Baseball: Cougs win again in dramatic fashion

WASHINGTON STATE JUST won't let go. With their baseball postseason chances fading headed into this weekend against No. 24 USC, the Cougs on Saturday won their second straight over the Trojans. And this time they did it in dramatic, walk-off fashion after nine innings wasn't enough to settle the issue.

Patrick McGrath delivered a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Washington State a 4-3 victory over USC at Bailey-Brayton Field on Saturday.

McGrath's hit came off USC (24-20, 12-11 Pac-12) reliever Kyle Davis (2-4) and scored Nick Tanielu from second base. The winning rally started when Tanielu lined a single to center field to open the frame.

Kellen Camus (5-0), the fourth Washington State (20-22, 10-10 Pac-12) hurler, recorded the final out in the top of the 10th inning and earned the win.

It was the 12th-career victory for Camus in relief, one shy of the school record.

The Cougars broke on top 1-0 in the first inning when Trek Stemp was brought home on a Tanielu single. The Trojans scored twice in the top of the fourth against Cougar starter Jason Monda to take a 2-1 lead. But Monda held USC in check after that, finishing with a career-high tying six strikeouts in eighth inning of work.

In the bottom of the fifth, Washington State scored twice to gain a 3-2 advantage. Stemp tied the game with a single through the left side and Rosen followed with a double into the left-center field gap that scored Stemp.

WSU closer Ian Hamilton tied the single-season program mark for saves with 12 on Friday but a blown save was in the cards for him on Saturday. The Cougars were two outs away from victory in the ninth, but Timmy Robinson doubled to tie the game off Hamilton, setting up the extra inning dramatics.

Fortunately for the Cougs, they rebounded and grabbed 'Ol Mo back first.

The series concludes Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon.

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