MacKenzie Goes The Distance As WSU Beats UCLA 15-2
May 24, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Aaron MacKenzie struck out a career-high 10 UCLA Bruins and his Washington State teammates backed him with 14 hits in a 15-2 Pacific-10 Conference baseball victory Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field.
UCLA starter Wes Whisler should have know this would not be his day - he wears uniform number 14 and for this one day, the only person whose number 14 would be respected was that of legendary Cougar coach Bobo Brayton.
Brayton, who won 1,162 career baseball games during his 33 seasons as WSU's head coach, had his number 14 retired before the game, which was attended by scores of Cougars who played for Brayton.
After retiring Brayton's 14 - it will be permanently displayed on the right field fence, the Cougars retired Whisler (3-7) after three innings, although the lanky Bruin (27-31 overall, 10-13 Pacific-10 Conference) remained in the game as a designated hitter. Whisler allowed six first-inning runs and finished allowing 10 runs, seven of them earned, while giving up eight hits. He had more success at the plate, collecting two hits, including a fourth inning triple.
MacKenzie (5-5) threw just over 100 pitches in going the distance for his second complete game of the season, both in league play. WSU (19-36, 7-17) set the tone in the first inning after suffering through a 21-3 setback to the Bruins the night before. MacKenzie limited UCLA to just six hits and did not allow a walk in his best outing of the season.
Sending 12 batters to the plate in the first inning, WSU took advantage of two Bruin errors, a hit batter, a walk and three hits, including Grant Richardson's two-run double, to push across six runs. And it could have been worse as WSU left the bases loaded.
After Jon Baeder's run-scoring single in the second and UCLA's two runs in the fourth made the score 7-2, the Cougars chased Whisler in the bottom of the fourth, scoring eight times.
Freshman Jay Miller had the big blow, a bases clearing double to the wall in left center that scored three runs. Collin Henderson had a two-run single, Jeremy Farrar belted his seventh home run of the year and Derek Bruce pushed across another run with his third hit of the day, a single to center.
David Johnson took over for Whisler in the fourth and threw four innings of five hit, five run ball, while Garett White threw the eighth inning for UCLA.
Both Richardson and Bruce had three hits, while Bruce Jacobsen had a pair of singles for WSU. Richardson, Miller and Henderson each drove home three runs, while Bruce scored three times.
Brayton's number is just the third ever retired at WSU. The other two were number 7, worn by 1930's football star Mel Hein, and also number 14 worn by quarterback Jack Thompson in the mid-1970's. Brayton, the winningest coach in WSU history, finished his career as the fourth winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 baseball history.
The Cougars will close out the season Sunday in a noon start against UCLA. Tony Banaszak, who has not pitched in nearly a month because of a sore back, is expected to get the nod for WSU.
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