March 16, 2009
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University baseball team (5-9) completes a five-game road trip with a two-game series at Pepperdine, March 17-18...games times are 3 p.m., Tuesday and noon, Wednesday...final game of the series was originally scheduled for 3 p.m., but was moved to accommodate WSU's travel plans.
CATCH THE GAMES: Both games at Pepperdine will be broadcast on the radio...Tuesday's game is on KQQQ 1150 AM and Wednesday's contest will air on KHTR 104.3 FM...Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play which can also be heard at www.wsucougars.com...live stats are available at www.pepperdinesports.com.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE: The Waves are 11-5, including a 6-1 mark at home...ranked in all four national polls, 17th (Baseball America), 19th (NCBWA), 21st (ESPN/USA Today) and 28th (Collegiate Baseball)...knocked off Pacific-10 schools USC (10-1, Feb. 25) and UCLA (5-4, March 3) on the road...six of the Waves' first 16 games have been decided by a run and another three have been two-run contests...Pepperdine is 4-2 in one-run games...junior Colin Rooney leads the Waves with a .531 batting average and is tied for the team lead with 12 runs batted in...Pepperdine is batting .279 as a team and has a 2.88 earned run average.
RECORD AGAINST PEPPERDINE: Washington State is 4-5 against Pepperdine in a series that dates to 1976...in the inaugural encounter, May 28, 1976, the Cougars blasted four home runs, including three off future big-league hurler Mike Scott, and beat Pepperdine 8-2 at home in the opener of the NCAA West Regional...WSU went on to win the regional to advance to the College World Series...Waves won 6-2, March 21, 1979 in Fresno, Calif...a five-run seventh inning provided the Cougars a 5-4 victory at Pepperdine, March 11, 1986...Waves swept a three-game series, Feb. 22-24, 1996 (4-0, 4-3, 5-3)...during the 2006 season, teams split a pair of games in College Station, Texas at the Texas A&M Continental Express Classic...Pepperdine won 7-2, Feb. 22 and the Cougars captured a 4-2 win in seven innings, Feb. 25 on the strength of Brandon Hundt's four-hitter...WSU scored six times in the top of the first and won 9-8 at Pepperdine, March 15, 2004 in the last meeting between the schools.
UP NEXT: After the series at Pepperdine, the Cougars return home for a three-game series, March 18-20 against South Dakota State...game times are 5:30 p.m. (Friday), 2 p.m. (Saturday) and noon (Sunday).
LH-Ross Humes-WSU (No Record)
LH-Matt Bywater-Pepperdine (1-0, 4.30 ERA)
LH-Paris Shewey-WSU (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LH-Scott Alexander-Pepperdine (1-2, 4.66 ERA)
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.