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WSU Baseball starts their stretch against Oregon

The Ducks are in Pullman.

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Good morning, Coug fans! I hope everyone is geared up to have a great weekend. And part of that might include your Washington State Cougars hosting the University of Oregon Ducks.

The Ducks are bringing a No. 8 USA Today Coaches poll, and are currently sitting on a 26-9 record, 10-5 in the Pac 12. However, Washington State wins the matchup history with 154-131-1, despite not winning in Pullman since 2017. Is this the weekend that changes? Let’s find out.

I would guess we’ll see Aaron Zavala, highest batting average at .600, highest runs scored at 36, and highest hit count at 50. The sophomore usually plays third base or outfield.

As for pitching- the most innings pitched would be Robert Ahlstrom, a junior left handed pitcher. He has the second highest strike outs, but he also has the highest loss count.

Cullen Kafka, a junior, has the highest starts- his stats are pretty comfortable with 63 strike outs and 4 wins. I am really resisting the urge to make a Franz Kafka type of joke, it’s taking me back to my junior year of high school English class. Kafka (baseball player, not 20th century author) has the most hit batters, 8 total, so he better watch out or he might end up In The Penal Colony (this is not meant to be threatening whatsoever, I just truly cannot resist a good Kafka joke).

Moving on!

You can watch the game today at 6:05 on the WSU Livestream. I think we’re in for a really fun weekend of baseball! Everyone stay safe, and wear sunscreen. Go Cougs!

Links!

Waters still a bit murky | Sports | lmtribune.com
Oh, for the simplicity of the Luke Falk days.

A Grip on Sports: Thankfully, sports triggers some deep philosophical discussions almost every day | The Spokesman-Review
A GRIP ON SPORTS • We have really deep intellectual discussions in the Grippi household on a daily basis. Subjects as varied as whether an inexplicable baseball call is worse than an inexplicable soccer call. Whether the hall closet would make a better pantry than the basement closet. What are the chances the Seahawks’ draft hierarchy actually takes today off. See, deep.

Neurology student named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar | WSU Insider | Washington State University

Charlisse Leger-Walker named among top 20 women's college basketballers in US | Stuff.co.nz
Tall Ferns guard Charlisse Leger-Walker is predicted to have another big season with Washington State.

Hot WSU offense preps for impressive Oregon staff | Sports | lmtribune.com
The baseball attributes that set apart Washington State and Oregon will clash directly.