March 2, 2012
Leckenby (2-1) logged 7 2/3 innings, gave up one run on six hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter while earning the victory for a second-consecutive start. He threw 84 pitches, including 61 for strikes.
"J.D. was sharp and was throwing the ball down," Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "Offensively, we didn't score a lot early, but we extended some innings with two-out rallies."
Washington State (6-2) took a 1-0 lead in the second against Northern Colorado (0-5) starter Joe Willman (0-2). Senior Derek Jones singled to open the frame and moved to second on a passed ball with one out. Senior Tommy Richard followed with a single to plate Jones.
In the third, Ard launched a two-out solo home run over the centerfield wall for his second dinger of the season and extend the Cougars' advantage to 2-0.
Washington State added a run in the sixth on a two-out walk to Richards and a double off the wall in right-center field by senior Patrick Claussen.
Leckenby left in the eighth with a 3-0 lead and a runner on second with two outs. After senior Spencer Jackson hit the only man he faced, the Bears collected a pair of singles against sophomore Kellen Camus to trim their deficit to 3-2.
The Cougars responded in the bottom of the eighth with five runs as the first-nine men to come to the plate reached. Ard led off with a double, Jones tripled and redshirt-sophomore Adam Nelubowich singled to put Washington State on top 5-2.
After sophomore pinch runner Nate Blackham stole second, Richards singled and Claussen doubled home Blackham. A balk brought in Richards and freshman Ian Sagdal singled to score Claussen and cap the rally.
The series continues, Saturday with first pitch scheduled for noon.
Senior Derek Jones recorded the ninth-outfield assist of his career...sophomore Nate Blackham stole his team-leading fourth base of the season...freshman Ian Sagdal became the fifth Cougar this season to have three hits in a game.