Cougar Baseball Completes Sweep of South Dakota State

March 22, 2009

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Redshirt-sophomore Cody Bartlett collected four of Washington State's season-high 17 hits and the Cougars defeated South Dakota State 13-4 in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Sunday.

With the victory, WSU (8-11) completed a three-game sweep of the Jackrabbits (4-14). Redshirt-sophomore Chad Arnold (1-1) pitched five innings to earn the win on the mound.

'It's nice to complete the sweep and have some momentum heading into the Pac-10 season,' Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said.

South Dakota State took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first when Stephen Turner homered with two men aboard. The Cougars responded with two runs in their half of the first. Senior Alex Burg singled home the first run and sophomore Shea Vucinich scored when senior Greg Lagreid grounded into a double play.

WSU used the long ball over the next two frames to take a commanding 10-3 lead. In the second, Bartlett led off with a home run to tie the game 3-3 and Lagreid blasted a three-run homer with two outs. In the third, Vucinich launched a grand slam over the left-center field wall.

The Cougars added three more runs in the sixth on a RBI-single by sophomore Garry Kuykendall and a two-run double by Burg.

Washington State opens Pac-10 play at California, Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Redshirt-sophomore Cody Bartlett had a career-high four hits and homered for the first time since April 17, 2007 at Gonzaga...WSU's 13 runs were a season high...Cougars scored 37 runs in the weekend sweep, the most in a three-game series for WSU since 37 at Northern Colorado, April 21-23, 2006 and the most in a three-game set at Bailey-Brayton Field since May 9-11 against Sacramento State (45).

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