Cougars host Linfield as they look to break 6-game losing streak

Linfield 9-15 on the season



WSU infielder Elijah Hainline high-fives his teammates after winning an NCAA baseball game against Southern Indiana, Saturday, March 4, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

JAKE HULL, Evergreen reporter

WSU baseball (14-9, 3-6) is riding a six-game losing streak after a sweep against the USC Trojans over the weekend.

Their last win was March 17 with a 7-1 victory over the Oregon Ducks.

They take on Linfield today in what seems to be a game set up for the Cougs to get back to winning ways.

Sam Brown hit his sixth home run of the season over the weekend. His two-run homer Friday was his first home run hit on the road, his previous five homers all came in his first five games in Pullman.

Jonah Advincula struggled offensively, look for him to have a huge game today.

Offense has been the issue for the Cougs as of late, as they scored only seven runs in three games against the Trojans.

Pitching has been the other issue. The Cougs’ Friday pitcher Dakota Hawkins struggled as he could not get the strikeouts he is used to.

Connor Wilford, former NCAA pitcher of the Week and Pac-12 pitcher of the week also had a rough weekend. If Wilford appears against Linfield, look for him to pound the strike zone and get outs in bunches.

This season Linfield is 9-15 and 6-10 in Conference play. They opened the season with three games against Pacific Lutheran where Linfield lost two of three. The next series for Linfield was against La Verne, where once again Linfield lost two of three.

The first series win in 2023 for Linfield came in the middle of February when they took two games against George Fox. The next series was a three-game defeat against Puget Sound.

Linfield is currently on a five-game losing streak, including three losses against Lewis and Clark and a loss against Whitman.

Linfield this season is led by Nick Holm, Jake Hoskins and Garrett Moen.

Holm has a batting average of .314 with 22 hits for 21 RBIs and four home runs. Hoskins has 17 RBIs and four homers on 33 hits, which leads the team.

Branden Pasion has 30 hits as well for Linfield and Moen has 23 hits with 14 RBIs for Linfield.

Pitching-wise, Linfield has struggled somewhat with their starters.

Casey Struckmeier and John Over have pitched the most innings on the team. Struckmeier has pitched 27.1 innings with 23 hits for nine runs and 17 strikeouts. Over has pitched 25 innings with 25 hits for 16 runs and 15 strikeouts.

If the Cougs want the win Wednesday, consistent offense is the key. Linfield will throw strikes, allowing the Cougs to swing away. WSU needs to put solid contact on the ball and reach at least 10 hits in the game if they want the win.

After the non-Conference game, the Cougs will be back to Pac-12 play as they host the UCLA Bruins for three games starting Friday. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field.