With the contest knotted at 3-3 after 8 1/2 innings, WSU pinch hitter Bret Bascue drew a four-pitch walk off of UA reliever Daniel Schlereth to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Dusty Coleman sacrificed pinch runner Ryan Jones to second on a bunt to move the go-ahead run into scoring position.
Schlereth retired WSU leadoff hitter Andy Dirks on a pop out to Colt Sedbrook at shortstop for the second out of the frame to bring Schermerhorn to the plate.
The WSU first baseman battled Schlereth to a 2-2 count before lofting a curveball towards the gap in left-center. With the
The Wildcats, who have played in three one-run games in the postseason, drew first blood in Sunday’s contest on a Bill Rhinehart solo home run in the fourth, his second of the regional and his 13th of the season.
WSU answered immediately and took its first lead on a two-run single by Conor Gillaspie in the bottom of the frame.
A Shocker throwing error by Coleman at short in the fifth allowed Dwight Childs to score and tie the game at 2-2, but
WSU closer Noah Krol (2-2) picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of work in the eighth and ninth. He struck out one and walked one.
UA’s Schlereth (3-1) was charged with the loss, with the only hit he allowed in three innings of work coming on Schermerhorn’s game-winner in the ninth. The left-hander struck out one and walked three in his first loss of the year.