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Cougs Drop Third Straight Ball Game, Lose 10-7 to ASU

The loss moves Marty Lees' team to one game under .500 on the season.

WSU Athletic Communication

With the 2017 college baseball season just two months old, year two of Marty Lees at the helm of the WSU Cougars baseball program still shows a young program that has a long ways to go.

The Cougars (15-16, 2-9) fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils (15-18, 4-10) 10-7 Friday night at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. It is Washington State's third consectuive defeat.

WSU dug its hole early by giving up six runs in the first inning against the Sun Devils. You may not be able to win a game in the early innings, but you can certainly lose it as WSU found out Friday evening. Six hits, an error, and a balk brought home those six runs before the Cougars could get the first three outs.

It wasn't all bad for WSU, however. Sophomore shorstop Andres Alvarez, who hits leadoff, went 3-for-5 with a run scored while catcher Corey Meyer and first baseman James Rudkin each reached base four times throughout the ballgame. Justin Harrer and Danny Sinatro each recorded two hits, as well.

The Cougars will look to salavage a game in the three-game series with the final game scheduled to begin at 12:30 PST on Saturday afternoon.

Baseball:

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Football:

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