Big fourth inning holds off Cougars in series-opener

Big fourth inning holds off Cougars in series-opener

Washington State surrendered a five-run fourth inning and dropped the series-opener with Washington 7-2 at Bailey-Brayton Field Friday evening.

The Cougars received three hits and an RBI from freshman Tyson Guerrero along with two hits from freshman Kyle Manzardo while sophomore Hayden Rosenkrantz worked 5.2 innings out of the bullpen and allowed two earned runs, scattered four hits and struck out three.

In the first, UW took advantage of a ball lost in the sun that would have resulted in the second out. The next batter doubled off the wall in right-centerfield to score a run and one batter later, UW made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly to left.

In the second, WSU pushed two runs across on RBI-singles from Jack Smith and Tyson Guerrero to tie the game.

In the fourth, UW broke the tie game with five runs in the fourth, using five hits and a Cougar error to take a 7-2 lead. In the bottom of the inning, WSU loaded the bases with one out but after a call to the bullpen, Washington ended the threat with a 4-6-3 double play.


Andres Alvarez walked in the 5 th to extend his on-base streak to 6 games


The series continues Saturday at 3:05 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.