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Late home run by Hatten pushes WSU past Northeastern, 4-1.

After coming up short in their last three games, Washington State picked up their fifth win of the season, defeating Northeastern 4-1.

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It took a 7th inning bomb and some good defense, but Washington State took down Northeastern, 4-1 on Friday afternoon.

After Catcher Stefan Van Horn reached base on a wild pitch, Sophomore Weston Hatten homered for the first time this season, to give the Cougars the lead 2-1 lead.

In the 8th the Cougars offense padded the margin when Dugan Shirer knocked a single up the middle to score Trek Stemp and Derek Chapman. The RBI single extended Shirer's hitting streak to seven games.

In the top of the 9th the Huskies would record back-to-back singles before Cougar pitcher Ryan Walker was able to retire the side. Walker gave up four scattered hits after coming into the game during the 4th inning. He picked up his second win of the season.

Washington State has struggled at times to prevent opponents from scoring this season. Prior to WSU's tilt with Northeastern, the Cougars have allowed an average of 6.3 runs per game. But the defense did their part yesterday, limiting the Huskies to a lone run in the 2nd.

Before the win the Cougars had dropped three straight, all of which have been in Pullman. With the series tied-up at one win a piece, the Cougars will face the Huskies at Bailey-Brayton field today at 2 p.m.


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