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Adam Conley Dominates in Cougar Victory
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/11/2011
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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.

"Adam was special once again tonight," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "Then in the ninth inning, that is as good as we have seen Paris Shewey pitch. We need to get him some more opportunities."

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.

COUGAR NOTES
Adam Conley raised his strikeout total to 32 this season and has walked two...Cougars improved to 4-1 at home this season.

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