Baseball falls in Pullman.
May 10, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Charlie Curry belted two home runs to lead Portland State's 14-hit attack in a 13-8 win over host Washington State Sunday at Bailey Field in the final Pacific-10 North baseball game for both clubs.
Adam Flohr worked six innings to pick up the win for the Vikings (16-33 overall, 4-20 in Pac-10 North play), while Brannon Cedergreen recorded his second save of the year with three innings of four-hit, one-run ball.
The loss went to Cougar (25-24, 12-12) starter Wade Parrish (8-3), who endured a five-error performance by his teammates. Parrish worked seven innings and allowed eight runs, but just four of them were earned. Reggie Rivard and Shane Rice also saw mound action for the Cougars.
Curry, who was hitless in the four-game weekend series until his second at-bat Sunday, hit a solo home run to right center leading off the fourth inning, then came back with another solo shot with two out in the fifth. He also had a sacrifice fly in the second inning as PSU jumped to a 2-0 lead.
Centerfielder Rusty Keith, who had nine hits in the four games, collected three in the PSU win, while David Ferres, Erik Remington and Curry has two each.
Casey Kelley and Shawn Stevenson led WSU's 13-hit attack with three hits each. Stevenson drove home two and scored three times, while Kelley sent three runs home. In the third, after PSU had taken a 5-0 lead, Kelley sent a Flohr pitch over the right centerfield fence for his 25th home run of the year, scoring Stevenson.
The Cougar junior earlier in the series broke former Cougar John Olerud's school and league home record, which had stood at 23 since the sophomore All-American's 1988 performance.
The win was Portland State's third in four weekend games and earned them a 4-4 draw with the Cougars in eight league games this year. All four of PSU's Pac-10 North wins came at WSU's expense.
The Vikings will close out their season next week with a three game series against USC in Portland. WSU, meanwhile, won't know until Monday if there season is over. Originally the Cougars were to play Stanford at home in a three-game set next weekend, but the Cardinal, after winning the Pac-10 South title, will instead take on Washington in Seattle for the overall Pac-10 title and an automatic berth into one of eight NCAA regionals.
Steve Farrington, the fourth-year Cougar head coach, said he expected to know Monday if there was a chance WSU could pick up another team for a weekend series. Currently WSU has played 49 spring games, four under their limit of 53.
PSU 023 111 032 - 13 14 0
WSU 003 110 210 - 8 13 5
Adam Flohr, Brannon Cedergreen (7) and Neal Andrade.
Wade Parrish, Reggie Rivard (8), Shane Rice (9) and Ryan Smith.
W - Flohr 5-9; L - Parrish 8-3; S - Cedergreen 2, HR - Curry 2 (5), Stevenson (9), Kelley (25), Grove (12).
T - 2:33; A - 184.
PSU Hits - Keith 3, Ferres 2, Southall, Boudreau, Andrade, Riehl, Remington 2, Zarfas, Curry 2.
WSU Hits - Stevenson 3, Randall, Kelley 3, Mentink, Mitchell, Hattenburg, Grove, Smith, Edler.
E - Stevenson 2, Kelley, Mitchell, Hattenburg.
2B - Remington, Stevenson 2, Kelley, Hattenburg, Smith.
3B - None.