On Sunday, Cougar baseball wrapped up a tough home series against Utah with a thrilling 5-4 win over the Utes to pick up their first win in two and a half weeks. Tuesday night, WSU was looking to keep things rolling in one of their toughest tests of the season so far.
For the first time in the 2022 slate, the Cougs continued their long-running series against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Zags entered the game ranked 15th in the country, and the Cougars got a front row seat Tuesday night to see just how good GU is this season.
WSU sent sophomore Jack Lee to the hill for the start, but the first frame for the Aussie didn’t quite go as planned. After a quick first out, Lee gave up a single followed by a two-run home run off the bat of Gonzaga’s Tyler Rando. The next batter, Cade McGee, followed suit with a home run of his own to complete the back-to-back. Lee would give up a walk and an RBI triple to push the lead to 4-0 in the second inning before he got the hook.
From that point, the WSU bullpen was able to lock things down for the next few innings. Tyler Hoeft, Cameron Liss, and Chase Grillo combined for 3.2 one-hit innings, striking out 7. The trio was also supported by some slick defense behind them.
However, as we all know, some good things just won’t last. The Bulldogs were able to jump all over the WSU pen from there, pulling away even further in the 6th inning. Three more WSU relievers combined to allow 5 runs on 2 hits, 4 walks and an error as the Zags extended their lead to 9-0. The Zags would add on again in the 8th on their way to the 12-0 win.
The loss means that the Cougs have now lost four in-a-row to their rivals from Spokane. It also means that WSU has now lost 11 of their last 12 contests and fall to 10-18 on the season. The good news is that the team will have a chance to turn things around in just a couple of days time when they return to the field on Friday night. The bad news is that game comes on the road against another top-15 team in #13 Arizona. First pitch for game one in Tucson is set for 6 p.m. on Friday.
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What does that have to do with WSU, you might be asking...
If the Big 12 presidents don't want to hire a sitting AD, their top candidates should be Kirk Schulz, Oliver Luck and Charlie Hussey— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) April 6, 2022
That's it. Those three. Done.