WSU Finishes GU Series At Home, Then Travels To No. 9 OSU
April 19, 2005
THIS WEEK: Tuesday, April 19 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 6 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Friday, April 22 - WSU vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 5 p.m., Gross Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis
*Saturday, April 23 - WSU vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 1 p.m., Gross Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis
*Sunday, April 24 - WSU vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 1 p.m., Gross Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis
NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, April 27 - WSU vs. Lewis-Clark State, 6:30 p.m., Harris Field, Lewiston
*Friday, April 29 - WSU vs. Washington, 6 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Saturday, April 30 - WSU vs. Washington, 1 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Sunday, May 1 - WSU vs. Washington, 1 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
LAST WEEK: Tuesday, April 12 - WSU 4, Gonzaga 1, Avista Stadium, Spokane
*Denotes Pacific-10 Conference Game
After taking the weekend off, the Washington State Cougars will take on Gonzaga Tuesday at Bailey-Brayton Field in the fifth and final game of the season series. Then the Cougs will travel to Corvallis to play No. 9 Oregon State in a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series beginning Friday.
WSU (17-20, 0-9 Pac-10) defeated the Bulldogs (23-13, 10-4 WCC) 4-1 in Spokane last Tuesday, taking a 3-1 lead in the season series. The Cougars are 0-1 at home against the regional foe, falling to the Zags 14-12 in 10 innings March 29. Tuesday's starting pitcher, Wayne Daman Jr. is 4-3, posting a 4.17 earned run average, and will face GU for the first time this season.
The Cougars will begin their fourth Pac-10 series at 5 p.m. Friday, taking on Oregon State (27-7, 13-2 Pac-10) at Gross Stadium. WSU will continue series action against the surprise team of the conference Saturday and Sunday, with 1 p.m. starts scheduled for both games. The Beavers were picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, but are currently second in the conference behind No. 6 Arizona.Leading Cougar regulars at the plate is Baseball America's Midseason All-American Freshman Team selection Jim Murphy. The Juanita High graduate from Kirkland, Wash. is hitting .381 overall, .600 against Gonzaga and .342 in Pac-10 play.
Following Murphy among team regulars is Jay Miller, who is hitting .347 overall and .323 in conference action. He recorded his team-leading 50th hit against GU last Tuesday, a two-run long ball for his third homer and 12th extra-base hit of the season.
Jeff Miller, went 2-for-3 against GU last week, improving his batting average to .500 for the series. The sophomore is third on the team, hitting .310 with a team-leading eight runs batted in during Pac-10 action.Dane Renkert leads the Cougar pitching staff with a 5.27 earned run average in Pac-10 action. The co-captain has pitched 13.2 innings, making four appearances including his first start of the season, while fanning 10 batters during conference play. He leads the team with 19 appearances and three saves.
COACH MARBUT TALKS ABOUT THE COUGS: 'I think the weekend off was good. The guys are fresh and excited to get playing again.
'We have a tough challenge at home against Gonzaga and then another challenging weekend against an Oregon State team that is ranked in the top-10 in the nation right now.'
WSU VS. No. 9 OREGON STATE: The following is a statistical comparison of how Washington State matches up against its' weekend opponent, Oregon State:
Jim Murphy: The first baseman was named to Baseball America's College Midseason All-Freshman Team April 8...the Kirkland, Wash. native is the only Pac-10 player named to the rookie team...leads Cougar regulars in batting for the fourth-consecutive week with a .381 overall average...leads WSU regulars in Pac-10 action with13 hits for a team-best .342 average...hitting .600 in GU series to lead WSU regulars...leads team regulars and is ranked on several Pac-10 overall batting lists including batting average (7th), slugging percentage (8th, .629) and on base percentage (6th, .470)...scored as well as plated 21 runs this season...has 12 extra-base hits, including six doubles and six long balls...Jay Miller was the last freshman to lead WSU in batting average at the end of the season, hitting .341 in 2003...before Miller, the last time a freshman finished the season with the batting title was 1997, when red-shirt freshman Steve Curran led with a .350 batting average.
