Baseball: Cougs with dramatic sweep of Cal

IF THE 27TH out is the toughest out in baseball, the 26th isn't far behind. Clinging to a 3-2 lead with one out in the ninth, Washington State closer Ian Hamilton allowed five straight men to reach base and Cal scored three runs. But the Cougs came storming back, plating two runners with one out in the bottom of the inning to tie it. In the tenth, Michael Monda knocked in the winning run for WSU.

Washington State with Sunday's 6-5 win swept the three-game series from Cal. WSU is 6-3 in conference play and moved to 15-13 on the year. The Cougs also vaulted into a tie for third place in the tightly-bunched Pac-12 standings.

Monda's infield single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Patrick McGrath and gave Washington State its first sweep of a conference opponent since 2010 against USC.

"Sunday in this conference is always a grind," Donnie Marbut said. "We missed some opportunities to extend our lead before we got to extra innings, but I could not be happier for Michael Monda. A lot of guys contributed to this win."

The Cougars led 3-2 after eight innings before the Golden Bears made life tough on Ian Hamilton, the Pac-12 leader in saves with 10. After the Cougs tied it back up in the ninth, Sean Hartnett (2-0), the sixth pitcher and 20th Cougar to appear in the game, worked a 1-2-3 top of the 10th to pick up the victory.

Cougar starter Jason Monda, Michael's twin brother, allowed only one run in his seven innings of work.

Washington State plays BYU in Pasco, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before returning to Pullman for a three-game series with Oregon State, Friday-Sunday.

Cougfan Top Stories