Cougars Fall in Boeing Apple Cup Series Finale
SEATTLE (March 20, 2022) – Washington State dropped a 14-3 decision to Washington in the Boeing Apple Cup series-finale at Husky Ballpark Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars (9-10, 1-5 Pac-12) received two hits including a three-run double from Jack Smith. UW improved to 12-8 overall and 4-2 in conference play after collecting 13 hits and used a five-run fifth inning to break a tie game and pulled away in the later innings.
KEY MOMENTS OF THE GAME
In the third, WSU loaded the bases with one out but a groundball to shortstop turned into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. UW took advantage of to Cougar errors in the bottom half of the inning and scored three runs for a 3-0 advantage.
In the fourth, the Cougars answered right back as Swarts pulled a double into left-centerfield and a walk and hit-by-pitch followed to load the bases. UW struck out the next batter for the second out but Smith hammered a 1-0 pitch deep to centerfield and over the centerfielder to clear the bases, tying the game at three.
In the bottom of the inning, UW caught a break as a pitch clock violation was called on a three-ball count that brought an argument from the WSU staff but the call loaded the bases with nobody out. WSU went to the bullpen but a single and a walk brought in two runs. The Cougars called up reliever Connor Barison who struck out the first two hitters he faced but the third singled in two more runs and UW finished the frame with an 8-3 lead.
UW pulled away with runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Kodie Kolden walked in the 4th to extend his on-base streak to 26 games
Kyle Russell singled in the 7th inning to extend his on-base streak to 12 games
WSU continues its road stretch with a five-game road trip next week beginning with a Wednesday matchup at Santa Clara before facing Stanford next weekend. The Cougars wil wrap up the road trip with a nonconference matchup at BYU the following Tuesday.