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HCA: Baseball blows late lead, falls at Utah Valley 20-13

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Eight run innings are fun... Unless, you know, it’s the other team...

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The Washington State offense was in control last night at Utah Valley. The Cougar bats 6 runs in the 2nd inning, 4 runs in the 4th inning and 2 more in the 6th to take a 13-5 lead.

Unfortunately, the WSU defense and bullpen weren’t on the same level. They allowed 15 runs in 3 frames in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings on the way to a bad 20-13 loss in Utah.

Washington State actually trailed 3-1 entering the 2nd inning when the bats warmed up. Andres Alvarez, Dillon Plew, Jack Smith and Collin Montez all delivered 2-out RBI hits in the 6 run inning. They added 4 more runs in the 4th, highlighted by a Brody Barnum 3-run shot home run.

On the mound, Michael Newstron got the start for the Cougs. He pitched 3 innings, giving up 3 runs, only 2 of which were earned.

The Cougs collected 13 runs on a season-high 18 hits in this one... But Utah Valley rallied from there. The home team took advantage of 7 wild pitches, along with a trio of Cougar errors to mount their 13-5 comeback. In the 7th, Utah Valley loaded the bases, driving in runs thanks to a combination of RBI singles, dropped fly balls and wild pitches. The 8 run frame game them the lead... And the 4 run 8th was the cherry on top to make this a football score and a 20-13 Cougar loss.

Needless to say, it’s another bad loss for the Cougs, who continue to struggle this season. WSU falls to 10-37-1 overall on the season and pick up their 26th road loss of the season. The Cougs will stay in Utah as they look to bounce back in a weekend series against the Utes. That set starts Thursday with all three games starting at 10:30 AM PT. You can watch all three on the Pac-12 Network.

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