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April 1, 2013

No. 23 Stanford takes two of three from Cougs

PULLMAN, Wash. - WSU hosted No. 23 Stanford last Thursday through Saturday for a three game series. The Cougars lost the series 2-1 dropping games one and two. 

GAME ONE - Thursday March 28th

Cardinal pitcher Mark Appel pitched a complete shut out game allowing four hits and striking out ten in the 3-0 win over the Cougars.

WSU left-handed pitcher Joe Pistorese pitched all nine innings. Pistorese struck out four, walked two, while giving up nine hits and two earned runs. Stanford scored all three runs in the second inning.



GAME TWO - Friday March 29th

The Cardinal won game two of the series 9-3 scoring in four of the final-five innings.

Stanford broke open the 0-0 tie in the top of the fifth. The Cougars responded in the bottom with a three-run double by third baseman Nick Tanielu.

The Cardinal tied the game in the sixth and tacked on two more runs in the seventh leading 5-3.

In the ninth, Cougar pitching allowed four walks while the Cardinal added four runs to lock-up its 9-3 victory.

"This was the worst game we played this season," Washington State head coach Donnie Marbut said after the game. "We didn't get enough big hits. Our defense was sloppy and our bullpen was not good."



GAME THREE - March 30th


Prior to the start of game three, Cougar Alumni and baseball legend John Olerud had his number 18 jersey retired. Olerud is only the sixth Cougar student-athlete alumni to have their jersey retired and third amongst Cougar Baseball.

WSU allowed for two errors and a run in the top of the first with right-handed pitcher Scott Simon on the mound.

The Cougars remained scoreless until the bottom of the second. With runners at the corners centerfielder Collin Slaybaugh doubled. Catcher P.J. Jones, who was at first raced around third base to beat the throw to the plate giving the Cougars a 2-1 lead.

WSU third baseman Nick Tanielu tripled in the fourth and was scored in by Jones' single. Jones then stole second and Slaybaugh hit an infield single to put runners at first and third. An error throw on a pick-off attempt allowed Jones to score and give WSU the 4-1 lead.

In the fifth Stanford scored three runs to tie the game.

The Cardinal took the lead in the seventh off of Cougar left-handed pitcher Jason Monda's first earned run given up in 14 1/3 innings this season.

Cougars answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh regaining the lead, 6-5. With Jason Monda on first, infielder Shea Donlin laid down a sacrifice bunt, but was able to reach on a throwing error by Cardinal pitch Logan James. Jason Monda stole third while Donlin took second on the throw to third. Jason Monda tied the game by scoring off a wild pitch and Tanielu singled to score Donlin for the lead.

In the eighth, Cougar first baseman Brett Jacobs singled and was replaced by pinch runner Michael Monda. On a pitch to shortstop Trace Tam Sing, Monda tried to steal second, but Tam Sing was called out for batter's interference forcing Michael Monda to return to first. Tam Sing and Marbut were both ejected by separate umpires for the previous play. Jason Monda was at bat with brother Michael Monda on first. On the third pitch to Jason Monda, he hit his fifth homerun of the season to cap Cougar scoring at 8.

WSU right-handed pitcher Kellen Camus gave up a double and a walk, but no runs to tally his second save while Jason Monda was awarded the win. The Cougars won game three 8-5.

Marbut stressed that although the Cougars did a good job of coming back and finishing the game, the team is still not playing their best baseball.



Cougar Baseball will host Gonzaga at 6 p.m. on Tuesday to conclude the nine-game homestand.



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