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Baseball Drops Heartbreaker to LCSC, 6-4
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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April 27, 1999

LEWISTON, Idaho - Lewis-Clark State College third baseman Ryan Luther hit a bases loaded ground-rule double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Warriors the 6-4 win over the Washington State Cougars in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday night at Harris Field.

The No. 1 NAIA ranked Warriors are now 43-11 on the season and finished the four-game season series with the Cougars 3-1. WSU's season mark fell to 18-23 and have now lost 18 of its last 21 games.

With WSU holding a 4-2 advantage in the sixth inning, leftfielderJason Ellison evened the game with a two-run double off the base of the left field wall. The Cougars threatened to pull ahead in the top of the ninth loading the bases, but LCSC reliever Fletcher Lee struck out Steve Curran (Bellevue, Wash.) to end the threat. Lee picked up the win improving his season record to 7-0.

After a leadoff single by Elliot Strankman and two consecutive walks by WSU reliever Wade Parrish (Othello, Wash.), the stage was set for Luther who bounced the first offering over the right field fence to give the Warriors the 6-4 win. Parrish was saddled with the loss giving up four hits in two innings of work.

The Cougars jumped out to a 4-2 lead after a three-run fifth inning. Senior second baseman Boyd Robertson (Richland, Wash.) hit a two-run home run to deep center field to start the rally. After a Jason Grove (Walla Walla, Wash.) double, designated hitter Jeff Scherer (Kennewick, Wash.) capped the rally with a sharp run-scoring single up the middle.

Grove led the Cougars offensively going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Junior utility player Ray Hattenburg (Spokane, Wash.) extended his hitting streak to a career-long 11 games with an RBI-single in the fourth inning.

WSU freshman starter Tyson Thompson (Bothell, Wash.) pitched a great game in only his second collegiate start giving up one earned run in six innings. The hard-throwing right-hander scattered three hits while striking out four LCSC Warriors. Four costly errors allowed three unearned runs to cross the plate in Thompson's appearance.

LCSC starter John Foster struck out seven in eight and two-thirds inning while settling for the no-decision.

The Cougars will next be in action Wednesday afternoon with a 4 p.m. game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at August A.R.T. Stadium in Spokane. WSU will then return to Pacific-10 Conference action this weekend hosting cross state rival Washington to a three-game series at Bailey Field.

WSU     000 130 000 -   4   9   4
LCSC    200 002 002 -   6   7   2
Tyson Thompson, Wade Parrish (7) and Ryan Smith. John Foster, Fletcher Lee (9) and Gill Pierce. W - Lee (7-0); L - Parrish (4-5); S - None, HR - Robertson (4). T - 2:46; A - 205.

WSU Hits - Scherer 2, Hattenburg, Grove 3, Robertson, Stevenson 2, . LCSC Hits - O'Leary, Kline, Ellison, Wallace, Nannini, Strankman, Luther. E - Stevenson 2 (21), Grove (4), Philley (4), Strankman (20), Kline (7). 2B - Grove (6), Stevenson (13), Ellison (13), Luther (14).

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