May 10, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State collected 11 hits and redshirt-sophomore Chad Arnold pitched seven strong innings as the Cougars defeated Oregon 5-2 in Pacific-10 Conference baseball, Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Eight different WSU (24-20, 13-7 Pac-10) batsmen had at least one hit and Arnold (6-2) matched his career-high for innings and strikeouts with seven in both categories.
The Cougars scored first with a three-run second inning. Senior Jared Prince doubled to open the inning and freshman Derek Jones moved Prince to third with a ground ball to second. Junior Michael Weber's infield single scored Prince with the game's first run.
Junior Matt Fanelli followed with a bunt single and sophomore Matt Argyropoulos plated Weber with a double down the right field line. Redshirt-sophomore Jay Ponciano capped the scoring in the frame with a safety squeeze to the right side.
After Oregon (14-33, 4-16 Pac-10) picked up a run in the fourth and another in the fifth, Ponciano blasted his second home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth to put WSU on top 4-2.
The Cougars picked up an insurance run in the eighth on a two-out double by Jones, a walk to Weber, and a run-scoring single by Fanelli.
Redshirt-junior Jeremy Johnson retired all six men he faced to pick up his eighth save of the season.
The series concludes, Monday with first pitch scheduled for noon.
Senior Jared Prince moved into a tie for eighth place on the WSU all-time list with his 49th-career double...redshirt-junior Jeremy Johnson earned his eighth save of the season and his career to tie for third and eighth on the Cougars' single-season and all-time lists, respectively.