May 7, 2010
The Washington State University baseball team (22-17, 6-9 Pac-10) hosts California (27-15, 11-7 Pac-10) in a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series, Saturday-Monday (May 8-10)...game times are 5:30 p.m. (Saturday), noon (Sunday) and noon (Monday).
FOLLOW THE COUGARS
Live stats (free) and live audio (fee applies) will be available for all three games at wsucougars.com...Steve Grubbs will call the action for the internet as well as local radio.
SERIES WITH CALIFORNIA
California leads 39-28-1...series dates back to 1902 when the Cougars dropped their final game of the season 12-3 to Califronia at home, June 16...last season, Washington State won two of three game in Berkeley...in 2008, No. 12 California won two of three meetings in Pullman.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS
California is nationally-ranked in three of the four major polls...Golden Bears' highest ranking is 18th by Collegiate Baseball...California is No. 21 in the Baseball America poll and No. 29 according to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association...Golden Bears are the first team receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll...at 11-7, California is second in the Pac-10 standings, three games back of conference-leading Arizona State and two losses ahead of eighth-place Washington State...Golden Bears are hitting .328 and have nine hitters with 30 or more games played hitting .300 or better...Mark Canha leads the team with a .365 batting average...Golden Bears own a 4.25 earned run average...Erik Johnson leads the team with a 3.07 earned run average in 10 starts.
California-RH Erik Johnson (6-2, 3.07 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 60 K, 58 2/3 IP)
Washington State-RH Chad Arnold (4-2, 2.99 ERA, 1.221 WHIP, 58 K, 75 1/3 IP)
California-Dustin Jones (9-3, 3.36 ERA, 1.229 WHIP, 66 K, 83 IP)
Washington State-LH David Stilley (2-2, 6.26 ERA, 1.739 WHIP, 8 K, 23 IP)
California-RH Dixon Anderson (4-1, 4.03 ERA, 1.409 WHIP, 36 K, 60 1/3 IP)
The Washington State bullpen has 12 wins, 11 saves and a 3.64 earned run average this season...Cougar relief corp has fanned 131 batters in 163 and one-third innings (7.22 per 9 IP)...junior left-hander Paris Shewey has five wins, a save and a 2.45 earned run average in 19 appearances and 36 and two-thirds innings...closer Adam Conley has notched three victories and nine saves to go along with a 1.93 ERA in 20 games and 32 and two-thirds innings...in 14 relief outings, Connor Lambert has two wins and 22 stirkeouts in 26 and one-third innings...Seth Harvey has fanned 18 batters in 18 and two-thirds innings of relief work.