Anteaters silence Coug bats in series opener

WSU attempts rally in ninth inning but falls short to No. 22 UC Irvine



WSU junior pitcher AJ Block throws a strike against CSUN on March 9 at Bailey-Barton Field.

ISAAC SEMMLER, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball dropped its sixth straight game as they fell to No. 22 UC Irvine 4-1 Friday in California.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Brandon White made his fifth start of the season for the Cougars (6-14, 0-3). He had a rough game last time out against Arizona State where his ERA shot up to 5.06.

Through two innings, White seemed to get back on track as he struck out two batters and allowed just two hits with the game remaining scoreless.

However, in the bottom of the third inning White got into a bases loaded jam with no outs and gave up a three-run double to put the Anteaters up 3-0.

White would only pitch 2 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and four walks.

Through four innings, the Anteaters still led 3-0 and WSU had yet to get a hit and looked dismantled on offense.

UC Irvine junior right-handed pitcher Andre Pallante looked solid through six innings with four strikeouts, one walk and just two hits allowed.  

In the bottom of the sixth, UC Irvine lined a shot up the middle of the field to score its fourth run of the evening and maintain a shutout over the Cougs.  

WSU attempted to rally in the ninth as freshman infielder Kyle Manzardo knocked in a run and the Cougars had runners on second and third base. But they couldn’t get anything going and they fell 4-1 in the series opener

The Cougars take on the Anteaters in the second of a three game series 6 p.m. Saturday at Cicerone Field.