March 16, 1999
BERKELEY, CA - The University of California baseball team fell to Washington State, 5-2, in the third game of a non-conference series at Evans Diamond. Cal falls to 9-17 on the year, while Washington State improves to 11-5. The Bears had defeated the Cougars, 4-3, in the first game of the three-game series Mar. 13, but lost the last two games, 10-7, Mar. 15 and 5-2, Mar. 16.
Cougar starting pitcher Jamaal Gaines got out of a no-out bases loaded jam in the first inning, only giving up one run, and went on to earn his first victory of the season. Gaines improved his record to 1-2, going 8.0 innings with three hits, two runs, four walks and two strikeouts.
Gaines started off the bottom of the first with two walks and a hit batter, before giving up a run on a sacrifice fly by Cal catcher Mike Tonis. Gaines then got Juan Hernandez to pop up a bunt and later picked off Xavier Nady to end the inning. Washington State responded in the top of the second inning when Steve Curran hit a three-run homer off of Bear starter Trevor Hutchinson (2-3, 5.0 innings, five hits, four earned runs, one walk, one strikeout) to take a 3-1 lead.
The Cougars added a run in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Steve Gleason, and Zach Bode hit a solo home run in the fifth inning off of Hutchinson. Cal, meanwhile, got its first hit off of Gaines in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run by Tonis. That was all the scoring the Bears would get as Gaines shutout Cal the rest of the way. Reggie Rivard earned his third save of the season, pitching the ninth inning for WSU.
The Bears did receive some solid pitching from sophomore left-hander Jason Dennis, who replaced Hutchinson in the sixth inning and went 4.0 innings with three hits, no runs, two walks and four strikeouts.
The Bears will next travel to Fresno State Wednesday, Mar. 17 at 7 p.m., before opening Pacific-10 Conference play with a three-game series versus defending Pac-10 champion Washington, beginning Saturday, Mar. 20 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Home Runs: Washington State: Curran, three-run homer in the second inning. Bode, solo home run in the fifth inning. Cal: Tonis, solo home run in the fourth inning.