USC Baseball Falls 4-2 at Washington State to Even Series
PULLMAN, Wash. – The USC baseball team dropped a 4-2 decision to Washington State on Saturday evening in Pullman, evening the series at one win a piece.
USC falls to 21-19 overall on the season and 6-14 in Pac-12 play. The Cougars improve to 18-23 overall and 8-15 in conference action.
USC loaded the bases and scored on a balk in the first inning, but the lead only lasted until the second when the Cougars scored two unearned runs to go up 2-1. D'Andre Smith had the answer for USC in the top of the third, hitting his sixth homer of the year to tie the game.
It was Justin Van De Brake who drove in the go-ahead run for Washington State with an RBI single in the fifth. The Cougars added a run in the eighth on a single up the middle by Bryce Matthews.
Tyler Stromsborg tossed 4.2 innings in the start, giving up just the one earned run in the fifth. Kyle Wisch relieved Stromsborg in the fifth and got USC out of the inning with a popup. He would strike out six batters over the next 2.2 innings and give up just an unearned run.
Three of the four runs scored by Washington State in the game were unearned.
- D'Andre Smith: 3-for-4, solo-HR
- Tyler Stromsborg: 4.2 IP, 7H, 3R (1ER), 2BB, 2K
- Kyle Wisch: 3.0 IP, 3H, R (0ER), BB, 6K
The Trojans and Cougars close things out on Sunday at noon on the Pac-12 Network.