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Cougars Slug Their Way Past Huskies
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/30/2011
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April 30, 2011

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Patrick Claussen and Derek Jones each collected four hits and Washington State defeated Washington 11-6 in Pacific-10 Conference baseball, Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Claussen's tied a career high with the four hits, including a double and a triple. He also drove home a career-high five runs. Jones added a double and two RBI.

Washington State (19-19, 5-12 Pac-10) won its fifth-straight game. The Huskies (12-27, 3-11 Pac-10) lost for the fifth-straight time at Bailey-Brayton Field.

"It was good to get out to an early lead," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "Patrick Claussen earned an opportunity to play and came up big for us today. Derek Jones has really hit his stride during Pac-10 play."

The Cougars jumped on Huskies' starter Aaron West (1-8) with two runs just four batters into the game. Cody Bartlett singled and moved to third on a double by Claussen. Jones plated the first run with a single and Claussen scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Ard.

In the third, Claussen and Jones singled with one out and scored on a two-out double by Matt Argyropoulos. Washington closed within 4-3 with three runs in the fourth against Chad Arnold (1-3).

Washington State answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth. Collin Slaybaugh led off with a single against reliever Jeff Brigham and scored on a two-out single by Claussen. Jones knocked home Claussen with a double and scored on a single by Ard for a 7-3 lead.

The Cougars added four runs in the sixth. Washington State loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter and Claussen cleared the bases with a two-out triple. Jones followed with a single to score Claussen.

Washington picked up a run in the sixth with two hits and a walk off Arnold. In the ninth, Sal Arena was charged with two runs after he did not retire any of the four men he faced and Spencer Jackson allowed one of the three runners he inherited to score while recording the final-three outs to account for the final outcome.

The series concludes Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon.

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