It took four games, but Marty Lees finally has his first win as Washington State baseball coach.
The Cougars scored two runs in the ninth inning and two more in the 10th to take a 9-8 extra-inning victory over Texas State on Monday in San Marcos, Texas, after losing the first three games in the season-opening series to the Bobcats.
Stefan Van Horn, who entered the game in the eighth, launched a solo home run on the first pitch he saw in the 10th for his second homer in as many games and Derek Chapman’s sacrifice fly scored Jack Strunc, who had doubled, with what proved the winning run. Strunc had also entered in the eighth.
The Cougars then had to weather a Bobcats uprising in the bottom of the 10th. With the bases loaded after Texas State scored a run to cut into the WSU lead, sophomore left-hander Scotty Sunitsch struck out the final two batters, both looking, to pick up his first career win. He had four strike outs in three innings of work.
WSU had rallied from a four-run deficit in the final three innings of regulation with two runs in both the seventh and ninth.
“I’m very excited and proud of our guys, who never quit tonight,” said Lees. “Tonight was a true team effort.”
Cameron Frost drove in three runs for the Cougars and Chapman scored three.
Tickets for Gonzaga’s Senior Day meeting with BYU in the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday are sold out, the school announced.
Tipoff is 2 p.m.
It’s the fifth sellout for the season and 26th in history for the GU women.
Sophomore Alivia Brown shot a 1-over 217 to tie for 23th, six strokes off the lead, as Washington State wound up last in the season-opening 15-team Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Arizona.
It’s Brown’s fourth top-25 finishe of the 2015-16 season.
No. 23 Oregon won the team title with a 10-under 854, five strokes better than Ohio State. WSU finished with its best round of the tournament, a 5-over 293, and wound up at 887. Emma Henrikson of San Diego State and Brooke Ferrell of Wisconsin shared medalist honors at 5-under 211.