| WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY BASEBALL PARTNERS WITH COMBAT |
Leading Manufacturer Becomes Exclusive Bat Supplier to NCAA Division I Cougars
KENT, WA – September 17, 2013 - Combat, a leading designer and manufacturer of elite composite baseball and softball bats, announced today it will become the exclusive provider of bats for the NCAA Division I Washington State University (WSU) baseball program beginning with the upcoming 2014 season. As part of this three-year partnership, COMBAT will become the official supplier of BBCOR certified baseball bats to the Cougars.
“Partnering with WSU is a major step for the COMBAT brand as we continue to forge ahead in NCAA Division I college baseball,” said Don Cooper, USA Director of Sales and Marketing for Combat. “We’re thrilled that the WSU players chose COMBAT to be the official bat supplier for their team. This is further evidence that our industry-leading sweetspot technology is recognized by elite players as a true performance enhancer at the plate.”
The Cougars, who play in the competitive Pacific-12 Conference (PAC-12), have made 16 appearances in the NCAA regional tournament and reached theCollege World Series four times. Under the leadership of Head Coach Donnie Marbut, the team has produced 23 Major League Baseball draft picks in the last five years.
Coming off a postseason appearance, Marbut has high expectations for his team leading into the season.
“We have made steady improvements to our ball club and plan to take another leap forward this coming season. The addition of COMBAT as the official bat supplier for our program is very exciting. I believe they have a cutting edge bat line that will help our players exceed expectations at the plate this coming season,” said Marbut.
The Cougars will be swinging the newest additions to the COMBAT line of Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) certified bats - the PORTENT and WANTED AB. Both bats feature a seamless and precision molding technology that is unique to COMBAT and has helped position the brand as the fastest growing adult baseball bat on the market.
Combat is a leading developer, designer and manufacturer of composite baseball and softball bats. Led by a world-class team of engineers, the Company has a diverse portfolio of intellectual property and advanced composite technologies that has been advancing athletes’ performance on the field since 1994. Combat’s innovative products are in use at the grassroots level to the elite professional ranks worldwide. Bauer Performance Sports Ltd., the parent company of Combat, is a publically-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange whose affiliates market products under the BAUER, MISSION, MAVERIK, CASCADE, INARIA and COMBAT brand names. For more information, visit Combat’s website at www.combatbaseball.com.