WSU may have lost its Pac-12 opener on Friday, but the Cougars battled back to pick up a nice 4-2 road win against No. 6 USC on Saturday. The Cougars picked up the victory behind a strong outing from Joe Pistorese.
Pistorese ran into some trouble early and WSU went down 2-0 in the fourth inning. His offense picked him up, however, with three runs in the top of the fifth and that proved to be all Pistorese needed. He shut down the Trojans the rest of the way, allowing seven hits while striking out eight in a complete-game effort. Pistorese has been solid all season for WSU but this was his best outing of the year when you consider the competition. USC features one of the top offenses in college baseball -- it ranks in the top 30 in the country in runs scored and batting average. That didn't seem to bother Pistorese who needed 112 pitches -- including 73 strikes -- to finish the complete game.
While picking up at least one win on the road is a nice bonus, taking the series from the Trojans would be a major kickstart to WSU's conference season. The Cougars will have that chance on Sunday when they meet the Trojans for the rubber match. The game is set for 3 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.
Joe Pistorese Goes the Distance in 4-2 Victory - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Joe Pistorese threw a complete game and Shane Matheny added three hits as Washington State came from behind for a 4-2 victory over No. 6 USC Saturday at Dedeaux Field.
WSU's Pistorese Throws Complete Game as No. 9 Trojans Fall 4-2 in Game Two - University of Southern California Official Athletic Site
The No. 9 USC Trojans fell in game two of the series against the visiting Washington State Cougars 4-2 as starter Joe Pistorese threw a complete game on Saturday evening.
Cougars on their way to better times under Kent - Spokesman.com - March 14, 2015
When the Washington State men’s basketball team’s season ended on Wednesday, it did so in the same unremarkable fashion as the ones immediately preceding it. Most of the improvements coach Ernie Kent referred to during his postgame press conference were unquantifiable.