Feb. 26, 2009
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University baseball team opens the home portion of its 2009 baseball season with a four-game series at Arkansas...series starts Friday, Feb. 27 with a 3:30 p.m. fi rst pitch...a doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28 beginning at noon...series concludes Sunday, March 1 with a noon start.
CATCH THE GAMES: Three of the four games against Oklahoma can be heard on KQQQ 1150 AM...second game of Saturday's doubleheader will not be on radio...Mike Tatko provides the play-by-play, Friday and during the fi rst game of Saturday's doubleheader...Steve Grubbs calls the action, Sunday...live stats for all four games in the series are available at www.wsucougars.com.
WASHINGTON STATE IN HOME OPENERS: The Cougars are 82-22-1 all-time in Pullman openers...WSU has won four of its last fi ve...last time the Cougars hosted a nationally-ranked team in a Pullman opener was No. 4 Stanford in 2003 (lost 6-1).
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 SOONERS: Washington State leads the all-time series 6-2...fi rst meeting between the two schools in Pullman...Cougars won the fi rst meeting 6-1 at the 1976 College World Series...Sooners posted a 5-4 victory in 1977 at Las Vegas...WSU swept a two-game series at Oklahoma by scores of 16-14 and 5-4 in 1987...last season, the Cougars won three of four games in Norman, Okla...WSU captured the opener 5-3 with Travis Coulter and Jim Murphy driving in two runs each...Cougars swept a doubleheader 4-3 and 8-5 (8 innings) before losing the fi nal game 14-2...in the doubleheader sweep, Ross Humes became the first Cougar pitcher to save two games in a day since Reed Rainey in 1985 (against Central Washington).
COUGARS AGAINST THE BIG 12: Including Oklahoma, Washington State is 21-31 all-time against current members of the Big 12 Conference...Cougars' record against current Big 12 members: Baylor (0-2), Iowa State (0-2), Colorado (never played and currently does not have a program), Kansas (never played), Kansas State (1-2), Missouri (1-1), Nebraska (2-2), Okalahoma (6-2), Oklahoma State (1-4), Texas (5-9), Texas A&M (4-7), Texas Tech (1-0).
RH-Andrew Doyle-OU (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. LH-Matt Way-WSU (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
RH-Antwonie Hubbard-OU (1-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. RH-Jared Prince-WSU (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
LH-C.J. Blue-OU (1-0, 7.20 ERA) vs. LH-Spencer Jackson-WSU (No Record)
Garrett Richards-OU (0-0, 15.00 ERA) vs. RH-Chad Arnold-WSU (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
ABOUT OKLAHOMA: The Sooners are 5-1 and ranked nationally by Baseball America (16th), Collegiate Baseball (20th) and the NCBWA (22nd)...receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll...swept four-games from Western Illinois at home last weekend and split two on the road this week at nationally-ranked San Diego...Bryant Hernandez is batting .625 to lead the team...Sooners are batting .405 as a team and averaging 11.3 runs per game.
PRINCE HOME RUNS: Senior Jared Prince hit the 18th home run of his career in WSU's season opener at Arkansas, Feb. 20...first Cougar to homer in an opener since 2005 when Brady Everett and Zach McAngus both went deep...seven of Prince's 18 home runs have tied the game or given the Cougars the lead.
HITS IN FEBRUARY: Sophomore Shea Vucinich batted .429 (6-for-14) at Arkansas last weekend and is 19-for-32 (.594) in his career during the month of February.
THE KID FROM LEFT FIELD: Freshman Derek Jones started all three games in left field for the Cougars at Arkansas last weekend...fi rst true freshman to man left field for WSU at the start of the season since Casey Kelley, who went on to play three seasons in the minors, in 1996.
COUGAR DEBUTS: A half dozen Cougars made their collegiate debuts at Arkansas...freshman Derek Jones, redshirt freshman David Stilley and sophomore Paris Shewey appeared in the opener...Jones started in left fi eld and was 0-for-3...Stilley gave up three hits and struck out four in two and two-thirds shutout innings and Shewey gave up one hit in a third of an inning...in game two of last Friday's doubleheader, freshmen Tommy Richards, Kyle Johnson, Adam Conley and Rusty Shellhorn saw their fi rst action...Richards started at second base and was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run...Johnson was a defensive replacement in center field...Conley pitched an inning and a third with one hit, one walk and one strikeout...Shellhorn gave up one hit, walked one, yielded two runs in two-thirds of an inning and took the loss.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Cougars play 31 games against teams ranked in at least one preseason poll and 10 others pit WSU against teams that were receiving votes in a preseason poll.
MARBUT VICTORIES: Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut has recorded 115 wins on the Palouse, the most by a Cougar mentor during his fi rst 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.
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.