Washington State baseball failed to really get things going at Texas State, losing the team's first contest of the season 6-2. The game was also Marty Lees debut as WSU head coach.
Texas State struck first at Bobcat Ballpark, with a first inning home run off of WSU pitcher Ian Hamilton. Hamilton, a junior who made his first appearance in the starting rotation for the Cougars, struggled to find his rhythm. Hamilton would exit the game after allowing seven hits and five runs in just over four innings.
The Cougar bats came alive in the third inning as freshmen Justin Harrar and Dugan Shirer recorded their first career hits. Harrar scored on a sacrifice fly to even up the ballgame. With two outs and Shirer still on base, senior Patrick McGrath knocked Shirer in with a double to right-center. The Cougars went up 2-1, but would fail to put any more runs on the board.
Texas State, on the other hand, would go on to add runs in their portions of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. While the Bobcat offense was doing their part, starter Lucas Hampel struck out six batters and kept the Cougars off-balance for the majority of the game.
Cougar baseball is going to be interesting to watch this year. For a full preview of what the 2016 campaign might look like for the Cougars, click here.
Friday's game was the first of a four game series between the Cougars and Bobcats. WSU and Marty Lees will look to even the series today at 1 p.m., and have games slated for Sunday at 11 a.m. and Monday at 3 p.m.
Check out these awesome videos that WSU Strength and Conditioning coach Jason Loscalzo has been posting the last few weeks! There are more if you go to his Twitter account @jason_loscalzo.
Plyo/foot work between working squat sets - Get strong - but if you can't move you can't play!! pic.twitter.com/6jyUCmjWD1— Jason Loscalzo (@jason_loscalzo) February 5, 2016
2016 WSU baseball preview: The Marty Lees era begins - CougCenter
The Marty Lees era begins with excitement, but plenty of question marks remain, and that's baseball.
Cougars Drop Season-Opener at Texas State, 6-2 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m. (PT).
WSU Hosts Cal for 'Senior Day' Sunday - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU will honor seniors Brett Boese and Junior Longrus prior to the 5:30 p.m. tip.
Cougars Struggle against No. 9 Arizona State - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Freshman Alexys Swedlund led WSU with nine points.
Bayley Leads Cougars to 10th-Place Finish - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Derek Bayley finished four strokes behind the four co-champions of the event.