HOT COUGAR ACTION: Baseball Team Takes Series Against Oregon

The WSU baseball team has had an up and down season thus far, but their postseason hopes received a nice boost Sunday after the Cougars defeated No. 6 Oregon 10-6. The win gave WSU a 2-1 series victory and a very nice addition to their postseason resume.

Winning a road series against a top 10 team is no small feat. According to this article, this is WSU's first road series win against a top 10 team since Bobo Brayton was the coach. Brayton retired in 1994, so this would be the first time in at least 18 years. WSU has now won five road games against top 10 teams this season, two more than they won in Donnie Marbut's first seven seasons combined. Prior to this series, Oregon was 11-3 at home and was yet to lose a home series.

While the series win was a definite step in the right direction, the Cougars still have a lot of work to do if they want to return to the postseason. Fortunately, the schedule sets up nicely for WSU to make a push. The Cougars play Seattle University in Everett tonight, then play their next six games in Pullman. WSU has significant ground to make up so they might need to win at least five of those games to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Football

Now it’s up to the Cougars to keep the buzz going - Spokesman.com - April 22, 2012
Mike Leach was impressed – with the play of his team off and on, yes, but also that cars en route to see it were backed up for blocks.

Cougars put on a show for crowd | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
SPOKANE – Washington State’s $11 million investment in Mike Leach paid dividends on the field, at the turnstiles and inside Marquess Wilson’s head Saturday afternoon at Albi Stadium.

Baseball

Taylor Ard Powers Cougars Past Ducks - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
EUGENE, Ore. - Taylor Ard homered twice and drove in five runs to lead Washington State past No. 6 Oregon 10-6 in Pac-12 Conference baseball, Sunday at PK Park.

WSU defeats No. 6 Oregon with six-run inning - Spokesman.com - April 22, 2012
Washington State scored six times in the top of the eighth inning and beat No. 6 Oregon (27-11, 12-5) 8-3 in the middle game of a three-game Pac-12 Conference baseball series Saturday in Eugene, Ore.

Ducks lose 10-6 to Cougars (Photo Essay) | OregonLive.com
No. 8 Oregon fell 10-6 to Washington State Sunday at PK Park to lose the series 2-1.

Basketball

WSU Alumnus Klay Thompson Making Strong Push For NBA Rookie of the Year - The Daily Drip - SB Nation Seattle
Now as part of the Golden State Warriors, Thompson has been making the most of his time after getting starters minutes with the trade of Monta Ellis, and now is making a strong push for rookie of the year honors with his tremendous play the second half of the season.

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