April 23, 2009
COUGARS ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Washington State (19-17) continues a five-game road trip with a three-game series at USC, April 24-26...game times are 6:30 p.m., Friday, 2 p.m., Saturday and noon, Sunday.
CATCH THE GAMES: All games of the series at USC will be live on radio...KHTR 104.3 FM is home to Friday and Sunday games while KQQQ 1150 AM carries the action, Saturday....Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play which can also be heard at www.wsucougars.com...live stats are available at www.wsucougars.com.
ABOUT USC: The Trojans are 20-17, including 9-6 in the Pac-10...Grant Green leads USC with a .372 batting average...Robert Stock is 3-1 with four saves and a 2.14 earned run average.
SERIES AGAINST THE TROJANS: USC leads 58-17...Trojans hold 32-6 advantage at home...series dates to 1948 when USC captured a pair of games in Pullman to win the Pacific Coast Conference Playoffs...WSU won two of thre games in Pullman last season.
RELIEF HELP: The Cougar bullpen has notched nine victories this season, led by four 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...Connor Lambert also has a win.
BEATING THE BEST: Washington State's 10-4 victory at then-No. 1 Arizona State, April 12 was the first by a Cougar team in any sport since Washington State volleyball defeated Stanford in Pullman during the 2002 season.
WILD GAME: Washington State defeated Arizona 8-7 in 11 innings, April 19 in a game that featured 430 pitches, 25 hits, 15 pitchers, eight hit batters, six errors, five wild pitches and took four hours and 20 minutes to complete.
LH-Matt Way (5-3, 2.22 ERA)-WSU
RH-Brad Boxberger (3-3, 2.73 ERA)-USC
RH-Chad Arnold (4-2, 5.52 ERA)-WSU
RH-Andrew Triggs (4-1, 3.96 ERA)-USC
LH-David Stilley (1-0, 3.14 ERA)-WSU
RH-Robert Stock (3-1, 2.14 ERA)-USC
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.