WSU, 11-3, Challenges Yellow Book Classic Field

March 9, 2004

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THIS WEEK:
~ Saturday, March 13 - WSU vs. Oral Roberts, 10:00 a.m., Malibu, Calif.
~ Sunday, March 14 - WSU vs. No. 18 UC-Irvine, 10:00 a.m., Malibu, Calif.
~ Monday, March 15 - WSU vs. Pepperdine, 2:00 p.m., Malibu, Calif.

NEXT WEEK:
Friday, March 19 - WSU vs. Washington (non-conference), 1:00 p.m., Pullman, Wash.
Saturday, March 20 - WSU vs. Washington (non-conference), 1:00 p.m., Pullman, Wash.
Sunday, March 21 - WSU vs. Washington (non-conference), 1:00 p.m., Pullman, Wash.

LAST WEEK:
% Friday, March 5 - WSU 9, Portland 4, Lewiston, Idaho
% Saturday, March 6 - WSU 17, Utah Valley State 2, Lewiston, Idaho
% Sunday, March 7 - WSU 9, Gonzaga 3, Lewiston, Idaho
% Sunday, March 7 - WSU 10, Lewis-Clark State 1, Lewiston, Idaho

% - Banana Belt Tournament, Lewiston (Lewis-Clark State-host, Gonzaga, Portland, Utah Valley State, WSU)
~ - Yellow Book Classic, Malibu, Calif. (Pepperdine-host, UC-Irvine, Oral Roberts, WSU)

COUGAR DIAMOND SUMMARY

Cougars To Play in Yellow Book Classic: The Washington State baseball team, riding a six-game win streak, heads to California this week to take on the Pepperdine-hosted Yellow Book Classic field, beginning Friday.

The Cougars are coming off a sweep of four games at the Banana Belt tournament in Lewiston, Idaho last weekend. It was WSU's 19th BB tournament title.

Friday WSU will play Oral Roberts (9-3) at 10 a.m., then Saturday take on the California-Irvine Anteaters (12-3-1), currently ranked #18 by Collegiate Baseball magazine. Saturday's contest also starts at 10 a.m. WSU's foe Sunday will be the host Waves (5-9) in a 2 p.m. game

Last week's Banana Belt tourney title followed a championship the previous week at the River City tournament in Sacramento, giving WSU a school record two tournament titles in one season.

Last weekend the WSU pitching staff held opponents to a .189 batting average, posted a 2.06 ERA, and struck out 40 batters. Cougar pitchers allowed 24 hits, 10 runs, eight earned, and eight walks.

Leading the WSU pitchers was junior Bryce Chamberlin (3-0), who, in an eight inning complete game against Utah Valley State, had a career-high 11 strikeouts and lowered his ERA 3.68.

Zach McAngus, Jay Miller and Zach Franklin led WSU regulars at the plate, each batting .600 or better. McAngus hit .636, going 7-for-11 in four games with four RBI, one double and six runs scored for a .727 slugging percentage.

Jay Miller hit .615 last weekend, collecting eight hits with five RBI. In 14 games, he is hitting .469.

Franklin is batting .438 for the season and hit .600 during the Banana Belt with a .800 slugging percentage, and two RBI.

WSU went 12-for-15 in stolen base attempts last weekend, with eight steals Saturday in one inning against UVSC. Freshman Justin McClure led the Cougs, going 3-for-3 for stolen bases.

McClure also led the team in home runs, with a two-run homer Friday, and a grand slam the second day of play. He had eight RBI in four games.

Despite a doubleheader Sunday, WSU made only one error the final day of play, and three in the tournament. WSU has 15 errors this season, posting a .973 fielding percentage.

WSU ON THE RADIO AND WEB: The final 43 games of the season will be broadcast on KCLX Radio in Colfax...the games are also carried on the official WSU web site at www.wsucougars.com.

WSU-WASHINGTON SERIES MOVED TO PULLMAN: WSU will begin its home schedule two weeks earlier than expected following the announcement this week the Cougar-Washington Husky games March 19-20-21 will be played in Pullman...the non-conference series was originally to be played at Pasco, but an adequate college field is not available in the area because of a junior college baseball tournament being held the same weekend...all three 1:00 p.m. games will be played on WSU's newly renovated FieldTurf field.

