Conley, Arnold, other Cougs honored by Pac-10

CHAD ARNOLD, Washington State's ace pitcher from Kennewick, and Adam Conley, the tough-as-nails closer from Olympia, have been named to the All-Pac-10 baseball team. And a whopping seven of their teammates have received honorable mention all-conference honors, the league announced Thursday.

Arnold, a fourth-year junior from Southridge High, has a 3.47 ERA this season and a 5-3 record. He's racked up 71 strikeouts. He'll be on the mound Friday evening when the Cougars open play in the NCAA tournament regional in Fayetteville.

Conley, from Olympia High, has piled up 11 saves and a 5-2 won-loss record this season, working as both a closer and sometime starter. He has an ERA of 3.13. Arnold and Conley were two of 25 players on the all-league first team.

The seven Cougars who earned honorable mention plaudits are pitcher Paris Shewey, outfielders Derek Jones and Garry Kuykendall, infielders Cody Bartlett, Michael Weber Shea Vucinich and designated hitter Matt Fanelli.

For Fanelli and Shewey, the all-league accolades come on the heels of receiving Pac-10 All-Academic recognition yesterday. Fanelli, the Pride of Olympia, was named to the first team for the third straight season. His 3.78 GPA was tied for highest in the Pac-10. He is a senior majoring in psychology. WSU sophomore outfielder Patrick Claussen of Renton also was named to the first team (3.48 GPA).

Shewey, a junior lefthander from Redmond, was a second-team, All-Academic choice. He has a 3.30 GPA. Two other Cougs – junior third baseman Matt Argyropoulos and redshirt-junior catcher Jay Ponciano received honorable mention.

NOTABLE: The Cougars are making their second-straight appearance in the NCAA postseason. They take on Kansas State Friday at 5:05 p.m. Pacific in the Fayetteville, Ark., Regional. The game can be heard via

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