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Cougars Fall in Series Finale to Oregon, 7-2

by WSU Athletics

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Mitchell Tolman drove in three runs and Josh Graham worked five scoreless inning to pick up the win as Oregon captured the rubber game of the series with a 7-2 victory over Washington State Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Oregon (29-22, 11-13) wasted no time getting on the board and three-straight one-out double staked the Ducks to the quick, 2-0 lead. Austin Grebeck started the rally and came home on Tolman's double followed by Phil Craig-St. Louis' double. In the third Oregon increased the lead to 3-0 without the benefit of a hit. Craig-St. Louis led off the inning with a walk then scored one-out later on a sacrifice fly to left from Tim Susnara.

That was enough for Oregon starter Josh Graham (3-1), who kept the Cougar (26-23, 9-15) bats in check, scattering two hits through five innings while working out of trouble in three of the five innings where WSU had runners in scoring position with less than two outs.

Cougar starter Ryan Walker (1-1) settled down after the first but suffered the loss as he went three 1/3 innings, allowing the three runs on three hits with four strikeouts. Walker was the first of six Cougar pitchers on the day.

The Ducks capitalized on a pair of Colby Nealy errors to push the lead to 5-0 as with two outs and two runners on, Tolman lined a two-run double off the wall in left. The errors overshadowed Nealy's efforts as he worked two 2/3 innings, striking out five and did not allow a hit or walk.

Oregon put the game away with two runs in both the seventh and eighth, highlighted by Tolman's two-run double in the seventh.

The Cougars found the scoreboard late with single runs in the eighth and ninth.  In the eighth Ben Roberts led off with a single to right then came home on P.J. Jones RBI groundout to second. The final run came on Ian Sagdal's RBI single to left, scoring Derek Chapman.

The Cougars will face Portland in a nonconference game Tuesday in Pasco. Gametime is set for 6:30 p.m. from Gesa Stadium.

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