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WSU pitcher is a Friday Night Guy

Disregarding the still-annoying ping of bats that are mined and smelted rather than chopped and lathed, college baseball has it all over the pros in one respect: labeling the starting rotation. Numbering pitchers 1 through 5 – in order of purported ability – is not just boring and dehumanizing, it courts failure on the back end. Nobody has any expectation of the No. 5 guy; why should he have any of himself?

WSU to face Kansas St. in NCAA opener Friday

For the second consecutive season, the Washington State University Cougars baseball team is headed to the NCAA tournament. For the second consecutive season, WSU has been sent halfway across the country to play.

Roundup: WSU’s Shewey stifles Gonzaga

Paris Shewey fired seven shutout innings in his first start of the season and the 20th-ranked Washington State Cougars (31-18) blanked the host Gonzaga Bulldogs 2-0 in nonconference baseball Tuesday. Shewey (7-2) and Gonzaga starter Liam Baron (0-7) matched zeroes until the Cougars broke through in the seventh inning.

Cougs sweep USC

PULLMAN – Never before has the USC Trojan baseball team just been a speed bump. Especially against Washington State. Especially in Pullman. But that was the case this weekend, with the 24th-ranked Cougars running over USC again Sunday, posting an 8-2 win before 697 at Bailey-Brayton Field. WSU completed its first three-game sweep of the Trojans, outscoring the 12-time national champions 46-13.

WSU responds to coach’s question with wins

PULLMAN – May was just two days old when Washington State University coach Donnie Marbut decided to ask his team a question. “We talked after the Oregon series that we had a 16-game season,” Marbut said Monday. “What can we do in 16 games?”

Roundup: Cougars’ big ninth beats Cardinal

Shea Vucinich hit a two-run, go-ahead triple and Michael Weber hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run ninth inning as Washington State rallied to beat No. 25 Stanford 9-3 in Pac-10 action Sunday in Stanford, Calif. The Cougars (28-18, 11-10 Pac-10) took two of three games in the weekend series and moved into a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings with the Cardinal (27-20, 11-10 Pac-10) and California.

Roundup: Cougs win, sweep Cal

Adam Conley pitched 62/3 innings in his first start of the season and Washington State completed a three-game sweep of No. 18 California with a 9-4 win in Pac-10 baseball at Bailey-Brayton Field Monday in Pullman. In the longest outing of his career, Conley (4-2) gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits, walked one and struck out three. He left with the Cougars (25-17, 9-9 Pac-10) leading 8-2.

Roundup: Nine-run inning helps Cougars beat Cal

Washington State batters had eight consecutive hits in a nine-run sixth inning that propelled the Cougars to an 11-9 Pac-10 win over No. 18 California on Sunday in Pullman. Michael Weber went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs for WSU (24-17, 8-9 Pac-10) and Cody Bartlett was 3 for 5 and drove in two runs.

CCS right-hander Murphy mixes aviation, avocation

When Justin Murphy was a youngster on Spokane’s North Side, he was always looking up. And what he saw inspired him. “We live just over here,” Murphy said last week at Spokane Falls Community College, pointing vaguely north, “so planes fly right over our house into the airport. Ever since I was this tall I wanted to fly.”

Gonzaga halts seven-game slide

Mark Castellitto belted his 10th home run of the season, going 2 for 5 with three RBIs and a run scored as the Gonzaga baseball team hit a trio of homers to beat Washington (20-19) 11-1 in nonconference action Tuesday in Seattle. The Huskies led 1-0 on an RBI by Doug Cherry, who had four hits on the day. But GU (14-27-1) plated four runs in the third and kept on slugging, putting up 11 runs on 14 hits to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Roundup: Cougars romp; UW tops ASU

Matt Fanelli opened the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to jump-start an eight-run inning and the Washington State Cougars (21-14, 5-6) breezed to a 12-4 victory over the 22nd-ranked Oregon State Beavers (20-13, 3-8) in Pacific-10 Conference baseball action Saturday in Pullman. After Fanelli’s homer in the fourth, Jay Ponciano was hit by a pitch with one out. Kyle Johnson followed with a single. Garry Kuykendall fanned for the second out, but the inning was far from over for Beavers starter Tanner Robles (4-4). Shea Vucinich, Brett Jacobs, Michael Weber, Matt Argyropoulos and Fanelli delivered five straight run-scoring singles and Cody Bartlett capped the rally with a two-run triple.

Can’t hide from Heid

Drew Heid found his spot in the left-hand batter’s box. His left foot planted solidly, he awaited Joe Allison’s pitch. In Heid’s first at-bat against the University of Arizona right-hander, Allison had caught him flat-footed with a big, slow breaking ball on a 1-2 count. It wouldn’t happen again.

College roundup: Zags lose by one to No. 21 Arizona

A five-hit, four-run sixth inning proved too much for the Gonzaga Bulldogs as visiting Arizona held on for a 5-4 non-conference win Monday at the Patterson Baseball Complex. The 21st-ranked Wildcats (23-9) jumped ahead 1-0 off GU starter Andrew Danner (1-2) on Rafael Valenzuela’s third-inning solo homer to right. GU’s Drew Heid, who was 2 for 4 on the day, tied the game with a homer onto Trent Avenue in the bottom of the inning.

Roundup: Cougs top ASU

Washington State defeated top-ranked Arizona State 9-5 on Sunday in Pullman for the Cougars’ first series win against the Sun Devils in school history. Nine Cougars (17-11, 3-3 Pac-10) recorded hits, and Derek Jones and Matt Argyropoulos each drove in two runs.

Cougars score in ninth to beat No. 1 Sun Devils

PULLMAN – It would seem when you play the top-ranked college baseball team in the nation, a team that’s won 27 of its first 28 games, you would need to be perfect to win. Washington State wasn’t perfect Friday night in the opener of its three-game Pac-10 series with No. 1 Arizona State. Far from it.

College baseball: Cougs face devilish task

Things don’t get any easier for Washington State University this weekend. The Cougars opened Pac-10 play last week, losing two of three to rival Washington, then traveled to Salt Lake City and lost one nonconference game to BYU and another to snow. But Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Pullman the Cougars (17-10, 2-5 in their last seven) face their toughest test: No. 1-ranked Arizona State.

College baseball: Whitworth hits its stride

When Dan Ramsay took over as Whitworth University’s baseball coach last year, he was basically the same age as some of his players. That wouldn’t do. So he now has younger players. No, not really. It’s just coincidence the Pirates have mainly sophomores and freshmen contributing to one of their best Northwest Conference starts in years.

Vucinich’s glove rescues Cougars

PULLMAN – In the college baseball hierarchy, the weekend series, whether they be league games or not, are the glamour contests. The mid-week games? They’re usually a place to test depth, especially among the pitching staffs. But the mid-week games between Gonzaga and Washington State universities aren’t like that. With Inland Northwest bragging rights on the line, “it’s always a hard-fought game,” according to WSU coach Donnie Marbut.