Cougar Baseball Travels to Northern California for Four-Game Road Trip

March 26, 2008

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THIS WEEK: Washington State, coming off a 6-2 win over Gonzaga in Pullman, Tuesday, takes to the road for four games...Cougars play at Stanford in a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series, Friday-Sunday...WSU travels to Santa Clara for a single game, Monday...Friday is a 6 p.m. start while the other three games are scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch.

WSU ON THE INTERNET: For the latest information about Cougar baseball, log onto the official site of Washington State University Athletics, stats are provided for all Cougar home games as well as the majority of WSU road games...all Cougar games in Pullman will be available via live video streaming for Cougar All-Access subscribers.

COUGARS ON THE RADIO: The remaining games of the 2008 Washington State baseball season will be broadcast on KQQQ 1150 AM...longtime broadcaster Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play for the fourth season.

WASHINGTON STATE IN THE POLLS: The Cougars are ranked 28th in this week's Collegiate Baseball poll...WSU is receiving votes for the fourth-straight week in the ESPN/USA Today poll and for the second-consecutive week by Baseball America.

ABOUT STANFORD: The Cardinal is 10-6 and is opening its conference season against the Cougars...won 14-0 at Pacific, Monday and lost 5-3 to Sacramento State, Tuesday...Stanford is ranked 17th by Baseball America, 21st by Collegiate Baseball and ESPN/USA Today, and 29th by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association...Cord Phelps leads the regulars with a .403 batting average...Jeremy Bleich paces Stanford on the mound with a 2-2 record and 1.57 ERA in four starts.

SERIES AGAINST THE CARDINAL: Stanford leads the Donnie Marbut era, Cardinal holds a 5-4 advantage...Stanford swept a three-game series in Pullman, April 1-3, 2005 by scores of 14-5, 11-4 and 8-6...Cougars won two of three meetings at Stanford in 2006 winning 7-1 March 25 and 8-5 March 26...Cardinal won series finale 5-3 March 27...last season, Washington State won two of three in Pullman...Stanford captured the opener 6-4 May 5...Cougars were victorious 8-6 May 6 and 4-2 May 7.

ABOUT SANTA CLARA: The Broncos are 12-8...defeated California 7-5 in 10 innings, March San Diego for a three-game series, March 28-30.

SERIES WITH THE BRONCOS: Washington State leads 11-3...Cougars won the last meeting 5-3 in Sacramento, Feb. 20, 2004...Aaron McKenzie went seven innings for the win and Kaeo Rubin and Grant Richardson each collected two hits.

HUMES NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Junior left-hander Ross Humes earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for March 11-17...logged seven shutout innings during the week...made his first start since 2006 and blanked No. 15 Wichita State for five innings, March 12 in a no decision...became the first Cougar since Reed Rainey in 1985 to post two saves in a day when he nailed down both victories in a doubleheader sweep at No. 25 Oklahoma, March 15...second-straight season Humes has earned a conference Pitcher of the Week selection.

KOST SETS APPEARANCES RECORD: Senior left-hander Steve Kost made his 11th appearance in 2008, and 76th of his career, in the second game of a doubleader at Oklahoma, March 15...broke the WSU career games pitched record of 75 held by Tom Pellerin (1983-86)...Kost added two appearances since setting the record to raise his total to 78 and leads the Pac-10 Conference in appearances in 2008 with 13.

GONZAGA RECAP: Chad Arnold pitched six innings of two-run ball to defeat Gonzaga 6-2, March 25...Paul Gran provided the offensive spark with two RBI raising his team-leading total to 29 in just 20 games played...Michael Ratigan earned his first save of the season and second of his career by recording the last five outs...entered the game with one out in the eighth, two runners on, and the Cougars holding a 6-2 advantage...victory was the 100th for WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut.

COUGAR BULLPEN: The Washington State bullpen is 8-2 with seven saves and a 3.91 earned run average this season...logged 23-consecutive innings (Feb. 23-March 1) without giving up an earned run...Michael Ratigan has made seven appearances in relief and is 3-0 with one save and a 1.76 earned run average in 15 and one-third innings...Ross Humes has made eight appearances out of the pen and is 1-0 with four saves and a 0.00 ERA...Federal Way, Wash., native has fanned 10, walked two and given up five hits...Andrew Davis has made 11 appearances posting a 2-1 record and 1.98 ERA...Seattle native has struck out 13 and walked three in 13 and two-third innings...Steve Kost leads the team with 13 appearances, all in relief, recording a 1-0 record with one save and 3.86 ERA.

SCORING EARLY: Washington State has scored in the first inning during 12 of its 22 games this season...Cougars are 10-2 in game when tallying at least one run in the their first at bat.

PROTECTING LEADS: In the Donnie Marbut era, a late lead for the Cougars is likely safe...Cougars are 85-10 (.895 winning percentage) when holding an advantage after six innings during Marbut's tenure (2005-present)...Washington State is 87-6 (.935) when leading after seven innings and 93-3 (.969) when holding an advantage after eight innings...over the last 10 seasons, the Cougars are 205-28 (.880) leading after six innings, 206-21 (.907) leading after seven innings, and 212-10 (.955) taking an advantage into the ninth inning.

CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS: In 2008, Washington State seeks its third-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.

MARBUT VICTORIES: Entering 2008, Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut recorded 85 wins on the Palouse, the most by a Cougar mentor during his first three seasons in Pullman...Aberdeen native currently has 100 victories and needs seven more in 2008 to surpass Bobo Brayton's school-record total of 106 by a Cougar coach in his first four seasons at WSU.

COUGAR DRAFT PICKS: The 2008 Washington State team features three student-athletes who have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft...senior infielder Paul Gran was taken in the 30th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Bothell High School in 2004...Gran turned down the Dodgers' offer and attended Edmonds Community College for one season before transferring to WSU...Southridge High School (Kennewick) product Chad Arnold, a redshirt-freshman right-handed pitcher, was a 36th-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 and freshman utility player Eric Maupin, the 2007 Nevada State Co-Player of the Year at Reno's Galena High School, was a 48th-round selection by the Seattle Mariners last summer...both Arnold and Maupin chose WSU over a professional contract.

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