March 4, 2009
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University baseball team (3-5) travels to the Lone Star State for the 2009 Academy Sports + Outdoors Rice Classic hosted by Rice in Houston...Cougars open against the Owls at 2:30 p.m., Pacific, Friday, March 6...WSU plays Oral Roberts, Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. and Notre Dame, Sunday, March 8 at 10 a.m.
CATCH THE GAMES: All three Cougar games during the Academy Sports + Outdoors Rice Classic can be heard on KQQQ 1150 AM...Matt McCabe provides the playby- play...live stats for all tournament games involving the Cougars are available at www.wsucougars.com.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT FIELD: In addition to Washington State and tournament host Rice, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Rice Classic features Oral Roberts and Notre Dame...Rice is ranked in all four national polls, seventh by Collegiate Baseball and ESPN/USA Today, eighth by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and ninth by Baseball America...Owls (5-3) play Dallas Baptist in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday...Oral Roberts is 5-1 and receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll...Golden Eagles are playing their first games away from home this season...Notre Dame is 3-3 and playing in a tournament for the third-straight week...Fighting Irish and the Cougars have a common opponent already in Gonzaga which defeated Notre Dame 7-3 in Arizona, Feb. 27 and lost 8-4 at Washington State, March 3.
RECORD AGAINST THE FIELD: Washington State has never played Rice in baseball, holds a 7-5 advantage in the series against Oral Roberts, and lost its only meeting with Notre Dame...series against the Golden Eagles dates back to 1977...first four meetings were in Riverside, Calif., with the Cougars winning 11-6 in 1977, 4-3 in 1983 and 9-0 in 1984...Golden Eagles won the 1978 match-up 12-4...in 1987, teams played three times with WSU capturing the first game 14-13 at Oral Roberts...played twice in the West Reginal at Stanford that season...Cougars won 10-5 and Golden Eagles came back to eliminate WSU 14-13...Oral Roberts was victorious 10-6 in 1998 at Las Vegas...Cougars won two of three games at Oral Roberts in 2001, losing 4-1 before winning 7-3 and 14-9...Golden Eagles won the most recent meeting 6-4 in Malibu, Calif., during the 2004 campaign...Notre Dame defeated Washington State 2-1 at the Kingdome in Seattle during the 1995 season.
LH-Matt Way-WSU (0-1, 3.60 ERA) vs. RH-Mike Ojala-Rice (0-0, 2.08 ERA)
RH-Jared Prince-WSU (0-0, 6.30 ERA) vs. TBA-Oral Roberts
RH-Chad Arnold-WSU (0-0, 8.22 ERA) vs. RH-Eric Maust-UND (0-0, 4.35 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.