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Eight-Run Fifth Inning Leads Bears Over Cougars
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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May 9, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - Mike Tonis connected on a fifth-inning grand slam home run to help fuel an eight-run rally, leading the California Golden Bears to a 12-4 win over the Washington State Cougars in a Pacific-10 Conference game Sunday afternoon at Bailey Field.

The win improved the Bear's record to 26-31 overall and 10-13 in league play. The Cougars fell to 21-16 overall and saw its three-game Pac-10 winning streak come to an end. WSU is now 4-16 in conference action.

Cal jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the third frame when All-American Xavier Nady put a two-out Todd Meldahl offering over the left-center field fence for the two-run home run. The home run was Nady's Pac-10 leading 23rd of the year and made him the Golden Bear's all-time single-season home run leader.

The Cougs answered with a run in the bottom of the inning off the bat of a Jeff Scherer (Sr., Kennewick) solo home run. That was the last time the Cougars would be close though, as the Bears exploded for eight runs in the fifth. After a leadoff single by Tommy Callen, a single by Preston Sharp, and a walk to Nady, Tonis took Meldahl over the right field fence for the grand slam.

Cal added four more runs in the inning with three coming from a triple by Callen's to deep center field. Callen scored on the same play when a throwing error allowed him to advance home giving the Bear's the 10-2 advantage.

Callen ended the day with a career game going 3-for-3 at the plate falling just a home run short of the cycle. Rob Meyer was the only other Cal player to record more than one hit going 2-for-4.

Ray Hattenburg (Jr., Spokane) continued his torrid season at the plate with another multiple-hit game. With a 2-for-3 day at the plate the utility player is now hitting .406 on the year. Shortstop Shawn Stevenson (Jr., Everett, Wash.) improved his season average to .313 with a 2-for-5 day and with the home run Scherer extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games.

Jason Dennis (3-8) picked up the win on the mound giving up three runs and six hits over the course of his seven-inning performance. Dennis struck out seven and walked five to earn his third win of the season. Reliever Jon Cuccias was nearly unstoppable in his two-inning stint, allowing only a hit and a walk.

Cougar starter Todd Meldahl (Jr., Butte, Mont.) was saddled with the loss giving up eight runs in four and two-thirds innings. Meldahl is now 3-6 for the season.

The Cougars still lead the season series 4-2 with the rubber match of the three-game series slated to start at 11 a.m. Monday. Reggie Rivard (2-1, 6.02) will match up against Cal's Ryan Atkinson (4-7, 5.51). Everyone in attendance will be admitted into the game free as part of Community Appreciation Day.

CAL 002 080 002 - 12 9 2 WSU 101 010 100 - 4 7 4

Jason Dennis, Jon Cuccias (8) and Mike Tonis. Todd Meldahl, Tyson Thompson (5), Sean Donlin (7), Matt O'Brien (9) and Ryan Smith, Jeff Scherer (9).

W - Dennis (3-8); L - Meldahl (3-6); S - None, HR - Nady (23), Tonis (16), Scherer (8). T - 3:15; A - 239.

CAL Hits - Johnson, Nady, Meyer 2, Callen 3, Sharp, Tonis. WSU Hits - Stevenson 2, Hattenburg 2, Scherer, Curran, Robertson. E - Stevenson (23), Robertson (8), Gates (17), Grove (6), Tonis (7), Nady (17),

2B - Meyer (10), Callen (6). 3B - Stevenson (2),Callen (1).

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