Q&A With Hawaii Native Zach McAngus

April 12, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Zach McAngus is in his third season at WSU, helping the Cougars to a 22-12 record going into the weekend series with California. The Honolulu, Hawaii native has started 23 games this season, playing a variety of positions including, right field, first base or as a designated hitter.

The highlight of McAngus' 2006 season thus far was the River City Classic, where he had a five RBI day against Portland followed by his game-winning, pinch-hit three run homer to beat San Francisco and win the tournament. McAngus capped the weekend by being named to the River City Classic All-Tournament team. We recently had a chance to spend a few moments with the slugging outfielder.

Sports Information: As a kid from the islands of Hawaii, how did you end up playing baseball for two cold weather schools?
Zach McAngus: I went to the Air force Academy because I wanted to fly and they wanted me to play baseball there too, so that was the best of both worlds. It turns out I didn't like it there at all. When I came to WSU I really liked the campus, and former Coach Tim Mooney really wanted me to play here. This school seemed like a great fit, because it's not too big but it's not too small. I definitely do miss the warm weather but it's starting to warm up so that it's bearable.

SI: Over your three years of baseball at WSU there have been some ups and downs. What separates this team from past years clubs?
ZM: The competitiveness of everyone, especially the young guys. We already have the attitude where we expect to win every time we go out there, and we definitely didn't have that last year. Everyone takes care of business and everyone is real competitive.

SI: What is the most enjoyable part of being on this team?
ZM: Right now it's winning. Being able to practice with these guys and work out with them. Everyone enjoys being here and the game is actually fun again.

SI: Right now Coach Marbut has you at multiple positions. Which position are you most comfortable with?
ZM: Third base just because I've played there so long, but it really doesn't matter to me where I play as long as I can help out the Cougs.

SI: Do you see yourself as leader on this team?
ZM: Not so much a verbal leader but more by example. It's important to make sure the youngin's know how to take care of [business] when they are older. Hopefully they will look at what I do, not having a bad attitude or moping around when you strike out, and cheering your teammates on.

SI: Best memory in a cougar uniform?
ZM: Beating Stanford. We haven't done that since '78. It was awesome and exciting.

SI: What's next for you after college?
ZM: We'll see how baseball turns out; I would like to keep playing. If that doesn't work I'll come back and finish school, graduate, and then enter the work force.

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