March 25, 2009
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University baseball team (8-11) opens the Pacfiic-10 Conference portion of its schedule with a three-game series at California...game times are 2:30 p.m., Friday, noon, Saturday and 1 p.m., Sunday.
CATCH THE GAMES: All three games at California will be broadcast on the radio...KQQQ 1150 AM carries the action....Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play which can also be heard at www.wsucougars.com...live stats are available at www.wsucougars.com.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are 12-8 overall, 2-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference...plays at Santa Clara, Wednesday...won two of three games at home over Stanford to open conference play, March 21-23...Brian Guinn leads California with a .397 batting average...Mark Canha is batting .392 and is tops on the team with eight home runs and 24 RBI...Michael Bugary is 3-0 with a team-leading 11 appearances and 1.64 earned run average.
SERIES AGAINST CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears lead the all-time series 38-26-1...first meeting was 12-3 California win in Pullman, June 16, 1902...second-straight season Washington State has opened Pacific-10 play against California...Golden Bears took two of three games last season in Pullman...California has won the last four series, winning two games in each of the last three years following a sweep in 2005...sweep in 2005 series was also Pac-10 opener for Washington State in Berkeley...Cougars won two games in 2004 series...Washington State's last series win in Berkeley was in 2001 when the Cougars captured a pair of games.
COUGARS IN PACIFIC-10 OPENERS: The last time Washington State opened Pacific-10 play on the road was 2006 when the Cougars were victorious in two of three games at No. 17 Stanford.
UP NEXT: After the series at California, the Cougars host UCLA, April 3-5 and BYU, April 6-7 in a five-game homestand.
LH-Matt Way-WSU (2-2, 1.09 ERA)
RH-Matt Flemer-CAL (2-0, 4.84 ERA)
RH-Chad Arnold-WSU (1-1, 5.73 ERA)
RH-Brian Diemer-CAL (1-1, 3.46 ERA)
RH-Jared Prince-WSU (1-1, 3.95 ERA)
CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS: In 2009, Washington State seeks its fourth-straight winning season, something the Cougars have not accomplished since 1994 when a 35-26 record capped a run of 37-consecutive campaigns with a mark above .500.