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Five Cougars Selected In MLB Draft

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Ian Sagdal was among the five WSU players taken in the MLB Draft. (Photo: WSU) Ian Sagdal was among the five WSU players taken in the MLB Draft. (Photo: WSU)

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Washington State baseball had five players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.

Pitcher Sam Triece was selected in the tenth round by the Tampa Bay Rays. Triece, a senior righthander from Edmonds, Wash., was taken as the No. 298 overall pick. The 6-2, 215 pound Triece went 5-0 and posted a 2.66 ERA in his team-leading 31 appearances including three starts this season. He recorded 59 strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .222 batting average in 50 2/3 innings of work. Over his final 15 appearances dating back to April 7, Triece went 5-0 with a 0.31 ERA in 28 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on 10 hits and struck out 31 while holding opponents to a .108 batting average.

Triece joined Washington State after spending one season (2012) at Edmonds Community College. In his three seasons in a Cougar uniform, Triece made 65 appearances including a four starts. He tallied six wins and recorded 95 strikeouts in 97 1/3 innings while holding opponents to a .228 batting average. Triece was a three-time member of the WSU Athletics All-Academic team and a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection.

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Infielder Ian Sagdal was selected in the 16th round by the Washington Nationals. As a senior in 2015, Sagdal led the Cougars in batting average (.298), home runs (6), RBI (34), doubles (13), runs scored (35) and stolen bases (13), becoming the first player in more than 20 years to lead the team in all of those categories. He also tied for second in the Pac-12 Conference with five triples and was ninth with a .498 slugging percentage. The 2015 All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention infielder saw time at all four infield positions in his four years with the Cougars but played mostly second base as senior, fielding at a .982 clip. In conference play this season, Sagdal led WSU with four homers, five doubles and 12 RBI.

Sagdal, taken as the No. 494 overall pick, finished his career with 199 games played, 169 hits, 27 doubles, six home runs, 82 RBI, 87 runs scored and a .271 batting average.

Pitcher Joe Pistorese was selected in the 17th round by the Seattle Mariners. Pistorese, a senior lefthander from Kalispell, Mont., earned All-Pac-12 Conference honors this past season after posting an 8-5 record with a 2.41 ERA. Twice he was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and he led the conference with four complete games, finished tied for third in wins, sixth in ERA and innings pitched (104.2).

Pistorese was a two-time all-conference selection and Washington State's all-time leader in innings pitched (369.1). He finished his career tied for first with 55 career starts and tenth all-time with 215 strikeouts. Pistorese recorded 21 wins and a 2.75 ERA in 61 appearances in a Washington State uniform. He is the first Cougar lefthander drafted since Adam Conley was taken in the second round by Miami in 2011. Conley was just called up to the Marlins Monday.

Catcher P.J. Jones was selected in the 19th round by the Seattle Mariners. Jones, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., appeared in 45 games this season, starting 42 and hitting at a .258 clip with six doubles, 15 RBI and seven doubles. Regarded as one of the top defensive catchers in the Pac-12, Jones fielded at a .990 clip while catching a staff that finished the year fifth in the conference in ERA (3.43), opposing batting average (.244) and strikeouts (413).

Jones finished his Cougar career with 168 games played including 148 starts, 135 hits, 17 doubles, two home runs, 63 RBI, 18 stolen bases and a .987 fielding percentage. A member of the WSU Athletics All-Academic Team, Jones was the recipient of the Rob Oviatt Strength and Conditioning Award at the WSU Senior Banquet, fiven to the person who possess a great attitude toward training, leadership and work ethic.

Reliever Matt Bower was selected in the 23rd round by the Houston Astros. Bower, a junior lefthander from Federal Way, Wash., made 27 appearances out of the bullpen for the Cougars in 2015. Taken as the No. 679 overall pick, he finished second on the team with seven wins and recorded 53 strikeouts in 47 innings.

In three seasons at Washington State, Bower has made 69 appearances, two starts and posted a 9-5 record while striking out 91 hitters in 80 innings. Bower has one year of eligibility remaining to pitch for the Cougars if he chooses to do so.

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