Baseball: Cougs stun No. 7 OSU, take series

IN A TOUGH SEASON on the baseball diamond, Washington State will always have this memory to savor. The Cougs posted their first series win of the season on Saturday, and did so against No. 7 Oregon State, the top-rated team in the Pac-12.

Sophomore left-hander Scotty Sunitsch pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of relief and the Washington State offense came alive to clinch the series with an 8-3 victory against Oregon State University in front of 1,446 fans at Bailey-Brayton Field Saturday afternoon.

Redshirt-junior Trek Stemp recorded four hits, drove in two runs and scored twice to lead the Cougars (12-20, 5-10 Pac-12) to their first series win over the Beavers since 2010 and first series win over a Top-10 ranked team since taking two at No. 6 Oregon in 2012. Sophomore Weston Hatten scored three times, redshirt-sophomore Dugan Shirer had three hits and redshirt-sophomore Stefan Van Horn added two hits and drove in two runs.

The Cougars outhit OSU 11-8, scored once in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before pulling away with four runs in the eighth.

Sunitsch cruised after taking over for starter Ryan Ward in the third, going a season-high 4.2 innings and retired nine straight at one point. The Federal Way, Wash. native didn’t allow a hit, struck out three and walked just one in route to improving to 2-0.

After dropping the opener, WSU posted its signature win of the season on Friday to even the series. Junior Ian Hamilton held OSU hitless through six innings but the Beavs came alive to take a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning. WSU bounced back as freshman Mason Cerrillo drilled his first career home run, a grand slam, as WSU took Game 2 by the score of 7-5.

The Cougars continue their homestand Tuesday, hosting Gonzaga at 5 p.m.

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