Baseball: WSU's Triece picked in 10th round

PITCHER SAM TRIECE BECAME the first Cougar drafted in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday. The 6-2, 215-pound righty was selected early in the 10th round by Tampa Bay with the 298th pick.

Triece went 5-0 this season, posting a 2.66 ERA and led the Cougs with 31 appearances (three starts). He closed the '15 season on a tear.

Indeed, over his final 15 appearances this past season Triece was all but unhittable, holding opponents to a .108 batting average. He posted a 0.31 ERA in 28 2/3 innings during that stretch, allowing just one run on 10 hits while striking out 31.

For the season, he recorded 59 strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .222 batting average in 50 2/3 innings of work. Over his WSU career, he held opponents to a .228 batting average.

Triece joined Washington State after one season (2012) at Edmonds Community College. In his three seasons in a Cougar uniform, Triece made 65 appearances including four starts. He posted six wins and recorded 95 strikeouts in 97 1/3 innings.

Triece was a three-time member of the WSU Athletics All-Academic team and a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection.

The general consensus (among the cyberspace draft boards and also within the halls of CF.C headquarters) was that senior ace Joe Pistorese, coming off a great season, would be the first WSU roster player chosen but Triece instead got the call.

Also a surprise was that through 10 rounds, incoming Cougar pitcher Parker McFadden out of Yelm was not selected. McFadden, whose fastball touches 97 mph, was projected as the No. 82 prospect by Baseball America. He racked up 89 strikeouts in just 44 2/3 innings his senior season, tossed a no-hitter and logged an 0.78 ERA.

Rounds 11-40 will take place on Wednesday.

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