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Cougar Baseball Thumps California
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/04/2012
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May 4, 2012

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Tommy Richards was 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead Washington State to a 10-4 victory over California in the opener of a three-game Pac-12 Conference baseball series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday night.

The Cougars (23-18, 9-9 Pac-12) scored in each of the first-four innings to establish a 9-2 lead and chase California (23-19, 7-12 Pac-12) starter Michael Theofanopoulos (1-4).

"We were pretty consistent offensively early in the ballgame," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We responded when they scored and we won a lot of innings tonight."

After the Golden Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first against Cougar starter Tanner Chleborad (4-1), Washington State tied the game in the bottom of the frame when Taylor Ard homered with two out for his 10th home run of the season.

The Cougars took a 2-1 lead in the second when Tommy Richards led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out by Jason Monda and scored on a wild pitch.

California tallied twice in the third, including an unearned run, to regain the lead at 3-2. Washington State responded with five runs in its half of the inning.

Kyle Johnson doubled and took third on a wild pitch. With one out, Taylor Ard was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners. Derek Jones tied the game with an RBI-single to left. Adam Nelubowich was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Richards followed with a two-run single to put the Cougars on top 5-3. After Monda grounded out, P.J. Jones doubled to score two and increase the lead to 7-3.

In the fourth, Patrick Claussen walked with one out and Ard was hit by a pitch. After Derek Jones was retired, Nelubowich plated Claussen with a single and Ard scored on a wild pitch.

Both teams scored a run in the eighth. The Cougars' scored their run when Derek Jones walked with two outs, moved to third on a Stetson Olson single and scored on a single by Richards.

Kellen Camus pitched four innings in relief and limited the Golden Bears to one run to earn his second save.

Washington State defeated California for the fifth-straight time in Pullman...Saturday's game begins at 5:30 p.m.

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