May 12, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State hit three home runs and defeated Portland 10-5 in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Tuesday.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Cougars (26-20). Freshman Adam Conley (1-1) gave up three runs in five innings and struck out three to earn his first-collegiate win.
WSU jumped on Portland (23-24) starter Mark Triolo (4-6) for four runs in the first inning. With one out, sophomore Shea Vucinich doubled and came home with the game's first run on a single by freshman Derek Jones. Senior Jared Prince followed with a two-run home run and junior Michael Weber hit the next pitch over the wall for a solo shot to make the score 4-0.
The Cougars added two runs in the third on a RBI-fielder's choice by Prince and a run-scoring single by redshirt-sophomore Jay Ponciano.
The Pilots tallied three runs in the fourth, but WSU answered with three scores in the bottom half of the frame courtesy of a home run by senior Greg Lagreid with two men aboard.
Portland scored twice in the top of the seventh and the Cougars picked up a run in the eighth on a two-out error by the Pilots to cap the scoring.
The teams conclude their two-game series, Wednesday beginning at 2 p.m.
Senior Jared Prince drove in three runs raising his career total to 153 and tying for eighth place all-time at Washington State...Derek Jones collected his 31st RBI to move into a tie for eighth on the WSU freshman list...his 80 total bases are tied for 10th most by a Cougar freshman...Adam Conley made his 18th appearance to tie for seventh on the Cougar freshman list.