Derek Jones Homers Twice to Lead Cougar Baseball Past Gonzaga

March 3, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Freshman Derek Jones homered twice and redshirt-freshman David Stilley pitched four shutout innings in relief as Washington State defeated Gonzaga 8-4 in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Tuesday.

The Cougars (3-5) trailed 2-0 when Jones homered leading off the fourth. Senior Jared Prince singled and moved to third when freshman Patrick Claussen dropped down a bunt single and Gonzaga (6-2) pitcher Steven Ames committed a throwing error. Claussen was thrown out trying to steal with sophomore Matt Argyropoulos at bat, but Prince came home on the play to tie the game 2-2.

In the sixth, Jones led off with his second home run of the game to put WSU on top 3-2. With one out, Claussen reached on a bunt single, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error by Bulldogs' catcher Tyson Van Winkle.

WSU increased its lead to 5-2 in the seventh on a two-out double by sophomore Shea Vucinich and a RBI-single by senior Greg Lagreid.

In the eighth, Claussen walked with one out and scored on a RBI-double by Argyropoulos. Sophomore Ryan Peterson plated Argyropoulos with a triple and scored when senior Alex Burg reached on an error to make the score 8-2.

Stilley (1-0) was nearly automatic on the mound as he set down 12 of 13 hitters he faced, including six strikeouts to pick up his first-collegiate victory.

'It was team effort tonight,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'I am as happy with our team tonight as I have been all season. We got good pitching, hit the ball well, and played solid defense.'

The Cougars travel to Houston for a tournament at Rice beginning with a game against the host Owls at 2:30 p.m. Pacific, Friday, March 6.

Derek Jones became the first Cougar freshman to homer twice in the same game since Stefan Bailie at Cal State Northridge, March 17, 2000...redshirt-freshman David Stilley threw 36 of his 46 pitches for strikes...freshman Adam Conley made his first-collegiate start on the mound and gave up one run in three innings...freshman Patrick Claussen stole two bases, the first of his career.

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