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Cougs drop game one at USC, possibly damaging their NCAA Tournament hopes

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Washington State Athletic Communications

As we pointed out Thursday, WSU has a shot at making the NCAA Tournament, and it needs to take care of business in the season’s final games. But WSU missed a great opportunity to bolster its resume Friday night at USC, dropping an 8-6 decision to the Trojans in the first game of a three-game series.

USC used a six-run fourth inning to build a 6-1 lead, and the Trojans would extend that lead to 7-1 in the fifth. WSU managed to claw back and manufacture some runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Kyle Manzardo hit a two-run single in the seventh to make it 7-4 USC.

The Trojans added a run in the eighth before the Cougs attempted to come back in the ninth. Tristan Peterson hit a two-run homer to get WSU within two, but that was all WSU could muster in the ninth.

WSU even brought the tying runs to the plate in both the seventh and eighth innings but couldn’t cash in.

Brandon White struggled on the mound, giving up seven runs in five innings on 104 pitches.

WSU now sits at 23-21 overall and 10-15 in Pac-12 play. The two teams hit the diamond again today at 2 p.m.

Kyle Manzardo has a bright future

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