Washington State Rallies In The Ninth Inning To Top Spartans, 4-3

Chris Williams collected a pair of hits and an RBI Friday night.

April 17, 2015

Final Stats

PULLMAN, Wash. -- San José State's baseball team took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but host Washington State rallied for three runs to walk off, 4-3, Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Josh Nashed was stellar on the mound for the Spartans (10-28) through the first 8.0 frames. The freshman couldn't get an out in the ninth but finished with only three runs allowed on six hits while striking out six of the 32 Cougars he faced.

Trailing by two runs entering their last trip to the plate, Washington State (19-18) was able to chase Nashed by opening the inning with a double and triple. Myles Richard (0-1) entered with a runner at third and no outs and walked the first hitter he faced, Ben Roberts. After a groundout moved Roberts to second, a wild pitch brought Cooper Elliott home with the tying run and Cameron Frost's sac fly plated Roberts with the winner.

San José State outhit Washington State, 8-6, and each team stranded five baserunners.

Andre Mercurio (2-4, run, two doubles) and Chris Williams (2-4, run, RBI) put together multi-hit games for the visitors, while David Campbell (1-3, run, home run, RBI), Jack Veasey (1-4, run, RBI), Dillan Smith (1-3) and Michael Breen (1-1) added hits.

San José State wasted no time getting on the board. Mercurio led off the game with a double to left center, moved to third on Corey Olivet's groundout and scored on Williams' base hit through the left side.

Williams sparked another Spartan rally in the fourth when he led off the inning with an infield single and scored on Veasey's two-out base hit to left. The RBI for Veasey was the second of the sophomore's career and came when he was done 0-2 in the count.

After the Cougars got on the board in the next frame on an RBI groundout, Campbell got the run back for the Spartans in the top of the seventh. The freshman sent the 3-1 offering from Cougars reliever Scotty Sunitsch over the fence in right field for a solo home run -- the first of his career.

Washington State 4, San Jose State 3 (Apr 17, 2015 at Pullman, Wash.)
San Jose State...... 100 100 100 - 3 8 0 (10-28)
Washington State.... 000 100 003 - 4 6 0 (19-18)
Pitchers: San Jose State - Nashed, Josh; RICHARD, Myles(9) and Veasey, Jack. Washington State -
Walker, R; Sunitsch, S(5); Nealy, C(8); Bruner, L(9) and Hancock, JJ.
Win-Bruner, L(1-0) Loss-RICHARD, Myles(0-1) T-2:26 A-821
HR SJSU - Campbell, David (1).
Weather: Sunny and perfect, 64 degrees
NASHED faced 2 batters in the 9th.