Cougars Drop Series Opener 5-2 to Rival Huskies - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Cougars Drop Series Opener 5-2 to Rival Huskies

by Brad Wall

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State fought back to tie the game in the fifth, but later succumbed to rival Washington 5-2 Friday night in Seattle.

After retiring the first two batters in the first, Tanner Chleborad walked Jacob Lamb and Branden Berry. Chase Anselment hit a single to center field to bring around Lamb for the first run of the game.

Adam Nelubowich and Tommy Richards both singled to start off the second and moved to second and third on a sac-bunt by Patrick Claussen. Jason Monda fouled out and Ian Sagdal struck out to strand the runners.

Trevor Mitsui hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the second and after a B.K. Santy strikeout Ty Afenir doubled down the right field line. Jayce Ray struck out and Joe Meggs flew out to center to end the inning.

Mitsui singled through the left side and moved to third on a single by Santy. After an Afenir pop-out, Mitsui scored on an error by Sagdal to double the Huskies' lead.

Sagdal hit a leadoff single that was followed by a pop-out by Kyle Johnson. Collin Slaybaugh hit an infield single to shortstop and Taylor Ard walked to load the bases with one out for WSU. Derek Jones smacked a double down the left field line to bring around Sagdal and Slaybaugh to tie up the game at two a piece.

Monda hit a one-out double in the sixth. Sagdal struck out looking and after a Johnson hit-by-pitch, Slaybaugh also struck out for the third out.

With one out in the seventh, Meggs and Lamb both singled and moved over on a passed ball. Berry doubled to right field to score both runners and take the lead back 4-2.

Mitsui doubled in the eighth and after a Santy strikeout moved over to third on an error. Meggs hit a two-out single up the middle to bring in Mitsui and make the score 5-2 heading in to the top of the ninth.

In the ninth Tyler Kane got Ard to pop out to second. Austin Voth got Jones to ground out and Nelubowich to fly out to end the game.

Chleborad pitched six innings giving up two runs on seven hits. Scott Simon was stuck with the loss lasting 1/3 of an inning and giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits.

Aaron West gave up eight hits allowing two runs in his six innings of work. Kane got the win going 2 and 1/3 innings allowing two hits.

The "Apple Cup" series between the Cougars and Huskies will continue tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.