Baseball Falls to WSU in Season Finale
May 22, 1999
SEATTLE -Washington State closed out the season with a 17-13 win over Washington Saturday in a non-conference baseball game at Husky Ballpark.
The Cougars, who took four of six from the Huskies this season, finished the year with a 24-31 overall record. Washington, which still has an outside shot at an NCAA Regional berth, closed out the regular season with a 33-23 mark.
Washington State jumped on UW ace Jeff Heaverlo from the outset, scoring two runs in the first. In the second, tempers flaired as the Huskies scored twice to tie the game. WSU starter Jamaal Gaines hit Dominic Woody with the first pitch of the inning, prompting a warning to both teams from the home plate umpire. Senior Pete Orgill followed with a two- run homer, and after crossing the plate, exchanged words with Gaines. Players from both sides had to be held back by teammates, but no punches were thrown.
WSU posted a six-run third inning to put the game away. Bookie Gates' bases-loaded triple was big blow of the inning. Heaverlo (10-4) gave up two more in the fourth before being relieved. Gaines earned the win for WSU to improve to 4-4.
Cougar right fielder Jason Grove, who had homered in each of the previous two games, hit his 18th of the season in the fifth inning. Senior Ray Hattenburg went 4-for-5 with three doubles for WSU.
Despite the rough outing, Heaverlo did manage to reach two milestones in the loss. The junior righty became the first Husky ever to record 300 strikeouts in a season. With six in the game, he has 303 on his career. He also broke the UW career starts mark with his 40th.
Woody, who hit his school-record 19th home run in the seventh, tied the school record for RBI in a season. His three runs batted in gave him 73 on the year, equalling the mark set by Kevin Miller in 1997.
The Huskies, down by 14 runs at one point, mounted something of a comeback, scoring seven runs in the seventh, two in the eighth and two in the ninth. Orgill, a senior making his last home appearance, belted his second homer of the day in the eighth. The Yakima, Wash., native finished 4-for-4 with four RBI.
Barring a change, the Huskies, who finished with a 12-12 Pac-10 record (fifth place) will meet at the Ram restaurant in University Village Monday at noon to watch the NCAA selection show on ESPN.
Wash. St. 206 220 401 -- 17 19 0 Washington 020 000 722 -- 13 18 2Jamaal Gaines, Tyson Thompson (7), Zach Fisher (7), Matt O'Brien (9) and Jeff Scherer. Jeff Heaverlo, Mike Bomar (4), Randy Vanderplow (8), Owen Garmire (9) and Dominic Woody, Pete Orgill (8). W - Gaines (4-4). L - Heaverlo (10-4). 2B - WSU, Ray Hattenburg 3, Scherer; UW, Greg Brooks, Nick Stefonick. 3B - WSU, Bookie Gates. HR - WSU, Jason Grove (17); UW, Orgill 2 (9), Woody (19). T - 3:30. A - 1306.