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Late-Inning Miscues Too Much For Cougars at Utah

Apr 10, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY (April 10, 2021) – Washington State committed a couple late-inning defensive miscues and Utah scored seven times in the seventh inning to hand the Cougars a 10-7 defeat at Smith's Ballpark Saturday afternoon. The series' rubber game is set for Sunday at Noon (PT).
WSU (15-11, 3-8 Pac-12) received two-hit games from designated hitter Tristan Peterson and right fielder Collin Montez along with a two-run home run from centerfielder Justin Van De Brake. Junior starting pitcher Zane Mills worked into the seventh and struck seven but five Cougar errors allowed nine unearned runs to score.
Utah improved to 8-16 overall and 4-7 in conference play after erasing a 7-3 deficit with a seven-run seventh inning, using five hits and two Cougar errors to take the lead as all seven runs scored with two outs.
The Utes jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning after two Cougar errors and back-to-back two-out RBI hits.
WSU erupted for six runs in the fourth inning for a 6-2 lead. Jacob McKeon tripled home a run, Peterson followed with an RBI-single to left field, one batter later Jack Smith doubled down the right field line to score two runs and Van De Brake followed with a two-run shot to left field.
Mills retired eight straight hitters at one point following the two first-inning runs. The junior allowed another unearned run on a Cougar error win the fourth but struck out two in a scoreless sixth inning before Utah rallied in the seventh.
Jacob McKeon tripled in the 4th inning to extend his on-base streak to 14 games
The series wraps up Sunday at Noon (PT).