Baseball series in Seattle postponed

WSU baseball will no longer play Seattle U, Washington Huskies from March 11-13



Junior infielder Jack Smith tags Seattle U runner last Friday at Bailey-Brayton.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball’s upcoming four-game series against Seattle and Washington has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocol developments within the Cougars’ program.

In a statement from WSU Athletics, they announced that “due to recent COVID-19 protocol developments within the Washington State baseball program, the Cougars four-game road trip to Seattle to face Seattle U and Washington this weekend has been postponed. WSU will work to reschedule the games for a later date.”

The Cougars just came off a three-game series against Seattle where they won two of the three games at home in Pullman for the first home series of the early 2021 season. The series last weekend was moved to the newly renovated Bailey-Brayton Field due to poor weather in the Seattle-area.

The Cougars are 18-10 all-time against the Redhawks with an away record of 1-2. Their all-time record against the Huskies is 244-197, but their last matchup resulted in a 13-2 WSU victory in May of 2019.

WSU is having their best start to a season since 2010, when the Cougars started 9-1 throughout the first ten games of the season.

Projected starting pitcher for Friday’s postponed game was right-hander Zane Mills, who was recently announced Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. Mills had seven strikeouts and allowed one earned run in his eight innings pitched last Friday against Seattle.

Junior infielder Kyle Manzardo is coming off four RBIs and a homerun in the series against Seattle. The Coeur d’Alene native is off to a red-hot start on the season with a batting average of .404, five homeruns and 20 RBIs.

The Cougars’ next scheduled game is set for March 17 in a single-game away against Portland before starting Pac-12 play on the road against Oregon State the weekend of Mar. 19-21.