Baseball looks to keep historic run going

Cougars start 7-1 for first time since 2010; will keep similar starting rotation for this week



Then-junior Garret Gouldsmith jumps over Niagara runner on March 6, 2020.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

The Cougars look to continue their hot streak as they face the Seattle Redhawks in a three-game series starting on Friday with the series finale on Sunday.

This three-game series was originally supposed to take place in Bellevue this weekend, but because of impending inclement weather, the three-game series has officially been moved to Pullman.

WSU (7-1) will now host their first home series a month earlier than anticipated at Bailey-Brayton Field against Seattle (4-3). They WSU will host Stanford on April 1 in the second home series of the season.

The Cougars are coming off their first road series sweep against Dixie State since 2006 when they swept Northern Colorado and their first four-game road sweep since 1993 when WSU swept Hawaii-Hilo. The Redhawks are coming off a series split against Oregon on the road.

Head coach Brian Green said he and the team are excited for their first home-series to be on a nice weekend in Pullman.

“We’re really excited,” Green said. “It’s nice for this weekend, but it’s also nice for us with us looking at Corvallis and Tempe, being able to take a break in between and get that extra day of practice at home to slow us down a little bit; I think it’s going to really help us.”

WSU’s 7-1 record is the best start to the season since 2010 when the Cougars started with nine straight wins and started 9-1 on the season. WSU also opened the season with two straight series wins for the first time since 2011 and a pair of road series wins for the first time since 1999.

Green said the shorter series this weekend allows him to get a good look at who the starting rotation will be and not have as many starting pitchers ready.

“For this weekend, you’ll see Zane [Mills], you’ll see Brandon [White], Will Sierra will get the Sunday start,” Green said. “That allows us to have [Dakota Hawkins] into the bullpen, that allows us to have [Ethan] Ross, it stretches our bullpen so I’m excited about that.”

Junior infielder Kyle Manzardo looks to extend his hitting streak as it currently sits at 25 games, a few shy of the WSU record. The current record is held by former WSU baseball player Shawn Stevenson, who had a hitting streak of 28 games during the 1997-1998 seasons.

After a slow start in the first series, junior infielder Kodie Kolden got the ball connecting with the bat, raking in 11 hits throughout the four-game series against the Dixie State Trailblazers this past weekend.

First pitch for the first game in this upcoming series is set for 3:05 p.m. Friday from Bailey-Brayton Field, with the first pitch of the second game at 2:05 p.m. Saturday and the series finale at 12:05 p.m. Sunday.

Lineups and starting pitchers for both teams will be announced one hour before game time.