WSU Opens Nine-Game Road Trip with 6-4 Victory over Portland

After having to sit out the series against Seattle U and UW last weekend and having the games postponed, WSU baseball was back in action with the Portland Pilots Wednesday for a quick non-conference game at Joe Etzel Field in Portland, Oregon.

The final score was 6-4 in favor of the Cougs. Improving to a 10-2 overall record, it is WSU’s best start to a season since 2010.

Senior Third baseman Jack Smith, junior first baseman Kyle Manzardo and senior right fielder Collin Montez all had multiple hits. Manzardo (RBI) and Montez (3 RBIs) homered as one of their two hits on the game. It is Montez’s fourth and Manzardo’s sixth on the early 2021 season.

Speaking about Kyle Manzardo, even though his hit streak came to an end against Seattle U, his on-base streak was extended to 37 games, which is tied for the third longest in WSU baseball history.

Redshirt-junior RHP Will Sierra got the win for WSU, as junior Dakota Hawkins was able to achieve the save after striking out three of the five Pilot hitters he faced. Sierra went three innings, allowing one unearned run on seven punch outs.

Up Next: WSU continues their road trip with a tough test against Oregon State in Corvallis for the first conference games of the year. The three-game series will occur over the weekend, Friday-Sunday (3/19-3/21).

(Photo via WSU Athletics)

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