No. 24 Washington State Breaks Out With 20-7 Win Over USC

May 21, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. - The No. 24 Washington State Cougars scored six runs in the first Friday and 10 runs in the fifth on their way to the 20-7 victory over the USC Trojans in game one of a Pac-10 Conference series. The Cougars hammered out 23 hits as four players recorded three or more hits.

Patrick Claussen went 4-for-6 with three RBI for Washington State (29-18, 12-10) while Matt Fanelli went 3-for-3 with a double and triple and reached base safely on all six plate appearances. Chad Arnold (5-2) picked up the win with six innings, allowing two runs on three hits.

Beau Brett was 3-for-3 for the Trojans (25-29, 5-17) while Garret Houts was 2-for-2 with a two-run homer in the seventh. Ben Mount suffered the loss after allowing nine runs on 13 hits in four innings.

With two outs in the first and runners at first and second, Mount was called for back-to-back balks which plated the first run for the Cougars. WSU then used five singles and a throwing error by third baseman Ricky Oropesa to score six runs in the inning. Mike O'Neill's RBI single and a sacrifice fly from Joe De Pinto made it 7-2 in the third, but the Cougars came back with a run in the third and fourth before breaking the game open with 10 runs on eight hits in the fifth inning for the 19-2 score.

The series continues tomorrow at 2 p.m. with a noon start on Sunday. Both games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.

Notes: Joe De Pinto had his season-high 11-game hitting streak snapped tonight after going 0-for-4...the 20 runs allowed by USC were the most in the series with Washington State, dating back to the start of the series in 1948.

USC	 002-000-230---7-10-4WSU	 611-1(10)0-01x---20-23-1

WP - Arnold (5-2) LP - Mount (5-5)T - 3:02 ATT - 672Records: USC (25-29, 5-17), Washington State (29-18, 12-10)

Mount, Fujiya (5), Dedeaux (5) and Roundtree, Castillo (6).Arnold, Ochoa (7), Ratigan (8) and Ponciano, Clingan (6).

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