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Cougar baseball ends season by getting swept by Stanford

Entering the weekend, the Cougs had a chance at making the Pac-12 Tournament

Ashley Davis

Heading into this past weekends games against Stanford, Washington State baseball had a chance to make the Pac-12 Tournament. That didn’t last long however as the Cougs dropped all three of their games against the Cardinal and finished their season on a three game skid and at 29-23 on the season.

Thursday’s game gave fans hope that there would be post-season baseball for the Cougs but a 3-run homerun by Tommy Troy in the 7th inning brought the Cardinal back into the game and forced extra innings with the game tied at 5. In the top of the 10th inning it was Troy again with a 2-run blast to center. The Cougs tried to make a comeback in the bottom half of the inning and had the tying run on third but a double play ended the game and a few of the hopes of post-season baseball went out the window along with it.

On Friday, they found themselves in a 6-1 hole heading into the bottom of the 6th inning. They got three back in the bottom half of the inning but were unable to get any more across. They finished with 4 runs on 7 hits, while allowing the Cardinal 7 runs on 14 hits.

The season finale on Saturday meant a special night for the 11 seniors as they prepare to move on to their next phase in their careers. Those 11 seniors include pitchers Connor Barison, Chase Grillo, Dakota Hawkins, McKabe Cottrell, Cam Liss, and Caden Kaelber. Outfielders Greg Fuchs, Jake Harvey and infielder Jacob McKeon. Undergraduate assistant coach Michael Newstrom and student manager Grady Benton also received recognition on Saturday.

As for the game, it was not a special night for anyone. The Cardinal plated a run in every inning except the 2nd in a 15-5 loss. It seemed like it would be a tight game heading into the 3rd inning as it was tied up at 3 but the Cougs could not get another run until the 8th inning.

As for the season as a whole, the Cougs had the most wins this past year since 2015 surpassing last years 27 wins and set the record, again, for most strikeouts in a season as a team. Things may have ended rough with being swept by the Cardinal and a 2-1 series loss to Washington but the Cougs have showed promise season over season and this year was nothing different.




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