PULLMAN, Wash. – Seattle scored twice in the top of the eighth inning for a 5-4 victory over Washington State in nonconference baseball, Saturday.
With the victory, the Redhawks (15-12) avoided a three-game sweep by the Cougars (15-13). It was Seattle's first win over Washington State since March 23, 1968.
The Redhawks scored a run in the top of the first off Cougar starter Tanner Chleborad, but Washington State responded with two runs in its half of the inning.
Jason Monda led off with a single and moved to third on a single by Tommy Richards. Derek Jones doubled down the right field line to score Monda and Richards came home two batters later on a single by Adam Nelubowich for a 2-1 Cougar lead.
The teams traded runs in the third. After Seattle tied the game, Collin Slaybaugh led off the Washington State half of the frame with a double. Slaybaugh took third on a balk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Richards.
Seattle tied the game with a run in the fifth, Chleborad's last inning of work. Washington State regained the lead at 4-3 in the seventh on Taylor Ard's fifth home run of the season.
In the eighth, Scott Simon (2-1) retired the first-two men he faced in his second inning of work. Simon then yielded a double and a walk before Riley Tompkins doubled to drive in two runs for a 5-4 Seattle lead.
Garrett Anderson (4-2) gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings of relief for the victory and Eric Yardley worked a perfect ninth, including strikeouts of Jones and Ard to end the game, for his second save.
Washington State scored in eight-straight innings (third inning Friday through second inning Saturday)…Cougars have scored in the first inning 16 times this season, including nine times in 12 home games…Washington State plays at Portland, Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.
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