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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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April 10, 1999

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 15 ranked Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team scored 11 runs in the first three innings en route to a 16-5 victory over the Washington State Cougars in a Pacific-10 Conference game played Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium in front of 2,489 fans.

The Sun Devils improved its season mark to 31-12 and are off to a 7-4 start in league play. The Cougars have lost nine of its last 11 games and are 17-14 overall, 1-7 in the Pac-10.

The Sun Devils came out of the gates hot scorching WSU for three runs in each of the first two innings. Third baseman Andrew Beinbrink provided the big blow in the first inning with a three-run home run off WSU starter Jamaal Gaines.

In the second Northwest product Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) added three more runs with his sixth homer of the year giving ASU the 6-0 advantage. Bloomquist, who played for Team USA last summer, finished the day 2-for-5 with five RBIs. ASU extended its lead to 11-0 with a five-run third with each run a result of a Sun Devil extra base hit.

The top three in the ASU lineup (Bloomquist, Jay Sitzman, and Beinbrink) combined to go 6-for-12 with nine RBIs. Catcher Todd Pratt also had an outstanding day at the plate going 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

Despite reaching double digits in hits with 11, the Cougar bats were for the most part silenced by ASU starter Chuck Crumpton. Crumpton improved his season mark to a near-perfect 6-1 giving up nine hits and five runs over six innings. He struck out seven and walked six. Reliever Drew Friedberg pitched three shutout innings to close the game.

Ray Hattenburg (Spokane, Wash.) led the Cougars at the plate notching his 15th multiple-hit game with a 4-for-5 day. The junior utility player connected on two doubles and plated four of WSU's five runs. Hattenburg is now hitting at a .391 (52-133) clip while starting all of WSU's 31 games. Freshman two-way player Tyson Thompson (Bothell, Wash.) pinch hit in the fifth inning and recorded a run-scoring single in his first collegiate at-bat. Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.) recorded his second 2-for-4 game of the series.

Gaines (2-3) took the loss for WSU giving up eight earned runs in two and a third innings of work. Matt O'Brien, Les McTavish, Reggie Rivard, and Zach Fisher all saw duty out of the bullpen. Fisher, a freshman from Port Orchard, Wash., pitched impressively giving up one hit in two innings.

An interesting note in the eighth inning, Fisher got his former high school teammate Bloomquist to ground into a double play, with another South Kitsap High School product in WSU catcher Ryan Smith behind the plate.

WSU will try to salvage the final game of the three-game Pac-10 series Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against the Sun Devils. WSU ace Wade Parrish (4-3, 3.29) will square off against ASU's Chad Pennington (6-4,4.64).

   
Washington State       000 122 000 -  5 11 1
No. 19 Arizona State   335 320 00x - 16 17 2

Winner - Crumpton (6-1) Loser - Gaines (2-3) Save ---- Friedberg (1) Umpires: Pacheco, Daughterty, Beller Time: 3:10 Attn: 2, 489

Washington State Cougars Cougar Athletic Fund
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