Cougs take series from No. 14 ASU

A SIX-RUN THIRD INNING wasn't enough to guarantee the win on Sunday – good thing the Cougs (11-7) had more hits up their sleeves against No. 14 Arizona State. In a drama-filled game, ASU sent the tying run to the plate in the ninth before J.D. Leckenby induced a double-play to finish it off and cap both an 11-8 win and series win for the Cougs.

ASU (11-4-1) had runners on first and second and the tying run at the plate with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, but first baseman David Graybill grounded into a double play to end the game.

WSU starter Scott Simon (1-0) earned his first win of the season after allowing four runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Jason Monda knocked in three RBIs, and Brett Jacobs and Trace Tam Sing knocked in two runs apiece.

WSU loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning before a trio of ASU mistakes -- an infield error, hit batter and a wild pitch helped plate three runs. A two-run double and a sacrifice fly put three more on the board for Wazzu to put the Cougars in front, 7-1.

ASU clawed back to 7-4, on a pair of singles in the bottom of the sixth inning.

But the Cougs pushed back in the top of the seventh inning to push the lead back to 10-4 as Monda singled to drive in two and Yale Rosen's rope to left field brought in another.

The Devils countered with a two-run double in the bottom of the frame to pull within four, 10-6.

WSU added a run in the top of the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly to take a five-run advantage before J.D. Leckenby allowed two runs on three hits in the ninth.

His last pitch, however, induced the game-ending double play to third base.

The Cougs host Gonzaga on Tuesday before taking on Brown on Friday to start a four game series.

Washington State plays the next nine games in Pullman, with Stanford coming to town for a three-game series beginning March 28 followed by another one-and-done against Gonzaga on April 2.

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