Cougars Edge Gonzaga 4-2
Feb. 16, 2002
PASCO, Wash. -- - Garrett Alwert posted the second complete game of his career and Bookie Gates drove home two runs with a key double as Washington State handed Gonzaga a 4-2 baseball loss Saturday at Columbia Basin College Field.
Alwert (1-0) picked up his first win of the season for WSU (3-2), scattering nine hits and three walks. The loss went to Gonzaga (3-5) starter Ed Clelland (0-2), who worked seven innings, gave up eight hits and struck out four.
Alwert gave up both Bulldog runs in the first inning on Kevin Richardson's fifth home run of the season. Brian Munhall, who opened the game with a walk, scored on the home run.
"Garrett was simply outstanding," Cougar head coach Tim Mooney said. "His pitch count was right at 100 for nine innings, which is very good. He was both efficient and effective today."
"In the first inning Gonzaga was picking up our pitching signals, so we had to make a change," Mooney explained of the Bulldog's two-run, three-hit opening frame.
WSU answered Gonzaga's early score with three runs in the third to take the lead, then added an insurance run in the eighth inning.
Football wide receiver Collin Henderson, making his Cougar baseball debut after less than a week of practice, stroked a single on the first offering to him after Reddinger's base hit. Following Hecker's run-scoring single Gates collected his second hit by sending a double into the right centerfield gap, allowing both runners ahead of him to score.
"We knew he would help us," Mooney said of Henderson's two-hit game. "He took that first pitch and banged it into right field, but that didn't surprise us. That's what we expected of him and why he was in left field."
Jeffrey LaRue, who made a spectacular diving stop of John Gebber's hard grounder in the seventh, scored the Cougars' final run. He opened the eighth with a single to right field and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Bulldog relief pitcher Brent Dayton.
Alwert worked out of trouble in the fourth when Garth Blumberg singled with two outs and eventually reached third before Danny Evans flew out to right field. It was the only out of the game for Evans, who collected three singles.
WSU's defense came up big against the Zags, turning double plays in the seventh with no outs and in the ninth to end the game.
"Our defense made big plays when they needed to," said Mooney. "We made the routine plays and the big plays today."
The two teams complete their three-game Tri-City series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. single game at CBC Field. Mooney said he expects to start either Brandon Hundt or Jamin Svensen.
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