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Meyer Homers to Help Cougars Take Opener at UNLV

Mar 23, 2021

WSU-UNLV 1 BOX | Boxscore

LAS VEGAS (March 23, 2021) – Washington State opened a two-game set in Las Vegas with a 10-5 victory over UNLV at Wilson Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
The Cougars improved to 12-4 for the first time since 2008 and received two hits and three RBI from catcher Jake Meyer who hit a go-ahead two run-homer. Second baseman Preston Clifford also tallied two hits and first baseman Kyle Manzardo singled to extend his on-base streak to 41 games, second-longest in WSU history, trailing only Brady Everett's record of 42 set in 2005.
Six WSU pitchers combined to strike out 10 while sophomore lefthander Ethan Ross earned the win with 1.2 scoreless innings and freshman Elias Farland worked two innings and struck out one while making his collegiate debut.
UNLV scored a run in the first but the Cougars answered with three runs in the second as Justin Van De Brake scored on an errant pickoff attempt before Jack Smith and Clifford added RBI-doubles for a 3-1 lead. The Rebels evened things up with a pair of runs in their half of the second.
In the fourth, Meyer gave the Cougars a 5-3 lead with a two-run shot to centerfield for his second home run of the season. WSU pushed the leaded to 6-3 with a Collin Montez RBI-single in the fifth but UNLV answered with a two-out RBI-single in the bottom of the inning and later cut the lead to 6-5 with a run scoring sacrifice fly to right field in the sixth.
In the seventh, WSU put four runs on the board to open up a 10-5 advantage after a Van De Brake RBI-single, a run-scoring sacrifice fly from Jacob McKeon and back-to-back RBI singles from Meyer and pinch-hitter Keith Jones II.
Cougar relievers Connor Barison and Owen Leonard sealed things after holding UNLV scoreless the final three innings. Barison struck out four in two innings and Leonard struck out one in the ninth.
Jack Smith doubled to CF in the 2nd inning to extend his on-base streak to 12 games
Grant Taylor made his 2021 debut with his first career start
Manzardo singled in the 7th inning to extend his on-base streak to 41 games, 2nd-longest in WSU history (42, Brady Everett – 2005)
Tristan Peterson walked in the 7th extend his on-base streak to 16 games
The series with UNLV continues Wednesday at 12:05 p.m.