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Late Error Costly for Cougars in Loss to Arizona


by WSU Athletics

Ryan Walker struck out a career-high seven and Derek Chapman collected two hits but it was not enough as Washington State fell 2-0 to Arizona in 11 innings, Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Walker, along with his career-high strikeout mark, hurled a career-high seven shutout innings and allowed only two hits and one free pass. During the gem, Walker recorded 12-straight outs extending from the second to sixth innings and didn't allow a base runner past second base. Scotty Sunitsch and Sam Triece both worked the eighth needing only a combined nine pitches.

In the top half of the 11th, the Wildcats (27-18, 11-13 Pac-12) took a 2-0 lead capitalizing on a two-out dropped fly-ball error allowing unearned runs to score from first and second. WSU's Ian Hamilton came on in the ninth and worked three innings but suffered the loss moving him to 0-3 on the season.

With two outs in the bottom half of the 11th, the Cougars (25-21, 8-13 Pac-12) threatened using back-to-back base hits and a hit by pitch to load the bases, but the threat was extinguished on a groundout to first. Washington State outhit the Wildcats 8-to-4 but the effort was not enough as WSU stranded 11 base runners.

Washington State had an opportunity in the ninth by putting runners on first and second with one out, but couldn't bring home the winning run, forcing extra innings.

Chapman extended his hit streak to six games as he went 2-for-4 with two singles and extended his reached base streak to 15 games.

Tyger Talley (5-0) picked up the victory going three innings in relief. Arizona starter Bobby Dalbec didn't factor into the decision as he worked eight-plus innings allowing five hits and one walk, while striking out one.

Washington State will host Oregon in a three-game set starting Friday, May 8 with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The series will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

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