Fact two: The Cougars have won 18 games this season – including Saturday's – in come-from-behind fashion. Six of those Ws came in the final at bat. And get this: the Cougars scored 147 runs this season with two outs. What all this tells me is that these guys have ice water in their veins. They produce in the clutch.
Fact four: The Cougs are playing their best ball right now. They're 11-3 since since a series loss to Oregon at the start of May, and their victims have included the likes of No. 18 Cal, No. 25 Stanford and No. 7 UCLA.
I'm also high on the Cougs because early in the season they handed arguably the best team in the nation – 47-8 Arizona State – its only series loss of the entire season.
It all has me thinking WSU might just be primed to make a run toward Omaha, where the 64-team tourney culminates with an elite eight in the College World Series.
WSU entered the past week with an official NCAA RPI of 32. Since then, the Cougs won games over Portland and Gonzaga, and one of three from UCLA.
The estimated RPI for Washington State today?
One of the more accurate predictors, warrennolan.com, pegged it at 28 before Sunday's setback to the Bruins.
Last week, Baseball America forecast if all stayed the same, the Cougs would play in a regional held in Virginia. Perhaps. From this corner of the world, a surging team that is ranked No. 3 in the Conference of Champions and No. 20 in the nation deserves a regional placement on the West Coast. No matter. These Cougars have proven their mettle. Whether they're headed to Fullerton, Charlottesville, Austin or somewhere else, I think a march to Omaha is within grasp.
NOTABLE: Seedings and the entire 64 yeam field for the college baseball postseason will be announced in a half-hour tournament selection show on ESPN starting at 9:30 a.m. PT on Monday.Cougar fans are invited to join the team at the Palouse Creek Brewery in Pullman for selection show.