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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/19/2009
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Feb. 19, 2009

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FIRST PITCH: The Washington State University baseball team opens its 2009 baseball season with a three-game series at Arkansas...series starts with a doubleheader, Friday, Feb. 20 beginning at 11:05 a.m. Pacifi c...concludes with a single game, Sunday, Feb. 22 at 9:05 a.m...there is no game, Saturday due to expected bad weather in Fayetteville...game originally scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Friday creating the doubleheader.

CATCH THE GAMES: Friday's doubleheader at Arkansas can be heard on KHTR 104.3 FM and Sunday's game with the Razorbacks will be on KQQQ 1150 AM...Andrew Reynolds will call the action which is also available at www.wsucougars.com...live stats for all three games in the series are available at www.arkansasrazorbacks.com.

WASHINGTON STATE IN FEBRUARY: The Cougars are 27-14 when playing in February under Donnie Marbut...Washington State highlights include a 7-6 victory at No. 13 Texas in 2007 and 9-3 win over No. 10 Missouri in the championship game of the Buccaneer Classic hosted by Charleston Southern in 2006...Cougars were 10-2 in 2006 and also captured the River City Classic hosted by Sacramento State and UC Davis.

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.

SERIES WITH RAZORBACKS: Washington State has won two of three previous meetings...in 1987, the lone series game at Fayetteville, Jeff Hooper belted a grand slam to highlight a seven-run fourth and John Olerud pitched seven innings for the victory as WSU won 11-5...second game of the series in Fayetteville was rained out...in 1992 at the Kingdome in Seattle, the Cougars broke open a 3-2 game with a fi ve-run eighth inning...Kevin Brunstad had the key hit in the rally, a two-run single, and WSU posted an 8-4 victory...in 2000 at Arlington, Texas, 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee tossed a four-hitter for the Razorbacks and Arkansas defeated WSU 1-0 despite Todd Meldahl's three-hitter with nine strikeouts.

COUGARS AGAINST THE SEC: Including Arkansas, Washington State is 8-1 alltime against current members of the Southeastern Conference...Cougars routed Alabama 9-1 in the 1950 College World Series, defeated Vanderbilt 6-2 at Riverside, Calif., in 1973, bested Tennessee 11-9 in 1992 at Seattle, won a 1994 meeting with Kentucky in Fresno, Calif., and recorded a pair of wins over the Wildcats in College Station, Texas during the 2002 campaign.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday Game 1
LHP-Matt Way-WSU (4-4, 4.01 ERA in 2008) vs. LHP-Dallas Keuchel (4-3, 4.58 ERA)
Friday Game 2
RHP-Jared Prince-WSU (2-2, 7.78 ERA) vs. RHP-T.J. Forrest (JC in 2008)
Sunday
RHP-Chad Arnold-WSU (2-7, 7.67 ERA) vs. TBA

SHOW ME THE WAY HOME: Senior left-handed pitcher Matt Way was selected in the 36th round of the 2008 Major Player Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants, but decided return to Pullman for his fi nal year of eligibility...led Washington State with a 4.01 earned run average last season and posted 68 strikeouts in 74 innings while going 4-4 with two saves.

CAPE COD CONNECTION: Both season-opening starting pitcher, WSU's Matt Way and Arkansas's Dallas Keuchel pitched for the Wareham (Mass.) Gatemen in the Cape Cod League last summer.

PRINCE OF A GUY: Senior pitcher/outfielder and WSU co-captain Jared Prince was recently named the Pacifi c-10 Conference's "Player You Gotta See" by College Baseball Today.

RIVALS HONORS COULTER: Washington State senior co-captain Travis Coulter was named Preseason All-Pacifi c-10 Conference by Rivals.com.

LAGREID NOMINATED FOR BENCH AWARD: Senior catcher Greg Lagreid has been nominated for the 2009 Johnny Bench Award, presented to the top-collegiate catcher in the nation.

THE KID FROM LEFT FIELD: Freshman Derek Jones is slated to start the Cougars' season-opener in left field...he would become the fi rst true freshman to man left field forWSU at the start of the season since Casey Kelley, who went on to play three seasons in the minors, in 1996.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Beginning with the season-opening three games at No. 22 (Baseball America), the Cougars play 31 games against teams ranked in at least one preseason poll and 10 others pit WSU against teams receiving votes in a preseason poll...Cougars are receiving votes in the Collegiate Baseball poll while the Razorbacks are receiving votes from Collegiate Baseball, USA Today, and the NCBWA.

MARBUT VICTORIES: Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut has recorded 115 wins on the Palouse, the most by a Cougar mentor during his first four seasons in Pullman...Aberdeen native needs 27 victories this season to surpass Bobo Brayton's school-record total of 141 by a Cougar coach in his first five seasons at WSU.

COUGAR DRAFT PICKS: The 2009 Washington State team features four student-athletes who have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft...redshirt-sophomore pitcher Chad Arnold was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 36th round of the 2006 draft...last year, freshman pitcher Adam Conley was taken in the 32nd round by the Minnesota Twins, senior pitcher Matt Way was selected in the 36th round by the San Francisco Giants and freshman pitcher Rusty Shellhorn was a 39th round pick by the Chicago White Sox.

WSU ON THE INTERNET: For the latest information about Cougar baseball, log onto the official site of Washington State University Athletics, www.wsucougars.com...live stats are provided for all Cougar home games as well as the majority of WSU road games...all home games with the exception of the Feb. 28 doubleheader against Oklahoma will be available via live video streaming for Cougar All-Access subscribers.

COUGARS ON THE RADIO: All games of the 2009 Washington State baseball season, with the exception of the second game of the Feb. 28 doubleheader against Oklahoma, will be broadcast on KQQQ 1150 AM or KHTR 104.3 FM.

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