Bruins sweep WSU baseball over weekend

From staff reports

A three-hit afternoon by senior third baseman Patrick McGrath wasn’t enough to prevent the WSU baseball team from falling 11-2 on the road Sunday to No.14 UCLA.

Freshman right-handed starter Parker McFadden (2-1) struggled to get through his only two innings of work, as he allowed seven runs and five walks. The Bruins (11-7, 3-0 Pac-12) scored three runs in the first, third and fourth innings against three different Cougar pitchers.

McGrath and redshirt junior second baseman Trek Stemp led the Cougars’ (7-12, 0-3) offense Sunday afternoon, as Stemp scored the game’s first run in the top of the first off a double by McGrath. The Cougar second baseman singled to start the inning to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Stemp has at least one hit in each of his 18 starts this season.

After the Bruins responded with four runs over the next two innings, the Cougars answered with the rarely-seen balk. Freshman first baseman Mason Cerrillo and McGrath opened the inning with a single and a double. Cerrillo was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a ground ball by sophomore outfielder Weston Hatten, but a balk by freshman pitcher Kyle Molnar scored McGrath on the next at bat. That was the final run the Cougs would push across in LA.

WSU returns home to face Gonzaga on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field.