Cougars open season in Davis

Baseball begins first road series of eight consecutive



Then-sophomore Kyle Manzardo attempts to tag Gonzaga runner.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball kicks off their 2021 season on the road in a four-game series against the UC Davis Aggies this Friday through Sunday.

Even with the starting lineup not 100 percent set, head coach Brian Green said he expects a fluid rotation and wants to play as many guys as he can in the series.

“We’re going to go into the opening weekend working a few guys,” Green said. “Those four-game weekends are pretty crazy. We’re going to try to get everybody in.”

Most of the outfield rotation is set, with senior outfielders Justin Van De Brake and Collin Montez getting the nod, but Green said the third outfield spot can go to anyone this weekend.

The last time the Aggies and Cougars played against each other was in a four-game series in Pullman back in 2008, where the series was split two games apiece.

Green said he knows a couple of starters for WSU this weekend, which include junior right-handed pitchers Brandon White and Zane Mills.

“We have an idea of who we want to compete with and go with, we’re just waiting on [UC] Davis to announce theirs to be quite honest,” Green said.

WSU will start on the road for most of the season, with inclement weather in Pullman, and will not have a home series until April 1-3 against Stanford.

Green said practice has been moved because of all the snow that came into Pullman this past weekend.

“We’re so pumped to get on the road,” Green said. “I just feel so good about where we are right now.”

Green said he expects the Aggies to challenge this team on the mound and at the plate this weekend.

“We’re going to see guys who will challenge our discipline at the plate and if we’re not disciplined, we’re going to be frustrated,” Green said.

First pitch on Friday is set for 2 p.m., Saturday is a doubleheader with the first game is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m., with the second game on Saturday starting at 2:30 p.m.

The series finale is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, and all four games are being live-streamed on the Big West TV website.