WSU wins three of four in Davis

Infielders Kyle Manzardo, Jack Smith both had homeruns to help Cougars win games one, three



Then-junior infielder Garrett Gouldsmith throws the ball to first base after forcing an out at second during the game against Niagara University on Mar. 6, 2020 at Baily-Brayton Field.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball took the series ­3-1 against UC Davis this weekend, winning 11-1 on Friday, 12-5 in game one of the doubleheader on Saturday, 5-3 in game two and losing 13-5 on Sunday.

The bats came alive early this past weekend, with a combined 23 runs in the first two games on 25 hits, including a three-run home run from junior infielder Kyle Manzardo.

Manzardo also extended his hitting streak to 21 games after a late single in the fifth inning of the series finale.

Head coach Brian Green said the bottom of the lineup deserves credit for hitting the ball well after game one.

“I think it’s six hits from the 7-8-9 spot,” Green said. “Really just a great contribution to the entire lineup, a lot of quality at-bats.”

WSU (3-1) had help on the mound as well, with junior right-handed pitchers Brandon White and Zane Mills only allowing UC Davis (1-3) one run on seven hits in the first two games.

Green said he really liked Mills’ outing on the mound in game one and how senior left-handed pitcher Michael Newstrom came in for relief and did well.

“Zane Mills had a couple of infield singles, he never did anything except just stayed in the moment,” Green said.

In the second doubleheader game, a late three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning with two outs from senior infielder Jack Smith broke the 2-2 tie to lift the Cougars past the Aggies in a game three that was played over the course of two days.

Meanwhile, in game four, junior right-handed pitcher Dakota Hawkins struggled in his Cougar debut, allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits through 4.1 innings pitched.

Green said the opening day win meant a lot for him after losing his father in the offseason; the team really connected with him.

“Really blew me away, starting with our coaching staff,” Green said. “Just another indicator that I’m at a really special place.”

WSU will travel to St. George, Utah, next to face Dixie State in a four-game series starting at 5:05 p.m. Thursday, 2:05 p.m. Friday, 1:05 p.m. Saturday and 11:05 a.m. Sunday.