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Cougars Collect 16 Hits in Series-Clinching Win Over No. 8 Oregon

May 2, 2021

PULLMAN, Wash. (May 2, 2021) – Washington State tallied 16 hits in an impressive 11-6 series-clinching win over No. 8 Oregon at Bailey-Brayton Field Sunday afternoon. The Cougars post their first series win over a Top-10 teams since taking two of three from No. 10 Oregon State in 2016.
WSU (21-17, 9-12 Pac-12 Conference) saw six players record multiple-hit games led by three-hit performances from Collin Montez and Jake Meyer. Montez and Tristan Peterson both homered, Kyle Manzardo had a two-run double and sophomore Grant Taylor earned the win in relief after striking out five in four innings.
The Cougars used a three-run third inning and a five-run fifth to take the series from Oregon (27-11, 11-7 Pac-12) for the first time since 2017.
In the opening frame, Oregon used a double, a walk, a stolen base and a two-run single to left field for a 2-0 advantage. The Cougars answered with an RBI ground-rule double from Nate Swarts in the second inning before taking the lead in the third. Manzardo walked and one batter later, Montez hammered the first pitch he saw for a no-doubter two-run homer to right field. Following an Oregon error and a single from Meyer, Swarts drove in another run with an RBI-single through the right side for a 4-2 lead.
In the fourth, the Cougars erupted for five runs as Peterson hit an opposite-field two-run homers, two batters later Justin Van De Brake drove an RBI-double the other way down the right field line that saw an additional run score after a bobbled relay throw. Meyer singled back up the middle drive in a run and push the lead to 9-2.
Taylor was impressive out of the Cougar bullpen, entering the game with runners on the corners and nobody out in the third but kept the Ducks off the board with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout. Taylor allowed a pair of runs in the fifth but answered with a 1-2-3 sixth inning.
WSU put the game out of reach with a two-out two-run bloop double into centerfield to push the game to 11-4. Three Cougar pitchers combined to work the final three inning scoreless while striking out four and allowed just one hit during that span.
Kyle Manzardo extended his hitting streak to 9 games
Grant Taylor earned his 1st career win
In his 2nd start of the season, Nate Swarts had 2 hits and 2 RBI
The Cougars continue their eight-game homestand with a Wednesday matchup against Seattle U.