The rubber game between the Cougars (16-15, 7-4 Pac-12) and the Beavers (26-7, 10-4 Pac-12) will be Sunday at noon.
The Beavers scored three times on three hits in the third inning to take a 4-2 lead. The Cougars clawed back within 4-3 by scoring a run in the fourth but Oregon State chased
Washington State starter Tanner Chleborad (2-3) with two runs in the fifth and tacked on two runs in the sixth for an 8-3 advantage.
Nick Tanielu delivered a two-out, two-run double closed the gap to 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Beavers picked up four unearned runs in the seventh to put the game away.
"We did not get a good start on the mound and you cannot do that against a good team like Oregon State," WSU manager Donnie Marbut said. "Our goal is to win a Pac-12 series, especially at home, and we still have a chance to do that tomorrow."
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