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April 9, 2013

Cougars drop series to Utes

SALT LAKE CITY - Cougar Baseball dropped the series against Utah this past weekend two games to one in Salt Lake City. WSU's overall record is now at 17-13 and 4-5 in conference play.

GAME ONE - Friday April 5th

The Cougars scored a run in the first inning and tacked on three runs in the second with the help of junior first baseman Jason Monda, who tallied his sixth home run of the season. The Cougars were up 4-1 after the second inning.

WSU led the Utes 4-3 going into the eighth inning.

Utah tacked on three-straight hits and brought in a run to tie the game. After an intentional walk to load the bases the Utes collected two more hits adding three runs to take the 7-4 lead and eventually the game.

Utes' pitcher Nick Green picked up the save after keeping the Cougars scoreless in the ninth. With eight innings pitched, Utah's Mitch Watrous came away with the win.

During the game, redshirt junior Adam Nelubowich had two assists in right field to become the first Cougar in eight seasons to have at least seven outfield assists.

GAME TWO - Saturday April 6th

Utah's Trey Nielson hit a home run in the fourth inning to take the 1-0 lead.

The Cougars tied the game in the sixth inning with a leadoff triple by redshirt junior right fielder Adam Nelubowich and a run-scoring single by freshman third baseman Patrick McGrath. 

The Utes responded in the bottom of the inning with a second home run by Trey Nielson.

After a scoreless rest of the game, the Utes won 2-1. Utes pitcher Dalton Carroll recorded the win and Luke West picked up the save.

The Cougars gave up eight hits while Utah gave up seven. Cougar sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Chleborad pitched just over five innings allowing seven hits and no runs.

Head Coach Donnine Marbut said, " We need to find a sense of urgency…Tanner gave us a chance to win today, but we didn't do enough offensively and our defense was not sharp again."

GAME THREE - Sunday April 7th

For the first time since Wade Parrish in 1999, a Cougar pitcher recorded a shut out.

Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Scott Simon pitched a complete game striking out a career-high seven and allowing just five hits.

The Cougars took the 1-0 lead in the third with a ground out by Adam Nelubowich to score redshirt sophomore shortstop Trace Tam Sing.

In the fourth, redshirt junior first baseman Brett Jacobs, sophomore second baseman Ian Sagdal, and centerfielder freshman Austin Pernell hit three-straight singles for a second run. With an RBI by Trace Tam Sing, the Cougars took the 3-0 lead.

Junior catcher Collin Slaybaugh hit a single and stole second to open the fifth inning and sophomore designated hitter Yale Rosen hit an RBI double to increase the lead, 4-0.

The Cougars capped the lead at 5-0 in the seventh. Collin Slaybaugh hit an infield single and moved to third on error and Yale Rosen doubled to bring in the run.

Scott Simon picked up the win and was named the Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 1-7 Monday by conference commissioner Larry Scott. This is Simon's first career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor. Simon is 3-0 and has a 3.27 ERA this season.

BYU CANCELATION - Monday April 8th

The Cougars were scheduled to play BYU Monday in Provo, Utah. The game was rained out and will not be made up.

WSU will return home for a three-game series against Arizona. The series will begin Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. Saturday start, concluding Sunday at noon during WSU's annual Mom's Weekend.

With rain in the forecast, times are subject to change.


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