After an impressive 10-5 start to the season which included a seven-game winning streak, the Washington State Cougars baseball team fell to the USC Trojans 12-3 to begin Pac-12 conference play.
Redshirt junior Damon Jones got hit with the loss, allowing ten runs in 4.2 innings of work while USC's Chris Clarke fanned seven hitters in seven innings.
The Cougars got on the board first taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning when a fly ball hit by Andres Alvarez was dropped in right field, scoring James Rudkin from second base. However, the Men of Troy scored three runs in the third, three runs in the fourth, and five runs in the fifth to take an 11-2 lead over the Cougars.
From there on out, the Cougars had dug their hole too deep to climb out of against one of the top team's in the conference.
Shane Matheny extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the first inning and added a triple in the seventh. The Cougars committed four errors on the day, leading to eight unearned runs scored by the Trojans.
WSU looks to tie the series up today at 1-1. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. and Ryan Walker will get the start for the Cougars.