BASEBALL: Cougs beat Huskies in extra innings

THE COUGS cranked out 15 hits against the Huskies but it was a bases-loaded walk that won it. With two outs in the 11th inning, the free pass brought home the winning run as Washington State took the opener 5-4.

The Cougars’ (17-18, 3-10 Pac-12) hit parade was led by junior first baseman James Rudkin, who recorded four hits and drove in two runs. Junior reliever Scotty Sunitsch picked up the win with 3.2 scoreless innings while striking out three.

Washington (20-15, 7-6) erased a 4-1 WSU lead with three runs in the eighth inning before the Cougs posted two hits and two walks in the 11th.

The Cougs never trailed in the game, taking leads of 1-0 and 4-1 before heading to extra innings. WSU had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth but needed two more innings to push across the winning run.

In the final at-bat, Dillon Plew led off with a single through the right side and Justin Harrer bunted him up to second base. Shane Matheny was intentionally walked before  Rudkin lined a single to left.  Plew was thrown out at home for the second out. J.J. Hancock was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Cory Meyer who drew a walk on four pitches, forcing Matheny home as the winning run.

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

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