April 3, 1999
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University starting pitcher Brian Sager threw a complete game, three-hit shutout as the Cardinal completed a Pacific-10 Conference series sweep of the Washington State Cougars with a 9-0 win at Sunken Diamond in front of 1,961 fans.
The No. 3 ranked Cardinal are now 23-8 overall and 9-0 in Pac-10 play. Stanford has now swept Arizona, Arizona State, and WSU in league series this year and are off to their best conference start in 105 seasons of collegiate baseball. With the loss the Cougars are now 16-12 overall and 1-5 in league play. WSU has is currently in its longest loosing streak of the year at four games and have lost seven of its last eight games.
Sager, a freshman from Branford, Conn., struck out 12 and walked only two hitters to improve his season mark to 3-0. The right-hander allowed only three hits to the Cougar lineup that came into the game hitting .306 as a team. After the fourth inning Sager buckled down throwing five no-hit innings to end the game.
Washington State starter Todd Meldahl (Butte, Mont.) took the loss for WSU giving up four runs off five Stanford hits. Meldahl suffered his second consecutive loss and is now 3-2 on the season. Reggie Rivard (Bonnyville, Alberta), Sean Donlin (Woodinville, Wash.), and Les McTavish (Slave Lake, Alberta) saw action out of the bullpen for WSU.
For the Cardinal the same two players that haunted the Cougars in the previous two games struck again. Two-sport star Joe Borchard was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and finished the three-game series going 7-for-12 with two home runs, eight RBIs, and three runs scored.
Third baseman Josh Hochgesang was 2-for-4 Saturday with two home runs and three RBIs. Hochesang also came up with the game-winning hit in Friday's 6-5 come-from-behind win for Stanford.
Bookie Gates (Seattle, Wash.) recorded two of the three Cougar hits, with junior Ray Hattenburg collecting the only other hit. The freshman Gates was 6-for-12 at the plate over the weekend while starting two games at third and one at second.
Stanford only held a 1-0 lead going into the sixth inning before exploding for eight runs over the next three innings. WSU did not record a hit past the fourth inning and had only one runner reach base from the fifth inning on. The Cougars are now 1-7 in 1999 against ranked opponents and were shutout for the first time since May 9, 1998 against Portland State.
WSU will next play Monday in an exhibition game against Team Alberta at 2 p.m. at Bailey Field. Regional rival Gonzaga will visit Pullman for the first time in 1999 Wednesday with a night game at 6 p.m., and then the Cougs will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State in a three-game Pac-10 series.