Cougars Down Cal 7-3 to Guarantee A Winning Record
May 28, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - Aaron Trolia worked seven strong innings and Garrett Alwert picked up his second save as Washington State handed the visiting California Bears a 7-3 setback in a Pacific-10 Conference baseball game Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Trolia (6-5) worked one out into the eighth inning while giving up three runs, all earned. He struck out four as WSU (28-25 overall, 8-14 Pac-10) assured itself of a winning record and its best league mark since full round robin play began in 1999.
California (24-30, 8-14 Pac-10) starter Adam Gold (6-7) worked three innings and allowed all seven Cougar runs, four in the second inning, one in the third and two in the fourth before leaving the game. Brent Hale tossed four innings of one-hit ball for the Bears and Matt Brown threw a hitless eighth inning.
The Bears' first-inning run was produced by back-to-back doubles with two outs. David Weiner started it off with a liner into the right field corner and Chris Errecart followed with a liner in the right field gap.
The Cougars answered California's first score by sending eight batters to the plate and scoring four runs with four hits and one bizarre play in the second inning.
With one out, Zach McAngus singled to left center, Justin Hart walked and Brandon Reddinger's grounder to short allowed both runners to advance to second and third. Then, in one swing of the bat, shortstop J. J. Burress accounted for three runs. His single to right scored both runners and when Bear first baseman Allen Craig tried to catch him going to second, the throw sailed past the base into right center for an error. Burress then headed to third and center fielder David Weiner's throw went beyond the bag and into the Cougar dugout, sending Burress home with WSU's third run on the play.
Kaeo Rubin and Jason Freeman then added back-to-back doubles to push Rubin home with WSU's fourth run. An inning later the Cougars went ahead 5-1 when Zach Kosterus and McAngus collected doubles in consecutive at-bats.
Rubin then gave WSU a 7-1 lead when he went over the right center field wall to score Burress, who had singled up the middle for his second hit and fourth in the last three games.
The Bears batted around in the eighth and pushed two runs across, but Alwert took over for Trolia and recorded the final two outs with the bases loaded to end the California threat. David Nicholson started the inning off with a bunt single and after Weiner flew out, Errecart singled and Garrett Bussier reached first on a McAngus fielding error to load the bases.
Jeff Dragicevich then drove home Craig with a single through the left side and Boesch followed with a sharp single to right field, scoring Errecart. Alwert then took the mound and forced pinch hitter Brett Munster to pop out to Freeman, then struck out pinch hitter James Holder.
The two teams will play game two of the three-game series Saturday at 6 p.m.
California 100 000 020 - 3 9 2 WSU 041 200 00x - 7 9 2 Adam Gold, Brent Hale (4), Matt Brown (8) and Garrett Bussiere. Aaron Trolia, Garrett Alwert (8) and Brandon Reddinger. W - Trolia (6-5). L - Gold (6-7). Save - Alwert (2). HR - Rubin (5). T - 2:23 . A - 207. California Hits - Weiner 2, Errecart 2, Boesch 2, Dragicevich 2, Nicholson, WSU Hits - McAngus 2, Burress 2, Rubin 2, Freeman 2, Kosturos, E - Craig, Weiner, McAngus 2. 2B - Weiner, Errecart, Rubin, Freeman, Kosturos, McAngus. 3B - None.
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