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WSU grounds Pilots in non-conference finale

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by Washington State Univ. athletics

PULLMAN, WA -- Freshman Travis Cook pitched into the seventh inning to earn his first-collegiate victory and No. 20 Washington State downed Portland 3-2 in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Wednesday. The win was the seventh-straight for the Cougars (33-18) and came in Washington State's final regular season home game.

"It was a coming out party for Travis Cook," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We are feeding off each other and playing our best baseball of the season right now as a team."

The Cougars scored a run in the first off Portland (31-18) starter Kyle Kraus (9-3). Cody Bartlett walked with one out and Derek Jones singled. Following a double steal, Matt Fanelli drove in Bartlett with a ground out. In the third, Bartlett led off with a double, took third on a ground out by Jones and scored when Fanelli grounded out to short.

In the fourth, Brett Jacobs opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Argyropoulos. Jay Ponciano delivered an infield single and Jacobs came around to score on an error for a 3-0 Cougar lead.

Cook (1-3) went six and two-thirds innings, gave up four hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter. He yielded a solo home run in the fifth and another in the seventh before departing.

Michael Ratigan pitched an inning and two-thirds of shutout ball and Seth Harvey retired the Pilots in order in the ninth for his second save.

The Cougars close out their regular season with a three-game series at UCLA beginning Friday at 6 p.m.


Seth Harvey made his 74th-career appearance to move into a tie for third all-time at Washington State…Travis Cook recorded the longest outing of his career…Cougars have 65 wins over the last two seasons, the most in a two-year span since 69 in 1993-94, Bobo Brayton's final two years as the WSU head coach.

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