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Cougar Baseball Beats No. 22 Oregon State
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/23/2010
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April 23, 2010

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Chad Arnold tossed a complete game five-hitter and Washington State defeated No. 22 Oregon State 5-1 in the opener of a three-game Pacific-10 Conference baseball series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday.

Arnold (4-2) struck out a career-high 11, did not allow a hit after the fifth inning, and retired 13 of the final 14 men he faced.

"That was a great performance by Chad Arnold," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "It is exactly what we needed from one of the leaders on our ball club."

Washington State (20-14, 4-6 Pac-10) scored three times in the bottom of the third against Oregon State (20-12, 3-7 Pac-10) starter Greg Peavey (3-1). Cody Bartlett opened the inning with a double. Kyle Johnson moved Bartlett to third with a sacrifice bunt and when Peavey threw the ball wide of first base, Bartlett scored and Johnson took second. Johnson moved to third on a fly ball by Garry Kuykendall and scored on a ground out by Shea Vucinich. Derek Jones followed with his eighth home run of the season to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead.

Oregon State's lone run came in the fifth on a single, sacrifice bunt, wild pitch and a double. WSU added two runs in the seventh on a single by Jay Ponciano, a RBI-double by Bartlett and a run-scoring single by Johnson.

The teams meet again Saturday at 2 p.m.

WSU NOTES
Washington State has won the opening game of its last nine Pac-10 series at home...Chad Arnold became the first Cougar pitcher to throw back-to-back complete games since Aaron MacKenzie in 2004.

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