WSU ROUNDUP: Tickets sales up

IMPROVEMENT ON THE football field is translating into improvement in ticket sales for the Washington State Cougars. "We think we can sell out every single game this season," tickets manager Paul Finn said Monday on the weekly WSU sports radio talk show in Spokane.

Finn said the Cougars have received requests for approximately 1,000 season tickets from new purchasers. Finn said an "incredible" home schedule has helped spur interest, with all six games in Pullman set for Saturdays. Game times have yet to be announced due to TV's wants and needs.

Washington, Oregon, USC, Arizona, California and Portland State are coming to Martin Stadium. In addition, the Cougars play their annual Seattle "home" game against Rutgers in the season opener Thursday, Aug. 28 at CenturyLink Field.

Season tickets may be ordered at (800) GO-COUGS or online HERE. Single-game tickets for Pullman games go on sale to the general public in early August. Seattle tickets, which are not part of season tickets, are available now.

WSU BASEBALL FANS attending Tuesday's 6 p.m. game at Gonzaga may purchase a game ticket, pre-game tailgating pass and all-you-can-eat barbecue from Spokane's Red Lion Barbecue & Pub for $12. Beer, wine and spirits will be sold separately, starting at 4 p.m. at the nearby Innovate Washington Building patio at 665 North Riverpoint.

Register HERE, or phone (509) 358-7572.

The Cougars (16-15, 7-5 Pac-12) are tied for fourth with Oregon and UCLA. Washington State visits the injury-hampered Ducks – ranked 23rd by Baseball America -- on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The standard Friday-through-Sunday conference series was scrapped due to Easter Sunday.

WSU right fielder Yale Rosen continues to rank with the Pac-12's best in batting (fourth, .381), on-base percentage (third, .481) and slugging percentage (second, .584). Third baseman Nick Tanielu bumped his batting average to .350 after going 8-for-12 (.667) during a three-game series with Oregon State over the weekend.

The Cougars were battered in the final two games after Joe Pistorese tossed a four-hitter Friday in a 4-1 win over the Beavers. OSU was ranked sixth by Baseball America.

"Joe Pistorese is one of the best competitors in the conference," WSU coach Donnie Marbut said.

Pleasant weather and Mom's Weekend helped the Cougars draw their three largest home crowds of the season for Oregon State – 1,621, 3,362 and 1,234, respectively.

NEW BASKETBALL COACH Ernie Kent, a gregarious sort, is making plenty of friends for WSU basketball by making plenty of public appearances.

On Sunday, Kent and athletic director Bill Moos visited former Cougars star Klay Thompson in Portland. Thompson nailed 6 of 10 shots from 3-point range and scored 25 points in Golden State's loss to the Trail Blazers.

Kent is a fellow who likes to keep good company. When Kent watched the NCAA title game in Arlington, Texas, last week, he sat with college coaching legends Lute Olson and Jim Calhoun and renowned NBA gunners Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton.

"I thought that was a pretty good group in my row," Kent said casually.

WSU CORNERBACK Daquawn Brown, facing two charges of fourth-degree assault, has a jury trial scheduled to begin May 9.

Defensive lineman Emmitt Su'a-Kalio pled guilty Friday to fourth-degree assault. Sentencing has not been set for Su'a-Kalio, who reportedly broke the jaw of former walk-on quarterback Domenic Rocky in a locker-room confrontation when both players redshirted as freshmen last fall.

Wide receiver Gabe Marks and running back Teondray Caldwell, the latter stemming from an April 2013 incident, have yet to go to court to settle incidents that resulted in multiple charges.

Former kick returner-running back Leon Brooks, a senior last season, recently had his driving under the influence charge reduced to negligent driving. He was fined $500 and placed on probation.

FORMER WSU BASKETBALL player DeAngelo Casto won Player of the Week honors two times in three weeks in Japan's No. 2 pro league.

Casto, who briefly returned to South Korea (where he played last season), recorded 21 points, 20 rebounds and six blocked shots in one game and 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in another contest.

Former Cougar guard Marcus Capers has left Japan's No. 1 league to play in Finland's top league. Capers, who played in Finland last season, averaged 16 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots in his first four games back in Finland.

ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR John Johnson said WSU football fans will be able to tour the lobby of the new football operations building – complete with an extensive Cougars football exhibit – by mid-June or early July. Johnson said the lobby will be open on game days and school days.

"Think of it as the best lobby you've ever been in," Johnson said on radio Monday. "And a ‘hall of fame' not unlike the College Football Hall of Fame, or major league baseball and NASCAR Hall of Fame(s)."

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