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A.J. Block throws five hitless innings in WSU’s 9-3 win to sweep Utah State

UPDATED: Sun., March 12, 2017

Freshman left-hander A.J. Block threw five hitless innings in his first start and Washington State scored eight runs in the sixth inning to defeat Utah Valley 9-3 on Sunday in Pullman, sweeping the four-game series.

The Cougars (10-4) have won seven straight for the first time since 2013.

A.J. Block struck out four and walked one. The win went to Caleb McAlister (1-0), who got the last out in the sixth.

In the Cougars’ half of the sixth with bases loaded, freshman pinch-hitter Johnny Sage got his first hit with an RBI single. Andres Alvarez followed with a sacrifice fly and the next five batters walked before J.J. Hancock added a two-run single. Hancock had two hits.

The Aggies fell to 3-12.

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