April 18, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Steve Curran's dramatic two-run home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning earned host Washington State a 10-9 win over the Washington Huskies after the visitors edged out WSU 3-2 in the first game of Saturday's Pacific-10 North doubleheader at Bailey Field before a Mom's Day crowd of 2,949.
Washington (23-13 overall, 9-6 in Pac-10 play), battled back from a 5-1 deficit to take a 9-5 lead with six runs in the eighth inning, but then watched as WSU (19-16, 9-5) scored five times, three on Greg Mitchell's single and then Curran's seventh home run of the year, this one a line shot over the right field fence off relief ace Cody Morrison.
Les McTavish (3-2) picked up the win with one inning of hitless ball. Jamaal Gaines started for WSU and worked into the seventh before Reggie Rivard came on in relief. Ole Vigeland also saw relief action for WSU. Matt Hampton worked the first five innings for Washington. He was followed to the mound by Matt Massingale and then Cody, who took over with one out in the ninth.
In the seven-inning opener, Jeff Heaverlo (3-1) allowed just four hits in going the distance for the win. Heaverlo struck out 12 and walked just two in holding WSU to just two runs, the first on a third inning wild pitch and then pinch hitter Zach Bode's first career home run in the final inning.
Todd Meldahl worked into the seventh and allowed all eight Washington hits before Aaron Cozzens finished up with a double play groundout in the top of the seventh after the Huskies had scored once for a 3-1 lead. Meldahl struck out two and walked three while giving up single runs in the second, fourth and seventh innings.
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the opener when Kevin Miller hit his eighth home run of the year over the fence in left field. WSU evened the score in the third when Shawn Stevenson reached base on an error and later scored on a wild pitch by Heaverlo.
Washington jumped back on top 2-1 in the fourth when Miller crossed home plate on Meldahl's throwing error. The Cougar pitcher snagged Marc Rittenhouse's grounder but threw wildly trying to get Miller at home. The visitors scored their final and winning run in the seventh when Rittenhouse drew a walk from Meldahl to open the inning, then later scored on Nick Stefonick's single to center.
WSU jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second game with three runs in the second and two more in the third, more than off setting Miller's second home run of the afternoon in the second inning that put Washington ahead briefly 1-0. Stevenson's bases loaded triple in the second scored WSU's first two runs and Steve Gleason sent two more Cougar runs home an inning later with a double just inside the left field line.
Washington then started chipping away at WSU's lead while Hampton and then Massingale held WSU scoreless until the ninth. In the fourth Ed Erickson hit his seventh home run of the year, a solo shot to center field. Stefonick then doubled home Chris Magruder in the seventh as the Huskies cut WSU's lead to 5-3.
Washington then sent 10 batters to the plate in the eighth and scored six times for a 9-5 lead. Pete Orgill had a run-scoring double, Kevin Ticen scored two more with a pinch hit single, Magruder plated two with his seventh home run of the year and Ryan Lentz doubled home the final run. In all the Huskies used six hits, a hit batter and a wild pitch to score six times, all after the first two batters were retired.
The Cougars, who had failed to win any of three previous one-run games, then picked up their first with five runs in the bottom of the ninth. Steve Gleason walked to open the inning. After Stevenson flied out to center, Scott Randall doubled Gleason to third and Casey Kelley took first base when he was hit by a Massingale pitch to load the bases.
Greg Mitchell then singled to right and when Stefonick didn't come up with the ball cleanly, Kelley scored behind his two teammates, cutting the deficit to one run. One out later and with pinch runner Boyd Robertson perched on third, Curran drove a one ball, one strike offering from Morrison over the fence in right field, igniting a Cougar celebration at home plate and giving WSU a 4-3 lead in the series.
Miller and Stefonick paced Washington in the doubleheader with four hits each, while Erickson had a single, double and home run Randall led WSU with three hits. While each team scored 12 runs in the two games, Washington outhit WSU 21-13, with six doubles and four home runs. The Cougars had seven long balls, including two home runs and one triple.
WSU (9-5) enters Sunday's final game of the four-game series one-half game ahead of Washington (9-6) and just one-half game behind league leader Oregon State (10-4) after the Beavers swept a doubleheader from Portland State Saturday.
Game One: Washington 010 100 1 - 3 8 2 WSU 001 000 1 - 2 4 2 Jeff Heaverlo and Ryan Bundy. Todd Meldahl, Aaron Cozzens (7) and Ryan Smith. W - Heaverlo 3-1; L - Meldahl 4-4; S - None, HR - Miller (6), Bode (1). T - 2:11. Washington Hits - .Magruder, Stefonick, Woods, Miller 2, Woody, Erickson, Rittenhouse. WSU Hits - Stevenson, Randall 2, Bode. E - Woody, Randall, Meldahl. 2B - None. 3B - None.
Game Two: Washington 010 100 160 - 9 13 1 WSU 032 000 005 - 10 9 3 Matt Hampton, Matt Massingale (6), Cody Morrison (9) and Pete Orgill, Ryan Bundy (9). Jamaal Gaines, Reggie Rivard (7), Ole Vigeland (8), Les McTavish (9) and Ryan Smith, Mark Rindy (8). W - McTavish 3-2; L - Morrison 1-1; S - None, HR - Magruder (7), Erickson (7), Miller (9), Curran (7). T - 2:56; A - 2,949. Washington Hits - Magruder, Stefonick 3, Lentz 2, Erickson 2, Miller 2, Orgill, Rittenhouse, Ticen. WSU Hits - Stevenson, Randall, Mitchell, Grove, Curran 2, Hattenburg, Smith, Gleason. E - Stefonick, Randall, Rindy 2 2B - Stefonick, Lentz, Erickson, Miller, Orgill, Randall, Hattenburg, Smith, Gleason. 3B - Stevenson.