June 3, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Thursday afternoon, the Washington State baseball team practiced at Baum Stadium just outside the University of Arkansas campus.
The Cougars were allowed 75 minutes per the NCAA rulebook and used the time to get reacquainted with the facility where they opened their 2009 season.
It was a routine practice for Washington State. It began with outfielders shagging fly balls while the infielders took several rounds of ground balls.
Next, it was live batting practice with situational base running followed by two groups of hitters, one on the field for more live batting practice and the other hitting off pitching machines in the indoor facility on site.
A short interview session followed with Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut, senior Matt Fanelli, redshirt-junior Cody Bartlett and sophomores Adam Conley and Derek Jones fielding questions from the media.
The most common inquiries were about the hot weather in Fayetteville and if the Cougars having played in the stadium last year would be an advantage for Washington State.
"We have played in 60 degree weather and last week it was in the 70s at UCLA," Marbut said. "If we're worried about the weather, then we are worried about the wrong thing. As far as the stadium, it is not a huge advantage having played here before. We have not experienced a win here yet and we are facing a good Kansas State team, so we just have to play good baseball and not worry about where we are playing.
The Cougars will open the postseason against Kansas State, Friday at 7:05 p.m. Central/5:05 p.m. Pacific. The game can be heard on Hit Radio 104.3 FM in Pullman/Moscow and 700 ESPN The Ticket in Spokane. Live audio will be available free on wsucougars.com HERE and live video streaming is available free at arkansasrazorbacks.com by clicking HERE