Cougars Drop Pac-12 Opener to No., 4 Oregon State
PULLMAN, Wash. (March 11, 2022) – Washington State dropped its Pac-12 Conference opener 13-3 to fourth-ranked Oregon State at Bailey-Brayton Field Friday afternoon.
The Cougars dropped to 7-6 overall after Oregon State (10-1) collected 13 hits and used an eight-run first inning to take the conference opener for both teams. WSU received two hits from Jacob McKeon while Hylan Hall hit a two-run homer.
KEY MOMENTS OF THE GAME
In the first, Oregon State erupted for eight runs on seven hits including a three-run homer, a solo shot and a two-run home run for an 8-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Kolden doubled off the right field wall and later scored on a Jacob McKeon RBI-single the other way through the right side.
In the second, Jack Smith punched a single the other way into right field and one batter later Hall hammered a 1-2 pitch off the scoreboard in left-centerfield for a two-run shot. Cottrell settled in after a tough first inning, posting scoreless second, third and fourth innings.
In the fifth, Oregon State pushed two more runs across on a wild pitch and a passed ball with the bases loaded for a 10-3 advantage. WSU had their chances, putting two runners on in the third and sixth innings but were unable to push any runs across. OSU put the game away with a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Kolden doubled to right field in the 1st to extend his on-base streak to 21 games
McKeon singled in the 1st inning to extend his on-base streak to 10 games
Kyle Russell walked in the 2nd to extend his on-base streak to 7 games
The series with No. 4 Oregon State continues Saturday at 2:05 p.m.
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