BSB: Cougs drop Game 3 to CSU; Series wraps up Monday

Scott Hood, Publisher
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Washington State suffered its first home loss of the 2017 season, falling 3-1 to Cal State Northridge at Bailey-Brayton Field Sunday afternoon.

The Cougars (13-8) had won their previous nine home games, matching the 1988 WSU team's 9-1 start to its home schedule. That team featured WSU Hall of Famer, MLB star and 1988 NCAA Player of the Year John Olerud and went on to win its next 13 home games to finish the year with 22-1 home record.

WSU received an RBI double from redshirt junior centerfielder Dugan Shirer and saw junior first baseman James Rudkin extend his on-base streak to 18 straight games with his eighth-inning single. The Cougars were unable to get anything going against CSUN (12-12) starter Justin Toerner who worked five scoreless innings and struck out six.

Cougar starter Cody Anderson (3-1) suffered the first loss of his career after allowing two earned runs in five innings while striking out two and hitting three. The Matadors were the first to get on the board, taking advantage of a couple hit-by-pitches before a two-run double in the third inning plated two runs for a 2-0 lead.

Washington State had a threat turned away in the fourth inning as Cory Meyer was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and J.J. Hancock followed with a walk. Ryan Ramsower then bunted both runners up a base by CSUN starting pitcher Justin Toerner ended the threat with a pair of strikeouts to preserve the 2-0 advantage.

Anderson worked around a couple hits in the fifth inning, getting a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat. In the sixth, the Cougars put two runners on has Meyer was again hit by a pitch and Hancock reached on an infield single but CSUN ended the rally with an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play of their own.

In the seventh, Washington State put a run on the board as Andres Alvarez led off the inning with a double down the left field line. One batter later, Shirer drove a 1-0 pitch into the right centerfield gap for an RBI double, scoring Alvarez and cutting the CSUN lead to 2-1.

Later in the inning, Shirer was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a ground ball to second and the inning ended as the next batter Shane Matheny lined out to second.

The Matadors answered with a run in the eighth, using a two-out solo home run to right field to push the lead back to two runs, 3-1. The Cougars had another scoring opportunity in their half of the eighth as Rudkin lined a single to left field and later moved to second but the inning ended with a fly out and a fielder's choice. The CSUN bullpen worked a perfect ninth to seal up the 3-1 victory. The series wraps up Monday at Noon.

GAME NOTES…Dillon Plew has reached base in eight straight games…James Rudkin has reached base in 18 straight games.

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