WSU 6, #7 UW 4

SEATTLE - Ian Sagdal hit a tiebreaking two run single with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning to give Washington State a 6-4 win over seventh ranked Washington in the opener of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark.

1,489 fans saw the Cougars (18-20, 8-8 Pac-12) rally from a 4-0 deficit to take the first game in the Apple Cup of baseball and hand the Huskies (27-10-1, 14-5) their season high third straight loss.

The Huskies led 4-3 going into the top of the seventh inning and turned the game over to their bullpen to try and hold the lead for starter Jared Fisher.

Trevor Dunlap got the first shot in relief and walked Trace Tam Sing to lead off the inning. Collin Slaybaugh lined a double down the right field line to put Cougars on at first and second. P.J. Jones hit a tapper to first baseman Branden Berry for an unassisted putout. Dunlap then walked Yale Rosen intentionally to load the bases and set up a force at any base.

Nick Tanielu gave the Huskies just what they wanted when he grounded to a force at third, but he beat Matt Jackson's throw to first to keep the inning alive and allow Tam Sing to score for a 4-4 tie.

Pinch hitter Trek Stemp walked against third Husky pitcher Will Ballewe to reload the bases for Sagdal. A swinging strike and a foul ball quickly put Sagdal behind 0-2 in the count, but he managed to take a ball and foul off four pitches before hitting a soft liner to center to plate Rosen and Tanielu for a 6-4 Cougar lead.

The rally made a winner of Kellen Camus (4-0), who pitched one and a third inning in relief and gave up just a two out single to Trevor Mitsui in the bottom of the seventh.

Dunlap (3-2) got the loss, giving up three runs on one hit and two walks in only two thirds of an inning.

Ian Hamilton got his 11th save of the season, retiring all four Huskies he faced including the final three by strikeout in the bottom of the ninth.

Washington got on the scoreboard first with four runs in the bottom of the second against starter Joe Pistorese. Trevor Mitsui lined a double toward the 385 marker in center field. Brian Wolfe walked and the runners advanced on a sacrifice by Berry. Austin Rei then drove a 1-1 pitch into the screen beyond the center field wall for his second homer of the season and a 3-0 lead.

The next batter, Matt Jackson hit a routine grounder to second but reached base when Sagdal bobbled the ball for an error. He then stole second and scored on a ground single to left by Braden Bishop.

The Cougars answered the Huskies' four runs with three of their own in the top of the third against Fisher. Slaybaugh led off with a single inside the left field line. Then with Slaybaugh at third courtesy of two wild pitches by Fisher, Jones and Rosen both walked to load the bases. Tanielu then hit a liner to right but deep enough to score Slaybaugh and make it 4-1. Ben Roberts followed with a triple to the 395 marker in right center field to score two runs and make it 4-3.

Before he gave way to the bullpen Fisher recorded a quality start for the Huskies, giving up three runs, all earned, on five hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out four.

At the plate Mitsui had three of the Huskies' eight hits, finishing 3 for 4 to raise his average from .325 to .339. He also has reached base in 33 of 34 games.

The teams resume the series on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tyler Davis will start on the mound for the Huskies and Tammer Chleborad for the Cougars.


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