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Baseball: Cougs blast Huskies, take Game 1 after putting a 7-spot on the board in 6th inning

WASHINGTON STATE scored seven runs in the sixth inning at No. 14 Washington, powering its way to a 9-3 win in Seattle. Three Cougar pitchers combined to scatter seven hits, with all but one of them of the single variety.

Washington State (16-28, 9-16 Pac-12) was led by Trek Stemp and Shane Matheny who each collected three hits. Matheny drove in three runs.  Weston Hatten and Ty Johnson also added two hits apiece.

Reliever Colby Nealy earned the win after securing two outs while stranding a runner on third in the fifth when WSU still trailed. Ryan Walker got his fourth save after throwing four scoreless innings with four K's. WSU starter Damon Jones allowed three runs in 4.1 innings.

Washington State knocked Washington  (27-17, 13-9 Pac-12) starter Noah Bremer out of the game in the decisive sixth inning, sending 11 men to the plate in the process.

Jack Strunc began the sixth inning scoring with an RBI single, and Matheny plated two more to give WSU a 4-3 lead. Stemp then tallied his third hit of the night with a double just inside the right field line to push WSU's advantage to 6-3.  Johnson, hitting for the second time in the inning, lined a two-out double to score Matheny and Stemp - Stemp ran through a stop-sign at third base but still scored to put WSU up 8-3 over a shell shocked Washington squad that entered the game atop the Pac-12 standings.

The three-game series continues Saturday at 4 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.


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