Cougs light up the scoreboard in wild win


TALK ABOUT A WILD one. Washington State rode an eight-run inning in dropping No. 21 Arizona State 12-8 on Saturday. The win gave the Cougs the chance to end the season on a high note, with a series win over a team headed to the postseason.

Still, if the Cougs win on Sunday, it will be bittersweet -- a reminder of what could have been. But on Saturday night anyway, it was a satisfying win and an example of what the Cougs are capable of at the plate.

Washington State (24-29, 14-15 Pac-12 pounded out 15 hits and went bonzo in the fourth inning, scoring eight runs in the frame against Arizona State (32-22, 18-11).

With the Cougs up 2-0, P.J. Jones began the onslaught in the fourth with a single and moved to third on a double by Patrick McGrath. Cameron Frost singled to plate Jones. Luke Stratman followed with a bunt single to score McGrath and WSU had a 4-0 lead. Trace Tam Sing moved the runners to second and third and Slaybaugh brought them both home with a double to right. Michael Monda drove Slaybaugh home with a double. Jones, McGrath and Frost then delivered consecutive RBI-singles to cap the rally and make the score 10-0.

But immediately, the Sun Devils scored five times in the top of the fifth and knocked Cougar starter Jason Monda out of the game -- before he could qualify for the victory. Kellen Camus got the win, the 13th of his career in relief to tie the Washington State program record.

In the eighth, the Sun Devils picked up a run and had two runners on before Ian Hamilton shut ASU down, recording the final four outs for his 15th save to extend his school record.

Hamilton is the Pac-12 saves leader and tied with Bryan Garcia of Miami for the national lead among freshmen.

  • Slaybaugh led the Cougs with three RBIs, followed by Frost who had two.

  • Jason Monda struck out a career-high eight batters.

  • The Cougars' eight runs in the fourth inning was their most in a conference game since an eight-run eighth against Stanford, April 1, 2011 and their most in any inning this season.

  • Washington State has scored 28 runs in its last three Pac-12 games -- after scoring but 23 in their previous 10 conference games.
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