March 24, 2013

Baseball Drops 20-1 Decision at Washington State

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State padded a slim 2-0 lead with 18 runs over the course of the final five innings on its way to a 20-1 victory over the Brown baseball team in the third of a four-game series Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Brown dropped to 1-9 on the season, while the Cougars improved to 13-8 overall behind 18 hits in the contest.

Washington State starter Scott Simon earned the win by limiting the Bears to one run over seven innings, while senior Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, Texas) took the loss, allowing six earned runs over 5.1 innings to go along with four strikeouts.

Senior Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.), who was one of seven Bears with one hit in the contest, picked up an RBI and worked a pair of walks.

After Mayo shut down the first three batters with a pair of strikeouts, the Cougars rebounded in the second frame when Nick Tanielu crossed the plate on a fielder's choice. Washington State added another run in the fourth on a solo shot from P.J. Jones for the two-run lead.

The Cougars opened up the scoring in the next frame with four more runs on five hits to move in front, 6-0.

The Bears answered right back in the top of the sixth as sophomore Nick Fornaca (San Diego, Calif.) led off the inning with a double. Slaughter then drove in Fornaca with a two-out single to trim the deficit to five, 6-1.

Washington State did not stay quiet for long, however, as the home side responded with 14 runs over the next two innings to seal the victory.

The Bears wrap up the four-game series on Monday, March 25 when they take on the Cougars at 9 p.m. ET.