Cougs hold off USC for 7-6 win
Posted on May 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM
LOS ANGELES – Jason Monda and Trace Tam Sing each collected three hits and Washington State edged USC 7-6 in Pac-12 Conference baseball, Friday night.
The Cougars (21-24, 8-14 Pac-12) built a 7-1 lead in support of Joe Pistorese (5-3), who pitched into the eighth inning and then held on as the Trojans (17-30, 8-14 Pac-12) rallied.
USC scored a run in the first and Washington State tied the game with a tally in the third. Monda and Tam Sing singled and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Trek Stemp. Collin Slaybaugh’s RBI-ground out scored Monda.
The Cougars broke through for four runs in the fifth against Trojans’ starter Bob Wheatley (3-4). Patrick McGrath and Monda opened with back-to-back singles. With one out, Stemp doubled to plate both runs and give Washington State a 3-1 lead. Slaybaugh’s knocked in Stemp with a single, stole second and scored on a single by P.J. Jones.
In the sixth, McGrath singled, stole second and scored on Monda’s single. Monda moved to second on an error, took third on a single by Tam Sing and scored on a wild pitch with two outs.
USC answered with a run in the sixth and two in the eighth against Pistorese to close within 7-4. In the ninth, the Trojans added two more on two hits, a walk and two hit batters against J.D. Leckenby. Richie Ochoa came on to retire pinch hitter AJ Ramirez on a ground out with the tying and winning runs aboard to pick up his first save since 2011.
The series continues, Saturday at 7 p.m.