The University of Arizona baseball team fell back under .500 with a tough 5-4 loss at Washington State on Friday night.
Arizona (16-17, 3-10) led 4-2 in the seventh inning before the Cougars rallied for three runs.
Alex Burg hit a two-run triple to put Washington State up for good. The ball fell when Arizona outfielder Hunter Pace got his cleats caught in the turf.
Preston Guilmet (2-4) took the loss, allowing four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked four.
Matt Way (5-3) earned the win, giving up one earned run in eight innings. He struck out 10.
Jett Bandy went 3 for 4 with a home run and double for the Wildcats.
Washington State improved to 16-16 overall and 4-4 in Pac-10 play.
The teams meet again at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Arizona had no trouble in a nonconference match with visiting Portland on Friday, winning 7-0 to improve to 11-9.
Wildcat senior Danielle Steinberg won 6-0, 6-0 in her last home match at UA.
Sarah Landsman won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.
UA visits Arizona State at 1 p.m. Saturday in its regular-season finale.
“This will be a true test against the Devils,” said UA coach Vicky Maes in a news release. “This is for school pride and we have to put it all on the line.”