Last weekend, Washington State baseball won their first series over Oregon in four year. That also ended up being WSU’s first series win over a top-10 team since 2016.
This week, the Cougars have another top-25 series on tap with UCLA scheduled to come to town this weekend. But before they turn their focus to the Bruins on Friday, the Cougs first have to take care of business against another mid-week non-conference matchup tonight against Seattle U.
The Cougs enter this game on a bit of a roll. After losing Friday’s series opener against the Ducks in blowout fashion, WSU returned the favor the next two days. The team picked up an 11-1 victory on Saturday and the bats stayed hot Sunday with an 11-6 win.
Thanks in part to that offensive explosion, the Cougar offense is currently ranked among the best in the Pac-12 in both hitting (.301 - 2nd) and doubles (89 - 2nd). Kyle Manzardo has been leading the attack, putting up 46 RBI and 26 extra base hits while hitting .371. The All-American first baseman combined to go 5-for-9 with 7 RBI in WSU’s two run away wins over Oregon.
Seattle U, on the other hand, is heading in the wrong direction. The Redhawks are coming off of a four game sweep at the hands of Cal Baptist at home. Those four losses extended the team’s losing streak to nine in a row.
Tonight’s game marks a unique occurrence for the Redhawks this season. Seattle U was already in Pullman earlier this year, losing a series in early March to WSU. That three-game set was originally scheduled to take place in Seattle, but was shifted to Pullman because of forecasted rain in the Emerald City. The two teams were also set to meet a week later during a multi-team event at UW, but those games were canceled due to COVID-19 issues with WSU.
First pitch is set for just after 6 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton. Once again, attendance will be limited, but you can watch live on WSU’s website here.
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