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WSU Ninth-Inning Comeback Held Off by Iowa

Mar 6, 2022

FRISCO, Texas (March 6, 2022) – Washington State put the tying run on base twice in the ninth inning but dropped a 6-5 contest to Iowa at the Frisco College Baseball Classic Sunday afternoon.
WSU received a three-hit game from Justin Van De Brake, his second of the weekend, Will Cresswell added two hits and Hylan Hall hit his first career home run. Cougar starter Cole McMillan was impressive in his return to his native state of Texas, matching a season-high with seven strikeouts and allowed one earned run on three hits while working into the sixth inning.
Iowa improved to 6-5 after rallying against the WSU bullpen with four runs in the sixth and broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the seventh.
In the first, Kyle Russell led off the game with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Matthews RBI-single through the right side. Matthews moved to second on a wild pitch and later scored on a nice piece of hitting from Van De Brake who lined a 1-2 pitch the other way into right-centerfield for an RBI-single and 2-0 WSU lead.
In the second, Kolden rolled a single back up the middle, moved around to third on a Will Cresswell single to left and scored on an Iowa wild pitch.
McMillan was dealing early, ending the first with a pair of strikeouts, later got a Hawkeye swinging to end the second and added two more strikeouts end a scoreless fourth inning.
Iowa took advantage of some Cougar miscues in the sixth as a pair of walks was followed by an RBI-double that Van De Brake nearly made a diving catch in left-centerfield on. Following the third walk of the inning, the Hawkeyes plated another run on a wild pitch. The next batter was hit by a pitch and the following hitter lined a double down the left field line to score two more and give Iowa a 4-3 lead.
In the seventh, Hall answered for the Cougs by launching a pitch 418 feet to left centerfield to tie the game. In the bottom half, Iowa came right back with a solo homer on the first pitch of the inning to regain a one-run advantage and added another run with a two-out RBI-single into centerfield for a two-run lead.
In the eighth, Van De Brake tallied his third hit of the day with a double down the left field line and later scored on a Collin Montez sacrifice fly to make it 6-5 Iowa.
In the ninth, Jack Smith worked a walk and the next batter but down a sacrifice bunt but on the play the Cougar pinch-runner tried to race around to a vacated third base but the Iowa defense beat him to the bag and made the tag for a double play. Hall worked a two-out walk to extend the game but the Hawkeye bullpen sealed the win with a groundout to third base.
Kyle Russell led off the game with a walk to extend his on-bas streak to 6 games
Van De Brake's RBI-single in the 1st was his 10th RBI of 2022, the 1st Coug to reach double-digit RBI
Kolden singled in the 2nd to extend his on-base streak to 20 games
McKeon walked in the 3rd to extend his on-base streak to 9 games
After playing the first three weeks on the road, the Cougars return to Pullman open Pac-12 Conference play against Top-10 ranked Oregon State beginning Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field.