March 11, 2011
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PULLMAN, Wash. - Adam Conley struck out nine in eight innings of work to lead Washington State past Utah Valley 3-1 in the opener of a three-game nonconference baseball series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday.
The junior southpaw yielded one unearned run, gave up four hits, and did not walk a batter while improving to 4-0. He threw 122 pitches, 82 for strikes. Paris Shewey struck out the side on 11 pitches in the ninth for his third save.
The Cougars (7-4) scored all the runs Conley would need in the bottom of the first against Blake Krahenbuhl (2-1). Brett Jacobs led off with a single followed by walks to Jason Monda and Taylor Ard, respectively to load the bases. Derek Jones plated Jacobs with a sacrifice fly and two batters later Monda scored when Stetson Olson reached on an error.
Conley retired nine of the first 10 men he faced and carried a shutout into the seventh. The Wolverines (3-8) scratched out a run on a hit batter, an error, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.
Washington State came right back with an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. Trace Tam Sing was hit by a pitch and went all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jay Ponciano. Tommy Richards executed a suicide squeeze to score Tam Sing and give the Cougars a 3-1 lead.
The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. NewsTalk 1150 KQQQ will carry the game and a webcast will be available on wsucougars.com.
Adam Conley raised his strikeout total to 32 this season and has walked two...Cougars improved to 4-1 at home this season.