Baseball

WSU Loses First Series of 2021, Going 1-2 Against No.18 Oregon State

After beating Portland on Wednesday, the Cougs continued their road series this past weekend in Corvallis, facing off against the 18th ranked Oregon State Beavers. WSU lost their first series of the season, but they did take one game from OSU, which is the first time beating the Beavers since 2016, and first win in Corvallis since 2013.

Game 1: WSU 5 – 2 OSU

After first pitch was delayed for more than an hour Friday, the game was eventually played, and for the first time since 2006, WSU was able to improve to 11-2.

Starter Brandon White was dominant yet again, improving his personal overall record to 3-0. Going seven innings (perfect game through five and 5 2/3), while only giving up three hits and striking out seven, White’s ERA now sits at 2.49. Also pitching in this win over the Beavers were Dakota Hawkins and Owen Leonard, who each went one inning to help close it out.

Designated hitter Tristan Peterson and right fielder Collin Montez each had three hit games. Center fielder Justin Van De Brake had a two-run shot and first baseman Kyle Manzardo had two doubles, extending his on-base streak to 38 games, tying Jason Freeman for second most all time in program history.

Game 2: WSU 3 – 10 OSU

Shortstop Kodie Kolden (2-5, HR), designated hitter Tristan Peterson and left fielder Jacob McKeon (2-4, HR) each had multiple hits for the Cougs, but it certainly was not enough to combat the Beaver bats.

First basemen Kyle Manzardo was able to extend his on-base streak to 39 consecutive games, solidifying his spot at second all time in program history, three behind Brady Everett’s record-42 game streak set in 2005.

Starter Zane Mills (3-1) struggled in this one and dropped his first game of the season on the bump. Mills went 3 1/3 allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks. Freshman RHP Kolby Kmetko threw three solid innings in relief of Mills, striking out two, allowing one earned.

Game 3: WSU 8 – 9 OSU

With game three came an offensive shootout favoring the Beavers after OSU shortstop Andy Armstrong hit a game winning solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Senior third baseman Jack Smith went 3-5 on the rainy Sunday, and Kyle Manzardo extended his on-base streak to 40 games after hitting an RBI double in the third inning. Left fielder Jacob McKeon and right fielder Collin Montez each had two RBIs.

WSU went with a “pitcher-by-committee” type game. Junior RHP Connor Barrison got the nod, but it was redshirt-junior RHP Will Sierra who struggled in this one. In just over an inning, he surrendered four earned runs on four hits and two walks to the Beaver hitters.

Up Next: WSU (11-4, 1-2) continues their road trip in Vegas against UNLV for a quick two-game, non-conference series. Both games will be at 12:05 on Tuesday (3/23) and Wednesday (3/24).

(Photo via WSU Athletics)

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