May 10, 2010
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PULLMAN, Wash. - Adam Conley pitched six and two-thirds innings in his first start of the season and Washington State completed a three-game sweep of No. 18 California in Pacific-10 Conference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Monday.
In the longest outing of his career, Conley (4-2) gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits, walked one and struck out three. He left with the Cougars (25-17, 9-9 Pac-10) leading 8-2.
"I thought we were lucky to win the first two games in this series, but today we played good baseball," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "Adam Conley competed his tail off today and gave us exactly what we needed."
Washington State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning against California (27-18, 11-10 Pac-10) starter Dixon Anderson (4-2). Garry Kuykendall singled and Cody Bartlett walked to open the game. One out later, Matt Fanelli singled in a run. After the second out in the inning, Patrick Claussen homered to right field, his first-career round tripper, to give WSU a 4-0 lead. Matt Argyropoulos, Jay Ponciano and Shea Vucinich each singled, with Vucinich's hit driving in the fifth run of the frame.
California scored twice in the third on a single, triple and error to cut WSU's lead to 5-2. In the bottom of the fourth, the Cougars chased Anderson with three runs to increase their lead to 8-2.
Kuykendall doubled and scored on a single by Bartlett. Michael Weber singled and Fanelli was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brett Jacobs knocked in a run with a ground out and Kyle Johnson's single plated Weber.
In the seventh, a two-out single followed by a walk ended Conley's day and the sophomore received a much-deserved ovation from the crowd as he walked off the field. California's Chadd Krist singled in two runs, charged to Conley, off reliever Seth Harvey.
The Cougars closed the scoring in the eighth when Vucinich singled, moved to third on a pair of ground outs, and scored on a wild pitch. Paris Shewey set down all six men he faced over the final two innings to preserve the victory.
Washington State travels to Portland for a 3 p.m. game, Tuesday.
Washington State completed the first three-game series sweep of California in school history...Cougars have nine wins over nationally-ranked teams this season...sophomore Kyle Johnson had two hits for the first multi-hit game of his career.