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Cougar Baseball wins series over Oregon State

What has been a subpar season had its brightest moment this weekend.

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Good morning, Cougar fans. In case you were unaware, the Cougar baseball team hasn't exactly been a success story in 2016. They lost four of their first five games, and later lost three of four to some school called Utah Valley. Things didn't get much better when conference play began, as they were swept at UCLA. The Cougs had only won one series in the entirety of the season, taking three of four from Northeastern.

Given all of that, it was reasonable to hope for maybe one win this weekend over Oregon State, who entered the series ranked anywhere seventh to tenth in the nation, depending on which poll you prefer. Instead, new coach Marty Lees and his Cougars closed out a heck of a series on Saturday by winning the rubber game. What's more is that the Cougs suffered a 12-3 beatdown at the hands of the Beavers on Thursday, then rebounded to win the final two games.

Unlike Friday afternoon when WSU used a power surge in the form of a go-ahead grand slam, the Cougar bats employed "death by a thousand paper cuts" tactics on Saturday. Their run-scoring plays were: sacrifice fly, wild pitch, single, sacrifice fly, single and single. Thanks to a bevy of baserunners, that led to eight runs. On the mound, sophomore Scotty Sunitsch was tremendous, pitching four-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.

It all amounted to what is easily Cougar Baseball's best performance of the season. Hopefully it serves as a building block for what is to come. Regardless, it was great to see the Cougs get off the mat and land some punches. WSU hopes to continue its winning ways on Tuesday against Gonzaga.

PS - Not only is it a great Sunday because the Cougs won. It's a great Sunday because I woke up early and got these made-to-order mini doughnuts at a new place here in South Tampa (showing up after nine means waiting in a line that starts outside). I ordered two maple bacon, two maple bacon with sriracha and two peanut butter cup.

Asking me which one was best would pretty much put me in a Sophie's Choice situation. So do yourself a favor and have something yummy today. Like a coworker says, nobody has ever been angry while they ate a doughnut. Happy Sunday.


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