Amid the disappointment of another mistake-filled loss at the end of a tough season, Washington State baseball coach Donnie Marbut found a chance to smile after Friday nights 4-3 loss to rival Washington at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.
It came when he was asked about the contingent of Cougars from the Tri-Cities.
Richlands Brett Jacobs, Kennewicks Trek Stemp and Southridges Matt Mendenhall are on the Cougs active roster, and former Suns standout Bryce Jackson is red-shirting after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Jacobs is a red-shirt junior who has turned into a pretty good first baseman for WSU.
Hes been steady eddy his whole career, Marbut said, noting he is looking forward to getting a fifth year out of the former Bomber star after Jacobs missed last season with a wrist injury.
Hes a confident Coug and hes been great this season.
Marbut said he anticipates writing Stemps name at the top of the lineup for three more seasons after a strong freshman year.
He has a chance to have an unbelievable college career, Marbut said, noting that Stemp basically has been playing on one leg because of a hip injury.
He never complains, just grinds it out.
Mendenhall, also a freshman, has been caught up in a numbers game trying to get playing time. But, Marbut said, college is a four-year career.
Matt is a solid player, and hes working extremely hard, he said. With the work hes put in, hes going to do things.
Marbut added that the trip to the Tri-Cities is good for the players, perforning in front of a couple thousand enthusiactic fans who celebrate the annual event.
We want our kids to play in these types of environments, he said. Thats a good thing.
The Tri-Cities is tremendous, the support is overwhelming. Theyre great fans.