Cougs Avoid Sweep, Beat UCLA 4-3 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Cougs Avoid Sweep, Beat UCLA 4-3

PULLMAN, Wash. – In a game with eight errors and eight infield singles, it was one of each that ultimately decided Sunday's Pac-12 Conference baseball game between UCLA and Washington State.

Collin Slaybaugh beat out a ground ball to first base with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and a throwing error on the play by UCLA (27-13, 11-7 Pac-12) first baseman Pat Gallagher allowed Shea Donlin to score what proved to be the winning run for Washington State (20-20, 7-11 Pac-12) in a 4-3 victory.

Donlin reached base to open the eighth when he was hit by Zack Weiss's only pitch of the game. Weiss (1-1), the fifth of six Bruins' pitchers wound up suffering the loss. Ian Sagdal sacrificed Donlin to second. Two batters later, the Washington State scored the game-winner.

J.D. Leckenby (1-2) pitched three shutout innings to earn the win on the mound for the Cougars while Jason Monda worked the ninth for his first-collegiate save.

"Our pitching was really good today," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "You can't say enough about our bullpen, but I thought Scott Simon gave us a good start as well. Our defense did not make it easy on our pitchers."

The Cougars grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Trek Stemp reached on an infield single, was sacrificed to second by Slaybaugh, moved to third on a fly out by P.J. Jones, and scored on an infield hit by Adam Nelubowich.

UCLA tallied two runs in the second on three hits and two Cougar errors. Washington State tied the game 2-2 in the third on a one-out triple by Jones and two-out infield single by Brett Jacobs.

The Bruins scored in fifth to go back on top 3-2. The run came via an infield single, stolen base, throwing error and wild pitch.

In the seventh, Austin Pernell drew a leadoff walk against UCLA reliever James Kaprielian. With two outs, Pernell stole second and scored on a single by Jacobs to tie the game 3-3.

The Cougars continue their homestand with a three-game series against Oregon, Friday-Sunday. The first game is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday.