WAZZU WEEKLY: Baseball skids to six-game losing streak, football begins spring ball

Wazzu Weekly March 28, 2023



WSU baseball head coach Brian Green heads back to the dugout after a mound visit during an NCAA baseball game against Seattle University, March 7, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports co-editor

What started as Cougar baseball’s best start in over 40 years has slipped into a six-game skid, both basketball programs saw their season end over spring break and spring sports like track and field and rowing are starting outdoor competition.

Meanwhile, the Daily Evergreen sports section had a busy break full of incredible experiences. 

Our baseball beat writer Jake Hull, deputy sports editor Trevor Junt and I embarked on the Murrow College’s first trip to Arizona to cover Major League Baseball’s spring training.

Seattle Mariners play-by-play broadcaster Rick Rizzs (left) spent time with Evergreen baseball writer Jake Hull (center left), sports editor Sam Taylor (center right) and deputy sports editor Trevor Junt (right) March 14, 2023, at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Our volleyball reporter, copy editor and avid columnist Brandon Willman attended a student media conference in San Francisco and got the chance to attend a Golden State Warriors game as a member of the media where he reported on WSU alum Klay Thompson’s incredible act of kindness prior to the game.

Brandon Willman meets Warriors head coach Steve Kerr at the Warriors game March 11, 2023 at Chase Center.

Read about our experiences below and check out Brandon’s article about Klay.

Evergreeners cover MLB Spring Training through Murrow College

Evergreener attends student media conference in San Francisco

A gift that gave chills to everyone involved 

WSU outfielder Jonah Advincula swings at a pitch during an NCAA baseball game against Seattle University, March 7, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

WSU baseball

A season that was Cougar baseball’s best start since 1980 has quickly been squandered in the early days of Pac-12 play.

After beating nationally ranked and historically dominant Oregon State two games out of three, the Cougs dropped two out of three against Oregon, were beaten by Gonzaga and were promptly swept by USC to create their current conundrum of a six-game losing streak. The Cougs host Linfield Wednesday and UCLA over the weekend at Baily-Brayton Field.

Baseball slides to worst losing streak of the season in Spokane

Baseball starts Oregon series strong, ends poorly as Cougs let series slip away

WSU running back Nakia Watson runs downfield during an NCAA football game against Arizona State, Nov. 12.

WSU football

Students pulling an all-nighter in the library will once again be awoken from their study-induced slumbers by the coach’s whistles on the neighboring Rogers Field. WSU football practices at 7 a.m. each morning with scrimmages and practices on Saturday as well.

The Cougs will also welcome their 2022 seniors back to campus for their Pro Day Tuesday in which Cougs such as Daiyan Henley and Armani Marsh will work out in front of NFL scouts in the Cougar Football Complex.

Spring ball culminates in the Crimson and Grey Game at 3 p.m. April 22 at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium.

WSU football personnel hope to blossom in spring ball

WSU center Bella Murekatete celebrates during an NCAA women’s basketball game against Oregon State, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

WSU women’s basketball

In their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the Cougars were once again one and done. A season of program firsts for head coach Kamie Ethridge and company will not include the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory as Florida Gulf Coast University outshot the Cougs 74-63.

Looking back at a legendary WSU women’s basketball season

WSU women’s basketball out in first round of NCAA Tournament for third straight year

WSU guard TJ Bamba flies upward after dunking the ball during an NCAA basketball game against UW, Feb. 11, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

WSU men’s basketball

WSU men’s basketball saw their season come to an end on their home court. With an opportunity to extend their season in their second consecutive NIT Tournament appearance, the Cougs were one and done as they lost to the neighboring Eastern Washington Eagles in the first round.

Dishon Jackson and TJ Bamba have entered the transfer portal while Bamba and Mouhamed Gueye have declared for the NBA Draft while maintaining their college eligibility.

A season of memories both good and bad for WSU men’s basketball

Shorthanded Cougs end season with NIT loss

Cougs comeback falls short against Oregon

WSU tennis player Eva Alverez Sande serves the ball during an NCAA tennis match against UCLA, Sunday, March 5, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

WSU tennis

Tennis remains winless in Pac-12 play 

WSU track and field

WSU’s outdoor track and field team dominates at weekend meets

WSU women’s golf

WSU women’s golf finish in top 10 at Juli Inkster Meadow Club Invitational 

WSU men’s golf

Cantafio leads Cougs in California

WSU rowing sported an all-freshmen squad in the Husky Open March 25, 2023.

WSU rowing

WSU rowing starts spring season at The Husky Open

The World Baseball Classic

The 2023 World Baseball Classic was everything baseball fans wanted and more bringing the world’s best players together to compete for the true world title. It even had a storybook ending which you’ve surely heard about by now with the battle of the GOATS: Shohei Ohtani vs. Mike Trout.

An electric factory: The World Baseball Classic

March Madness

March Madness round-up: Rounds of 64 and 32

More from the Daily Evergreen

Daylon Daily: Season gone so soon

Future and now of the leagues: Best players under 30 

Thank you for reading and Go Cougs! Enjoy your weekend and I hope you get the chance to spend time with those you love this weekend. Catch some baseball in Pullman or Seattle while you’re at it!