Dirtbags dominate Cougs

WSU mustered only three hits, accumulated 10 strikeouts in game



Junior infielder Andres Alvarez holds his follow-through as he tracks the ball through the air during the game against St. Mary’s Thursday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton field.

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball lost 5-1 to California State University, Long Beach on Wednesday.

The Dirtbags (6-11) jumped out to a 3-0 lead off of WSU (4-9) sophomore starting pitcher A.J. Block in the bottom of the first inning.

A single and a hit-by-pitch put two Long Beach State runners on base with two outs before a single by Dirtbags junior outfielder Brooks Stotler opened the scoring. Stotler then stole second to put runners on second and third before both scored on a single by Long Beach State freshman outfielder Leonard Jones.

That is all the offense LBSU would need.

The Cougars were shutdown offensively by Dirtbag freshman left-handed pitcher Adam Seminaris, who allowed one run and struck out seven batters over his seven innings of work.

WSU scored its only run in the seventh inning on a single by senior first baseman James Rudkin that brought home junior infielder Justin Harrer, who had previously singled to get on base.

Freshman infielder Jack Smith’s fourth inning single was the only other hit for the Cougars on the day. WSU recorded three hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts in the game.

LBSU added to their lead with a run in the fifth and another run in the seventh to secure the 5-1 victory.

WSU continues its seven-game road trip and opens conference play 6 p.m. Friday with a three-game series against No. 14 University of California, Los Angeles at Jackie Robinson Stadium.