March 12, 2009
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University baseball team (3-8) travels to Southern California for a three-game series at Long Beach State, March 13-15...game times are 6:30 p.m., Friday, 2 p.m., Saturday and 1 p.m., Sunday.
CATCH THE GAMES: While there is not a radio broadcast, Friday, the games at Long Beach State, Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast on KQQQ 1150 AM...Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play...live stats for all three games will be available at www.wsucougars.com.
ABOUT LONG BEACH STATE: The 49ers are 4-7 and have won two straight...Long Beach State is 1-4 at home in 2009...was among schools receving votes in ESPN/USA Today, Collegiate Baseball and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason polls...owns 1-5 mark against Pacific-10 Conference schools this season, losing two out of three meetings with USC and being swept in a three-game set with California...Devin Lohman leads Long Beach State with a .390 batting average...opponents are averaging 7.0 runs per game...all but four members of the 35-man roster are native Californians.
RECORD AGAINST LONG BEACH STATE: Washington State has lost nine of the previous 12 meetings with the 49ers...series dates back to 1988 when the Cougars won 15-3 and 6-5 in Fresno, Calif...Steve Webb had three hits, including a home run and drove in four during the first meeting and John Olerud pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts in the second encounter...Cougars lost 10-9 and 6-4 before winning 9-7 in Long Beach during the 1995 campaign...in 1996, 49ers swept four games, including a three-game series at home (6-2, 19-0, 9-8) as well as a game by a 6-2 count in Seattle...Long Beach State swept a three-game series in Southern California in 2003 (7-1, 11-0, 9-4) in 2003.
UP NEXT: After the weekend series at Long Beach State, the Cougars will remain in the Golden State for a pair of games, March 17-18 at nationally-ranked Pepperdine...WSU returns home for a three-game series, March 18-20 against South Dakota State.
LH-Matt Way-WSU (0-2, 2.00 ERA) RH-Jake Thompson-LBSU (0-2, 4.58 ERA)
RH-Jared Prince-WSU (0-1, 3.71 ERA) LH-Adam Wilk-LBSU (1-1, 3.94 ERA)
RH-Chad Arnold-WSU (0-1, 6.55 ERA) RH-Andrew Gagnon-LBSU (1-1, 4.70 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.