Cougars Host Gonzaga, Travel To Arizona State in Baseball Action

April 9, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - Cougars (16-13) vs. Gonzaga (20-16)
Tuesday, April 10 • 5:30 p.m.
Bailey-Brayton Field • Pullman, Wash.
Radio: KCLX Radio (1450 AM)
Series Record: WSU leads 176-86-1
Last Meeting: WSU won 13-1 (3/20/07)

Cougars at Arizona State
Fri.-Sun., April 13-15
Apr. 13 (6:30 p.m.), Apr. 14 (6:30 p.m.), Apr. 15 (12:30 p.m.)
Packard Stadium • Tempe, Ariz.
Radio: KCLX Radio (1450 AM)
Series Record: ASU leads 33-7
Last Meeting: ASU won 2-1 (4/1/06)

The Cougars managed to take the third game of the series to avoid the sweep. In Sunday's finale WSU trailed 3-0 before Scott Suttmeier tied the game with a three-run home run in the third. WSU then scored two runs in each of the next three innings to secure the win. The Bears captured the first two games by scores of 8-4 and 6-2, respectively. Travis Coulter led WSU with a .364 average in the series while Cody Bartlett, Greg Lagreid, Jeff Miller, Ryan Krauser and Suttmeier all hit .333. Freshman Connor Lambert picked up the win in Sunday's game, improving to 3-1 for the season.

The Bulldogs enter Tuesday's contest with a 20-16 record, 4-2 in West Coast Conference play. Gonzaga is coming off a weekend series in which is swept a Sunday doubleheader two take two of three at Portland. After dropping the opener Thursday to the Pilots, poor weather the next two days pushed the series back to Sunday when the Zags won 7-4 in Game One and posted a 6-0 shutout in the series finale. Brandon Harmon went the distance for GU, throwing a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts. For the season The Bulldogs are led by Bryan Winston's .353 average while Darin Holcomb is close behind at .336, with a team-bests of four home runs and 26 RBIs. On the mound Harmon leads the way with a 5-4 mark and a 3.70 ERA.

Tuesday's game against Gonzaga marks the second of four meetings on the season between the two teams, and the first of three straight Tuesday meetings. Following this week's game, the venue switches back to Patterson Baseball Complex for a 3 p.m. start April 17. That game was originally scheduled to begin at 6:30 but was moved up to 3 p.m. while the installation of lights continues at the complex. The final meeting of 2007 between the teams will be April 24 at Bailey-Brayton Field, with first pitch set for 5:30 p.m.

Junior outfielder Scott Suttmeier is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak, the longest of his career and the longest by any Cougar this season. During that stretch Suttmeier is hitting. 333 (13-39) with 4 RBIs, 5 runs scored, and the first home run of his Cougar career.

Following this weekend's trip to Arizona, the Cougars meet Gonzaga Tuesday afternoon at Patterson Baseball Complex in Spokane for the third of four meetings this season against the Bulldogs. WSU then returns to Bailey-Brayton Field and Pac-10 play as its hosts first-place Arizona in a three-game series. The Wildcats are off to a 6-0 start, having swept Oregon State and California in its first two series. Last season the Cougars traveled to Tucson and came away with two victories after dropping the series-opener.

Coming in to the 2007 season, WSU head coach Donnie Marbut made finishing series a point of emphasis. Through the first eight series of the season, the point has been received. WSU is 7-1 in series-ending games, winning 6-1 at Northridge, 7-6 at Texas, 7-4 at San Jose State, 11-0 against Rider, 9-3 against Il­linois-Chicago, 2-1 against BYU and 9-6 at California, while dropping its first series-ending game against Washington, 6-5. Equally impressive is the fact that all of the wins, excluding Texas and California, clinched series wins for WSU. Last season WSU was 5-7 in series-ending games.

HEAD COACH Donnie Marbut
Donnie Marbut is in his third season as head coach at Washington State University and fourth overall after pending the 2004 season as an assistant on the Cougar staff. Marbut has amassed a 73-73 record in two-plus years, while his 57-60 mark in his first two seasons are the most wins by any Cougar coach in his first two years. Prior to WSU, Marbut served as head coach at Edmonds Community College from 2000-03, where he posted a 152-38 record and earned Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and 2003.

Freshman Josh Ashenbrenner went 2-for-4 in Game 2 (Mar. 31) of the Cal series, his first htis since going 1-for-1 in a pinch-hitting role Mar. 20 at Gonzaga...freshman Cody Bartlett collected three hits and three runs in the Cal series...prior to last week's 1-for-3 outing at USF, senior Zach Borba had collected multi-hit games in the seven previous games he has had a hit...for the season Borba has eight multi-hit games and five games with one hit...sophomore Travis Coulter leads the team in conference play, hitting .360 (9-25) with four doubles and five runs scored...senior Wayne Daman Jr. has better than a 3-to-1 straikeout-to-walk ration this season, with 32 strikeouts and 10 walks in 34 1/3 innings...sophomore Ross Humes remains .a .perfect 5-for-5 in save opportunities this season...sophomore Jeremy Johnson made his 2007 debut, work a scoreless inning at USF...Johnson missed the first 28 games of the season due to an arm injury...senior outfielder Ryan Krauser had to leave the series finale at Cal in the bottom of the first inning when he crashed into the outfield wall chasing a fly ball...Krauser status is up in the air for the Arizona State series...sophomore catcher Greg Lagreid is tied for the team lead with four home runs and saw his four-game hitting streak snapped at USF...freshman Connor Lambert has a 3.45 ERA with a 3-1 record in five starts this season...sophomore outfielder Jared Prince leads the team with 21 RBIs this season.
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