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Cougar baseball knocks off Washington

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Make it back-to-back wins for the Cougs

J.J. Hancock
J.J. Hancock
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After struggling for an extended stretch in March, April is proving to be a much better month for the Washington State baseball team. The Cougars knocked off Gonzaga on Tuesday and followed that win up with a 3-2 victory against Washington on Thursday.

WSU fell into an immediate hole thanks to a leadoff home run from the Huskies. UW led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning and 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. That's when J.J. Hancock came through with a game-tying triple. He would score the go-ahead and eventual winning run when Jack Strunc drove him in. Hancock had a great game, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. His two hits were both for extra bases with a double and the triple in the seventh.

Starter Sean Hartnett pitched 6-1/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits. The bullpen did a solid job to work through trouble with closer Ian Hamilton slamming the door shut for his ninth save of the season.

The Cougars have now won four of their last five games and are back to .500 at 16-16 on the season. The Cougars are likely still well off the pace for what it would take to get into the NCAA Tournament. Teams making the tournament usually win about 70 percent of their games. The good news for WSU is the Cougars have 24 games remaining, including plenty of opportunities to pick up good wins. It's still an uphill battle, but WSU is playing well at the moment and can hopefully keep rolling.

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Football:

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Baseball:

Hancock Leads Cougars Past Huskies - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
J.J. Hancock had a pair of extra-base hits and Ian Hamilton tied WSU’s career record with his 24th save as Washington State rallied for a 3-2 victory over Washington in a Pac-12 Conference game Thursday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Men's basketball:

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WSU Athletics:

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During his latest podcast, conducted Thursday morning, Director of Athletics Bill Moos shares his memories of Mom's Weekend and looks ahead to this weekend's activities in Pullman.