Amid the crazier than normal offseasons for the football and basketball teams, the Cougar baseball team is quietly putting together it's best season since the Pac 10 reuinified in 1999. Following another Pac 10 series victory, Washington State sits all alone in second place with 9 of their 12 remaining conference games in Pullman.
Wazzu lost the series opener 5-1 and was dominated by USC pitcher Brad Boxberger in a performance the Southern Cal play-by-play announcer described as "exclusively good pitching."
The Cougs brought out the bats for game two and were able to display some "exclusively good hitting" in a 13-3 blowout. Washington State was able to jump on USC early with three runs in the first and three more in the third to build a 6-0 lead. After Southern Cal closed within 6-3, Wazzu put up five more in the fourth, capped by a 3-run dinger by sophomore Jay Ponciano and cruised the rest of the way for the win.
Exclusively good player of the game: Jay Ponciano, because chicks dig the long ball
On Sunday, with the nation watching (because the nation watches pirated feeds of college baseball games on the internet), the 2009 Coug baseball team was able to become "exclusive" as the victory made them the only Washington State baseball team to EVER win a series at USC.
Wazzu scored early for the second straight game as they put three on the board in the second inning after sophomore Shea Vucinich came through with a two-out, two-run single. Starter David Stilley baffled the Trojans early on throwing beautiful curveball after beautiful curveball and the Cougs were able to take a 5-1 lead into the eighth. WSU was able to hold on from there, eventually pulling out the win 6-4.
Exclusively good player of the game: Shea Vucinich, who was able to woo the ladies with a solo shot to lead off the fifth.
The series victory over USC ties Wazzu for their most wins in conference play since the Pac 10 was reuinified. The Cougs return to Pullman for a weekend series vs. Stanford. Saturday's game will be televised live on FSN at 1pm.
WSU split a two game series with Utah earlier in the week, winning the first game 13-8 and falling in the second 9-1.
The scheduled game tonight against Gonzaga has been moved to May 19th and tommorrow's game has been cancelled due to snow. Go Pullman!