April 8, 2010
The Washington State University baseball team (15-10, 1-2 Pac-10) hosts the nation's top-ranked team, the Arizona State Sun Devils (27-1, 5-1 Pac-10) in a three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday-Sunday (April 11-13)...game times are 5:30 p.m. (Friday), 2 p.m. (Saturday) and noon (Sunday).
FOLLOW THE COUGARS
All three games of the series against Arizona State will be available via webcast (fee applies) on wsucougars.com...webcasts will air on SWX on a tape delay basis the following night at 6 for each of the three games...live stats (free) will also be available on wsucougars.com...Steve Grubbs calls the play-by-play on Hit Radio 104.3 FM Pullman/Moscow.
SERIES WITH ARIZONA STATE
Arizona State leads 40-9...series dates back to 1973...Sun Devils hold a 27-6 advantage in Pac-10 games...Arizona State has won two of three games in each of the last two series (at home in 2009 and in Pullman last season)...Washington State has never won a series against Arizona State.
ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State is the unanimous No. 1 team in the country according to the four major polls...three regulars are hitting over .400, including Zach MacPhee (.429), Drew Maggie (.418) and Zach Wilson (.410)...weekend rotation of Seth Blair, Merrill Kelly and Jake Borup are a combined 17-0 with a 3.02 earned run average in 21 starts...Sun Devils are batting .349 as a team and have a 2.69 earned run average...Arizona State averages 2.25 stolen bases per game.
Arizona State-RH Seth Blair (5-0, 3.12 ERA, 1.240 WHIP, 42 K, 40 1/3 IP)
Washington State-RH Chad Arnold (3-1, 3.02 ERA, 1.254 WHIP, 36 K, 44 2/3 IP)
Arizona State-RH Merrill Kelly (6-0, 3.52 ERA, 1.226 WHIP, 37 K, 38 1/3 IP)
Washington State-RH Travis Cook (0-1, 4.30 ERA, 1.568 WHIP, 6 K, 14 2/3 IP)
Arizona State-RH Jake Borup (6-0, 2.43 ERA, 0.959 WHIP, 40 K, 40 2/3 IP)
Washington State-LH David Stilley (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 4 K, 7 IP)
SUCCESS AT HOME
Washington State has hosted 28 series over the last four seasons and has won 20 of those series, lost four and split four.
THOU SHALL NOT STEAL
Washington State has thrown out 39.5 percent of base runners trying to steal over the last three seasons...this year, the Cougars have cut down 48.3 percent of would-be thieves...Jay Ponciano has thrown out 52.6 percent of runners (10-for-19).