USC Baseball Drops Series Finale to Washington State
LOS ANGELES – The USC baseball team went in looking for the sweep after winning the first two games of the series, but the Washington State bats got hot on Sunday, giving the Cougars a 13-2 win over the Trojans.
USC falls to 22-22 overall and 10-14 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while Washington State improves to 24-22, 11-16.
The Trojans jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Jamal O'Guinn, but the Cougars exploded for seven runs on seven hits in the third to take charge of the game. Washington State would also score single runs in the fifth and ninth innings, and put up four in the seventh.
Garret Guillemette drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, but that was it for the Trojan offense on the day. USC had nine hits in the game, but left 14 runners on base.
Six Cougar players had multiple hits in the game, including a four-hit performance for leadoff man Kodie Kolden. Nate Swarts was 3-for-5 with four RBI for the visitors.
The Trojans hit the road against Fresno state for their final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and then host Arizona State for their last homestand of the year next weekend. Tuesday's game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network, with links to follow on the baseball schedule page at USCTrojans.com. The series against Arizona State will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.