Cougars let late lead slip away in loss to Redhawks

WSU pitchers threw four scoreless innings before giving up a run in the fifth



Junior infielder Andres Alvarez forces Santa Clara senior infielder Jake Brodt out as he slides into second during game two of the series against Santa Clara University on Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

RYAN BLAKE, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball blew a late lead in a 4-3 loss to Seattle University on Wednesday in Bellevue.

Senior infielder Ryan Ramsower gave the Cougars (13-21) an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. Senior first baseman James Rudkin walked with two outs and sophomore infielder Dillon Plew reached base after being hit by a pitch. Ramsower brought both home with a double down the left field line.

WSU would score once more in the seventh inning. With one out, senior outfielder Blake Clanton singled through the right side to score senior outfielder JJ Hancock from third base and extend the WSU lead to 3-1.

The Cougars tallied nine hits and four walks in the game. They also struck out 13 times and left 10 runners on base.

WSU used eight pitchers in the nine-inning bout. Freshman left-handed pitcher Bryce Moyle started on the mound for the Cougars. In his second career start, Moyle threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and walking one batter.

Cougar pitchers kept the Redhawks (27-11) off the board until the fifth inning. Freshman right-handed pitcher Brody Barnum allowed a one-out single before being replaced by senior left-handed pitcher Cody Anderson. A wild pitch and a single off of Anderson cut the WSU lead to 2-1.

Seattle added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Junior right-handed pitcher Nick Strange balked to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Two consecutive sacrifice flies brought in both runners to tie the game at three.

Seattle took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth off a hit by pitch and a triple that made it a 4-3 game.

WSU pitchers combined for two walks, three hit batters, two balks and a wild pitch in the game.

WSU will take on University of Washington (18-18) in a three-game series starting 7 p.m. Friday at Husky Ballpark.