WSU Downs Northridge 11-9
Feb. 9, 2002
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- - NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Bookie Gates collected four hits, including a clutch two-run single in the seventh, and Brandon Hundt threw three strong innings of relief as Washington State collected its second straight win over Cal State Northridge, an 11-9 win Saturday at Matador Field.
Jamin Svendsen (1-0), the Cougars' third pitcher, picked up the win in his first outing of the season, while Hundt collected his second save in as many games.
The loss for CSUN (4-2) went to Leo Rosales (1-1), who entered the game for starter Andy Davidson in the sixth. Scott Robertson and Phil Polanco also saw action for the home club, ranked 22nd at the start of the week by Baseball America.
Garrett Alwert started on the mound for WSU (2-0), with Zach Fisher taking over in the fourth. Svendsen threw one inning and did give up three runs, but the Cougars backed him with a four-run seventh that boosted WSU to a 11-8 lead before Hundt took over.
Northridge stayed with the Cougars by collecting six extra base hits, including four home runs.
The Cougars overcame the Matadors' long ball hitting with timely base hits, scoring twice in the opening frame, once in the third, twice in both the fifth and sixth innings, then four times in the seventh.
"They got it all with one swing of the bat," commented WSU head coach Tim Mooney. "We did it up and down the lineup. Two guys had outstanding days, including Grant Richardson, the young freshman who got us back in the game with his home run. Gates had four hits and made two outstanding defensive plays."
Richardson singled home one run in the third and then collected two RBI with his first collegiate home run in the fifth as WSU tied the score 5-5. Jeffrey LaRue had two hits to aid the Cougar cause, including a run-scoring single in the first.
Mooney was especially pleased with the character and defensive play of his club.
"The team showed a lot of character, overcoming both the weather and the other team," he said. "The winds were at least 40 miles per hour. During batting practice a tree blew down right behind the stadium. But we didn't let the weather or their home runs rattle us."
"Once we got the lead in the seventh, we said we are going to get this one and put Hundt on the mound," Mooney explained. "He did a great job for three innings."
WSU led 3-0, trailed 5-3 after CSUN's five-run fourth, went back on top 7-5, fell behind 8-7, then took the lead for good with four runs in the seventh. Evan Hecker singled home the first two runs in the seventh and Gates sent the final two runs of the inning home with his single to center field.
WSU will conclude the three-game series Sunday with Nick Kenyon starting for the Cougars in the 1:00 p.m. game.
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