March 13, 1999
BERKELEY, Calif. - California's Xavier Nady hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Washington State ace Wade Parrish to lift the Golden Bears to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Cougars in a non-Pac-10 counting game Saturday at Evans Diamond.
Nady, a sophomore infielder from Salinas, Calif., was 1-for-4 Saturday and with the game-winning home run continued to torment the Cougar pitching staff. In the three-game series last year Nady was phenomenal going 10-for-13 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. In addition to being named a 1999 first-team preseason All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, Nady was named last years National Freshman of Year by the same publications. Nady was also a member of Team USA last summer.
Parrish (Othello, Wash.) was once again solid on the mound for the Cougars despite picking up his first loss of the year. In eight plus innings of work, Parrish (3-1) yielded just six hits to the Golden Bear lineup.
Cal starter Jon Shirley (3-2) was equally impressive giving up six hits and two earned runs while picking up the complete-game victory. He struck out seven while walking three.
For the Cougars Ray Hattenburg (Spokane, Wash.) was the only player to record more than one hit as he went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs. The junior first baseman is now hitting .349 (22-for-63) on the season while starting all of WSU's 14 games. Freshman Bookie Gates (Seattle, Wash.) was 1-for-4 with his sixth double of the season and extended his current hitting streak to seven games.
The Cougars jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after three innings much to the help of Hattenburg's second home run of the year. Hattenburg connected on his second long ball of the game and his fifth career in the fifth inning to give the Cougs a 3-2 advantage.
In the eighth Cal pulled even when Curtis Johnson scored the game-tying run on a Preston Sharp single. In the ninth Nady ended the game with his 16th home run of the year giving Cal their ninth win of '99. Cal catcher Mike Tonis led the Golden Bears at the plate going 2-for-3 with his sixth home run of the year.
The Golden Bears (9-15) and the Cougars (9-5) will continue their three-game series Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Evans Diamond. Washington State will send Bay Area native Jamaal Gaines (0-2) to the mound and Cal will start sophomore Ryan Atkinson (1-4).