May 1, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jacob Clem pitched six and two-thirds innings of solid relief and Washington defeated Washington State 6-5 in Pacific-10 Conference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Sunday.
Clem (3-4) gave up three unearned runs on four hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter as the Huskies (13-27, 4-11 Pac-10) avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cougars (19-20, 5-13 Pac-10).
"We had the opportunity to sweep and did not take advantage of it," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "Still we won a series, which is not easy to do in this conference and I am proud of the way we battled in the ninth inning today. So, there are some positives in the weekend."
Washington State trailed 6-3 entering the ninth before getting the winning run to the plate. Matt Argyropoulos led off with a single, but was erased when Jay Ponciano grounded into a double play. Brett Jacobs then reached on the third throwing error of the day by Huskies' third baseman Troy Scott.
Given new life, Marbut called on his bench and freshmen delivered with back-to-back pinch hits. Collin Slaybaugh singled through the left side on a 1-2 pitch and Adam Nelubowich drove in two runs with a double on the first offering he saw from Clem. Tyler Kane relieved Clem and retired Cody Bartlett on a ground ball to Scott for his first save of the season.
After Washington State spotted the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Cougars scored a single run in each of the first-three innings. In the first, Bartlett led off with a double and scored on a two-out double by Taylor Ard.
Jacobs gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead in the second with his second home run of the season. In the third, Patrick Claussen reached on a two-base error, took third on a ground out by Derek Jones and scored on a ground out by Ard.
Washington scored a run in the seventh off Anthon Drobnick (0-1) and added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth against Paris Shewey.
The Cougars will step out of conference for a three-game home series with UNLV beginning Friday at 7 p.m.