The Washington State Cougars (9-15, 2-6 Pac-12) came into Friday's game with Arizona State (15-10, 2-7) losers of their last three, allowing 21 runs and scoring 2 runs during that span. But a different team showed up on the baseball diamond last night.
The Cougar offense came alive as they combined for 12 hits and in the 9-3 victory.
WSU was led by Masson Cerrillo and Ty Johnson, who both had three hits to support Ian Hamilton's two run, four strike out performance. Sophomore Ryan Walker stepped to the mound in relief and dominated the Sun Devils. Walker was lights out, surrendering just three hits during four scoreless innings. It was Hamilton's first win of the season and Walker's second save.
The Cougar offense has struggled the last three games and was ready to go-off; it was only a matter of time.
And that time came last night in the fourth inning. The Cougar offense put together a five-run fourth inning explosion that put what was previously a 2-2 game out of hand for Arizona State.
ASU's starting pitcher was reining Pac-12 pitcher of the week, Ryan Hingst, who threw a no-hitter last week against Utah. The Cougars got the best of Hingst, connecting for six hits and recording four runs in three innings.
The series is now tied at a game a piece. The Cougars and Sun Devils play today at 1 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field. The game will be broadcast by Pac-12 Networks, but check your listings to see if you'll be able to watch it on your TV. You might have to watch it on another electronic device.
Mailbag: Pac-12's best offense; Oregon a football school? - Pac-12 Blog- ESPN
It's tough to bet against Oregon as the Pac-12's best offense since the Ducks have led the conference in scoring every season since 2007. But what about the Cougs?
WSU used 12 hits to back Ian Hamilton's five strong innings and even the series.
No. 62 Cougars Fall at Arizona, 5-2 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Lize Leenknecht and Aneta Miksovska win, but it was not enough as No. 62 Washington State falls to Arizona.
The Cougars will compete at Maricopa, Ariz., April 4 and 5.
Men’s Golf to Compete at Chambers Bay - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Play at the Redhawk Invitational will take place April 4 and 5.
Track and Field
WSU Distance Corps Race Well At Bay Area Meets - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Forrest Shaffer dropped his 3k steeplechase PR time to 8:51.73 at Stanford Invite Friday.