March 26, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Eleven Cougars collected a hit and Washington State routed Cal State Bakersfield 14-3 in the opener of a four-game nonconference baseball series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday.
The Cougars scored four times in the first inning with the big hit a two-out, two-run single off the bat of Jay Ponciano. Argyropoulos singled in a run in the second to give WSU a 5-0 lead.
After both teams scored in the third, the Cougars added two runs in the fourth and six in the fifth to go on top 14-1. In the fourth, Michael Weber doubled, Argyropoulos tripled and Ryan Peterson delivered a sacrifice fly.
Chad Arnold (3-1) went the first six innings, gave up one run on two hits, walked six and struck out three. Rusty Shellhorn pitched the final three innings to earn a save and gave up a pair of unearned runs in the ninth.
"We played good early and we played bad late," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We need to play a clean nine innings when we get into Pac-10 play and tonight we didn't do that."
The series continues with a doubleheader, Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
Rusty Shellhorn earned his first-collegiate save...Matt Argyropoulos tied his career high with three hits...in the fifth inning, the Cougars sent 12 men to the plate and pinch hitters were 3-for-3 with five RBI.