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Welcome home guys!

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Good morning, Coug Fans! Happy baseball season! As a former softball legend (for the one season I played) I have been looking forward to this day. With baseball comes warmer weather, stadium hotdogs, and joy.

I might be giving baseball more credit than I should, but I think that’s because the weather is finally shifting a bit, and the sunlight I’ve been missing in Chicago is peaking out to say hello.

Baseball is commonly known for being football’s opponent in the war for America’s favorite pastime (spoiler: baseball wins), and as long as I get to sit outside for a prolonged period of time with overpriced snacks in great weather, I’m not one to complain.

This season, WSU baseball is 6-6 so far! Yesterday they had their home opener against Niagara, with a final score of 16-7. I look forward to today’s game, if it’ll be anything like yesterday!

Also, I went to high school with one of the players. Hi Zane! I feel like I owe it to you, and the Cards, to give baseball a little extra praise.

Baseball rotates through pitchers, and you’ll see Zane today for game 2 out of 3 against Niagara.

Let me tell you about a couple of the guys!

Zane can go first. He’s a right handed pitcher, and this season he’s racked up 25 strikeouts over the 3 games he’s pitched so far. He’s got 19 IP, which for the folks back home, that just means he’s pitched for 19 innings. I’ll probably run into him in a grocery store at some point in the future.

Yesterday, Tanner West was the starting pitcher. He’s a lefty! Yesterday went pretty well, right? He pitched 5 innings yesterday, and the score reflects the shut out! While I probably won’t run into him in a grocery store, I feel like he’d be polite to me if I did.

On Saturday, A.J. Block takes a swing as starting pitcher (I understand that’s not technically correct, but the opportunity for a pun was too good, especially because the pun is so bad). He’s pitched 21 innings so far, with 24 strikeouts. A.J. is also a lefty, and it didn’t feel right to just gloss over that.

The standout of the game yesterday was Justin Van De Brake- an outfielder from Yakima with big dreams and 7 RBIs. Very cool!

I’m very excited for baseball season, and also warm weather. It’s been so cold out here, my friends. Stay warm and go watch some baseball.

Links!

Big second half pushes Arizona past Washington State 83-62
Nico Mannion scored 15 of 23 his points in the second half, Zeke Nnaji added 21 and Arizona raced away from WSU for an 83-62 victory Thursday night.

12-run inning launches Washington State to big win | Sports | lmtribune.com
By STEPHAN WIEBE

Cougars pick up a dozen on their way to victory | Sports | dnews.com
After the baseball soared over the left field wall at Bailey-Brayton Field and Washington State center fielder Justin Van De Brake touched home plate to complete his grand slam, the

BeaversEdge - Oregon State WBB: Beavers cruise past Cougars 82-55
Kat Tudor scored 24 points and Mikayla Pivec scored 17 as the Beavers...

No. 14 Oregon St. women throttle Washington St. by 27 | Sports | The Daily News
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kat Tudor scored 24 points and Mikayla Pivec scored 17 and No. 14-ranked Oregon State trounced Washington State 82-55 on Thursday night in the first round