Cougars swept by Crimson Tide in double header

Costly mistakes led to fifth loss of season for WSU


Jack Smith goes to bat against Grand Canyon on Tuesday.

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball dropped the second game of a double header to University of Alabama 8-2 Friday night in Tuscaloosa.

The Cougars (2-5) recorded only three hits in the game. Senior Blake Clanton provided two of those hits, including a first inning home run that gave WSU an early 2-0 lead.

Clanton’s early spark was all the production the Cougars would receive offensively. It was the only hit for WSU until freshman Jack Smith’s infield single in the top of the sixth.

Senior Cody Anderson started on the mound for the Cougars. Anderson threw 5.2 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks. His seven strikeouts were a career high.

The Crimson Tide (6-0) jumped on Anderson early, getting one in the first and two in the second to take an early 3-2 lead. They added three more in the fifth on an error, two hit batters and a pair of singles. Alabama added two more in the eighth inning on a two-run triple.

Of the eight runs allowed by WSU pitchers, only three were earned. The Cougars made two errors and had a passed ball. They also threw two wild pitches and hit three batters.

The Cougars will complete the series with Alabama at 11 a.m. Saturday.