Despite a rally in the ninth-inning, the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal (34-19, 20-9) held off Washington State (24-28, 10-19) to win 5-3 on Friday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
With one out in the bottom half of the ninth inning, Andres Alvarez and Dillon Plew both singled into left field which brought the winning run to the plate. However, Cardinal closer Colton Hock retired Shane Matheny with a strikeout and James Rudkin grounded out to shortstop to end the ballgame.
Cougars LHP Damon Jones threw a career-high 6 1⁄3 innings pitched allowing one earned run and five hits with two strikeouts.
The Cougars took a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning after two two-out singles by Cory Meyer and Cal Waterman.
A one-out walk in the seventh lead to four Stanford runs. Two 2-RBI doubles by the Cardinal put them ahead 5-3 where they would never look back.
The Cougars wrap up the season today and will look to salvage a game from the series. First pitch is set 1 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
WSU’s Ninth-Inning Rally Held Off By No. 8 Stanford - WSUCougars.com | Washington State University Athletics
The series wraps up Saturday at 1 p.m. the Pac-12 Network.
WSU basketball legend Bennie Seltzer returns as Cougars assistant coach | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State basketball legend Bennie Seltzer is returning to Pullman as an assistant coach, rounding out men’s head coach Ernie Kent’s staff. Seltzer, the school’s all-time assists leader, is now a 20-year coaching veteran and comes to Pullman from Loyola Chicago, where he was an assistant coach for the team that defeated the Cougars in the final game of the Paradise Jam on Nov. 21.