This Week in Cougar Baseball

WASHINGTON STATE'S streaking baseball team, winners of six of their last seven games, will host Arizona this weekend in a three-game set that no doubt will be critical to the Cougars' shot at the post season.

The Cougars are 24-19 overall and 7-11 in the Pac-12 and won four-straight series, including three within the conference, while Arizona comes in at 25-17 and 9-12 after losing five of its last six games. The Wildcats' one victory in their last six games was a 17-6 rout of No. 10 Arizona State on Tuesday.

Cold streak aside, the Wildcats have been an offensive tour de force this season. They lead the Pac-12 in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and runs scored. They're also third in home runs, with 27 home.

In contrast, WSU ranks last in the Pac-12 in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and home runs.

All that figures to add up to serious pressure on the Cougar pitching staff, which is led by starters Joe Pistorese (6-4, 2.70 ERA) and Sean Hartnett (3-3, 3.83 ERA) and record-setting closer Ian Hamilton, who recorded his 25th career save Monday in WSU's 3-0 victory at Washington Huskies.

The WSU pitching staff has the second-most strikeouts in the conference, with 321. Only Oregon has fanned more (342). Sam Triece (47) and Pistorese (45) are setting the pace for the Cougs.

On offense, the Cougars are led by senior infielder Ian Sagdal. He is the only Cougar batting above .300 and the only full-time starter with an on-base percentage above .400. He also leads the team in RBI (27) and home runs (5).

The Arizona offense is led by juniors Scott Kingery and Kevin Newman, and sophomore Bobby Dalbec. All three are hitting .340 or higher and have on-base percentages over .400.

Kingery is at the top of the conference in several offensive categories, and Dalbec leads the Pac-12 in RBIs.

The series begins Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday's game is set for 2 p.m., and Sunday's game will begin at noon.


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