Jeff Mousser continued his pitching success against Washington State.
The Arizona State senior right-hander went the distance to beat the Cougars for the second successive year as the Sun Devils opened a three-game Pac-10 series with a 17-5 victory Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash.
Pitching for BYU last season, Mousser shut out the Cougars on five hits in the Banana Belt Classic in Lewiston, Idaho.
His teammates made his job easy by scoring 17 runs in the first four innings.
ASU (27-12, 6-7 Pac-10) was leading 7-2 going into the fourth when Mesa Community College transfer Chris Cook led off the inning with his third homer.
Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch had a three-run double and Josh Asanovich and Nick Walsh had RBI singles in ASU’s highest-scoring inning of the season.
Freshman second baseman Joe Persichina had four hits to lead ASU’s 17-hit attack.
ASU capitalized on three Cougars errors to score three runs in the top of the first. Junior left fielder Jeff Larish drove in two runs with a single.
Washington State (22-14, 4-6) committed four errors in the game.
The win evened Mousser’s record at 3-3. Mousser allowed nine hits and walked three.
ASU shortstop Dustin Pedroia belted his sixth homer of the season in the second inning.
ASU players, coaches and support staff wore black arm bands in honor of former Sun Devils football player Pat Tillman, who was killed Thursday in combat in Afghanistan.
Tillman’s brother Kevin earned three letters for the baseball team in the late 1990s.