WSU Offense Backs Sunitsch in Win Over Santa Clara
PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State collected 13 hits including a pair of home runs in a 11-3 victory over Santa Clara at Bailey-Brayton Field Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars (12-20) saw Cal Waterman hit a two-run homer and Danny Sinatro hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to back starter Scotty Sunitsch who struck out seven in six innings to improve to 4-1. Four players recorded multiple-hit games led by three-hit performances from Andres Alvarez and Mason De La Cruz. Alvarez doubled twice and drove in two runs while De La Cruz doubled and tripled for his first career extra-base hits.
WSU scored in four straight innings beginning in the second and cruised to a series-clinching win over Santa Clara (16-20).
The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a Waterman two-run homer to centerfield in the second inning. In the third inning, Wyatt Segle delivered a two-run single back up the middle with the bases loaded for a 4-0 advantage. Sinatro stepped in a drove a ball the other way and just inside the left field line and by a sliding Santa Clara leftfielder allowing Sinatro to race around for a two-run inside-the-park-home run.
WSU added two runs in the fourth inning on an Alvarez ground-rule double to right field and a Collin Montez RBI-single through the right side for an 8-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Cougars pushed three more runs across on a De La Cruz RBI-single down the right field line and sacrifice flies by Alvarez and Dillon Plew.
Santa Clara used a pair of home runs to score three runs in the sixth inning. Cougar reliever Nick Strange took over for Sunitsch to start the seventh and worked three scoreless innings to record his first career save.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Andres Alvarez doubled off the left field wall in the 1 st inning, extending his on-base streak to 10 games and his hitting streak to 9 games
Danny Sinatro hit an inside-the-park homerun in the 3 rd inning, WSU’s first since Yale Rosen in 2013
Blake Clanton singled through the right side in the 6 th inning, extending his hitting streak to 7 games
Sunitsch made his 8 th career appearance, third-most in WSU history
The series wraps up Sunday at 1 p.m.