bears in a 11-1 Pacific-10 Conference loss Monday afternoon.
With the win the Bears wrapped up its season with a 27-31 overall record. With a 11-13 Pac-10 record Cal will have to wait until the NCAA regional berths are announced to see if its season will continue. The Cougars fell to 21-27 with the loss and are now 4-17 in league play.
The Bears scored all the runs they would need in the second frame with a five run inning. After consecutive walks to Derek Ayers and Clint Hoover from WSU starter Reggie Rivard (Jr., Bonnyville, Alberta), Jason Williams single through the left side to put Cal on the board. Leadoff hitter Curtis Johnson pushed two more across later in the inning with a single to right field.
The Bears added to its lead with single tallies in each the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Hoover broke a season-long 0-for-17 slump against the Cougars with a towering home run deep over the left field fence. In the fifth hot-hitting Tommy Callen hit his second home run of the year extending Cal's lead to 8-0.
Callen capped off a great weekend series going 3-for-4 Monday and was 6-for-9 with seven RBIs while hitting for the cycle over the weekend. At one point Callen reached base safely in eight consecutive at-bats. All-American Xavier Nady, Mike Tonis, and Johnson also recorded three-hit games Monday.
WSU's only run came off the bat of Micah Banton's (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii) first collegiate home run. Banton, who was starting only his second career game as a Cougar and his first at Bailey Field, took Cal start Ryan Atkinson deep over the left field fence in the fifth inning.
Ray Hattenburg (Jr., Spokane) continued his hot hitting at the plate with a 1-for-3 game. The utility player is battling the elusive .400 club with his batting average currently at .404. In the weekend series he was 6-for-11 and in the six games against Cal in 1999 he was nearly unstoppable with a .500 (12-24) batting average with three home runs.
Atkinson record the win for the Golden Bears throwing a three-hitter over the course of his six innings of work. The right-hander allowed just the Banton home run while striking out five to improve his record to 5-7. Relievers Brad Steele, Trevor Hutchinson, and David Cash combined to pitch three perfect innings to finish the game.
Rivard was saddled with the loss giving up six hits and six runs in just two and a third innings. The converted closer was coming off his finest performance of the year against UW last week, but struggled with control problems walking six Cal batters. Zach Fisher (Fr., Port Orchard), Sean Donlin (Fr., Woodinville), and Justin Nakaishi (Jr., Syracuse, Utah) combined to give up five runs in their appearances.
The Cougars will return action Thursday with a non-conference game against the University of Portland at Pilot Stadium. WSU will then do battle with Oregon State University this weekend in a three-game Pac-10 series in Corvallis, Oregon. Both teams own 4-17 league records and are tied for last place.
CAL 051 110 111 - 11 18 0 WSU 000 010 000 - 1 3 0
Ryan Atkinson, Brad Steele (7), Trevor Hutchinson (8), David Cash (9), and
Reggie Rivard, Zach Fisher (3), Sean Donlin (6), Justin Nakaishi (9), and Jeff Scherer.
W - Atkinson (5-7); L - Rivard (2-2)
S - None
HR - Tonis (17), Hoover (11), Callen (2), Banton (1).
T - 2:50; A - 133.
CAL Hits - Johnson 3, Nady 3, Tonis 3, Ayers, Hoover 2, Meyer, Williams 2, Callen 3.
WSU Hits - Grove, Hattenburg, Banton.
E - None;
2B - Nady 2 (17), Tonis (17), Hoover (11), Grove (9).