Baseball: Cougs get into the win column

THE COUGARS needed someone to break through in the late innings. Instead, they got two. Staring at an 0-3 start to the season, with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Washington State plated three runs in a 4-3 win over Sacramento State for the Cougs’ first victory of the season.

Washington State (1-2) started its rally in the eighth with a one-out double by J.J. Hancock.  He scored on Justin Harrer's two-out single. Catcher Cory Meyer then belted a two-run, two-out dinger over the wall with what would prove to be the winning run.

Washington State has three home runs in three games this season. Last year, WSU totaled 16 long balls in 54 games.

Left Scotty Sunitsch worked a perfect ninth Sunday including two strikeouts to get the save. WSU starter Cody Anderson in his WSU debut struck out seven and allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings, with lefty reliever Isaac Mullins credited with his first career win after getting the final out in the seventh.  Righty Parker McFadden worked a perfect eighth inning before Sunitsch entered in the ninth.

The Cougs lost the first two games in the series in a doubleheader on Saturday. The opening game saw Sac State turn a 2-2 tie in the eighth into a 10-2 rout.  In the 6-3 nightcap, the Cougs stranded 11 baserunners. On Sunday, however, WSU made the most of its late chances.

WSU can even its record on the year with a win in the series finale, scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.

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