Feb. 26, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Adam Conley fired six-shutout innings and Washington State defeated visiting UC Santa Barbara 5-1 in the opening game of a nonconference baseball doubleheader at Bailey-Brayton Field, Saturday.
Conley (2-0) allowed just two hits, struck out nine and walked two. Richie Ochoa gave up one run over the final-three innings and earned his second save.
The Cougars got on the board first in the second inning. Matt Argyropoulos and Jason Monda singled with one out off of Jesse Meaux (0-1). After a fielder's choice by Tommy Richards resulted in the second out, Collin Slaybaugh drilled an opposite-field double to left that scored two runs and staked the Cougars (3-1) to an early lead.
Argyropoulos made it 4-0 when he led off the fourth with his second home run of the season. With two outs in the sixth, Derek Jones singled, stole second, took third on an error, and scored on a double by Monda.
The offense was more than enough for Conley who retired the first-11 men he faced and only allowed two runners past first base.
Ochoa set down nine of the 10 men he faced, including four strikeouts. Joe Wallace was the only man to reach when he homered in the ninth.
Freshman Nate Blackham made his collegiate debut when he entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth inning...added a single in the bottom of the inning in his first-collegiate at bat...Adam Conley tied his career high with nine strikeouts.