Riding the momentum of four consecutive series wins, the Washington State Cougars baseball team made the trek down to Corvallis - Marty Lees’ old home - with a three-game series against the No. 1 Oregon State Beavers.
Leading 3-2 with two outs in the ninth inning and two Beavers on base, the Cougars issued three consecutive walks, bringing in the tying and winning runs as the Beavers took game one with a 4-3 win.
Tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, Washington State pulled ahead with two extra-base hits in the inning. Dillon Plew began the inning with a double to right field and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt from Shane Matheny. James Rudkin followed suit by hitting a double of his own, scoring Plew to give the Cougars the lead. J.J. Hancock added some insurance with an RBI single up the middle to score Rudkin to give the Cougs a 3-1 advantage.
Oregon State cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the eighth inning. Nick Madrigal lead off the inning with a walk and Steven Kwan reached base on an infield single, giving OSU two on and nobody out. Two batters later, Adley Rutschman hit a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing home Madrial for a 3-2 ball game.
A single to center field by Trevor Larnach began the bottom half of the ninth and he’d be replaced by a Elliott Cary as a pinch-runner. A sac bunt moved Cary to second base, and a walk followed. Scotty Sunitsch was able to get the second out of the inning but walked the next three Beaver batters, giving Oregon State the victory.
The series continues this afternoon at 1:05 from Goss Stadium in Corvallis. That game will air on the Pac-12 Networks.
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The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Jack Anderson walked on 3-2 in the ninth for the walkoff victory