Collin Slaybaugh had four hits and drove in three runs and the Washington State baseball team opened Pac-12 play with a 15-4 throttling of No. 14 Arizona State on Friday in Tempe, Ariz.
The Cougars scored four runs in the third inning to take control early. Jason Monda’s single with the bases loaded plated two runs.
Slaybaugh hit a two-run double in the seventh that gave WSU a 9-1 advantage. The Cougars added six runs in the ninth to make it a rout.
Joe Pistorese earned his second win of the season after giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Adam Nelubowich had three RBIs and Monda and Trace Tam Sing drove in two runs apiece for the Cougars (10-6, 1-0).
The Sun Devils (11-3-1, 0-1) will have left-hander Ryan Kellogg on the mound when the teams play today. Kellogg is 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA.
• Cabe Reiten’s single to left field in the bottom of the 14th inning scored Billy Moon and Gonzaga (10-5-1, 1-0) outlasted San Francisco (7-10, 0-1) 3-2 in a West Coast Conference opener in Spokane.
GU’s Alex Bonczyk hit a single to center before Reiten’s hit, but Nicholas Minteer was thrown out at the plate.
Marco Gonzales started for the Bulldogs. He gave up two runs and four hits in eight innings.
• Washington’s game against UCLA in Los Angeles was suspended in the fourth due to fog.
It will be resumed today where it left off. The second game of the series will be played after the first one is completed.
Gonzaga junior forward Kelly Olynyk was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for the third consecutive month.
Olynyk had per-game averages of 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists as the Bulldogs won all eight of their games in February.
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