April 9, 2009
BACK ON THE ROAD: After a 4-1 homestand, the Washington State University baseball team (14-13, 4-2 Pac-10) plays a three-game series at Arizona State, April 10-12...game times are 6:30 p.m., Friday, 6:30 p.m., Saturday and noon, Sunday.
CATCH THE GAMES: All three games of the series at Arizona State will be broadcast on the radio...KHTR 104.3 FM carries the games, Friday and Sunday with KQQQ 1150 AM home to the action, Saturday...Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play which can also be heard at www.wsucougars.com.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils are 23-7 and leading the Pac-10 with an 8-1 mark in conference play...ranked No. 1 nationally by Baseball America, ESPN/USA Today and the NCBWA...ranked No. 2 by Collegiate Baseball...Jason Kipnis leads Arizona State with a .431 batting average while Josh Spence is 6-0 with a 1.16 ERA.
SERIES AGAINST THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State leads 38-8 and holds a 25-3 advantage in Tempe...Cougars have lost the last 11 meetings in the desert...last Washington State victory at Arizona State was April 12, 2001...series dates to March 30, 1973 when the Sun Devils posted an 8-0 win in Riverside, Calif...first meetings in Tempe took place at the 1975 NCAA Rocky Mountain Regional...Sun Devils won two of three games.
QUICK START: Washington State is 4-2 in the Pacific-10 after taking two of three games in each of its first two conference series (at California, home against UCLA)...first time since 1995 in the Pac-10 North the Cougars have captured consecutive series at the beginning of conference play.
RELIEF HELP: The Cougar bullpen has notched six victories this season, led by a pair from Jeremy Johnson...Michael Ratigan has one win in relief this season and his six career victories out of the bullpen are one shy of the all-time Washington State top 10 list...Paris Shewey, David Stilley and James Wise have also picked up wins in relief this season, the first-collegiate victory for each of the three hurlers.
LH-Matt Way-WSU (3-2, 1.58 ERA)
RH-Mike Leake-ASU (7-1, 1.29 ERA)
RH-Chad Arnold-WSU (2-1, 4.34 ERA)
LH-Josh Spence-ASU (6-0, 1.16 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.