WSU takes game two

Home runs by Smith, Manzardo lift team to victory



Junior infielder Jack Smith throws the ball to first to force an out during the second game of the series against Niagara on Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

CARSON BROWN, Evergreen Reporter

The Cougars baseball team beat Niagara 6-3 to secure their second straight victory.

On the mound for WSU (7-6) was sophomore pitcher Zane Mills. He pitched six innings and gave up two earned runs and four hits. He also totaled seven strikeouts and walked five batters. 

For Niagara (5-6) sophomore pitcher Jacob Bruning started on the hill and pitched 6.1 innings. He gave up three earned runs and struck out five.

WSU finished the game with eight hits while NU had six hits. NU managed to play the entirety of the game without an error. WSU had one error.

The Cougars scored first in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore infielder Kyle Manzardo hit a single that brought in freshman infielder Preston Clifford. Manzardo’s hit extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games.

In the top of the fifth, a double by senior first-baseman Peter Battaglia tied the game up at 1-1.

Niagara scored in the top of the sixth as well to take a 2-1 lead. For the Cougars, junior infielder Jack Smith hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-2 lead.

Junior outfielder Benny Serrano evened the game up 3-3 with a sacrifice fly that led to junior outfielder Dawson Bailey scoring.

Manzardo added to his RBI total with a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth that gave the Cougars a 6-3 lead.

Senior pitcher Owen Leonard came in for the ninth inning to close out Niagara.

The Cougars play Niagara two more times this weekend to complete the four-game series.