Lots of good things were happening for the Washington State Baseball program a few days ago and the momentum was definitely on the Cougars side heading into this series. That all came to a stop when they had to face the possible #1 pick in the MLB Draft, Mark Appel. Most of us already knew that this was going to be a tough test for this team and it ended up being fairly close in the first game. But the Cougars could never get any runs, Which resulted in dropping the first game 3-0.
It seemed like WSU could rebound from their previous loss and attempt to make some noise in game two of the series. This seemed very possible due to the fact that Stanford’s best player was their pitcher and wouldn’t be a factor for the rest of the series. Well, this wasn’t the case at all as they ended up losing 9-3. Donnie Marbut when asked about his team’s performance, He was quoted as saying
"This was the worst game we played this season, We didn’t get enough big hits. Our defense was sloppy and our bullpen was not good."
After a disappointing way to start the first two games, WSU was looking to win the final game of the series and get something out of this match-up with Stanford. There was definitely a lot motivation for this team as they would want to look good in front of the legend John Olerud as he got his number retired, and nothing would be better than watching your school beat the #23rd ranked team in the country. Olerud got exactly what any former player would want in this type of situation. The Cougars ended up beating Standford 8-5 in front of John Olerud and a crowd of 2,024.
The Washington State Baseball team is currently (16-10, 3-3 Pac-12)
They will conclude their nine game home-stand when they host Gonzaga at 6pm on Tuesday Night.