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HCA: Cougar baseball has three sign NLI

Christmas came early for the Cougar baseball team

While the 2020 baseball season is just under two months away, Washington State Head Coach Brian Green was staying busy during the holidays and had three players sign their NLI for the upcoming season. Jacob McKeon, Cutter Buchea, and Zach Patterson all sent in their letter of intent for the Cougars on Monday afternoon.

The first to be announced was McKeon, a right handed first baseman and outfielder from Central Arizona College. The power hitter played in 41 games for the Vaqueros and had 9 doubles, a triple and a home run in his 119 at-bats and a .286 batting average. He brought in 23 runs, scored 25 times, and managed a walk 20 times.

Shortly after that announcement came Buchea, a right handed pitcher out of Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood, Washington. According to Baseball Northwest, he has a 86-89 mph fastball and a 73-76 mph curve/slider. His high school stats on MaxPreps say that he had a .400 batting average with 30 at-bats in his junior year where he had 12 hits, and 3 triples to go along with his 3 RBI’s.

The final name to come across was Patterson, the 2019 California JUCO Player of the Year. Patterson played for Ohlone Community College as a outfielder and spent some time on the mound as well. He had a .381 average in his 189 at-bats where he had 72 hits for 14 doubles, 3 triples, and 14 home runs. He also added 53 RBI’s and was walked 22 times. He had another 19 appearances on the mound that tallied up to 24.2 inning pitched where he gave up 19 hits and just 2 earned runs for a .73 ERA. He struck out 30 and walked just 12.

Coach Green, these three new Cougs, and the rest of the Washington State baseball team will kick off their 2020 campaign on February 14th at Cal State Baskersfield.

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