Two WSU baseball players transfer

Kodie Kolden, Jake Meyer announce transfer plans, both were honored by team on senior day

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COURTESY OF BRADY KOLDEN

Freshman infiedler Kodie Kolden started right off the bat in the Cougars season opening series against Saint Mary’s. He said it was difficult to control his emotions in his first collegiate game. “It was a little nerve racking, but I’ve settled in,” he said.

DAYLON HICKS, Evergreen reporter

Kodie Kolden and Jake Meyer’s collegiate careers are not done, however, the curtain is closed for their journey at WSU. The two stars announced their plans to enter the transfer portal.

They have combined to start 191 games for the Cougars over their career. They both announced the news of transferring the weekend of June 17-18, a few months after they were honored at senior night during the last game of the season.

Kolden, wrapped up his junior season with 143 games started over his career with results of a .269 batting average, 17 doubles, 8 home runs, and 85 runs batted in. These stats helped earn the accolade of being a semi-finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award in 2021, which is given to the nation’s top shortstop. When he joined the team in 2019, he was originally at third base where he started 39 games as a true freshman until he moved to shortstop.

From Scottsdale, Ariz. Meyer started his collegiate career at University of Arizona and took a redshirt year in 2018. He transferred to Central Arizona which was a dominant school in baseball and helped the team to a junior college national title in 2019.

He finished the year out with a .266 career batting average with 20 doubles, 6 home runs, and 44 runs batted in. He also earned a Pac-12 All-Conference team Honorable Mention after the 2021 season and finished the 2022 season third in the conference with 10 runners caught stealing. He has only one year of eligibility left.

The Cougar baseball team ended the year with a 27-26 record and had a .509 percentage, just missing out on the inaugural Pac-12 baseball tournament.

After starting and finishing the year off strong where they swept a three-game series against Arizona State, they could not escape a 2-14 stretch in the middle of the season and found themselves in a deep hole, bottom in the conference trying to find a way to win. With this rough patch, the Cougars were one game behind ASU for the final tournament spot, and two games out of sixth place.

The departures of Kolden and Meyer were expected but nonetheless provided another hurdle for WSU baseball head coach Brian Green and his staff next season as they seek to compete in the Pac-12 baseball tournament.