Cougs rally to stun 3rd ranked Beavers
Posted on May 24, 2013 at 8:59 PM
Updated Friday, May 24 at 11:51 PM
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Washington State rallied from seven runs down to upset No. 3 Oregon State 10-9 in 11 innings at Goss Stadium, Friday.
Jason Monda scored the winning run on a two-error after his two-run home run in the ninth forced extra innings. Washington State (23-30, 9-19 Pac-12) trailed 7-0 after six innings and 8-1 after seven. The last time the Cougars trailed by that much that late in the game and won was April 27, 1986 when they fell behind Portland State 7-0 after six innings and won 10-7 in 10 innings.
Max Engelbrekt (3-1), the sixth Oregon State (43-10, 22-6 Pac-12) pitcher of the day, took the loss. J.D. Leckenby (2-3), the fifth Washington State pitcher, picked up the victory with three shutout innings.
It is the seventh-straight season the Cougars defeated a nationally-ranked Oregon State. The victory also prevented the Beavers from clinching a share of the Pac-12 title and the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship.
Sean Hartnett, who made his first start of the season for the Cougars, was roughed up for seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. Five of those runs came in the first inning.
Down 7-0, Washington State broke through against Oregon State starter Matt Boyd in the seventh. Brett Jacobs walked and Monda was hit by a pitch to open the inning. With one out, Adam Nelubowich singled to score Jacobs.
The Beavers answered in their half of the seventh against Richie Ochoa, who relieved Hartnett and recorded the final out in the sixth. Ochoa walked the first-two men in the seventh in front of a run-scoring double by Kavin Keyes.
In the eighth, Shea Donlin and Collin Slaybaugh singled to begin the inning against Beavers’ reliever Tyler Painton. Tony Bryant relieved Painton and P.J. Jones greeted him with a single to load the bases. Yale Rosen followed with a two-run single and Jacobs was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the second time in the inning.
Jace Fry became the third Oregon State reliever in the inning and committed a throwing error on a ground ball hit by Monda to allow another run to score. Patrick McGrath capped the rally with a sacrifice fly that brought the Cougars within 8-5.
The Beavers increased their lead to 9-5 with a run in the bottom of the eighth off Kyle Swannack without getting a ball out of the infield. Oregon State scored on a walk, bunt single, sacrifice bunt, intentional walk and fielder’s choice.
In the ninth, Slaybaugh walked and Jones singled against Scott Schultz. Both runners moved up on a ground out by Rosen and scored on a pinch hit, two-run single by Ian Sagdal. It was the fifth time this season Sagdal collected a hit as a pinch hitter. On the next pitch following Sagdal’s single, Monda blasted a two-run home run to right field that tied the game 9-9.
The series continues at 1 p.m., Saturday.