May 13, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Portland picked up 12 hits and defeated Washington State 6-3 in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Wednesday.
The Pilots (24-24) scored three unearned runs in the first inning off WSU (26-21) freshman starter Spencer Jackson (0-2) and added two more tallies in the second for a 5-0 lead.
That was all the support Ed Wakefield (3-1) would need as the Pilots' southpaw went five innings for the victory and combined with three relievers to hold the Cougars to five hits.
"Our bats didn't show up today and you can't expect to win with five hits," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We made an error in the first inning that cost us three runs and that was the difference."
The Cougars scored twice in the bottom half of the second to close within 5-2. Redshirt-sophomore Jay Ponciano singled in a run and sophomore Garry Kuykendall drew a bases loaded walk. The inning ended when sophomore Shea Vucinich flied out to the wall in left-center field with the bases loaded.
In the sixth, junior Matt Fanelli walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Ponciano to cut the Pilots' lead to 5-3.
Portland's Garrett Queen capped the scoring with a solo home run in the seventh.
Washington State opens a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series at Oregon State, Friday at 5 p.m.
Six Cougar pitchers combined to strike out 14 batters, the most since 14 against Chicago State, March 9, 2006...senior Jared Prince played in his 212th-career game, eighth most in Cougar history.