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Cougar Baseball Completes Doubleheader Sweep
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/26/2011
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Feb. 26, 2011

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Cody Bartlett's three-run double in the third inning helped Washington State rally past UC Santa Barbara 7-3 in the nightcap of a nonconference baseball doubleheader at Bailey-Brayton Field, Saturday.

The Cougars (4-1) trailed 3-1 in the seven inning game entering the bottom of third when Matt Argyropoulos was hit by a pitch and Jason Monda singled against Matt Vedo (1-1). After Tommy Richards hit into a fielder's choice for the second out, Collin Slaybaugh walked to load the bases. Bartlett then drilled a double down the left field line to clear the bases and give Washington State a 4-3 lead.

"Cody gave us a big lift and that is what we need from our seniors," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "I also thought James Wise did a nice job settling in after the first-couple of innings."

Wise (2-0) gave up three unearned runs on three hits, struck out six, and walked one in five innings. The right-hander did not give up a hit after the second inning as Washington State completed the doubleheader sweep.

The Cougars added a run in the fourth when Brett Jacobs doubled, moved to third on a fly out by Taylor Ard and scored on a sacrifice fly by Derek Jones to extend Washington State's lead to 5-3.

J.D. Leckenby worked the sixth and was the beneficiary of a tremendous defensive play. The freshman hit a batter and walked a man with one out. Both runners moved up on a passed ball with two outs. Joe Winterburn followed with a line drive to left field that was speared by Monda with a headlong dive to prevent the Gauchos (3-2) from tying the game.

Washington State tacked on a couple of runs in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI-single by Ard and a sacrifice fly by Argyropoulos. Paris Shewey closed out the game by working a shutout ninth for the Cougars.

The teams conclude their three-game series, Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon.

Washington State received five walks and five hit batters from the UC Santa Barbara pitching staff...Cougars played their first scheduled seven inning game at home since 1998.

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