Moos wants to host regionals next year

THE COUGARS appear certain to be selected to play in the NCAA baseball tournament for the second straight year -- and Cougar players, coaches and fans look forward to learning Monday where they will be headed. A year from now, WSU athletic director Bill Moos says he hopes the Cougars will be headed to WSU's Bailey-Brayton Field come tournament time.

"We'll be front and center next year (in bidding for regionals)," Bill Moos told CF.C.

WSU did not apply this year, nor did they last year, to be the host team for one of the four-team regionals that kick off the 64-team NCAA tournament.

Moos said he does not know the exact figure the NCAA requires in terms of guaranteed money by a regional host -- it's reportedly no small chunk of change, which has been a concern at WSU in the past -- but the newly appointed AD plans to find out long before next season rolls around.

"Any time you're playing at home, you have a better chance to win," Moos said.

The 20th-ranked Cougars return a solid corps of players next year. Key starting pitcher Chad Arnold is expected to bypass his senior year to turn pro, but returnees should include pitcher Adam Conley, right fielder Derek Jones, third baseman Matt Argyropolous, second baseman Cody Bartlett, center fielder Garry Kuykendall, left fielder Brett Jacobs and shortstop Shea Vucinich.

"We should be pretty good next year," Moos said.

Moos said he's not overly concerned with the fact that regionals take place in late May or early June, when students are not attending classes at WSU.

"Cougar baseball has always been very popular," said Moos, a close friend of legendary WSU baseball coach Bobo Brayton.

The moo cows are gone, long live the moo cows. The recording of cows mooing on the cell phone of Moos (a former WSU football player who grew up on a farm in Edwall) has been replaced by the Cougar fight song. Moos officially began his duties at WSU last month.

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