March 8, 2013
SAN ANTONIO - Washington State began a seven-game road trip with a 6-3 nonconference baseball victory over UTSA, Friday at Roadrunner Field.
The Cougars (9-3), who won for the ninth time in their last 10 games, received seven-strong innings from Joe Pistorese (1-1). The southpaw struck out six and kept the Roadrunners (9-5) off the scoreboard until the seventh inning.
"Joe was solid once again," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We made some mistakes on the bases early that didn't help him, but he shut them down until our offense got going."
In the third, Collin Slaybaugh double.
The Cougars added to their lead in the fourth. Jason Monda led off with a double and took third on a single by Brett Jacobs. Trace Tam Sing belted his first-career home run to give Washington State a 4-0 advantage. In the fifth, Nick Tanielu doubled with one out and scored on a two-out error to extend the Cougars' lead to 5-0.
After the Roadrunners closed within 5-3 in the seventh, Kellen Camus pitched the eighth for the Cougars. In the ninth, J.D. Leckenby closed out UTSA in the ninth for his fifth save in five opportunities.
The four-game series continues, Saturday with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Central/noon Pacific.
Washington State collected double-digit hits for the fourth-straight game and has had nine hits or more in 11 of 12 games...with two-shutout innings, the Cougar bullpen lowered it season ERA to 2.00.