Cougs drop finale, still win series

SWEEPS HAVE BEEN hard to come by this year for the Cougar baseball team, and so it was again vs. No. 24 USC. The Cougs couldn't turn off the faucet in the late innings on Sunday, and a 1-1 tie turned into a 7-1 loss. WSU still took the series 2-1.

USC scored six times in the eighth inning. With the victory, USC (24-21, 13-11 Pac-12) avoided a much-needed sweep by Washington State (20-23, 10-11 Pac-12).

The Cougars got on the board first with a run in the second inning on an infield single by Ben Roberts with two outs. The Trojans tied the game in the fifth on a double and a single.

It was all quiet until the eighth, when USC loaded the bases against Washington State starter Tanner Chleborad (2-6). Kellen Camus came on in relief and issued a walk to force in the go-ahead run. The Trojans added a pair of singles, a sacrifice fly and a double, and a 7-1 lead.

The Cougars continue their homestand when Utah comes to town for a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.

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