Cougar Baseball Adds Wednesday Contest Against Bushnell
PULLMAN, Wash. (March 15, 2022) – Washington State Baseball has added a contest against Bushnell University (Ore.) set for Wednesday at Bailey-Brayton Field, head coach Brian Green announced Tuesday.
First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m., admission will be free and there will not be an RV Tailgate or Beer Garden. Links to webstream and livestats will be available on wsucougars.com.
"Once we had the Tuesday game canceled, we wanted to play again before our weekend series so we reached out to a number of schools in the northwest and were able to connect with Coug alum Tommy Richards at Bushnell," Washington State Head Coach Brian Green said. "We are excited to add another home game to our schedule and also welcome coach Richards back to Bailey-Brayton."
The Cougars were scheduled to travel to Seattle U for a Tuesday afternoon contest against Redhawks but were postponed due to inclement weather in the Seattle forecast. WSU will now face Seattle U in a two-game set April 19-20 in Seattle.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE
Washington State enters the week with an 8-7 overall record and 1-2 in Pac-12 Conference play after rallying for two runs in the ninth inning to beat No. 4 Oregon State on a Bryce Matthews walkoff RBI-single Sunday. Tuesday's game at Seattle U was postponed due to weather. Matthews leads the team with a .311 batting average while Justin Van De Brake (3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR) leads the team with six extra base-hits and 11 RBI. The Cougars returned seven starters from a lineup that finished the 2021 season with 26-23 overall record, their first winning season since 2015, after recording conference series wins at Utah, at California, No. 8 Oregon and Washington to post a 13-17 mark in Pac-12 play, the most conference wins since 2014. Green owns a 201-159-1 career mark now in his eighth season including a 43-37 record in his third season at WSU. The win over Texas A&M March 3 at the Frisco Classic was career win No. 200 for Green.
ABOUT BUSHNELL UNIVERSITY
Bushnell University is an NAIA program out of Eugene, Ore. and are playing their first season in over 50 years and are competing in the Cascade Conference. The Beacons enter the week with a 2-19 overall after dropping an 11-1 decision to Linfield last Tuesday. Former Washington State standout Tommy Richards was named the head coach after the baseball program was restarted last June. Richards worked the previous six season as an assistant at Division III Whitman College in Walla Walla and two years at Lindenwood University-Belleville in Illinois. Richards was an infielder for the Cougars (2009-12), played on the last two WSU NCAA Regional teams in 2009-10 and was selected in the 24th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.
Following Wednesday's contest, WSU heads to Seattle for The Boeing Apple Cup Series against Washington this weekend beginning Friday. All three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.