April 10, 2008
THIS WEEK: Washington State hosts Arizona State in a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday, April 11-Sunday April 13...teams play Friday (5:30 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (noon).
WSU ON THE INTERNET: For the latest information about Cougar baseball, log onto the official site of WSU Athletics, www.wsucougars.com...live stats are provided for all Cougar home games and the majority of WSU road games...all Cougar games in Pullman will be available via live video streaming for Cougar All-Access subscribers.
COUGARS ON THE RADIO: The remaining games of the 2008 Washington State baseball season will be broadcast on KQQQ 1150 AM...longtime broadcaster Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play for the fourth season.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils are 28-3, 4-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference...sit in three-way tie with California and Stanford atop the league standings...Arizona State is No. 2 in the current Baseball America poll and is No. 3 in the Collegiate Baseball, ESPN/USA Today, and NCBWA polls...Sun Devils won their first 19 games in 2008...ASU leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.329), slugging percentage (.548), on-base percentage (.451), runs (297), RBI (268), home runs (44), total bases (567) and walks (207)...Sun Devil pitchers lead the confernce in opponent batting average (.227), strikeouts (291), wins (28) and saves (11)...Ike Davis leads the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.828), runs (41), RBI (47), doubles (18) and total bases (101), raniks second in hits (50) and home runs (11), and third in batting average (.410).
SERIES AGAINST THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State leads 36-7, including a 9-3 advantage in Pullman...Sun Devils, ranked 10th, swept the Cougars in a three-game series April 13-15 last season in Tempe...Ike Davis drove in three runs during an 8-3 win in the opener...Sun Devils captured the second game 4-3 behind eight innings and eight strikeouts from Josh Satow...Arizona State completed the sweep with a 16-6 victory as three Sun Devils each collected three RBI...last meeting in Pullman resulted in Arizona State taking two of three games, March 30-April 1, 2006...Washington State won the opener 6-1 behind six innings from Jared Prince...came was suspended because of light failure and finished the next day...Paul Gran and Simi Reynolds were each 3-for-4 in the victory...Arizona State evened the series by scoring in each of the last four innings for an 8-3 win...Prince was 3-for-3 at the plate for the Cougars...Sun Devils picked up a run in the seventh inning off Wayne Daman, Jr. for a 2-1 victory in the series finale...Daman, Jr. fanned nine in the loss...ASU has won the last five games and eight of the last nine.
SEASON PROMOTIONS: In 2008, Cougar fans will have the opportunity to enjoy season-long promotions at Bailey-Brayton Field...during the first game of a home series, local youth baseball teams can join the Cougar student-athletes on the field for the national anthem...register your team by calling 509-335-4325...first 100 fans in attendance at the second game of a home series or doubleheader will receive WSU baseball cards...fans can collect the set throughout the season...after the final game of a Cougar home series, kids can run the bases with the WSU mascot Butch and the Cougar team will take part in an autograph session...at every Friday home game, Washington State faculty and staff are admitted free with a staff identification card...new this season is a promotion that admits fans for $1 to any home game if the temperature drops below 35 degrees.
COUGARS FACE NATION'S BEST: Washington State has played 11 of its first 31 games against ranked opponents and will play three more against Arziona State over the weekend...Cougars lost at No. 15 Wichita State (March 12), won three out of four games at No. 25 Oklahoma (March 14-16), lost two out of three game at home to No. 12 California (March 20-22) and dropped two out of three games at No. 17 Stanford (March 28-30).
WASHINGTON STATE IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: The Cougars rank fourth in the Pac-10 with a .309 batting average and ninth with a 5.59 earned run average...Cougars lead the conference with 16 triples...Travis Coulter is tied for second in triples (three) and ranks seventh in runs (28)...John Desmarais is tied for seocnd in triples (three)...Paul Gran is seventh in RBI (31)...Jim Murphy is second in RBI (38), sixth in slugging percentage (.712), seventh in on-base percentage (.471) and tied for ninth in hits (40)...Shea Vucinich is tied for fourth in doubles (nine)...Andrew Davis is tied for fourth in appearances (14)...Ross Humes is third in walks allowed (six), fourth in saves (four) and eighth in opposing batting average (.216)...Steve Kost is tied for fourth in appearances (14)...Jayson Miller is second in walks allowed (four), tied for sixth in wins (four) and seventh in innings pitched (46 1/3).
SCORING EARLY: Washington State has scored in the first inning during 15 of its 31 games this season...Cougars are 11-4 in game when tallying at least one run in the their first at bat.
PROTECTING LEADS: In the Donnie Marbut era, a late lead for the Cougars is likely safe...Cougars are 88-12 (.880 winning percentage) when holding an advantage after six innings during Marbut's tenure (2005-present)...Washington State is 90-7 (.928) when leading after seven innings and 96-3 (.970) when holding an advantage after eight innings, including 17-0 this season...over the last 10 seasons, the Cougars are 208-30 (.874) leading after six innings, 209-22 (.905) leading after seven innings, and 215-10 (.956) taking an advantage into the ninth inning.
CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS: In 2008, Washington State seeks its third-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.
MARBUT VICTORIES: Entering 2008, Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut recorded 85 wins on the Palouse, the most by a Cougar mentor during his first three seasons in Pullman...Aberdeen native currently has 103 victories and needs four more in 2008 to surpass Bobo Brayton's school-record total of 106 by a Cougar coach in his first four seasons at WSU.
COUGAR DRAFT PICKS: The 2008 Washington State team features three student-athletes who have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft...senior infielder Paul Gran was taken in the 30th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Bothell High School in 2004...Gran turned down the Dodgers' offer and attended Edmonds Community College for one season before transferring to WSU...Southridge High School (Kennewick) product Chad Arnold, a redshirt-freshman right-handed pitcher, was a 36th-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 and freshman utility player Eric Maupin, the 2007 Nevada State Co-Player of the Year at Reno's Galena High School, was a 48th-round selection by the Seattle Mariners last summer...both Arnold and Maupin chose WSU over a professional contract.