BSB: Cougs stunned by ASU's four-run ninth inning outburst

Scott Hood, Publisher
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Washington State starter Cody Anderson allowed just one earned run in seven innings but Arizona State rallied with four runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to claim a stunning 5-4 victory over the Cougars Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars (15-17, 2-10 Pac-12) tallied 12 hits and jumped to out a 4-0 lead with a three-run first. In the ninth, ASU (16-18, 5-10 Pac-12) received a game-tying two-out pinch-hit 3-run home run and a walk-off RBI single to claim the win.

Freshman second baseman Dillon Plew tallied three hits, sophomore left fielder Justin Harrer recorded two doubles and the southpaw Anderson struck out four and allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings.

Junior right fielder J.J. Hancock and freshman catcher Cal Waterman each posted two-hit games.

Washington State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first as Plew singled back up the middle and Harrer followed with a double to right centerfield to put two runners on base. Shane Matheny blooped an opposite field single into left field to score Plew and James Rudkin added a line drive single into right that scored Harrer. With two outs, Hancock put down a squeeze bunt that he beat out for a hit and Matheny scored on the play for a three-run first.

The Cougars offense added another run in the second as Waterman pulled a single through the left side and Plew notched his second hit of the day with a single to left field. Harrer followed with a double to left field that scored Waterman for a 4-0 WSU lead.

Anderson settled in quickly, striking out two in the third, worked around two errors to post a scoreless fourth before striking out another two in the fifth inning. Arizona State used a sacrifice fly to score once in the sixth and cit the deficit to 4-1.

WSU threatened in the seventh as Andres Alavrez and Plew both walked but a fielder's choice, a squeeze bunt was popped up before a flyout ended the inning without a run coming across.

Anderson allowed a leadoff single in the seventh but came back to get a fly out and pop out before receiving a nice defensive play to end the inning. Waterman blocked a ball in the dirt, corralled it and fired to Alvarez at second to get the runner for the third out.

In the ninth, the first two ASU hitters flied to right before the next two batters drew walks. Pinch-hitter Ryan Lillard belted a three-run home run to center, tying the game at 4-4.

The next ASU batter singled and moved to second on a failed pick off attempt. After an intentional walk, the next Sun Devils hitter pulled a ground ball down the third base line but Matheny made a diving stop to keep the ball in the infield.

Following a Cougar pitching change, the Sun Devils lined a pitch into center to score the winning run.

Washington State faces Gonzaga Monday at 6 p.m. in Spokane.

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