In 2013 at Washington State, Austin Pernell hit .283, with 20 hits, 10 RBI, 3 doubles, and possessed a .354 on base percentage. In his first season at WSU, he appeared in 41 games and started 15. Despite limited playing time he was second on the team in walks. At Kentlake High School in Washington, he lettered in baseball, football, and basketball. In 2011, he was a First Team All-League Outfielder.