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Zane Mills Fires Complete Game Gem in Win at Cal

Apr 24, 2021

BERKELEY, Calif. (April 24, 2021) – Washington State junior righthander Zane Mills struck out 10 in a complete game effort to lead the Cougars to a 4-2 victory over California at Evans Diamond Saturday afternoon.
Mills scattered six hits, allowed just two eighth-inning runs to help WSU (18-15, 6-11 Pac-12) even the series and record their first win in Berkley since 2015. The Portland native recorded the Cougars' first complete game effort since Scotty Sunitsch fired a no-hitter at Oregon in 2018. Kodie Kolden, Kyle Manzardo and Jack Smith each recorded three hits while Manzardo added a double and two RBI while Smith scored twice.
California dropped to 19-18 overall and 6-8 in conference play.
In the second inning, Kyle Russell gave the Cougars an early lead with a two-out RBI-double down the left field line to score Smith from second who had led off the inning with a base-hit. I
Mills retired the first eight hitters he faced before Cal reached on a fielding error in the third but Mills ended the frame with a ground back comebacker. In the fourth, the Cougars pushed the lead to 3-0 following a pair of two-out RBI-hits from Kolden and Manzardo.
With one out in the fifth, Mills allowed the first hit of the afternoon but the righthander induced a 4-6-3 double play on the very next pitch to end the inning. Mills worked around a one-out double to post a scoreless sixth inning and retired the side in order in the seventh before running into some trouble in the eighth.
The Cougars pushed the lead to 4-0 with a two-out RBI-single back up the middle from Manzardo in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the frame. Cal doubled home the first run and used back-to-back singles to cut the lead to two. With the bases loaded and two outs, Mills buckled down and ended the threat with a groundout to second.
Mills was at his best in the ninth, opening the inning with strikeouts, allowed a one-out walk but struck out the next two hitters to seal up the win.
Collin Montez started in CF for the second straight game, just his 4th career start in CF
WSU scored all 4 of its runs with 2-out base-hits