Cougs break through, take series from Arizona

WHAT A DIFFERENCE a few days can make. Washington State came into Arizona for their opening Pac-12 baseball series of the season weighed down by a 4-8 record and struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But after a gutty 3-2 win on Sunday, the Cougs ended up taking two of three from the Wildcats.

It wasn't without some late drama. The Wildcats scratched across a run in the eighth against Scott Simon. Ian Hamilton worked the ninth, giving up a hit to the first batter who eventually moved to third base with two down. But Hamilton got the final out for his fourth save.

Starter Tanner Chleborad held Arizona to one run over 6.1 innings. Chleborad (1-2) scattered nine hits, walked one and struck out one.

Trace Tam Sing had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-4.

The Cougars (6-9, 2-1 Pac-12) won a series over the Wildcats (11-11, 1-2) for the first time since 2009 and for the first time in Tucson since 2006.

"This is not an easy park to pitch in and our guys did a tremendous job against a very good lineup," said WSU skipper Donnie Marbut.

Washington State took a 2-0 lead against Arizona starter Austin Schnabel (0-2) with a run in the third and another in the fourth. In the third, Tam Sing doubled and later scored on a single by Collin Slaybaugh. In the fourth, Tam Sing plated Ian Sagdal with a single. Arizona answered with a run in its half of the fourth to pull within 2-1.

In the seventh, Yale Rosen singled to score Tam Sing and pushed the Washington State lead to 3-1.

Washington State opens a two-game series at San Diego Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. both games.

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