Jay Miller: Miller's two-run homer against Gonzaga April 12 was his team-leading 50th hit...second among Coug regulars hitting .347 overall and .323 in Pac-10 play...second on the team with 12 extra-base hits including eight doubles, a triple and three bombs...on the road, leads WSU regulars with a .358 batting average, 24 hits and is second with 12 RBI...leads team with 14 multiple-hit games...started 142 out of 147 games, hitting .348 for career...15 hits away from ranking on WSU's all-time career hits list.
Jeff Miller: Second on team with 31 RBI, driving home a team-leading eight runs in Pac-10 play...third among Coug regulars with a .310 batting average in league play...on team is tied for third with 12 multiple hit games, second with eight multiple RBI games...leads Coug regulars in April, hitting .357.Brady Everett: Leads team and is ranked on several Pac-10 categories including RBI (t-5th, 40), runs scored (t-10th, 34), home runs (t-4th, 8) and hit by pitch (t-2nd, 13)...had team-best 18-game hit streak snapped against Gonzaga April 12...first on team with 12 multiple RBI games.
Jason Freeman: Fourth among Cougar regulars with a .306 batting average and second with 11 hits during Pac-10 games...leads team and is tied for third in Pac-10 in stolen bases (12) and is fourth in the conference with eight sacrifice bunts.
Jimmy Freeman: Leads team and tied for first in Pac-10 with 11 starts...leads WSU with 59.0 innings pitched...ranked among Pac-10 hurlers with 52 strike outs (t-10th) and six wins (t-4th)...allowed five earned runs against No. 6 UA April 9, while striking out four batters over eight innings...second on team with 4.27 ERA.
Jayson Miller: Is 2-3 this season, making five starts in 15 appearances, finishing third among Cougar hurlers with 48 innings of work...2-0 against the Zags, holding Bulldogs to just three hits and one run over nine innings of work.
Zach Kosturos: Leads team with 14 extra base hits including 10 doubles...among Pac-10 hitters is tied for fourth with three triples...has 29 hits and 18 RBI overall.
Zach Franklin: The senior co-captain has made nine starts in 22 appearances...is second on the team hitting .429 overall, .400 in Pac-10, .438 in non-conference and .455 during April play...made two starts in four appearances in Pac-10 games, driving home three runs, scoring two and recording four hits including one double.
AGAINST THE ZAGS: WSU is 3-1 against Gonzaga (23-13, 10-4 WCC) this season...freshman hurler Jayson Miller is 2-0, posting a 1.00 ERA against the Zags...made three appearances against GU, earning wins both April 5 and April 12...allowed three hits, one run, which was earned, while striking out three Bulldogs in the series...Jimmy Freeman and Dustin Willis combined to shutout the Zags, 9-0 March 3 in the first game of the Banana Belt Tournament...WSU fell to Gonzaga 14-12 March 29 in 10-innings at Bailey-Brayton Field...the Cougs avenged their home loss by defeating the Bulldogs in Spokane their next two meetings, defeating GU 7-3 April 5, and 4-1 April 12...several of the Coug's team game highs this season have come against Gonzaga...March 29 WSU recorded 29 total bases, three home runs and 30 putouts, which are all team game highs...WSU tied a game high for walks (6) April 5, and recorded a team high with four sacrifice hits March 3...the series between the two teams dates back to 1911...WSU leads all-time series 171-83-1...the Bulldogs and the Cougs tied the 2004 series 2-2...WSU hosts the Bulldogs in the series finale at Bailey-Brayton Field Tuesday.
RELIEVERS HOLDING ON: This season, there has been a total of 79 runners on base when Cougar relief pitchers have entered a game...the bullpen has allowed 35 of those runners to score... Jayson Miller has been the most effective reliever with runners on base...Miller's only allowed two of 10 inherited runners to score...Steve Kost has allowed three of 10 inherited runners to cross home plate, while Dane Renkert has allowed two of nine runners to score...Travis Webb has allowed three of nine inherited runners on base to score and Eric Dingwall's given up one run with four runners already on base.
