Jones ties Cougars’ career home run record

PULLMAN — Snohomish High School graduate Derek Jones continued his offensive tear for the Washington State University baseball team Friday night while capturing a share of history in the process.

Jones, who is hitting over .400 this year and was recently named the Pacific-12 Conference’s player of the week, went 3 for 5 in Friday night’s 19-1 win over Seattle University.

The most significant of his hits came in the third inning, when Jones hit his eighth home run of the season and the 40th of his career — tying the school record set by Jeff Hooper during a career that spanned 1984 through 1987.

Jones had a single, double, home run and RBI while scoring four runs Friday night. He also was hit by a pitch. The performance raised his season average to .414.

Over the past six games, Jones has hit .542 while going 13 for 24 from the plate with three home runs and seven RBI.

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