June 2, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - For the Washington State baseball team, the road to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., goes through Baum Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus.
The Cougars left Pullman this morning on a bus. After a an hour and a half trip to Lewiston, Idaho due to construction delays, Washington State boarded a charter plane for Fayetteville.
The team arrived at the Northwest Regional Airport around 3 p.m. Central and took a short bus ride to its hotel in nearby Springdale, Ark.
The bus had a Wal Mart logo on it. The company, headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., a stone's throw from Fayetteville, is conducting its annual shareholders' meeting in Fayetteville and we were told we received the bus company's last bus for the weekend. As part of that celebration, Tim McGraw performed a free concert last night and tonight it will be REO Speedwagon and Barenaked Ladies.
Our bus driver told us to expect hot weather over the weekend, temperatures are supposed to reach the mid-90s, and that if the wind blows like it is today, do not expect balls to travel out to right field.
Tonight the team is on its own for dinner and tomorrow, it will have practice at Baum Stadium in preparation's for Friday's game against Kansas State at 7:05 p.m. Central/5:05 p.m. Pacific.