I’m trying to take some time off, but it doesn’t seem to be working, thanks to Cougar news.
Not only did we have the Mark McLaughlin commitment today (here is the Seattle Times’ story), but we also had this piece about Bobo Brayton and John Olerud’s induction into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
When I was in Omaha, there was a lot of discussion about WSU having two representatives in the second HOF class, considering the school has never won a national title. But if you look at Olerud’s sophomore season at WSU (1988), it had to be the greatest year any player as ever had on the collegiate level: a .464 batting average with 23 home runs and 81 RBIs (and an .876 slugging percentage), plus a 15-0 pitching record with a 2.49 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 123 innings. If you can cite a better single season, please feel free to do so.
One other thing about the hoop commitment … I had a Northwest high school basketball observer tell me today McLaughlin is the type of player WSU couldn’t even talk with a few years ago. The athletic guards Tony Bennett is bringing in seems to bode well for the future.