Five Runs In The Sixth Gives Cougars 8-4 Win Over No. 18 ASU
April 25, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State beat No. 18 Arizona State 8-4 with a five-run rally in the sixth, including Grant Richardson's three-run double in a Pacific-10 Conference baseball game Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field.
WSU's (23-15, 5-7 Pac-10) starting pitcher Garrett Alwert (4-1) earned the win pitching 7.1 innings and allowing four runs, all earned, and 12 hits while striking out five Sun Devils. The win was WSU's only victory in the three-game series.
"Alwert pitched very well," said WSU Head Coach Tim Mooney. "Alwert was phenomenal again this week," Cougar pitching coach Ryan Brust added. "He battled through being behind and then Hundt came in and did a really good job coming out of the bullpen."
Erik Averill (2-2) took the loss for Arizona State (28-13, 7-8 Pac-10) pitching the first 5.1 innings, allowing five runs, three earned, and three hits, while walking three batters and striking out two.
Trailing 4-3 in the sixth with two outs, the Cougars added five runs on just two hits to take an 8-4 lead. With the bases loaded Justin Hart scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Following an intentional walk to Jason Freeman, Jay Miller battled ASU relief pitcher Pat Bresnehan for 12 pitches, drawing the walk to score Brandon Reddinger and put WSU on top 5-4. Richardson then doubled to right field to clear the bases, scoring Kaeo Rubin, Freeman and Miller.
"There are pivotal times in a game that can change the outcome," said Mooney. "Miller's at-bat in the sixth was one of those times. He battled through 12 pitches to bring Richardson to the plate and that turned the game around."
In the first inning WSU took its first lead of the series when Richardson singled up the middle to drive home Freeman, who reached first with a long single down the left field line.
The Sun Devils took a 2-1 lead in the second when Joe Persichina hit a two-run single which scored Tuffy Gosewisch and Jeff Larish. Gosewisch walked to lead off the inning and advanced with a double to left center by Larish.
ASU added a third run in the third when Nick Walsh, who was walked to lead off the inning, scored when Nick Cadena hit into a double play.
Leading 3-2 in the fourth inning, the Sun Devils scored their final run of the game. Dustin Pedroia hit a double to right center to score Chris Cook, who had reached base on a single.
WSU will return to action Wednesday, April 28, against Gonzaga at Bailey-Brayton Field. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. The Cougars will resume conference play April 30 at Stanford for the first of a three-game series.
ASU 021 100 000 - 4 13 2 WSU 101 105 00X - 8 7 0 Garrett Alwert, Brandon Hundt (8) and Brandon Reddinger. Erik Averill, Pat Bresnehan (6), Ty Martoz (7) and Tuffy Gosewisch. W - Alwert (4-1). L - Averill (2-2). Save - None. HR - None. T - 2:39. A - 842. ASU Hits - Pedroia, Walsh, Buck 2, Asanovich 3, Cadena, Gosewisch, Larish 2, Cook, Persichina. WSU Hits - Rubin 2, Jas. Freeman, Richardson 2, Reddinger, McClure. E - Pedroia (8), Gosewisch (6). 2B - Pedroia (20), Asanovich (6), Larish (16), Richardson (6). 3B - None.
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