Baseball: Wazzu beats No. 28 UCLA for second time in as many days, Cougs go for sweep Sunday

THE SURGING COUGS were at it again Saturday, knocking off No. 28 UCLA 7-3 to win their fourth straight conference series. It was also Washington State’s first series win on the baseball diamond over the Bruins since 2009. Wazzu will now try to do something it never has before on Sunday.

Washington State has never swept UCLA in baseball according to WSU SID.

The Cougs used 12 hits Saturday to clinch their fourth straight conference series win for the first time since 1995.

Junior starter Cody Anderson improved to 5-2 after allowing two earned runs on four hits in 5.2 innings. Junior relievers Colby Nealy (2.2 IP) and Scotty Sunitsch (0.2 IP) sealed the win.

Defensively, the Cougs played error-free ball with the Bruins managing six hits.

WSU (24-22, 10-13 Pac-12) had four players record multiple-hit games: shortstop Andres Alvarez had three base hits while junior designated hitter Blake Clanton, junior outfielder J.J. Hancock and junior third baseman Shane Matheny (pictured above) each had two hits. Clanton went yard in the seventh inning, crushing a pitch to the opposite field.

Washington State has won six of its last seven games while recording series wins over No. 30 Washington, at Utah, Oregon and No. 28 UCLA.  UCLA, third in the conference standings, dropped to 24-23, 13-10.

Wazzu goes for the sweep Sunday at noon (TV: Pac-12 Network).

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