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WSU baseball enters Duck country

A weekend against Oregon is on deck.

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Good morning, Coug fans!

By the time you read this, I am likely in the car with my dear friend and fellow CougCenter writer, Mr. Craig Powers, to go get absolutely ridiculous at the Spring Football game. To say we’re excited is an understatement!

But, why stop the excitement there when I can easily be excited for our favorite Washington State baseball team as they take on the University of Oregon Ducks down in Eugene this weekend.

Now Emma, why are you so excited about that? Well, for starters, WSU leads the series 156-132-1, including a 41-23 record in Eugene. However, Oregon is currently 25-11, going 10-5 in conference. This has the edge over our 5-13 conference play record, but there’s still plenty of time for that to change.

For some more unfortunate Oregon stats, the team’s batting average is .310, which threatens to break some of their school records. We will likely see a lot of outfielder Tanner Smith, who has 137 career runs. Smith trails Colby Shade for batting this season, Shade who is currently averaging .344 compared to Smith’s .323.

It’s likely we’ll see RJ Gordon, Isaac Ayon, or Jace Stoffal on the mound for the Ducks. Gordon’s ERA is a 5.79, a 5.63 or a 5.44 depending on where you look for Ayon, and a 9.00 for Stoffal. On Oregon’s probable starters PDF, it outlines some success for each of these players, despite their 2022 Cumulative Statistics running slightly different numbers. I also question if we’ll see Matt Dallas, who has an ERA of 3.25 and has pitched 27.2 innings this season.

While our standings in the Pac 12 are not ideal, and Oregon is currently number 2, I am choosing optimism this weekend. The games begin today at 6 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m., and Sunday at noon. If you’d like to tune in, the games will be live streamed via the Oregon Live Stream, which is found on the Pac 12 website.

I hope everyone, especially WSU Baseball, has a great weekend, and I look forward to perhaps seeing some of you out and about in Pullman! Go Cougs!


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