Crash and burn: Cougars drop series against Arizona

From staff reports

A Saturday victory couldn’t prevent WSU from dropping its fourth consecutive series as Arizona took two of three this weekend in Tucson, Arizona.

The Cougars (10-19, 3-9) benefited from three errors by the Wildcats on Saturday in their 6-2 victory.

Redshirt junior second baseman Trek Stemp reached base three times – twice on errors – and batted in two of the six runs while scoring a third.

Stemp, who leads the team with a .356 batting average, 42 hits and 18 runs scored, couldn’t lift the Cougars for the other two games as they were outscored 15-3 on Friday and Sunday combined.

Junior right-handed starter Ian Hamilton (1-7) allowed three runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings Friday. However, with three walks and only one strike out, Head Coach Marty Lees pulled the Cougars’ ace after just 74 pitches.

The WSU bullpen, using freshman right-handed Parker McFadden (2-3) and freshman left-hander Ryley Widell (1-1) who have both been regular starters, allowed an additional five runs in an 8-0 loss to open the series.

Both McFadden and Widell have high earned run averages at 8.42 and 11.81 respectively.

Arizona earned the series victory on Sunday with a 7-3 victory, led by a strong pitching performance from junior right-hander Bobby Dalbec (7-3). The Wildcats started held the Cougars to three runs – two earned – on six hits over 7.2 innings Sunday while striking out seven.

The Cougars got on the board early in the series finale, scoring two runs over the first two innings. Senior first baseman Patrick McGrath drove in sophomore outfielder Derek Chapman in the top of the first with a single to left. Stemp followed in the second with another single to left, scoring junior outfielder Cameron Frost to give WSU a 2-0 lead.

Arizona responded in the bottom of the second with a three-run inning off junior left-handed starter Trenton Dupre (0-2). The Cougars never regained the lead Sunday as the Wildcats added two runs in the bottom of the seven to pair with one run in the bottom of the third and eight innings.

WSU returns to Bailey-Brayton Field on Thursday to host No.7 Oregon State for a three game series.

Reporting by Lars Hanson