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WSU Beats Portland In Pasco, 7-3

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Ian Sagdal led WSU to a 7-3 win over Portland in Pasco on Tuesday. (Photo: WSU) Ian Sagdal led WSU to a 7-3 win over Portland in Pasco on Tuesday. (Photo: WSU)

by WSU Athletics

PASCO, Wash. – Ian Sagdal drove in three and added three stolen bases to lead Washington State to a 7-3 victory over Portland Tuesday at Gesa Stadium in the Cougar Diamond Classic presented by Broadmoor RV.

After Washington State (27-23) scored one in the first, the Cougars pushed the lead to 3-0 two innings later as Sagdal tripled to center, scoring Jack Strunc and Derek Chapman. Strunc started the rally with a leadoff double down the line in left. Chapman played add-on in the fourth as he drilled a two-out triple to right, scoring Strunc who reached on an infield single.

Portland (10-40) cut the lead in half in the fifth with a pair of runs courtesy of three straight hits and an error. With one out, Cody Lenahan, Michael Lucarelli and Turner Gill had consecutive singles, bringing home Lenahan with the first run. One out later Shane Matheny's throwing error allowed Gill to come home with the second run to make it a 4-2 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth P.J. Jones pushed the margin to 5-2 as he doubled home Sagdal, who reached on a walk then stole second and third. Two more runs came home in the sixth, the first on a bases-loaded walk to Sagdal, followed by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ben Roberts.

The Pilots added a run in the seventh on an RBI double from Ryan Barr to close out the scoring.

Six Cougar pitchers took the hill on night with starter Sam Triece picking up the win to improve to 5-0 on the season. Sagdal finished the night with a hit and three walks to go with the three RBI while Strunc added two hits and two runs scored.

Cole Doherty started for Portland and suffered the loss as he fell to 1-5. Gill was the only Pilot with multiple hits as he had two with an RBI and run scored.

The Cougars return to Pac-12 play Thursday when they travel south to face Arizona State. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

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