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Red Hot Cougars take both ends of double-header

Cold weather can't cool these guys down.

WSU Athletics

The WSU baseball team continued its winning ways Saturday, sweeping a double-header over Utah Valley. A season that began somewhat inauspiciously, with WSU dropping its first two games to Sacramento State, has turned around quite a bit of late with WSU winning six games in a row, and nine of 11.

WSU got great effort all-around Saturday, scoring 19 runs and allowing only two during 10-0 and 9-2 victories. In the first game, pitcher Ryan Walker turned in an outstanding outing, going 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight batters and allowing only three hits. Offensively, nobody stood out in game one but nearly everybody contributed as eight WSU batters got hits and six drove in runs.

Shane Matheny was the offensive star in game two, collecting four hits, two RBIs and reaching base five times. Cory Meyer and Justin Harrer also drove in two runs, as WSU mashed 18 hits enroute to their 9-2 win and sweep. On the mound, Cody Anderson turned in a solid seven innings, allowing only four hits while striking out seven and not allowing an earned run. Anderson hasn't allowed an earned run in his last two starts.

After a less-than-stellar opening to the 2017 season, in which they lost their first two games, this is quite an improvement. And while you might not think it's that big of a deal to beat up on teams like Steven F. Austin and Utah Valley, it's important to remember that just last season, Utah Valley came to Pullman and took three of four. This season, WSU is unbeaten at home.

The Cougs go for a four-game sweep of the Wolverines Sunday. First pitch is at noon, and the weather forecast doesn't look nearly as foreboding as it did last weekend.

Baseball

Offense Comes Alive In Doubleheader Sweep of Utah Valley - WSUCougars.com | Washington State University Athletics
Washington State tallied 29 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Utah Valley at Bailey-Brayton Field Saturday, taking the opener 10-0 and the second game 9-2.

Football

Top College Football Non-Conference Games & Early Predictions | College Football News
This year, Washington State gets the Broncos at home before jumping into Pac-12 play, while Boise State has a rocky first half of the season and can’t give this away.

Beer

Best beer I had this week: Saturday was Hunahpu's Day here in downtown Tampa. This beer festival is among the tops for beer nerds, and breweries throughout the world bring their best stuff. We tried beer from Italy, Romania, Sweden and, oh yeah, America. But the best beer I had Saturday came all the way from New Zealand, and it wasn't just because of the beer.

You see, the guys at 8wired Brewing included a scoop of chocolate habanero ice cream with their coffee-flavored iStout. It was the prefect thing to cool you down amid the 85-degree temps. Also, this may not have been the best beer I had, but it was definitely the best name for a beer:

And thus, we've reached the end of Tampa Bay Beer Week. If any of you see my liver lying by the side of the road, please tell it to return home. Thank you.

Non-Sports

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds - The New Yorker
This is about 2% politics, so, sorry. But I think it's incredibly insightful, and you should read it.