Washington State Junior first baseman Kyle Manzardo was named Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week on Monday following a game against Seattle U and a three game series against UCLA. This is the first award of the season for the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho native and his second Player of the Week award of his career.
Manzardo finished his week with a double, two home runs, eight RBI’s, an on base percentage of .638 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. He went 8-for-15 and crossed home plate seven times. The Cougars won their lone game against Seattle U last week and the first of the three games against UCLA.
He started off hot last Wednesday when he went 4-4 with a home run and 5 runs batted in during a 16-8 victory over the Redhawks. He continued Friday against UCLA going 1-3 with a walk and scoring both times he got on base in a 5-3 victory over the 16th ranked Bruins.
On Saturday, he went 2-4 with a double and a three-run home run. In the bottom of the 8th, with the Cougars up 6-4 and a runner on third, UCLA intentionally walked him putting runners on the corners. The move worked out for them as they would strike out the next batter, ending the inning. UCLA came back the following inning and put up 3 runs of their own that would ultimately win them the game.
Sunday’s game started out good for Manzardo and the Cougs as they held a 5-4 lead heading into the third inning before ultimately giving up 7 unanswered runs and falling 16-7 in the finale.
Both Manzardo and the Cougs will look to get back in the winning column today as they host Portland in a midweek afternoon game. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm and can be seen on the WSU live stream on the athletics site.
Washington State first baseman Kyle Manzardo was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week: Kyle Manzardo, Jr., INF, Washington State (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho)
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