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Cougars lose 4-3 to No. 5 UCLA

The Cougars took a brief lead, but didn't hold on.

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That's to a top-heavy start to the Pac-12 season, it's been a rough stretch for WSU as it faces ranked team after ranked team. To make matters worse, the majority of those games came on the road. The Cougars opened another series against a ranked team on Friday, this time against No. 5 UCLA. The series is in Pullman, but that didn't help enough on Friday.

WSU lost the series opener 4-3, unable to get much offense going late in the game. WSU briefly took a one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, but gave it right back as UCLA scored three runs in the top of the sixth. The Cougars got a run back in the eighth to trim the Bruins lead to one, but couldn't muster any more offense.

The Cougars are now 12-12 on the season, but just 1-6 in Pac-12 play. That includes five straight conference losses and the 4-2 win against USC two weeks ago feels like a whole different season. The schedule hasn't done the Cougars any favors, but that is simply part of competing in the Pac-12 and isn't going to change anytime soon. WSU has two more games against the Bruins and salvaging a win or two might help jumpstart a strong second half.

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Baseball:

Cougars Drop Series-Opener To No. 5 UCLA, 4-3 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State baseball dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 5 UCLA in Friday’s series-opener at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Men's basketball:

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Washington State University junior, Junior Longrus, and sophomore, Josh Hawkinson, have been named to the 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball All-Academic Second Team, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Friday.

Women's basketball:

Mariah Cooks Garners Pac-12 All-Academic Accolade - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
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