Baseball: Cougs finish season w/ winning mark

THE COUGS needed a win on the final day if they wanted to post a winning season. They got it in extra innings over Stanford. And by finishing 29-27, they logged the most wins by a Washington State squad since the 2010 campaign.

Cooper Elliott’s sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning was plenty deep to score Derek Chapman with the winning run.

Washington State had made things tough on themselves by dropping the first two games to Stanford, but they avoided going into the offseason with a .500 record with the 3-2 victory in the season finale.

Catcher P.J. Jones (pictured above) was one of six Cougars honored on Senior Day. And Jones saved his best for last.

He belted out a career-high four hits and stole a base.

The seniors who wrapped up their WSU careers on Sunday: Jones, Ian Sagdal, Sam Triece, Sean Hartnett, Ben Roberts and Joe Pistorese.

Trea Donlin added three hits. The Cougs trailed 2-0 in the fifth inning when Donlin doubled off the wall, later scoring on Shane Matheny’s single to right. Jones brought McDowell in with a single to left.

"It's bittersweet to come to the end but at least you can think about the last W rather than losing a tight one like that," said manager Donnie Marbut.

With only six seniors, the Cougs played a large group of youngsters, something Marbut says will bode well in the years to come.

Indeed, Marbut said that while much work remains, both in player development and in the new facilities becoming a reality, he likened the WSU baseball program to "a low stock that is about ready to go through the roof."

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