Washington State’s baseball team will be back at it today with a possible doubleheader. First the Cougars will face a noon (PDT) rematch with Kansas State, a 9-8 winner over Grambling on Saturday, before – if they win – having to face host Arkansas at 5. To win the regional, WSU will have to win three consecutive games. For more on yesterday’s 6-4 defeat to the Razorbacks, read on.
• Watching the game online yesterday, I saw a different WSU team than I’ve seen in most games this season. The Cougars seemed a little tight and that led to play that wasn’t as clean – as he likes to say – as coach Donnie Marbut would have liked. Certainly, Cody Bartlett’s defense was impressive, but miscues by Derek Jones and Matt Argyropoulos led to extra pitches or extra runs. Those might not hurt against a USC or Grambling, but they comes back to bite you in a game against a team like Arkansas – especially in Fayetteville where it’s hard to get a close call in the visitor’s favor. Still, the Cougars had every opportunity to rally back in the eighth and ninth innings, but just couldn’t get the job done. You can read about it here with our game story, courtesy of freelancer Rich Polkoff. Or you can peruse freelancer Howie Stalwick’s stories, this one in the Kitsap Sun and this piece from Cougfan. … The Pac-10 reversed its Friday record, going 2-6 Saturday. Only UCLA and ASU won, with Cal and Stanford being eliminated. As for Arizona, Oregon State and Oregon, they all face the same task as WSU to win their regional: win three games.
• That’s it for now. We’ll be back with baseball news later. Until then …