BRUISED BATTERS: WSU leads the Pac-10 with 67 batters hit by pitches...cross-state rival Washington is ranked second with 57 hit batters...in the conference individual hit by pitch category, there are four Cougars on the top-10 list...Brady Everett is tied for second with teammate Kaeo Rubin, both being hit 13 times...Jay Miller is tied for fourth with 10 HBP's...Zach McAngus has been hit nine times, tying him for sixth on the list...11-of-15 Cougs have been hit by a pitch at least once this year...ouch!
PAC-10 TEAMS RANK AMONG BEST: WSU's 2005 baseball schedule features seven teams, six from the Pac-10 Conference, that received votes this week in at least one of the four major college baseball polls; Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, Sports Weekly/ESPN, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association...the Arizona Wildcats, who WSU hosted April 8-10, are currently ranked number six in all but the Collegiate Baseball poll, which they rank No. 5...next on the polls is Oregon State, the Cougars' next Pac-10 opponent, followed by Stanford, that played in Pullman April 1-3...Arizona State entered the national rankings after sweeping Stanford in a three-game Pac-10 series last weekend...Washington and Hawai'i received votes in at least one of the polls...WSU's schedule this year includes 22 games against the seven teams...
MOM'S WEEKEND WITH THE COUGS: April 8-10 marked the annual WSU Mom's Weekend...Saturday April 9, 2,142 baseball fans came to Bailey-Brayton Field to watch the Cougars take on No. 6 Arizona...the 2005 home attendance high ranks as the 11th largest crowd at Bailey-Brayton Field since 1989...April 17, 2004, the Saturday game of Mom's Weekend, the WSU-USC game drew 3,153 fans...the attendance was the largest Cougar home crowd since 1989...WSU's largest crowd was 4,666 in 1990 for a doubleheader against cross-state rival Washington.
FREEMAN IN GOOD COMPANY: Prior to earning his first lost in the series opener against California March 24, Jimmy Freeman started the season 6-0...five WSU pitchers have started the season with a 6-0 record since 1988, including John Olerud, Aaron Sele, Bryce Chamberlin, Ed Gustafson, and David Wainhouse...last year Chamberlin started 6-0, finishing 8-3 overall...Sele started 7-0 in 1990 and finished 12-3...Gustafson went 8-0 in 1989, recording a 8-2 overall record...Olerud went 15-0 in 1998, while Wainhouse finished 7-0 the same year.
BATTLE FOR THE BATTING TITLE: The Cougar regular with the best overall batting average the Monday after a weekend series has changed five times this season...Jim Murphy leads the team for the fourth consecutive week in batting average, hitting .381 overall...prior to Murphy, Zach McAngus and Jay Miller battled back and forth for the lead...McAngus and Murphy are edging out Miller, each leading the team for four weeks to Miller's three...Miller led WSU after its first weekend of play, boasting his highest average of the year, .429...McAngus took the lead the following weekend hitting .500, which is the highest batting average of any regular this spring...when McAngus has led he's hit .415 (2/21/05) and .364 (3/07/05 and 3/14/05)...Miller led with .404 (2/28/05) and .376 (3/21/05) averages...Miller is currently second among Coug regulars with a .347 batting average...McAngus is fourth hitting .309, Kaeo Rubin's third (.315) and Brady Everett is fifth (.305).
GOING THE DISTANCE: Brady Everett leads the Cougars with eight home runs...freshman Jim Murphy is second on the team with six...Everett hit his eighth homer of the season during WSU's loss to Gonzaga March 29...Everett's three-run shot was his sixth multiple-run home run this season...nine Cougars have gone yard this season...Jay Miller recorded his third long ball last week against Gonzaga...Jeff Miller has two homers this season...Zach Franklin, Kaeo Rubin, Zach McAngus, Matt Thomas and Zach Kosturos each have each gone yard once this year.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bellevue, Wash. native, Jay Miller was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for the week of March 15-21 for his .688 hitting performance against Utah Valley State...went 11-for-16 against the Wolverines, including three doubles, a triple and a homer...scored six runs, while driving home as many and stole base three times...with his performance he improved his overall batting average from .318 to .376, which led the team the week of March 24-26...he is the first Cougar to receive the weekly honor this season.
