BSB | Washington State Escapes In Extra Innings
Washington State capitalized on four Saint Mary's errors - including one in the bottom of the 11th - to win the series opener
PULLMAN, Wash. -- A back-and-forth series opener in the Pacific Northwest Thursday went the way of the hosts, as Washington State scratched out a 7-6 extra-innings win at Bailey-Brayton Field, scoring the walk-off win on a throwing error in the bottom of the 11th.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Gaels (7-4) committed four errors on the day, leading to three unearned runs for Washington State (3-6). WSU scored its first two runs of the game on errors, then scored the winning run the same way. The game featured three lead changes and runs in seven of 11 innings as the teams combined to use 12 pitchers.
- Washington State started the bottom of the 11th with a leadoff single to right-center and a sacrifice bunt to move the runner into scoring position. While working the count, the Cougars drew a walk and moved the runner to third on a fly ball. Then, with two outs and runners on the corners, the Gaels had Dillon Plew picked off at first base. But an errant throw went into the outfield, allowing Blake Clanton to score the winning run from third.
- The Gaels rallied from behind with four runs in the top of the fourth, taking a 4-2 lead. Jack Murphy started the rally with a sacrifice fly, and two batters later a three-run homer from Dylan Robertson made it 4-2. It was Robertson's second game-tying or go-ahead home run this season.
- After Washington State answered with one run in the bottom of the fifth, Jackson Thoreson drove in two runs on a double in the right center gap to increase the Gaels' lead to 6-3. Washington State would score three runs in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-clearing double of its own, but was held scoreless the rest of the way by Michael Hobbs to force extra innings tied 6-6.
- Washington State struck first with a lone unearned run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Cougars capitalized on two Saint Mary's errors in the inning, scoring Wyatt Segle on a two-base outfield error after he led off the inning reaching on an infield error. They would score a second run in the third to lead 2-0 after the inning was extended on a two-out fielding error.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
- 3: Three different Gaels logged multi-hit games: Joey Fiske (2 for 5), Robertson (2 for 6) and Thoreson (2 for 6). Kevin Milam also drew three walks for the second straight game.
- 9: Thoreson extended his hitting streak to nine games. He is hitting .324 during the streak with three multi-hit games, five extra-base hits and five RBIs.
- 15: Saint Mary's pitchers struck out 15 WSU batters. It was a season high for the team, and marked the sixth straight game the staff has struck out at least 10 in a game.
- 29: Milam extended his reaching base safely streak to 29 games, dating to last season. He has reached safely in all 11 games in 2018 after ending the 2017 campaign reaching in 18 straight.
- The four-game series continues Friday with game two at 2 p.m. Washington State will send left-hander Isaac Mullins to the mound against a Saint Mary's starter still to be determined.
- Fans can find all live coverage links on SMCGaels.com.
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