MATT SINATRO WITH 3-RUN TRIPLE (Pac-12 Network grab)

BASEBALL: Cougs top Huskies again, go for sweep Sunday

THE COUGARS beat the Huskies on the baseball diamond for the second time in as many days Saturday. Washington State used a five-run fifth inning in front of 1,324 fans at Bailey-Brayton Field to clinch its third straight series win over UW.

The big blow for the Cougars (18-18, 4-10 Pac-12) came when freshman centerfielder Danny Sinatro drilled a bases-clearing triple (pictured above), putting WSU up 4-1 over the Huskies (20-16, 7-7 Pac-12) in the fifth inning.

Cougar starting pitcher Cody Anderson improved to 4-2 after allowing one earned run while striking out three in 5.2 innings and junior reliever Ryan Walker recorded his first save of the season in getting the final four outs, two via strikeout. Sophomore shortstop Andres Alvarez and junior first baseman James Rudkin each tallied two hits as Rudkin extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

The Cougars erupted for five runs in the fifth inning, sending nine men to the plate. After Sinatro’s three-RBI triple, freshman catcher Cal Waterman added an RBI-groundout for a 5-1 Cougar advantage.

Washington State tacked on another run in the sixth inning on Sinatro’s sacrifice fly to make it 6-1. But UW cut the lead to 6-3 with a pair of runs in the seventh inning.

Walker entered the game in the sixth and ended a Husky threat with a strikeout. In the ninth, UW had runners on second and third with nobody out but the Cougs got a groundout, strikeout and soft liner to second to finish it off.

The Cougs go for the sweep Sunday at noon (TV: Pac-12 Network).

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