STREAKING EVERETT: Senior catcher Brady Everett ended his 18-game hit streak against Gonzaga April 5...the transfer from Clemson began his hit streak with a pair of hits March 3 against the Bulldogs at the Banana Belt Tournament...during the streak Everett maintained a .377 batting average (23-for-61) with an on-base percentage of .500...Everett now holds the record for consecutives games with a hit by a catcher...prior to Everett, catcher Jon Baeder had a 11 game streak in 2001...the school record for most consecutive hits in a game belongs to Shawn Stevenson...Stevenson ended the 1997 season with hits in his last 18 games, then hit safely in the first 10 games of the 1998 season...prior to Stevenson, John Olerud held the record with a mark of 22 games during the 1988 season, in which he was voted Baseball America's player of the year...there have only been four games this season Everett has been hitless; Feb. 11 at Southeastern Louisiana, Feb. 27 at Hawai'I, April 5 at Gonzaga and April 8 against Arizona...in the first game of a doubleheader Feb. 19, Everett played but did not have an official at-bat.
RUBIN SETS AND TIES WSU RECORDS: During the course of the Banana Belt Tournament and the following series against Northern Colorado Rubin set a school record with hits in nine consecutive trips to the plate...tied a school record set in 1992 with hits in 10 consecutive at bats, not counting walks...the record was originally set by current Cleveland Indian Mike Kinkade...went 6-for-6 March 11, tying a school record for hits in a game set in 1907...Rubin used hits over three-game span to set and tie school records...had two hits sandwiched around a walk March 6...hit in first two plate appearances, going 3-for-4 March 12 against Northern Colorado...had 11 hits with three doubles and five RBI in the three-game span.
WSU ALL-TIME BANANA BELT CHAMPS: Since the Banana Belt Tournament started in 1950 WSU has won the title 20 times, including the last two...host LCSC has captured the tournament title 19 times...the last time WSU won the Banana Belt Tournament in consecutive years was 1979 and 1980...the longest WSU streak for consecutive Banana Belt titles is four years, 1963 through 1966...WSU has placed second 11 times...and won titles in 1950, 1951, 1961, 1963-66, 1969-71, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979-80, 1982, 1988, 1990, 2004 and 2005.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: During the first five weeks of the 2005 season, the Cougars played 18 games in five different states...WSU started the season in Sacramento, Calif., going 1-2 against Sac State...WSU then went 2-1 against Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond...played in Pasco, splitting the series 2-2 against Portland...then traveled to Hawai'i, splitting the four-game series...finished in Lewiston, Idaho, taking the Banana Belt Tournament championship with a 3-1 record...in the first five weeks the Cougars traveled roughly 16,000 miles round trip.
EXTRA INNINGS FIRST SINCE 1975: The 10-inning opening game of the 2005 WSU baseball season against Sacramento State Friday, February 4, was the first time since 1975 a Cougar team has played extra innings in its first outing of the season...the Cougars lost 7-6 to LCSC at the start of the 1975 season.
IMPROVEMENT EARNS NATIONAL RANKING: Between the 2003 and 2004 seasons, the Cougars were the 15th most improved team in the nation...in 2003 WSU finished the season with an 19-37 overall record...in 2004 it finished the season 29-26...the Cougars improved 10.5 games in 2004...the most improved team in the nation following the 2004 season was Prairie View, which improved its final record by 19.5 games.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: The Cougars will face six teams that played in the post-season last year...five conference foes, Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington, all made a regional appearance, with the Wildcats making it to the College World Series...Lewis-Clark State made it to the NAIA World Series.
COUGS HIT FIELD EARLY: In past years Washington State was limited in early-season outdoor practice time, but with WSU's new FieldTurf baseball diamond, Cougar players have been enjoying mild weather while holding intrasquad games and practices outdoors since the middle of January. 'We have been on our new field every day since January 19,' says Donnie Marbut.
THE WASHINGTON CONNECTION: The 2005 Washington State team consists of 31 Washington natives including head coach Donnie Marbut and associate coach Travis Jewett...four Cougar players hail from Bellevue...Kennewick, Woodinville and Spokane are each home to a pair of players...other Washington cities that made the Cougar geographic roster are Beaver, Bellingham, Burien, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Longview, Moses Lake, Olympia, Renton, Richland, Sammamish, