Baseball looks to snap four-game losing streak

Baseball has dropped last four straight; set to host Stanford in first home game in nine games



Junior infielder Kodie Kolden throws ball to first base against Seattle on March 5.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball looks to bounce back from their four-game losing streak as they face the Stanford Cardinal in a three-game series starting Thursday.

The Cougars (12-8, 1-5) are playing in their second series at Bailey-Brayton Field since they had a road-heavy first half of the season. This will also be the Pac-12 home opener for WSU this season.

The Cardinal (14-4, 2-1) are coming off a close 3-2 loss on Monday against Sacramento State on the road and are 3-2 on the road this year.

WSU is coming off being swept for the first time this season, after losing in Tempe to the Arizona State Sun Devils 10-0, 5-4 and 9-0.

Head coach Brian Green said the team feels good to be back home after the long nine-game road trip.

“For the most part, our guys are in pretty good shape,” Green said.

Junior infielder Kyle Manzardo currently has an on-base streak of 43 games, which is the new Cougars’ record, breaking Brady Everett’s record of 42 games set back in 2005.

Green said there are some issues on the field that need to be addressed in practice after the series against ASU that can be fine-tuned in getting ready for the upcoming series against Stanford.

“We’ll have a second day of practice here shortly,” Green said. “You hope to go into Stanford better prepared and learned from the things we had last week.”

WSU’s projected starters for the series are right-handed pitcher Brandon White on Friday with junior right-handed pitcher Zane Mills going on Saturday. Sunday’s starter is still to be determined.

The Cardinal are currently on a 11-game winning streak against WSU since 2016, with their last win coming Mar. 31, 2019, where they won 14-2 at Bailey-Brayton Field to complete their three-game sweep.

WSU has not won a game against Stanford since Mar. 24, 2016, where they won the opening game in Palo Alto, California 5-2 in 10 innings. The Cougars have also not beaten the Cardinal in a series since May of 2010 when they took two out of three against Stanford on the road.

Green said Manzardo should be good to go to play this coming weekend after missing some time against ASU with a hamstring injury, with freshman infielder Kyle Russell being day-to-day with an injury of his own.

“Manzo, you’ll see [this weekend] and Russell is TBA,” Green said.

WSU athletics announced in a statement on Wednesday that limited fans will be allowed in attendance and they encourage fans to stay home and stream the event on their own.

First pitch from Bailey-Brayton is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Saturday in the series finale.

All games can be streamed on the Pac-12 Network and lineups and starting pitchers will be announced one hour before the first pitch.