2010 Yakima Bears Preview

The Yakima Bears began their 2010 season last night with a 7-0 shutout of the Boise Hawks, perhaps signaling a reversal of their recent fortunes. The Arizona Diamondbacks' Short Season affiliate has played 40 games below .500 combined over the past two seasons. Can this year's roster bring winning baseball back to southern Washington?
June 19, 2010

Five reasons, for both optimists & pessimists

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Washington State's quest for Omaha begins here tomorrow, and both optimists and pessimists can offer good arguments on how far the Cougars will go. On the glass half-full side of the equation, there are five legitimate, sure-fire reasons why Washington State will win the Fayetteville Regional.
June 3, 2010

Capital city fuels WSU's baseball renaissance

A LOOK AT THE WSU baseball roster would suggest that Pullman and Olympia are sister cities. Four members of the NCAA Tourney-bound Cougs hail from the state capital. That's twice as much representation as any other city. When you consider that Olympia's population is just 45,000 – 13 times smaller than Seattle proper and 4½ times smaller than Spokane or Tacoma – you know there's magic in the air.
June 2, 2010

How do Cougs feel about their draw?

PULLMAN -- Washington State baseball has a proud tradition, they've made the postseason 16 times. But only four Cougar teams have qualified for the College World Series. WSU's most recent trek to the holy land of college baseball -- otherwise known as Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. -- came way back in 1976. However, the 23rd-ranked Cougars have good reason to like their chances at regionals.
May 31, 2010

BASEBALL: Marbut has multiple sparkplugs

TRADITIONALLY, LOCKER ROOMS are overflowing with clichés. Perhaps none is more ingratiating to members of the media than that timeless classic, "It was a total team win." Thankfully, no one seems to recall anyone on the Washington State baseball team serving that one up this season. If, however, it does sneak out, even the media would have to give the Cougars a pass.
May 27, 2010

BASEBALL: 2010 Cougs are all about heart

A CASUAL OBSERVER would notice nothing extraordinary about the 2010 Washington State baseball season. A conference record of 11-10. A 28-18 record overall. Middle of the pack in Pac-10 batting, pitching and fielding statistics. Few players among the conference leaders in individual statistics. Ah, but numbers alone tell us nothing about heart.
May 18, 2010

Cougs have it all: they're good and lucky

PULLMAN -- It has been said that it is better to be lucky than good. If so, it is even better to be lucky AND good. Case in point: The Washington State baseball team. The Cougars came from behind to win for the 16th time Sunday, and a lethal mix of skill and luck ultimately led to victory for the umpteenth time.
May 24, 2009