A lot of things in our world have stopped or slowed, but one thing that has continued is construction on the new baseball clubhouse at WSU’s Bailey-Brayton Field.
Dubbed the “Back to Omaha” project, it broke ground in October. The $10 million facility is financed 100% through donor support, and almost certainly was a factor in first-year WSU coach Brian Green coming north to take over the program following a successful stint in charge of New Mexico State.
Green tweets about the new facility every week or so, which should give you a sense of how integral he believes it to be in rebuilding the Washington State Cougars into a successful program befitting its historical place in the college baseball landscape — the Cougs’ slide into irrelevance can be almost directly correlated with the rise of facilities at Oregon State, Oregon and Washington.
The Cougars were off to an excellent start in Green’s first season at the helm, sitting at 9-7 before the closure but having won seven of their final nine games. Additionally, sophomore first baseman Kyle Manzardo was emerging as a star — he was hitting .435 with an on-base percentage of .500 and a slugging percentage of .694, leading to his selection as a third team all-American by Collegiate Baseball.
"I'm fired up."@wsucougarbsb Kyle Manzardo was named a Third Team All-American by @CBNewspaper yesterday. I caught up with the Coeur d'Alene native today. He's the first in the program since 2006 to receive this honor. @KyleTMazardo— Karthik Venkataraman (@KREMKarthik) May 27, 2020
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Presuming there is a “next season,” Manzardo will be back with the Cougs — he’s just a sophomore and not yet draft eligible. Joining him and Green is a 2020 class ranked 36th by Perfect Game. That’s higher than Oregon (39), Oregon State (42) and Washington (46).
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No shock here, but it really sucks for first-year coach Nick Rolovich, who is probably harmed more than most by being unable to have visitors on campus.
WSU wins a ... /checks notes ... MARKETING AWARD??
Congratulations to our marketing team for receiving a @NACMANews 'Best Of' Award in the category of Single Game Sales Campaign, #K1ayGame placed but we already knew it was #1— Washington State Athletics (@WSUCougars) May 27, 2020
: https://t.co/c0CW1qFTq9#GoCougs | #UnleashWSU pic.twitter.com/SjCB6xQAdH
If you’re of a certain age, the only image that pairs correctly with that news is
But in all seriousness, the award is well deserved — WSU turned that day into a huge deal, and it 100% lived up to the hype in every way possible.
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