April 2, 1999
STANFORD, Calif. - The Washington State Cougar baseball team had the No. 3 ranked Stanford Cardinal baseball team on the ropes holding a 5-3 lead after six and a half innings, and then the flood gates opened. The Cougar bullpen gave up three runs in the seventh inning, and Stanford closer Tony Cogan set WSU down in order in the eighth and ninth innings to give the Cardinal a 6-5 come-from-behind Pacific-10 Conference victory in front of 1,767 fans at Sunken Diamond.
The Cardinal are now 8-0 in Pac-10 play, 22-10 overall, and off to its best conference start in 105 seasons of collegiate baseball. The Cougars fell to 16-11 overall and 1-4 in Pac-10 play.
WSU starter Jamaal Gaines (Antioch, Calif.) gave a valiant effort in front of friends and family on the mound giving up three runs in six innings. After loading the bases in the first inning, Gaines (2-2) settled down retiring 13 of the next 14 Cardinal hitters and posted three 1-2-3 innings in the second, third, and fifth innings. Gaines left the game in the seventh inning with the 5-3 lead and picked up the hard-fought no-decision.
To get out of the first inning jam Gaines got a clutch 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and the Stanford scoring threat. The Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning when senior Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.) drew a bases loaded walk for the first run. Junior shortstop Shawn Stevenson (Everett, Wash.) then connected on a two-out, two-strike pitch up the middle for a two-run single to give WSU the 3-0 advantage.
The No. 3 ranked Cardinal evened the game in sixth when two-sport star Joe Borchard (Camarillo, Calif.) hit a three-run home run deep over the right field fence. For Borchard, who also doubles as the starting quarterback for the Cardinal on the gridiron, it was his second home run of the series and his sixth of the 1999 season. Borchard finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Cougs jumped back into the lead with a two-run seventh inning. Freshman Bookie Gates (Seattle, Wash.) highlighted the rally with a two-out single to score Stevenson and sophomore Jason Grove (Walla Walla, Wash.) drove in Gates to cap the two-run inning. Gates finished the game going 3-for-5 and the top three hitters in the Cougar lineup recorded seven of the Cougs' 10 hits.
The Cardinal took a lead for the first time in the seventh inning off the WSU bullpen with their second consecutive three-run inning. Stanford recorded five hits while sending nine batters to the plate off three Cougar relievers. Lanakila Niles (Pearl City, Hawaii) and Matt O'Brien (Seattle, Wash.) could not get an out and were each credited with earned runs. WSU's hard-throwing closer Reggie Rivard (Bonnyville, Alberta) recorded all three outs to put a damper on the Cardinal scoring attack.
O'Brien took the loss for the Cougars giving up the go-ahead run and is now 5-2 on the season. Rivard pitched effectively in his two innings of relief giving up two hits and no runs.
Stanford reliever Austin Goose gave up two hits in one-third on an inning which was enough to pick up his third win of the year against no defeats. Cogan pitched two perfect innings while striking out three Cougs to pick up his sixth save of the year.
The Cougars are now 1-6 against ranked opponents in 1999 and are 4-2 in one run games. Stanford will try for their third consecutive Pac-10 series sweep Saturday with freshman Brian Sager (2-0) matching up against WSU's Todd Meldahl (3-1, Butte, Mont.). The series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.