April 25, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Washington State collected a season-high 18 hits and routed USC 13-3 in Pacific-10 Conference baseball, Saturday.
The Cougars (20-18, 9-5 Pac-10) moved back into a tie for second place with Oregon State, which defeated UCLA 5-3, Saturday. USC (21-18, 10-7 Pac-10) is a half game back of the Cougars and Beavers, along with the Bruins.
"We swung the bats really well today," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "Chad Arnold gave us a solid start and Paris Shewey was great out of the bullpen. We are a little banged up physically right now, and this was a very gutsy win."
WSU raced to a 6-0 lead with three runs in the first and three more in the third. In the first, senior Alex Burg doubled in a run and scored on an error for a 2-0 lead. Junior Michael Weber capped the rally with a RBI-single.
In the third, senior Greg Lagreid walked and took second on a single by senior Jared Prince. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Weber before sophomore Matt Argyropoulos and Garry Kuykendall delivered back-to-back run-scoring singles to give the Cougars a 5-0 advantage and chase Trojans' starter Andrew Triggs (4-2). One out later, sophomore Shea Vucinich singled home a run and it was 6-0 WSU.
USC closed within 6-3 with a three-run third off redshirt-sophomore Chad Arnold (5-2). Only one of the runs was earned against the Cougar right-hander, who gave up five hits and struck out five in five and two-thirds innings.
WSU put the game out of reach with a five-run fourth. Weber and Kuykendall contributed consecutive RBI-singles with one out and redshirt-sophomore Jay Ponciano hit a three-run home run with two outs for his first-career round tripper.
Weber added a RBI-ground out in the fifth and Prince knocked in a run with a double in the seventh to account for the final score. Sophomore Paris Shewey notched his first-career save with three and one-third innings of shutout relief. Shewey gave up two hits, struck out two, and did not walk a batter.
The series concludes, Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon.
The Cougars' nine Pac-10 wins surpass their 2008 season total of eight...WSU is four games above .500 this late in conference play since an 11-7 mark in the Pac-10 North during the 1998 campaign...WSU's 18 hits were the most by the Cougars in a Pac-10 game since 18 against Arizona, April 29, 2003...most hits in a Pac-10 road game since 21 at Washington in game one of a doubleheader, April 24, 1993...WSU's 13 runs were the most by the Cougars in a Pac-10 road game since a 14-8 win at Washington, April 10, 2004...most runs against USC since a 13-12 victory in Pullman, April 29, 2006...most runs at USC since a 13-12 triumph, May 16, 2003...largest margin of victory over USC since a 15-2 win in game one of the Pacific Coast Conference playoff series in Los Angeles, May 27, 1949.