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Parrish and Grove Lead Cougs Past Gonzaga
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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February 19, 1999

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PASCO, Wash. - Junior left-hander Wade Parrish allowed just one earned run in eight innings of work and Jason Grove hit his fifth home run of the year to catapult the Washington State baseball team to a 10-2 non-conference victory over Gonzaga University Friday at Posse Stadium.

Parrish (Othello, Wash.) was brilliant in his second start of the 1999 season giving up just four hits and one walk to earn his second win. He threw 92 pitches while striking out two and walking only one. Parrish, who was a first team all-Pac-10 North selection with an 8-3 record last season, is now 11-10 for his career as a Cougar.

"I am pretty happy to go eight strong innings this early in the season," Parrish said. "I made some mistakes out there, but the defense played well and I got the job done."

After giving up a solo home run to Gonzaga's Adam Stokey in the fourth inning, Parrish did not yield another hit to the Bulldog lineup. From the fourth inning to his exit in the eighth, Parrish retired 15 of 16 batters, with only a walk to break the streak.

Gonzaga starter Matt Siwek (0-2) made a valiant effort on the mound despite recording his second loss of the season. Siwek (Port Orchard, Wash.) gave up only five hits and four earned runs in six innings, while striking out eight.

Grove (Walla Walla, Wash.) continued his torrid hitting streak at the plate with a 2-for-3 day. He connected on his fifth round-tripper of the year and added a run-scoring double to cap off a four RBI game. For the season he is hitting at a .560 clip (14-for-25) with 17 RBIs.

Shawn Stevenson (Everett, Wash.), Ray Hattenburg (Spokane, Wash.) and Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.) also contributed two hits apiece in the Cougs fourth win of the season. Stevenson remained perfect on the basepaths with his fifth stolen base of the season. The one, two, and three hitters in the Cougar lineup combined to go 6-for-11 with seven RBIs.

At the plate the Cougs started slowly until putting up a run in the fourth frame. Gleason tripled home Grove to pull the Cougs to within one, 2-1. It was Gleason's 12th career triple as a Cougar, putting him in a tie for third on the all-time Cougar record list.

Grove put the Cougs ahead for good in fifth with a two-out, line drive three-run home run over the left-center field fence. Hattenburg added a three-run double in the eighth to push WSU's lead to 10-2. Hard-throwing Reggie Rivard (Bonnyville, Alberta) entered in relief of Parrish in the ninth sealing the win. It was the fourth time the Cougars have reached double digits in runs scored this season.

Gonzaga's Stokey provided the hitting heroics for the Zag's going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the year. In its four games the Bulldogs have combined to score only eight runs and 15 hits.

Washington State (4-1) and Gonzaga (1-3) will continue its three-game series Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at the home of the Tri-City Posse, Posse Stadium. Jamaal Gaines (0-1) will get the start on the mound for the Cougars.

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WSU       000 130 33x - 10 10  1

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