Cougar Corner | WSU OF Jared Prince Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

Lew WrightSenior Writer IMay 22, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13:  A Washington State Cougars helmet showing the initials of Pat Tillman next to the American flag during the Arizona State Sun Devils against Washington State Cougars Pac-10 game at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field on November 13, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The Pac-10 officially announced WSU senior outfielder Jared Prince has been named Player of the Week for his outstanding performance last week. 

Prince led Washington State to a 4-2 record last week, including a 2-1 series victory on the road at Oregon State. By taking the series from the Beavers, WSU is a lock to make it into the NCAA regionals.

The Poulsbo, Wash., native hit .478 (11-for-23) with a home run, two doubles and 10 RBI for the Cougs over the span of the six games played.

He began the week 3-for-4 with three RBI in WSU’s 10-2 win to complete the series sweep in Pullman of Oregon on May 11.

Stepping out of conference against Portland on May 12, Prince ripped his fifth home run of the season and collected three RBI in the 10-5 Cougar win.

He ended the week going 6-for-10 with four RBI in the three-game series with the Beavers. The young man was a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and three, two-out RBI in a 7-6 win on May 15 and posted two hits and another RBI in a 7-6 WSU victory on May 17.

For the week, this student/athlete posted a .696 slugging percentage and a .556 on-base percentage.

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Following the selection of freshman Derek Jones in the last week of March, Prince is the second Coug to be honored by the Pac-10 this season.

Prince has been a fixture in the WSU outfield since his freshman year when he started 58 games. Twelve of those games were as a flame-throwing right handed pitcher. On offense, he hit an astounding .407. Jared compiled a fine record pitching, going 6-2 with a 4.53 ERA. Naturally he was selected to the first team All Pac-10 as well as a third team All-American. Prince played for USA Baseball that summer.

Statistically, Prince suffered a sophomore slump finishing the season batting .277 and was only sent to the mound as a starter one time. However, he was honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic as a social sciences major.

Last season Jared was more like himself batting a solid .306 and going 2-2 in his ten starts on the mound.

A key part of the first Cougar baseball team in two decades to be heading to the NCAA regionals, Prince is playing great baseball again this year. Jared is batting .400 in Pac-10 play. In the eight games he's been tapped as a starting pitcher, things haven't gone well. He's 1-4 with a 6.05 ERA which prompted Coach Donnie Marbut to recently announce that Prince won't be taking the mound again for the Cougs as they march into post-season play.

No doubt that's OK with Prince as he's all about doing his best to help Washington State continue winning baseball games.

And last week Jared Prince's best was impressive.

Cougar Football

As the month of May winds down, days spent on the recruiting trails for Washington State football assistant coaches near an end. They have been following a schedule that could only be met by a person who is passionate about what they do.

Traveling to visit an average of eight high school programs a day is one thing. But depending on fast food to fuel their fire is something else. Then there's the joy of sleeping in a motel along the way. And don't forget the nightly requirement of compiling useful notes on the activities of the day.

The life of a college football coach.

Work put in now will determine the level of success for WSU football in the future. From the sounds of reports coming in, the future is bright.

On the topic of the future, Cory Mackay continues his challenge to completely recover from a serious spinal injury. You are encouraged to take a moment to drop him a word of support. Just click on the link below to send Cory an email to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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Continue to keep the entire Mackay family in your thoughts and prayers.

Originally published on Examiner.com

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