PULLMAN — Don’t look now, however the Washington State baseball workforce clearly saving its finest baseball for the appropriate time of the season.
Senior Jack Smith had his second consecutive four-hit sport and junior left-hander McKabe Cottrell allowed simply two hits in seven innings pitched because the Cougars received their fifth straight sport Sunday, beating Utah Valley 11-0 in a nonconference sport at Bailey-Brayton Field to earn a collection sweep for the primary time this season.
“It’s a great performance,” WSU coach Brian Green mentioned. “We played really good baseball this whole weekend. Defensively, we played solid. Offensively, we used the middle of the field this week and did a really good job with that. I thought our approach was pretty consistent throughout the series.”
It was Smith’s fourth four-hit sport of the season for the Cougars (22-23), who’ve received 9 of their previous 11 and earned their fourth collection win since April 10 to creep inside a sport of the .500 mark. Sophomore outfielder Bryce Matthews went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. Junior shortstop Kodie Kolden was 2-for-4 with a house run, two runs scored and 4 RBI. Sophomore outfielder Nate Swarts went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Freshman third baseman Elijah Hainline went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
“The middle of the order have been swinging the bat well,” Green mentioned. “Our lineup is starting to lengthen again. We’re getting better.”
Mitch Moralez went 2-for-4 to account for nearly all the hits for the Wolverines (16-31).
Cottrell (2-6) additionally allowed two walks and struck out 9. He induced 4 floor ball outs, seven fly outs and threw 99 pitches, 62 of them for strikes.
“A tremendous effort on a Sunday by McKabe,” Green mentioned. “He was pounding the zone, kept our defense sharp and his tempo was really up.”
Mason Gray (2-4) took the loss. He allowed 11 hits, one stroll and 6 runs, all earned, in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three.
The Cougars struck for 2 within the first inning as Kolden was hit by a pitch and Matthews adopted with a double to proper. Junior Jacob McKeon’s sacrifice fly scored a run, then Smith adopted with an infield hit to make it 2-0.
Washington State made it 3-0 within the third as Matthews singled, stole second with one out, then scored on a senior outfielder Justin Van De Brake’s two-out single to left.
The Cougars made it 4-0 within the fifth as McKeon prolonged his hitting streak to 13 video games along with his sixth homer of the season, this one to left with two outs.
Washington State tallied two extra within the sixth. Swarts tripled with one out, then scored on Hainline’s two-out second to proper. He then stole second and rode residence on Kolden’s double down the left-field line.
The Cougars bought one within the seventh as Matthews singled, went to second on a fielding error and scored on Smith’s one-out single to proper.
Washington State completed it off with 4 within the eighth. Russell led off with a stroll. An out later, freshman catch Will Creswell walked. Hainline adopted with a single to proper to attain a run, then Kolden blasted his third homer of the yr, a three-run shot to right-center.
The Cougars subsequent play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at UC Riverside.
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Washington St. 201 012 14x—11 16 0
Gray, Yocum (6), Brown (7), Tueller (8) and Hansen, Vick (8); Cottrell, Hawkins (8), Brotherton (9) and Cresswell. W—Cottrell. L—Gray.