April 1, 2008
THIS WEEK: Washington State plays UC Davis in a four-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday, April 4-Sunday April 6...teams play a single game Friday (5:30 p.m.), doubleheader Saturday (2 p.m.) and a single game Sunday (noon).
WSU ON THE INTERNET: For the latest information about Cougar baseball, log onto the official site of WSU Athletics, www.wsucougars.com...live stats are provided for all Cougar home games and the majority of WSU road games...all Cougar games in Pullman will be available via live video streaming for Cougar All-Access subscribers.
COUGARS ON THE RADIO: The remaining games of the 2008 Washington State baseball season will be broadcast on KQQQ 1150 AM...longtime broadcaster Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play for the fourth season.
ABOUT UC DAVIS: The Aggies are 18-8...won 12 of their last 13 games...UC Davis has played one game outside of California this season...won 18-8 at Nevada, March 12...Ryan Scoma leads team with a .427 average...Eddie Gamboa and Brad McAtee provide 1-2 punch on the mound...Gamboa is 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA and a 27-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio...McAtee is 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA and a 24-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
SERIES AGAINST THE AGGIES: Washington State leads 3-2 in a series that dates back to 1969...in 2007, the Cougars ended their season losing two out of three at UC Davis...in the opener, Matt Dempsey singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Aggies a 2-1 victory...Brad McAtee pitched nine inning of one-run ball for UC Davis and Wayne Daman, Jr. gave up a lone run in eight and one-third innings for the Cougars...WSU took the middle game 8-6 in 12 innings...Cougars scored twice in the 12th as Zach Borba and Jared Prince each collected RBI-singles...five WSU players at mutiple hits, including Scott Suttmeier and Prince with three each...Aggies captured the rubber game 4-2 behind a six-hitter by Eddie Gamboa...UC Davis tallied three times in the fourth...Suttmeier had a pair of hits for the Cougars.
SEASON PROMOTIONS: In 2008, Cougar fans will have the opportunity to enjoy season-long promotions at Bailey-Brayton Field...during the first game of a home series, local youth baseball teams can join the Cougar student-athletes on the field for the national anthem...register your team by calling 509-335-4325...first 100 fans in attendance at the second game of a home series or doubleheader will receive WSU baseball cards...fans can collect the set throughout the season...after the final game of a Cougar home series, kids can run the bases with the WSU mascot Butch and the Cougar team will take part in an autograph session...at every Friday home game, Washington State faculty and staff are admitted free with a staff identification card...new this season is a promotion that admits fans for $1 to any home game if the temperature drops below 35 degrees.
HUMES NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Junior left-hander Ross Humes earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for March 11-17...logged seven shutout innings during the week...made his first start since 2006 and blanked No. 15 Wichita State for five innings, March 12 in a no decision...became the first Cougar since Reed Rainey in 1985 to post two saves in a day when he nailed down both victories in a doubleheader sweep at No. 25 Oklahoma, March 15...second-straight season Humes has earned a conference Pitcher of the Week selection.
KOST SETS APPEARANCES RECORD: Senior left-hander Steve Kost made his 11th appearance in 2008, and 76th of his career, in the second game of a doubleader at Oklahoma, March 15...broke the WSU career games pitched record of 75 held by Tom Pellerin (1983-86)...Kost added three appearances since setting the record to raise his total to 79 and is second in the Pac-10 Conference this season with 14.
BAY AREA RECAP: The Cougars were 1-3 on their road trip to Stanford and Santa Clara, March 28-31...Washington State won the opener of a three-game set at Stanford 10-4 behind Ross Humes who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning...Paul Gran, Greg Lagreid and Jared Prince all homered for the Cougars in the loss...in the middle game against the Cardinal, Jim Murphy homered for the eighth time this season and the Cougars led 2-1 early before Stanford rallied for a 7-3 victory...in the series finale, Jeffrey Inman blanked the Cougars for seven and one-third innings and the Cardinal captured the rubber game 4-1...against Santa Clara, WSU scored four times in the first inning and bulit a 5-0 lead after five and a half innings...Broncos scored a run in the sixth and rallied for six more in the seventh to post a 7-5 come-from-behind victory.
SCORING EARLY: Washington State has scored in the first inning during 13 of its 26 games this season...Cougars are 10-3 in game when tallying at least one run in the their first at bat.
PROTECTING LEADS: In the Donnie Marbut era, a late lead for the Cougars is likely safe...Cougars are 86-11 (.887 winning percentage) when holding an advantage after six innings during Marbut's tenure (2005-present)...Washington State is 88-6 (.936) when leading after seven innings and 94-3 (.969) when holding an advantage after eight innings...over the last 10 seasons, the Cougars are 206-29 (.877) leading after six innings, 207-21 (.908) leading after seven innings, and 213-10 (.955) taking an advantage into the ninth inning.
CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS: In 2008, Washington State seeks its third-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.
MARBUT VICTORIES: Entering 2008, Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut recorded 85 wins on the Palouse, the most by a Cougar mentor during his first three seasons in Pullman...Aberdeen native currently has 101 victories and needs six more in 2008 to surpass Bobo Brayton's school-record total of 106 by a Cougar coach in his first four seasons at WSU.
COUGAR DRAFT PICKS: The 2008 Washington State team features three student-athletes who have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft...senior infielder Paul Gran was taken in the 30th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Bothell High School in 2004...Gran turned down the Dodgers' offer and attended Edmonds Community College for one season before transferring to WSU...Southridge High School (Kennewick) product Chad Arnold, a redshirt-freshman right-handed pitcher, was a 36th-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 and freshman utility player Eric Maupin, the 2007 Nevada State Co-Player of the Year at Reno's Galena High School, was a 48th-round selection by the Seattle Mariners last summer...both Arnold and Maupin chose WSU over a professional contract.