June 28, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A baseball sits on the pitcher

Washington State Baseball: Cougs Make History in Tempe


Not in the history of WSU Baseball, has a Cougar team beat an ASU team in Tempe. Well not any more Coug fans, this young group of players came together to beat the 14th ranked team in the nation.

The Cougars came out swinging in the first game, ending with a final score of 15 to 4. It was a huge day for Collin Slaybaugh, going 4 for 5, scoring 3 runs, and driving 3 runs in as well. Along with Collin, the Cougs got a impressive day on the hill from Joe Pistorese, holding this impressive ASU line-up to 4 runs, in 6.2 innings of work.

The Cougs must’ve been tired from the 15 spot they just hung up on ASU, only putting one run on the scoreboard in the second game of the series. They faced a tough freshman in Ryan Kellog, who decided to forego a professional career when he was selected by the Blue Jays in the 12th round, to instead head to national power Arizona State. The 6-5 freshman, from Canada, was lights out in this game, going a strong 7 innings, giving up 1 run, on 3 hits, and striking out 3.

After resting their bats on Saturday, the Cougs woke them up for the rubber match game on Sunday. WSU jumped out to an early 7 to 1 lead through 5 innings. However the Devils made it interesting late in the game putting up 7 more runs to the 1 they scored in the first; but that would not be enough to outscore the Cougs, who tacked on 3 more runs in the 7th, and 1 in the 9th, to secure the 11 to 8 win, and series win over the 14th ranked Sun Devils.

Be proud of this one WAZZU fans, hopefully after making history, this young roster can gain confidence, and continue to shock opponents the rest of the season in this daunting Pac 12.

The Cougars come home this week for a 9 game home stand. First up will be the Zags for a quick one game series (can you even call that a series?), then a 4 game series against Brown, and then closing it out with the always tough Stanford team. So get on out to Bailey-Brayton Field and root on this Baseball team!

GO COUGS!

 

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