Baseball takes 5-0 lead and hangs on to win.
May 1, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington baseball team took an early 5-0 lead and hung on to it for a 9-6 win over Washington State Friday night in a Pac-10 game at Bailey Field.
Third-place Washington improved to 28-13 on the season and 10-6 in the Pac-10. The Huskies have won nine of their last 10. WSU, which lost its 14th straight Pac-10 game and sixth in a row overall, dropped to 18-25 on the year and 1-15 in the league.
The Huskies took the lead in the second inning when freshman second baseman Brent Robertson hit a grand slam over the left field wall for the first home run of his career. Later in the inning, junior left fielder Dwight DeMar, making his sixth start of the season, belted a solo homer, also the first of his career.
WSU came back with three runs in the second, including two on a Shawn Stevenson double. In the third, the Cougars appeared to have tied the game at 5-5 on a double from Jeff Scherer that sent Bookie Gates and Steve Curran home. But after an appeal, Curran was ruled to have missed third base and was called out to end the inning.
Ahead 6-5 in the fifth, the Huskies added two more when Tyson Boston tripled home a run and then scored when the relay throw to the plate went wild allowing him to come all the way around for an 8-6 UW lead.
Husky starting pitcher Jeff Heaverlo struggled, working only three innings and allowing five runs on six hits and four walks. Reliever Mike Bomar (4-2) allowed only one run in three and two-thirds innings for the win. Freshman Taylor Grant worked the final two and one-third innings for the victory.
WSU starter Todd Meldahl (3-5) gave up eight runs on 11 hits in six and two-thirds.
The Huskies and Cougars continue the three-game series Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live on KSRB AM-1150.