At long last, the monkey is off the back of the Washington State baseball team.
The Cougars grabbed their first Pac-12 Conference win Sunday in an extra-innings thriller against Oregon. WSU won 8-7 in 10 innings to avoid a series sweep at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Collin Montez raced home after the ball got away from Oregon catcher Cameron Campbell for the walk-off run.
The Cougars received three-hit games from Dillon Plew and Collin Montez, recorded 13 hits and stole five bases, the most since 2017. WSU (8-25, 1-11 Pac-12) took a 7-3 into the ninth inning, but Oregon (21-13, 7-5) tied the game with a two-out grand slam to right field by Spencer Steer — his second of the series.
In the 10th, Montez beat out a high-chopper infield single to second base that the Duck second baseman threw away on the play, putting Montez on second base. With Brody Barnum at bat, Montez moved up to third on a wild pitch by Oregon’s Ryne Nelson.
Two pitches later, he came home as the ball-four pitch to Barnum got away from the Duck catcher, allowing Montez to race home for the game-winner.
Next up, Washington State will head to Los Angeles for a series with USC beginning Thursday.
Oregon 000 100 204 0—7 7 3
Washington State 210 031 000 1—8 13 1
Stringer, Walker (5), Somers (6), Ciuffetelli (6), Noble (8), Nelson (9) and Campbell. Guerrero, Mills (4), Rosenkrantz (5), Baillie (7), Newstrom (9), Barison (9), Sellers (10), Moyle (10) and Blunt
W — (Moyle 1-0). L — Nelson (2-1)
Oregon hits — Steer 3 (HR), Novitske, Smith, Williams, Campbell.
WSU hits — Plew 3, Montez 3, Smith 2 (2B), Sinatro, Alvarez, Barnum, Gouldsmith, Kolden (2B).