WSU bats go cold in desert, rubber game looms

THE WASHINGTON STATE bats went cold in the desert, managing only four hits on Saturday in a 4-1 loss to No. 14 Arizona State. The rubber match of the three game series takes place Sunday afternoon.

It's a win the Cougs (10-7) very much need.

A 2-1 start to conference play over the No. 14 team in the land would feel oh so different than would a 1-2 beginning.

Expected to take the mount for Sunday's finale is redshirt sophomore right-hander Scott Simon(4 G, 4 GS, 0-0, 4.11 ERA, 15 1/3 IP, 23 H, 3 BB, 9 K)

On Saturday, WSU failed to solve ASU's Ryan Kellogg, who gave up one run in seven innings to earn the win.

The series finale is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Each team scored a run in the first inning. Trek Stemp led off with a single for the Cougars. After two ground outs moved Stemp to third, Yale Rosen singled to give Washington State a 1-0 lead against Kellogg (4-0).

But the Sun Devils responded with a run in the bottom of the first against Washington State's Tanner Chleborad (2-3) on a walk, single and fielder's choice. In the third, Arizona State scored three runs on three hits and a Cougar error to snap the 1-1 tie.

That was all the scoring for the night.

The biggest threat by Washington State after falling behind was in the eighth when the Cougars put runners at the corners with two outs. Arizona State reliever Matt Dunbar struck out Jason Monda to end the inning.

The Cougs plated 15 runs in the opener on Friday on their way to a 15-4 victory over ASU.

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