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Cougars Shutout SJSU, 2-0

Parrish throws complete game, two-hitter.

February 26, 1999

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Washington State starting pitcher Wade Parrish dominated the San Jose State baseball team with a complete game, two-hit shutout as the Cougars inched by the Spartans 2-0 in a non-conference game Friday at Municipal Stadium. The Cougars are now 6-2 on the season.

Parrish (Othello, Wash.) was nearly unstoppable in his third outing of the year. The junior left-hander was chasing history with a no-hitter through six complete innings, until giving up a hit to the Spartans' Tony Tognetti in the seventh inning.

"The outside pitches and the change-ups were there for me today," Parrish said. "They couldn't hit them. They were clueless. It was definitely the best game I've thrown in my career."

Parrish retired 26 of the 32 batters he faced while striking out nine and walking only two in his third victory of the year. He became the first Cougar to throw a complete game shutout since Todd Belitz did on April 6, 1997, and it was Parrish's fourth career complete game as a Cougar. In his 23 innings of work thus far in 1999, Parrish has compiled a 0.78 ERA while giving up only two earned runs and 12 base hits. He is now 12-10 in his Cougar career.

San Jose State starter Jeremy Rogelstad (1-3) gave an outstanding effort despite picking his third loss of the season. Rogelstad (Benecia, Calif.) went the distance for the Spartans while giving up 10 hits and two runs. The tall right-hander struck out 10 Cougar batters and now has 35 strikeouts in 33 innings of work.

WSU catcher Jeff Scherer (Kennewick, Wash.) was the only Cougar to have more than one hit as he broke out of a mild slump with a 2-for-4 game including his seventh double of the season. Scherer started the season on a tear with a 14-for-22 series at New Mexico State then went 0-for-10 last week against Gonzaga. The Cougars' leading hitter Jason Grove (.567, Walla Walla, Wash.) was sidelined for the first time in '99 with an injured shoulder.

Shawn Stevenson (Everett, Wash.) was 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI, and Boyd Robertson (Richland, Wash.) added a run-scoring double to account for WSU's runs. Every starter in the Cougar lineup recorded at least one hit.

The game started as a pitcher's duel as Rogelstad and Parrish dominating the early innings. Rogelstad allowed only one hit through the first three innings and retired 11 of the first 14 batters he faced. In the fifth the Cougars gave Parrish the only two runs he would need. After consecutive singles by Steve Curran (Bellevue, Wash.) and David Perreira (Ewa Beach, Hawai'i), Robertson pushed across the first run of the ball game with a double to left field. Stevenson added a sacrifice fly to center field to score Perreira and give the Cougs a 2-0 advantage.

With a lead at his back Parrish continued to mow down the Spartan line-up, recording five of his season-high nine strikeouts over the last four innings.

The second game of the three-game series will continue tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Municipal Stadium. Jamaal Gaines (0-2) will get the start for Washington State (6-2) and Steve Murphy (1-1) will get the call for San Jose State (7-6-1).

WSU     000 020 000 -   2  10   2
SJSU    000 000 000 -   0   2   0
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