Washington State (24-27) has already improved seven games in the win column from last year’s 17-29 mark. WSU stands at 10 conference victories, one more would top Lees’ first season Pac-12 mark for wins in 2015-16.
The Cougs got off to a rough start in that quest on Thursday, losing 13-2 to Stanford after falling behind 7-0 after two innings.
The series continues Friday at 4 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
If Wazzu can take the final two games vs. the Cardinal, it would make for fix of six conference series wins to close the season for Lees’ young squad.
How young is young? The Cougars’ lone senior, pitcher Trenton Dupre, will be recognized prior to Saturday’s season finale.
WSU had won four straight Pac-12 Conference series (No. 30 Washington, at Utah, Oregon, No. 28 UCLA) for the first time since 1995 before losing last weekend’s series at No. 1 Oregon State.
Some items to keep note of over the final two games:
- WSU entered the series tied for the Pac-12 lead with 49 double plays turned
- Junior third baseman Shane Matheny (pictured above) entered the series leading the team with a .302 batting average and 33 RBI.
- Left fielder Justin Harrer was fourth in the Pac-12 with 17 doubles
- Junior first baseman James Rudkin entered the week with a team-best .315 average in conference play.
- LHP Scotty Sunitsch owns 8 saves, third in the Pac-12