No. 11 Stanford too much for Cougs

Cougars take down Idaho in battle of border rivals

Stephen Piscotty was 3-for-3 at the plate and pitched 6 1/3 innings for the win on the mound as No. 11 Stanford knocked off Washington State 8-3, Saturday.

The Cardinal (31-14, 13-10 Pac-12) scored four times in the third and once in the fifth to build a 5-0 lead against Washington State (24-22, 9-13 Pac-12) starter J.D. Leckenby (4-6).

“We didn’t play well and J.D. (Leckenby) didn’t have his best secondary stuff,” Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. “We have to find a way to fight for a win tomorrow.”

Washington State scored its first run in the sixth. Kyle Johnson led off with a single and stole second with two outs in front of an RBI-double by Derek Jones.

Stanford responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to end Leckenby’s afternoon. The Cougars scored a pair of unearned runs against Piscotty (3-2) in the seventh to cut their deficit to 7-3.

Jason Monda reached on an error with one out and took third on a double by Collin Slaybaugh. Reliever Garrett Hughes struck out Ty Jackson, but a wild pitch allowed Jackson to reach base and Monda to score. A throwing error on the play sent Jackson to second and allowed Slaybaugh to race home.

Stanford closed the scoring with a run in the bottom of the seventh charged to Washington State reliever Richie Ochoa.

Scott Simon made his 22nd appearance, tied for third most on the Washington State freshman list…Derek Jones doubled to become the sixth Cougar in school history with 400-career total bases…Jones recorded his 11th outfield assist, tied for seventh all-time at Washington State…Kyle Johnson stole his 15th base, most in a season by a Cougar since Zach Borba had 15 in 2007.