WIN STREAK HITS SIX: WSU has won six straight games, the final two contests at Texas-Pan American, and all four games last weekend at the Banana Belt tournament...the last time WSU won six straight games was in mid-March, 1999...the last time WSU won eight straight was in late April, 1997, while WSU's last nine-game win streak came early in the 1993 season.

STEALING BASES: In the fifth inning against Utah Valley State, WSU stole eight bases, setting a school record for stolen bases in an inning and tying the NCAA Div. 1 record set in 1991 and equaled in 1993...the Cougars fell three short of the school record 11 stolen bases in a game, set in 1917 against Montana...WSU has attempted to steal 33 bases this season and has been successful 23 times...freshman Justin McClure leads the Cougs in stolen bases with five...McClure has yet to be caught stealing this season.

TWO TOURNAMET WINS IS WSU RECORD: The Cougars have won two tournament championships this season, the first time in school history the feat has been accomplished...in February, WSU won the River City Tournament, sweeping games against Santa Clara, Saint Mary's and host Sacramento State...the Cougs last week won the Banana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho, for the 19th time in tournament history...the Cougars swept the four-team tournament with victories over Portland, Utah Valley State, Gonzaga and Lewis-Clark State.

MOUND HOT IN BANANA BELT: WSU pitching shut down opposing hitters in last week's Banana Belt Tournament, compiling a 2.76 ERA while holding opponents to a .189 batting average...during the four-game sweep, WSU pitchers struck out 40 batters, allowed 10 hits and 10 runs, eight earned...leading the Cougar pitching staff was junior Bryce Chamberlin, who pitched an eight-inning complete game against Utah Valley State to earn his third win of the season...Chamberlin struck out a career high 11 batters, while holding the Wolverines to two runs, one earned...junior Dane Renkert earned his first save of the season against Gonzaga...Renkert pitched four innings with four strikeouts, one walk and no runs or hits.

COUGAR HITTING: The Cougars hit .306 in the Banana Belt Tournament...WSU had 41 hits, seven doubles, a triple and three home runs...junior Dusty Druffel hit the only triple of the weekend series in his first at bat as a Coug...Washington State drew 19walks in the four-game tournament...nine Cougars, including four consecutive batters against LCSC, reached base via hit-by-pitch...the Cougars outscored their opponents during the tournament 45-10.

WSU VERSUS OPPONENTS: In the first 14 games of the season, WSU has outscored opponents 120-48...WSU has outscored opponents in all innings except the eighth and extra innings...the Cougars produce the most runs in the seventh inning, 24.

OFFENSIVE PRODUCTIVITY: With runners in scoring position WSU is hitting .295...the Cougs are scoring runners from third with less than two outs at a .441 rate and batting .352 with two outs...WSU is advancing runners at a rate of .520...with the bases empty, the Cougars are hitting .298, compared to .235 with the bases loaded...with runners on base, WSU is hitting .285...leadoff batters for the Cougs are batting .393...against right-handed pitchers, WSU has hit .293, and .290 versus left-handed pitchers.

GOING YARD: Freshman Justin McClure had two home runs last weekend...one two-run home run and one a grand slam...Jeremy Farrar had a solo home run...neither played had a home run before last weekend's games.

WSU PITCHING VS. OPPONENTS: The WSU pitching staff, including Aaron MacKenzie, Aaron Trolia, Bryce Chamberlin, Brandon Hundt, Wayne Daman Jr., Brett Sommer, Dane Renkert and Garrett Alwert, have posted a 2.67 ERA, compared to opponents' 6.71 ERA...the Cougs have allowed 38 earned runs, opposing pitchers 91...WSU pitchers have 129 strikeouts, while opposing pitchers have 90...WSU has given up 98 hits, 44 less hits than the opposition's 142.

AN ALL NEW PLAYING FIELD: When WSU begins play in Bailey-Brayton Stadium March 19, it will become the first NCAA Division I team to have FieldTurf as it's playing surface...WSU joins the Tampa Bay Devil Rays ase part of the exclusive group of baseball teams to use FieldTurf as their playing field. The Cougar baseball diamond will be ringed with a brownish red warning track and base paths of the same color...the only dirt on WSU's baseball field will be the pitching mound and around home plate...included in the renovation project are new dugouts for both teams.

COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS SEVENTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: Washington State University ranked seventh in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,301 at the end of the 2003 season.

2004 CAPTAINS: Four seniors have been named as the captains for the 2004 Cougar squad...they are Garrett Alwert, Collin Henderson, Aaron MacKenzie, and Brandon Reddinger.

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