April 29, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington baseball team, which had amassed 32 hits in the first two games of their three-game series at Washington State, was held to only five hits by WSU starter Justin Cayetano as the Cougars salvaged a series split with a 7-2 win Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field. Washington had won nine in a row over WSU prior to Sunday's loss.
Cayetano (3-2), a junior lefty, allowed two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out six in eight and one-third innings. He had held the Huskies to only two hits through the first eight innings. UW sophomore starter Sean White (3-1) worked six innings, allowing six runs in the loss.
Washington (24-15 overall, 5-10 in the Pac-10) posted a run in the first when second baseman Marc Rittenhouse belted a solo homer over the scoreboard in left, his first of the season. Rittenhouse, a senior captain from Bellevue, returned to the Husky order Wednesday after missing five weeks after thumb surgery. The Huskies are 13-3 with Rittenhouse in the lineup and 11-12 without him.
Washington State (15-29, 6-12) took a lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Mike Knight doubled and Bookie Gates was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. After a groundout moved the runners up, DH Garrett Alwert singled up the middle to drive both runners home.
WSU stretched the lead to 5-1 with three runs in the fourth. Evan Hecker doubled off the wall in right field to drive in the first two runs before Knight belted his second double of the game and fifth of the series to send Hecker home. The Cougars would go on to post single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.
In the ninth, Rittenhouse tripled and scored on a double from Jay Garthwaite. The Huskies loaded the bases, but reliever Donny Davis got a lineout and a groundout to end the threat.
Knight and Hecker eached finished the day with two doubles. Knight was 2-for-4 while Hecker also singled to finish 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
The Huskies take on Gonzaga Monday and Tuesday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. each day before returning to Seattle. Washington then opens a 10-game homestand Friday night vs. Oregon State.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game Washington State 7, Washington 2 Washington 100 000 001 -- 2 5 2 Wash. St. 000 231 10x -- 7 13 1 Sean White, Mike Bomar (7) and Ben Johnson. Justin Cayetano and Jon Baeder. W - Cayetano (3-2). L - White (3-1). 2B - UW, Jay Garthwaite, WSU, Baeder, Mike Knight 2, Evan Hecker 2, Bookie Gates. 3B - UW, Marc Rittenhouse. HR - UW, Rittenhouse (1). T - 2:25. A - 463.