Athlete of the Week: Collin Montez

Junior outfielder becomes the first ever Cougar with two homeruns in a game

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ABIGAIL LINNENKOHL | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Then-sophomore outfielder Collin Montez fouls the ball in game three of the series against Stanford on March 31 at Bailey-Brayton Field.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen sports columnist

Junior outfielder Collin Montez was one of the leading factors in the Cougars’ series split against the University of Hawai’i.

He started off the series with his best game of the season so far. He opened the scoring up early with a two-run homerun in the first inning and put the game even more out reach for the Rainbow Warriors with a three-run moonshot in the third inning.

Montez accounted for five of the six runs the Cougars scored. Hawai’i never scored more than five runs in a game in the series.

His two dingers gave him the only two homeruns on the season for the Cougars. Montez became the first WSU player in over a year to hit two homeruns in a single game. The last time a Cougar achieved that feat was Feb. 16 last year against Saint Mary’s College when Montez did it.

He continued his impressive play throughout the rest of the series. He added four more hits and another RBI bringing his series totals up to six hits and six RBIs.

He also excelled at making the most of his time at the plate, only striking out three times in 17 at-bats.

Montez showed up all over the stat sheet during the series, contributing in almost every facet of the game.

He performed on the base path, successfully converting on his only steal attempt.

He also gave WSU solid play in the outfield over the course of the series. He played right field for three of the four games and recorded two putouts on two chances for a perfect fielding percentage.