Feb. 28, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Trace Tam Sing snapped a 1-1 tie with a RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh inning and Washington State defeated visiting Cal State Northridge 2-1 in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Thursday.
Brett Jacobs led off the inning with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Collin Slaybaugh. After Ben Roberts moved Slaybaugh to second with a sacrifice bunt, Tam Sing delivered the game-winning hit off Cal State Northridge (4-4) starter Jerry Keel (1-1).
"Trace came up with a big hit for us tonight," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "I thought this was a typical Pac-12/Big West first game of the series and I prefer games like this."
Washington State (6-2) starter Joe Pistorese gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings and owns a 0.50 ERA through three starts. Sean Hartnett (1-0) earned his first-career victory after inducing a double play ground ball to end the top of the seventh.
"Our bullpen did a great job again tonight," Marbut said. "We also played good defense late with P.J. (Jones) throwing a runner trying to steal in the eighth and Collin (Slaybaugh) running a ball down in center field in the ninth."
The series continues, Friday at 6 p.m. Right-hander Tanner Chleborad will take the mound for the Cougars.
Nick Tanielu collected two hits and raised his team-leading batting average to .471...eight of the nine Cougar starters reached base with a hit or a walk...Washington State's bullpen improved to 5-0 with four saves.