Sept. 6, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - In 2009, Washington State's baseball team made its first NCAA postseason appearance since 1990. Last spring, the Cougars came within a game of playing in a Super Regional. In 2011, Washington State seeks its third-straight NCAA postseason berth which would be a first for the program since four-consecutive appearances from 1975-78. The Cougars began that quest with the opening of fall practice, Monday.
The strength of the veteran student-athletes on the squad is on the mound. The Cougar returning pitchers combined for 29 of Washington State's 37 wins in 2010 and added 15 saves. Leading the hurlers are right-hander Chad Arnold and southpaw Adam Conley.
Arnold, a redshirt-senior, was 5-3 with a 3.74 earned run average and 80 strikeouts as the Cougars' No. 1 starter in 2010. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in June, but returned to campus when a contract could not be worked out. Conley had five wins and 12 saves with a 3.33 ERA in 29 games, including five starts.
Offensively, redshirt-senior infielder Cody Bartlett is back after posting a team-leading .323 batting average last season. Also returning is junior outfielder Derek Jones who blasted a team-best 12 home runs and drove in a team-high 49 runs in 2010 to accompany a .309 average.