OREM, Utah – Jack Smith’s two-run single keyed a three-run first inning that sparked Washington State to a 5-3 victory over Utah Valley in a nonconference baseball game Wednesday.
Collin Montez scored on a balk to cap the opening inning and spot the Cougars (14-10) with an early 3-0 lead.
The Wolverines (5-20) scored a pair of runs in the second to cut their deficit to 3-2 and chase Cougar starter Duke Brotherton. Tyler Hoeft (1-0) came on in relief, however, and held Utah Valley to one hit over the next 3⅓ innings. Hoeft struck out one and walked one.
Kyle Manzardo’s two-run homer – his team-best eighth of the year – gave the Cougars a 5-2 lead in the sixth.
Six Cougars hurlers combined to pitch the final four innings, including three in the ninth. Will Sierra induced a game-ending flyout to record his first save.
Manzardo was 2 for 4, with a double and walk. Montez added a pair of hits.
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