This Week In Cougar Athletics History
May 8, 1999
Senior Jamal Gaines made his Washington State University commencement double memorable by walking through graduation ceremonies in the morning, then throwing a three-hitter at the California Bears in an 8-3 win at Bailey Field.
The win was Washington State's third straight, all in league play. The Cougars pounded out 17 hits against the Bears with Zach Bode collecting a pair of doubles and two singles. Ray Hattenburg picked up three hits, two of them doubles, while Shawn Stevenson, Evan Hecker, Jason Grove and Steve Curran each had two hits for WSU.
For the first six innings Gaines was almost untouchable. After giving up one run in the second inning, Gaines retired 12 straight batters. He did not walk a batter in the first six innings while fanning six; for the game, he struck out a career-high nine.
The Cougars overcame California's early 1-0 lead with a six-run explosion in the fifth and then added two more in the sixth for an 8-1 lead.
Doubles by Evan Hecker, Ray Hattenburg and Zach Bode sandwiched around a walk to Jason Grove sent five Cougar runs home and later in the fifth Steve Curran singled home WSU's sixth run of the inning. Hecker and Bode each plated two runs with their third and sixth doubles, respectively, of the season. Bode also had a double in the sixth, one of eight extra base hits for the Cougars.
May 10, 2003
Washington State - a team comprised of three sophomores and two freshmen - punched its ticket to the NCAA Championships with its seventh place finish at the NCAA West Regional.
As a result of finishing as one of the top eight teams at the regional, the Cougars garnered a spot to the national championships.
WSU, which was seeded 17th in the 21-team regional field and ranked 60th by Golfstat heading into the regional, finished ahead of 10 teams rated higher in the Golfstat poll including No. 19 Washington, No. 23 New Mexico State, No. 31 Stanford and No. 39 UNLV.
WSU was led by the second place effort of Kim Welch, who was one of only three individuals to end the 54-hole event under par. The Sacramento, Calif., native carded a final round 71 (-1), to complete the regional at 3-under par, two strokes behind UNLV's Sunny Oh. For the tournament, Welch recorded 11 birdies and an eagle.
Welch tied for second in a 106-player field that included five players rated in the top 10 of the May 7 Golfstat Cup rankings. Welch - rated No. 61 by Golfstat - bettered 15 golfers ahead of her in the rankings.
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