April 20, 2009
COUGARS ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Washington State (18-16) begins a five-game road trip with a two-game series at Utah, April 21-22...game times are 5 p.m. Pacific both Tuesday and Wednesday.
CATCH THE GAMES: Both games of the series at Utah will be live on radio at KHTR 104.3 FM...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 UTAH: The Utes are 13-21, including 3-8 at home...Nick Kuroczko leads Utah with a .341 batting average...Utes are batting .279 with a 5.75 earned run average.
SERIES AGAINST THE UTES: Washington State leads 8-1...teams have not met since 1988...series dates to 1971 when the schools split a doubleheader in Salt Lake City, April 7...Utes won the opener 22-3 and future big-leaguer Joe McIntosh won the nightcap 7-2 for WSU with a complete game...Cougars won 6-2 in Boise during the 1980 season behind three RBI from Dan Wodrich...WSU swept four games in 1982...opened season with 19-3 victory in Lewiston with Scott Riel driving in five...Riel added a 5-for-5 day with four RBI during a 13-3 win in Lewiston...Cougars scored four runs in the first inning at Utah and went on to win 5-3...final meeting was in Reno, won by WSU 13-3 with Greg Bailey collecting four hits...WSU opened its home schedule in 1988 with a pair of wins...John Olerud had four hits and five RBI in a 17-12 triumph and Steve Webb drove home five runs in a 14-1 victory.
RELIEF HELP: The Cougar bullpen has notched eight 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.
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.
RH-Joe Pond (1-1, 6.98 ERA)-Utah
LH-Bryn Card (2-2, 6.62 ERA)-Utah
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.