Cougs come back again, earn 2nd shot at Hogs

THE COMEBACK Cougars did it again Sunday, storming back from a 6-1 deficit to defeat Kansas State 9-6, in the process keeping their post-season hopes alive and earning a same-day rematch with Arkansas. The Cougs and Hogs, who played a great one Saturday, square off shortly, giving Donnie Marbut's troops no time to savor their 19th comeback win of the season.

Derek Jones, the pride of Snohomish, fueled the Cougs' victory over K-State. He capped a six-run sixth inning with a three-run homer.

Jones was 2-for-5 on the day with 5 RBI.

The Cougars are now 36-21 on the season. They take on Arkansas, which has the home-field advantage, at 5:05 pm Pacific Time today.

If the Cougs prevail, it will force another game between the two tomorrow, with the winner advancing to the super regional round in Tempe.

"Our guys battled like they have done all season," Marbut said after the win over K-State. "Richie Ochoa gave us a huge lift out of the bullpen."

Ochoa (2-2), a freshman southpaw, pitched four and one-third innings of shutout ball in relief of Cougar starter James Wise to earn the victory. Ochoa gave up two hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter.

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