HOT COUGAR ACTION: WSU Baseball Wraps Up Home Schedule

The WSU baseball team played their final home game of 2012, beating Gonzaga 1-0 in 10 innings. It was a nice way to end the home schedule of what has turned into a disappointing season. At 27-26 on the season and only three more games remaining, WSU is likely to miss the postseason for the second straight season.

The good news for the Cougars is a solid core of young players will return next season including nearly the entire pitching staff. The bad news for the Cougars is they are likely to lose a ton on offense including their top two hitters Taylor Ard and Derek Jones. Ard is currently second in the Pac-12 in slugging percentage. He is a redshirt junior, but was drafted in the 25th round last year and debated going pro then. At this point, i would say he is unlikely to return for his senior season.

The Cougars will have a lot of question marks heading into next season, but first they will wrap up this season with a weekend series at Washington.

WSU Baseball: Marbut after GU win! 5/22 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Baseball: Collin Slaybaugh after GU win! 5/22 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

Football

Pac-12 post-spring power rankings | National Football Post
8. Washington State: I’ve bumped up the Cougars a few spots from before spring because former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, who never missed the postseason while guiding the Red Raiders, has persuaded me that he will make the biggest impact out of all the new head-coaching hires.

Former Cougars football coach Dietz going to Hall of Fame | KING5.com Seattle

Former Washington State football coach William "Lone Star" Dietz has been selected to the College Football Hall of Fame 2012 Divisional Class, the National Football Foundation announced Tuesday.

Baseball

Slaybaugh Delivers Game-Winner - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Collin Slaybaugh's RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning provided Washington State a 1-0 victory over visiting Gonzaga in nonconference baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field, Tuesday.

Cougars Prevail over Gonzaga 1-0 in Extra Inning Thriller - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |
PULLMAN, Wash. – In a game that was dominated by pitching throughout, Washington State sneaked away with a walk-off 1-0 win over Gonzaga in an extra inning thriller Tuesday night.

Former WSU star’s disappearance was 25-year mystery - Spokesman.com - May 23, 2012
It’s probably the biggest sports-legend mystery ever to come out of Washington State University. Whatever happened to Dale "The Whale" Ford?

Basketball

WSU hires Ray Lopes as assistant basketball coach - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - May 22, 2012
Washington State announced that Ray Lopes will be its newest assistant men's basketball coach. Read on for more.

Former WSU star’s disappearance was 25-year mystery - Spokesman.com - May 23, 2012
It’s probably the biggest sports-legend mystery ever to come out of Washington State University. Whatever happened to Dale "The Whale" Ford?

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