PASCO – Collin Slaybaugh delivered a two-run single to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning and Washington State rallied to defeat Portland 4-2 in the Cougar Diamond Classic on Tuesday night at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.
Slaybaugh’s hit capped a four-run inning for the Cougars (24-20) who won both meetings this season with the Pilots (23-17).
The Cougars trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth when Patrick Claussen led off with a double. Taylor Ard followed with a double to score Claussen and trim the Portland lead to 2-1. Derek Jones singled to put runners at the corners. After Adam Nelubowich struck out, Tommy Richards singled to score Ard with the tying run and send Jones to third. Richards took second on the play when the ball was misplayed in right field by Chet Thompson.
The Pilots elected to walk Jason Monda intentionally to load the bases and face Slaybaugh. The Cougar backstop made Portland pay when he drilled a pitch into left-center field to put Washington State on top 4-2.
Kyle Swannack pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Cougars and yielded two runs on three hits. Kellen Camus (2-1) tossed a pair of shutout innings to earn the victory. Spencer Jackson recorded two outs in the eighth and Anthony Drobnick worked the ninth for his second save.
The Pilots used seven pitchers, including all three members of their weekend rotation. Chris Johnson (3-3), the third Portland pitcher used, was charged with three runs in an inning-plus and suffered the loss.