Derek Jones is still amazing and is currently in the middle of the best stretch of play he's ever had, by a long shot. Jones is hitting over .400 on the year and today he achieved something special with the long ball.
In the third inning Jones went deep for the eighth time this season, this time over the right centerfield wall. It was the 40th HR of his career and it tied him for the all-time WSU lead with Jeff Hooper. What Jones has achieved in his time at WSU is incredible, he's in the middle of rewriting the Cougar record books and when asked about it every time he deflects the question and talks about the team. Jones is a great player and an even better teammate, I'm glad we can call him a Coug.
Most of us were wondering if offensive levels would climb again this year as players got more time with the BBCOR bats. Last year Taylor Ard led the Pac-10 with 10 HR, this year (halfway through the season) the Pac-12 is led by two guys who have already hit 8 HR. Yep, offense is back.
Joe Pistorese got the start for WSU and he was awesome, going seven and giving up no runs on three hits while striking out seven and only issuing one walk. I mean it was Seattle, and Seattle is bad. Regardless, Pistorese looked really good, it was a nice surprise. I wouldn't be surprised if the weekend rotation the rest of the year goes Leckenby/Pistorese/Chleborad.
WSU players with multiple hits tonight: Derek Jones (3-5), Taylor Ard (3-4), Patrick Claussen (2-4) and P.J. Jones (3-5).
The two Jones' (Derek and P.J.) went a combined 6-10 with 6 runs and 6 RBI. Derek Jones and Ard went a combined 6-9 with 7 R and 2 RBI, pretty good for your 3 and 4 hitters.
Alright, that's enough for tonight. I've got video for you guys.
No, wait! That's not it! I had something else I wanted to talk about. We all love to hear about former Coug athletes chasing their dreams at higher levels, so I want to pass along some cool stats on 2011 WSU ace Adam Conley.
Conley made his first minor league start tonight for the Marlins AA team, the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Conley spun five innings of no-run, two-hit ball that included 7 strikeouts and only one walk issued on his way to his first W. Go Cougs!
Okay, now to the video... EDIT: Video is still uploading, but when it's done uploading, this is it. Oh boy is it gonna be good... You'll see.