Baseball: Cougs get much needed win

DID WASHINGTON STATE ever need that victory. With WSU’s record at 1-4 after five straight road games and facing a Houston Baptist team that went to the NCAA regionals last year, WSU gave up two runs in the first inning -- it must have felt like, ‘Here we go again.’ But those were the only runs the Cougs would allow, as Washington State moved to 2-4 on the season with a 3-2 win over HBU.

Credit WSU’s pitching for the win.

WSU manager Marty Lees turned to Ryan Walker after starter Damon Jones gave up 5 hits over two innings. Walker allowed but one hit to the 17 batters he faced and Scotty Sunitsch shut out HBU over the final two innings to pick up the save.

Cameron Frost and Patrick McGrath each collected two hits. Frost and Derek Chapman drove in runs in the decisive sixth inning when WSU took the 3-2 lead.

Houston Baptist made things interesting in the ninth. With a runner on second and one out, a pitch in the dirt the runner tried to take third but Cougar freshman catcher Ty Johnson gathered the ball and fired a strike for the tag and second out. Sunitsch got the next batter to ground out to seal the win.

Trek Stemp went 1-of-4 to extend his hitting streak to six games.

Next up: WSU plays  Prairie View A&M on Saturday at 1 p.m. (PT).

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