Pistorese masterful, Cougs top No. 12 ASU

WASHINGTON STATE managed only two hits against No. 12 Arizona State but Joe Pistorese wasn't going to be denied. The Cougar lefty shut out the Sun Devils over nine innings and the Cougs plated the game's only run in the 10th to even the three-game series with a 1-0 win in Tempe.

Wes Leow’s RBI single in the 10th inning with two down scored P.J. Jones on Friday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Closer Ian Hamilton came on in the bottom half of the frame to earn his 13th save of the season, tying him for the Pac-12 lead.

But the story for Washington State (28-24, 10-16) was Joe Pistorese.

The senior allowed no runs in scattering five hits, all singles, while striking out six over nine innings to improve to 8-4 on the season.

Pac-12 Network analyst Eric Byrnes said post-game Pistorese was as good a college pitcher as he's seen all season. Clearly, he did nothing to hurt his draft stock, thought to be climbing. Pistorese entered the game with a 1.96 ERA over his last six starts.

Pistorese retired the first nine men he faced before a leadoff walk to open the fourth.

The win marked WSU’s first extra-inning win in five tries this season. ASU made it interesting in the 10th putting two men on with two out but Sagdal induced his third ground ball out of the inning to finish things off.

With the series tied at one, the rubber game will be Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

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