Three Cougars Earn All-Pac-12 Accolades
SAN FRANCISCO (June 3, 2021) – Washington State first baseman Kyle Manzardo, designated hitter Tristan Peterson and catcher Jake Meyer each earned All-Pac-12 Conference honors, the conference office announced Thursday.
Manzardo and Peterson were both named to the All-Pac-12 team while Meyer earned honorable mention. Manzardo and Peterson are the first set of teammates to earn All-Pac-12 honors in the same season since pitchers Ian Hamilton and Joe Pistorese in 2015 while Meyer is the first Cougar catcher to earn all-league honors since Collin Slaybaugh also earned honorable mention in 2013.
Manzardo earns his first career All-Pac-12 accolade and is WSU first All-Pac-12 selection since Shane Matheny in 2017. Manzardo finished the regular season fourth in league in hitting (.365), third in slugging (.640), second in RBI (60), tied for third in doubles (19), tied for ninth in home runs (11) and fourth in total bases (126). The junior from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho became the first Coug to record 60 RBI since Jim Murphy had 61 in 2008, led WSU with 24 multiple-hit games including seven 3-hit games, and also led the team with 17 multiple-RBI games including three 5-RBI performances. In conference play, Manzardo hit .325, led the Pac-12 with 13 doubles and tied for seventh in RBI (26).
Peterson earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 team in his only season with the Cougars after transferring from New Mexico State where he was an All-American in 2019. Peterson finished the season second on the team with 17 doubles, tied for second with seven home runs and was third on the team with 37 RBI. In Pac-12 play, the Tucson, Ariz. native heated up, hitting .317 with nine doubles, a team-high five home runs and drove in 22 runs.
Meyer earned honorable mention after hitting .281 with 13 doubles, one triple, three homers and 22 RBI while playing in all 49 games with 44 starts behind the plate. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native put up impressive numbers while starting in 28 of the 30 conference games, hitting .280 with seven doubles and registered 10 multiple-hit games including five three-hit games.