Cougar Baseball Travels to Tucson
April 15, 2010
The Washington State University baseball team (19-11, 3-3 Pac-10), ranked No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball this week, travels to Tucson, Ariz., for a three-game series against the Arizona Wildcats (23-9, 4-5 Pac-10), Friday-Sunday (April 16-18)...game times are 6 p.m. (Friday), 6 p.m. (Saturday) and noon (Sunday).
FOLLOW THE COUGARS
Live stats (free) and audio (fee applies) will be available on wsucougars.com...Steve Grubbs calls the play-by-play on Hit Radio 104.3 FM Pullman/Moscow.
SERIES WITH ARIZONA
The Wildcats lead 25-16...Cougars swept a three-game series last season in Pullman...Arizona swept the last series (three games) in Tucson during the 2008 campaign...each of the two seasons prior, WSU won two of three meetings (Pullman in 2007 and Tucson in 2006).
ABOUT THE WILDCATS
Arizona is ranked in three of the four major polls this week...USA Today/ESPN has the Wildcats No. 21 nationally...Arizona is No. 22 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and No. 24 according to Baseball America...three regulars are batting .400 or better, Jett Bandy (.438), Steve Selky (.434) and Robert Refsnyder (.400)...batting .351 as a team...in nine appearances, eight starts, Kurt Heyer has recorded 54 strikeouts in 50 innings and is 5-0 with a 2.16 earned run average...team ERA is 3.90.
Washington State-RH Chad Arnold (3-1, 3.33 ERA, 1.2663 WHIP, 39 K, 51 1/3 IP)
Arizona-RH Kurt Heyer (5-0, 2.16 ERA), 1.120 WHIP, 54 K, 50 IP)
Washington State-LH David Stilley (1-0, 3.48 ERA, 1.452 WHIP, 4 K, 10 1/3 IP)
Arizona-RH Kyle Simon (5-2, 2.93 ERA, 1.2858 WHIP, 28 K, 58 1/3 IP)
Arizona-LH Bryce Bandilla (3-3, 4.60 ERA, 1.5745 WHIP, 41 K, 47 IP)
The Washington State bullpen has 11 wins, 10 saves and a 3.49 earned run average this season...Cougar relief corp has fanned 111 batters in 129 innings (7.74 per 9 IP)...junior left-hander Paris Shewey has four wins and a save in 15 appearances...closer Adam Conley has notched three victories and eight saves.
Washington State has 20 pinch hits this season in 48 at bats (.417)...senior Matt Fanelli leads the Cougars with six pinch hits and is hitting .750 (6-for-8) as a substitute batter...freshmen Brett Jacobs and Brady Steiger are each batting .500 (3-for-6) while senior Michael Weber is at .400 (2-for-5).
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