April 30, 2009
APRIL ROAD GAMES BRING MAY HOME DATES: After playing nine of its final 12 games in April on the road, Washington State (21-18, 10-5 Pac-10) is scheduled to play 11 of its 15 games in May at Bailey-Brayton Field...Cougars open an eight-game homestand with a three-game series against Stanford, May 1-3...game times are 5:30 p.m., Friday, 1 p.m., Saturday and noon, Sunday.
CATCH THE GAMES: All games of the series against Stanford will be live on radio...KHTR 104.3 FM is home to Friday and Sunday games while KQQQ 1150 AM carries the action, Saturday....Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play which can also be heard at www.wsucougars.com...live stats are available at www.wsucougars.com...Fox Sports Net will televise the game, Saturday...Brad Adam and Mike Kinkade are the announcers.
ABOUT STANFORD: The Cardinal is 20-18, 8-10 in the Pac-10...Colin Walsh leads Stanford with a .331 batting average...Drew Storen is 4-1 with six saves and a 3.21 earned run average in 19 relief appearances.
SERIES AGAINST THE CARDINAL: Stanford leads 33-18...Cardinal holds a 12-9 advantage in Pullman...WSU has won four of the seven series played in Pullman, including the most recent, when the Cougars took two of three games in 2007...series dates to 1950 when Washington State swept two games in Pullman to capture the Pacific Coast Conference title and advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
RELIEF HELP: The Cougar bullpen has notched nine victories this season, led by four from Jeremy Johnson...Michael Ratigan has one win in relief and his six career victories out of the bullpen are one shy of the all-time Washington State top 10 list...Paris Shewey, David Stilley and James Wise have also picked up wins in relief this season, the first-collegiate victory for each of the three hurlers...Connor Lambert also has a win.
BEATING THE BEST: Washington State's 10-4 victory at then-No. 1 Arizona State, April 12 was the first by a Cougar team in any sport since Washington State volleyball defeated Stanford in Pullman during the 2002 season.
RH-Jordan Pries (3-1, 4.24 ERA)-Stanford
LH-Matt Way (5-4, 2.14 ERA)-WSU
LH-Brett Mooneyham (4-2, 4.07 ERA)-Stanford
RH-Chad Arnold (5-2, 5.07 ERA)-WSU
RH-Jeffrey Inman (1-6, 6.32 ERA)-Stanford
LH-David Stilley (2-0, 2.91 ERA)-WSU
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.