PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland scored five times in the bottom of the fifth inning and posted a 7-5 victory over visiting Washington State in nonconference baseball, Monday.
Kurt Yinger (4-4) gave up one run in three innings of relief to earn the win. Washington State (20-24) starter Tanner Chleborad (3-8) gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Each team scored twice in the first inning. For the Cougars, Collin Slaybaugh was hit by a pitch with one out and came home on a double by Adam Nelubowich. With two outs, Nelubowich moved to third on a wild pitch and Jason Monda and Brett Jacobs were each hit by a pitch. A Portland (17-28) error on a ground ball off the bat of P.J. Jones allowed the second a run to score. The Pilots tied the game on Jeff Melby's two-run home run.
In the fifth, Trek Stemp led off with a single for Washington State and Slaybaugh walked. After a sacrifice bunt by Nelubowich, Yale Rosen was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Monda followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Cougars on top 3-2.
The Pilots answered with five runs in their half of the fifth. Portland sandwiched two singles around a hit batter for a run to tie the game 3-3. An infield hit drove in the go-ahead run and Ben Grubb's three-run home run extended the lead to 7-3.
The Cougars cut their deficit in half with two runs in the eighth. Jones and Shea Donlin opened the inning with back-to-back singles and advanced to second and third, respectively on a wild pitch. With one out, Stemp plated Jones with a ground out. An infield hit by Slaybaugh put runners at the corners and Nelubowich knocked in Donlin with a single to close the cap to 7-5. Kody Watts, the fourth Pilots' pitcher of the day, came on to retire Rosen on a fly out and prevent further damage. Watts then worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his third save.
Washington State returns to Pac-12 action with a three-game series at USC. The first game is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday.