Baseball: Cougs snap No. 24 Trojans' streak

WSU STARTER Joe Pistorese was not happy. After getting to within one out of a complete game win over No. 24 USC, he was pulled after giving up his fifth hit of the night. But he was smiling a few pitched later, as Ian Hamilton got the final out in a 5-2 Washington State win over No. 24 USC.

Joe Pistorese (4-2) gave up two runs on five hits, struck out four and walked one for the Cougars (19-22, 9-10 Pac-12) at Bailey-Brayton Field on Friday night. He came within an out of his fourth complete game of the season.

Freshman Ian Hamilton tossed three pitches in posting his program-record tying 12th save of the season.

Pistorese threw 109 pitches, the last being a double.

Wazzu pounded out 10 hits to the Trojans' five in the briskly played game which lasted only 2:13.

USC came into the game having won eight consecutive Pac-12 games to pull into a third-place tie with Arizona State.

The Trojans (24-19, 12-10 Pac-12) scored twice in the top of the first, but Washington State responded with two runs in the bottom of the second against Wyatt Strahan (4-4).

Both pitchers offered stingy stuff until WSU broke through in the seventh inning.

The Cougars snapped the 2-2 tie with a three-run seventh. Slaybaugh led off with a triple, Nick Tanielu doubled to score Slaybaugh and P.J. Jones added some insurance with a two-run single.

The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m.

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