Cougars defeat No. 17 San Diego, AgainPosted:
SAN DIEGO – Luke Stratman’s RBI-single in the top of the seventh broke a 2-2 tie and Washington State defeated No. 17 San Diego 4-3 in nonconference baseball, Wednesday.
The win completed a sweep by the Cougars (8-9) in the two-game series with the Toreros (14-6). Washington State is riding a four-game winning streak with three of the games decided by a run.
The Cougars got on the board first with a run in the second inning. P.J. Jones led off with a single and stole second. With two outs, Michael Monda singled to score Jones.
The Toreros answered with two runs in the bottom of the second on a home run, hit batter and two wild pitches sandwiched around a ground out.
Washington State tied the game in the sixth when Nick Tanielu was hit by a pitch with two outs and scored on a double by Yale Rosen. In the seventh, Monda singled with two outs, stole second and scored on the go-ahead single by Stratman off San Diego’s Wed Judish (0-2).
In the ninth, the Cougars picked up an insurance run. Ben Roberts led off the frame with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Matt Mendenhall. Trek Stemp walked and with two outs, Roberts and Stemp executed a double steal. Collin Slaybaugh walked and Roberts scored as Stemp took third when ball four was mishandled for a passed ball.
The run proved necessary when the Toreros scored a run on three hits against Cougar closer Ian Hamilton in the ninth before Hamilton recorded the final out for his sixth save. Kellen Camus (2-0), the third of five Washington State hurlers, struck out three in two shutout innings and picked up in the victory.
The Cougars return to Pac-12 play when they open a three-game series at No. 14 UCLA, Friday at 6 p.m.