Cougar Defense Costs Baseball in Loss to Notre Dame

March 8, 2009

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HOUSTON - Washington State committed five errors and gave up four unearned runs in a 7-3 loss to Notre Dame, Sunday at the Academy Sports + Outdoors Rice Classic.

Two of the WSU (3-8) errors occurred in the top of the third inning when the Fighting Irish (5-4) tallied three unearned runs to take a 4-0 lead.

'Our defense let us down and we failed in all aspects of the game today,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'It was a rough day at the park.'

In the sixth, the Cougars rallied for a pair of runs to pull within 4-2. With one out, freshman Patrick Claussen singled for one of his three hits in the game. After sophomore Shea Vucinich struck out, freshman Derek Jones walked and senior Alex Burg drove home both runners with a triple to right field.

Notre Dame responded with a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth off the WSU bullpen before Jones capped the game's scoring with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.

The Cougars are scheduled to play British Columbia in an exhibition game at Bailey-Brayton Field, Monday at 3:30 p.m. before heading to Long Beach State and Pepperdine for a five-game road trip beginning Friday.

Freshman Patrick Claussen registered the first three-hit game of his career and has hit safely in each of the seven games he has played this season...Washington State committed five errors after recording seven in its first 10 games.

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