May 8, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Jamal Gaines made his Washington State University graduation double memorable Saturday by walking through graduation ceremonies in the morning, then throwing a three-hitter at the California Bears in an 8-3 Cougar win before 290 fans at Bailey Field.
The win was Washington State's (21-25 overall, 4-15 in Pac-10) third straight, all in league play. The Cougars pounded out 17 hits of two Bear pitchers, with Zach Bode collecting a pair of doubles and two singles. Ray Hattenburg picked up three hits, two of them doubles, while Shawn Stevenson, Evan Hecker, Jason Grove and Steve Curran each had two hits for WSU.
California's (25-31, 9-13) Jon Shirley (6-5) took the loss before exiting the game with one out in the sixth. Derek Ayres, Preston Sharp and Rob Meyer each had singles for California. The first four batters for the Bears, however, were a combined 0-13.
For the first six innings Gaines (3-4) was almost untouchable. After giving up one run in the second inning, Gaines retired 12 straight batters in the third, fourth and fifth innings. He did not walk a batter in the first six innings while fanning six. For the game, he struck out a career high nine Bears while recording his second win of the season over Cal. His first win came at Berkeley in a non-league contest and he also allowed three hits then while going eight innings.
"This was a great way to end my career at Bailey Field," Gaines said. "I spotted my fastball well, let the defense to the work, and just had fun. That's the way baseball should be."
The Cougars overcame California's early 1-0 lead with a six-run explosion in the fifth and then added two more in the sixth for an 8-1 lead. The Bears picked up a pair of unearned runs in the seventh to account for the final runs of the game.
Doubles by Evan Hecker, Ray Hattenburg and Zach Bode sandwiched around a walk to Jason Grove sent five Cougar runs home and later in the fifth Steve Curran singled home WSU's sixth run of the inning. Hecker and Bode each plated two runs with their third and sixth doubles, respectively, of the season. Bode also had a double in the sixth, one of eight extra base hits for the Cougars.
Grove accounted for WSU's final two runs when the left handed hitter went over the opposite field fence with Hecker on base in the sixth.
In the third, the Bears had a chance to do some serious damage, but Gaines escaped a bases loaded situation and allowed just one run. With one out Xavier Nady flew out to center, allowing Tommy Callen to score from third. Gaines then struck out Mike Tonis and enticed Clint Hoover to ground out to shortstop.
In the seventh the Bears took advantage of a botched pickoff at first by Cougar catcher Jeff Scherer. The mistake allowed Ayres to score from second and then Sharp scored from third on Tommy Callen's sacrifice fly to left field.
The two teams continue their three-game series with a 1:00 p.m. contest Sunday, then conclude the series Monday in an 11:00 a.m. game, WSU's final home game of the season.
CAL 001 000 200 - 3 3 2 WSU 000 062 000 - 8 17 1
Jon Shirley, Ball (6) and Mike Tonis. Jamaal Gaines and Jeff Scherer.
W - Gaines (3-4) L - Shirley (6-5) S - None
HR - Grove (13)
T - 2:18 A - 290
CAL Hits - Sharp, Meyer, Ayres. WSU Hits - Grove 2, Bode 4, Stevenson 2, Hattenburg 3, Robertson, Hecker 2, Curran 2, Scherer,
E - Scherer (6), Ball (2), Nady (16). 2B - Grove (8), Stevenson (16), Hattenburg 2 (17), Hecker (3), Bode 2 (7) 3B - None.