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Cougars Lose Series to UNLV
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/08/2011
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May 8, 2011

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PULLMAN, Wash. - UNLV scored a run in six-different innings and downed Washington State 6-3 in the rubber game of a nonconference baseball series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Sunday.

With the victory, the Rebels (30-19) handed the Cougars (20-22) their first nonconference series loss in 25 tries at Bailey-Brayton Field under Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut. The Cougars were unbeaten in their last-30 nonconference series in Pullman dating back to March 25-26, 2002 when they were swept by Washington in a two-game set.

"Individually, we are doing some good things, but we are not doing enough team wise," Marbut said. "We are not playing with enough passion and that's my fault because it's my job to prepare us to play hard."

UNLV scored in the second and third to take a 2-0 lead against James Wise (4-5). The senior right-hander tied his career high with eight strikeouts in defeat.

Washington State tied the game in the third when Collin Slaybaugh led off with a single and Nate Blackham and Derek Jones delivered back-to-back RBI-doubles with two outs.

After the Rebels picked up an unearned run in the fourth, the Cougars came back in their half of the frame against Max Javate (5-1). Patrick Claussen singled and stole second with one out. Slaybaugh's two-out single, one of three hits for the freshman catcher, scored Claussen to tie the score 3-3.

The Rebels scored a run in the sixth against Wise, added an insurance tally in the seventh off J.D. Leckenby and capped the scoring with a run in the ninth charged to Spencer Jackson.

Due to an unplayable field, Washington State's game scheduled for Monday at Portland has been cancelled. The Pilots and Cougars have added a game, Tuesday, May 17 and will play a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. that day in Pullman. Next up for Washington State is a three-game series at home against Arizona beginning Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m.

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