SAN DIEGO - Washington State posted its third-straight road victory with a 9-7 triumph at No. 17 San Diego in nonconference baseball, Tuesday.
The Cougars (7-9) jumped on San Diego (14-5) starter Lucas Long (1-1) for five runs in the top of the second inning.
Yale Rosen led off the inning with a single and Patrick McGrath reached on an error. With one out, Ian Sagdal walked to load the bases. Ben Roberts singled to score two runs and Luke Stratman walked to reload the bases. A ground out by Trek Stemp scored Sagdal to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead. Collin Slaybaugh followed with a run-scoring single and an error allowed a second run to score on the play.
The Toreros responded with three runs on five hits in the bottom of the second against Cougar starter Jacob Schroeder. Washington State added a run in the sixth when Sagdal singled, stole second and scored on a single by Stratman.
In the seventh, Slaybaugh reached on an error to open the inning and stole second. With one out, Rosen was intentionally walked. Freshman Wes Leow followed with a pinch hit, three-run home run to extend the Cougars’ lead to 9-3.
The Toreros answered with four runs in their half of the seventh against Cougar relievers Kellen Camus and Jason Monda to close within 9-7. Monda prevented further damage by striking out Ryan Kirby with the bases loaded to end the frame.
Matt Bower and Sam Triece combined to hold the lead in the eighth and Ian Hamilton worked the ninth for his fifth save. Sean Hartnett (1-0), the first of six Cougar relievers, pitched four shutout innings to earn the victory.
“Sean (Hartnett) picked us up when we needed it,” Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. “Wes (Leow) is a guy we think can hit and he had a big swing for us. Our guys are playing with more urgency and more intensity. The game seems to be more important to them than it was earlier in the year.”
The two-game series concludes, Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.