Cougar Baseball Opens Eight-Game Road Trip

March 10, 2010

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THIS WEEK
The Washington State University baseball team (9-1) opens an eight-game road trip with a visit to College Station, Texas to take on Texas A&M (9-2)...Aggies host Penn State, Wednesday...Cougars and Aggies will play a three-game series at Olsen Field...game times are 6:35 p.m. Central/4:35 p.m. Pacific (Friday), 2:05 p.m./12:05 p.m. (Saturday) and 1:05 p.m./11:05 a.m. (Sunday).

PROBABLE PITCHERS
Friday, March 12
WSU (RH Chad Arnold, 2-0, 3.79 ERA)/A&M (RH Barret Loux, 2-1, 1.06 ERA)

Saturday, March 13
WSU (LH Spencer Jackson, 2-0, 2.08 ERA)/A&M (RH Ross Stripling, 3-0, 2.70 ERA)

Sunday, March 14
WSU (RH James Wise, 1-0, 5.59 ERA)/A&M (RH Nick Fleece, 1-0, 2.40 ERA)

IN THE POLLS
Washington State is No. 25 in the current Collegiate Baseball poll...Cougars are receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll...Texas A&M is No. 29 in the NCBWA rankings and receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll.

FOLLOW THE COUGARS ONLINE
Live stats (free) as well as live audio (fee applies) of the radio broadcasts will be available online at wsucougars.com.

THE SERIES
Texas A&M leads 7-4...Aggies won 4-3 at home (1987) and 7-6 in Fresno, Calif., (1988)...Texas A&M won 4-0 and WSU won 5-0 in Texas A&M Tournament (1990)...Aggies swept a three-game series 13-2, 11-9 and 3-1 at home (1997)...WSU won 5-3 and 14-4 in Albuquerque, N.M., (2000)...teams split two games at Texas A&M Tournament (2002) with WSU winning 7-5 and Texas A&M posting a 6-4 victory.

FAST START
Washington State tied its eighth-best start by winning its first-nine games...best start since opening 9-0 in 1988.

GOOD DEFENSE
Washington State has committed six errors through 10 games...Cougars lead the Pacific-10 Conference in fielding percentage (.984).

LONG ROAD TRIP PART TWO
The Cougars will play eight games in 10 days...at Texas A&M (March 12-14), at Dallas Baptist (March 16-17) and at Wichita State (March 19-21)...in 1987, WSU split 14 games in 15 days...Cougars were 1-2 at Texas, lost at Texas A&M, lost two at Baylor, lost to Oklahoma State, defeated North Carolina and Maine in Shreveport, La., won at Arkansas and Oral Roberts, lost at Oklahoma State and swept two games at Oklahoma.

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