PULLMAN -- There IS life after death. Need proof? Look no further than the 2011 Washington State baseball team. The Cougars, whose post-season hopes were hooked up to a feeding tube a week ago, extended their season-high winning streak to five before dropping a 6-5 decision to Washington on Sunday. The Cougs beat the Dawgs on Friday and Saturday to clinch their first Pac-10 series win of the year.
May 1, 2011
WASHINGTON STATE was struggling Tuesday night. Struggling mightily. Nothing was working. The Cougars were getting manhandled, plain and simple. Defeat seemed inevitable. No, we aren't talking about WSU's blowout basketball loss to Wichita State. The subject is WSU's blowout baseball win over Gonzaga.
March 30, 2011
PULLMAN -- Injuries, surgeries and academic concerns sidelined many of Washington State's key veterans during fall baseball workouts, and several freshmen were quick to take advantage of added playing time to catch the eye of coach Donnie Marbut.
October 27, 2010
SO WHAT DO Donnie Marbut and Jonathan Stewart have in common? Aside from the fact they both spent time in Olympia – Donnie as a prep baseball coach and Stewart as a high school All-American running back – there would seem, at first glance, little connection. Except this: Both of them lit a spark leading to record CF.C message board territory.
June 11, 2010
MOST COACHES TAKE a moment to bask in the glow of an outstanding season once that season has come to an end. If Washington State baseball coach Donnie Marbut savored such a moment, it's long gone. The Cougars' charter flight home from the Fayetteville Regional had barely landed Tuesday when Marbut was already talking about next year -- and Marbut is talking loud and proud.
June 8, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE -- College baseball in Fayetteville is a unique experience. From the gorgeous double-deck stadium to the large and lively crowds to the beer and barbecue in the Hog Pen beyond the left-field fence, the Arkansas Razorbacks put on a show. And did we mention the scantily clad dancers on top of the dugouts? Despite all the action off the field, the Razorbacks never forget priority No. 1.
June 7, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Jim Murray, the late, great L.A. Times sports writer, once wrote that Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson "has a strike zone the size of Hitler's heart." Murray was referring to Henderson's crouched stance. Washington State second baseman Cody Bartlett also crouches low, and when you combine that with the fact he only stands 5-foot-8, Bartlett's strike zone is rather Rickey-like.
June 5, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Donnie Marbut, asked to explain Washington State's endless array of come-from-behind baseball victories, said he is to blame. "If I did a better job of coaching," Marbut likes to deadpan, "we wouldn't always fall behind." If it ain't broke, don't fix it, Coach. The 23rd-ranked Cougars came from behind twice Friday night in an opening-round thriller at the NCAA tournament.
June 4, 2010