STARKVILLE, Miss. — Washington State’s baseball team split with Mississippi State on Sunday, winning the opener 6-5 in 13 innings before falling 5-4 in the nightcap.
In the opener, Tommy Richards was 3-for-5 with two RBIs for the Cougars.
Nate Blackham had two hits for WSU (1-2), while Southridge grads Bryce and Ty Jackson each pitched in relief for the Cougs.
Mississippi State improved to 2-1.
“We learned a lot and we competed all weekend,” WSU coach Donnie Marbut said. “It was good for us to play in a tough environment, but we are disappointed to not come away with the series win.”
– John Spirk had three hits and drove in two runs to lead host San Diego State over Washington 10-9. Jayce Ray had three hits for the Huskies, while Michael Camporeale added two. Former CBC standout Mac Acker pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
– Kennewick High grad Tony Bryant pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first save of the season, as visiting Oregon State beat UC Santa Barbara 8-6.
Michael Conforto had a home run and four RBIs to lead the Beavers.
– The University of Oregon won its first game of the season late Saturday, beating host Hawaii 3-2 in 12 innings. Reliever Jimmie Sherfy picked up the victory, going 5.2 innings and striking out 13.
The Ducks also won Sunday, 14-5, as JJ Altobelli and Aaron Jones each had three hits.
– Former Columbia Basin College standout Mario Sanelli had two hits and drove in four runs to lead St. Martin’s (1-11) past Central Washington 7-6, including two in the key ninth inning to win the third-place game at the Inland Cellular Tournament in Lewiston.
Southridge grad Kyle Sani was 2-for-4 for Central (2-8) with a double and RBI.
– Richland High grad Marcelino Morales scored two runs to help Seattle University defeat visiting Utah Valley 9-7 to salvage a doubleheader split at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.
Former CBC pitcher Bryan Dalton started for the Redhawks, going 4 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits and giving up four earned runs. Richland High grad Eric Yardley pitched one inning of scoreless ball.
In the opener, Seattle U fell 15-2 to Utah Valley. Kamiakin grad Garrett Anderson took the loss, starting and pitching the first three innings, surrendering four earned runs and fanning five.
Morales was 2-for-2 for the Redhawks.
– Kennewick High grads Landon Scott and Kevin Valerio each had two hits to lead Whitworth over the University of Puget Sound 14-2. Scott scored three times and drove in two more, while Valerio scored twice.
Scott added two more hits in the nightcap, a 7-7 tie, while Valerio had one. Hanford High grad Dan Scheibe pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.