May 16, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Arizona scored five runs in the seventh inning and rallied past Washington State 6-4 in Pacific-10 Conference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Monday.
With the victory, the No. 26 Wildcats (32-17, 11-10 Pac-10) took two of three games in the series from the Cougars (21-24, 6-15 Pac-10).
"We played great baseball for six innings, but unfortunately it's a nine-inning game," Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We had some missed opportunities late in the game."
In the fourth, Derek Jones led off with a single and Taylor Ard followed with a towering two-run home run over the scoreboard in left-center field. In the fifth, Matt Argyropoulos led off with a double on the 12th pitch of his at bat. After Trace Tam Sing grounded out to move Argyropoulos to third, Cody Bartlett increased Washington State's lead to 4-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Through six innings, Cougar starter James Wise (4-6) had given up four hits and recorded 14 of 18 outs via ground balls and strikeouts. In the seventh, a hit batter and one-out double gave Arizona runners at second and third. Back-to-back infield singles and single through the left side cut Washington State's lead to 4-3 and chased Wise. After a double steal with Richie Ochoa on the mound, an RBI-ground out tied the game and a run-scoring triple put the Wildcats on top 5-4.
Arizona added an insurance run in the top of the ninth against Anthony Drobnick and Bryce Bandilla (4-1) went to the mound in the bottom of the frame with three innings of relief already under his belt. Pinch hitter Paul Clingan opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on a balk. One out later, Matt Chaffee entered from the Wildcats' bullpen and retired Tommy Richard before walking Argyropoulos. Chaffee then struck out pinch hitter Adam Nelubowich to end the game and notch his sixth save.
The Cougars continue their homestand with a doubleheader against Portland, Tuesday beginning at noon.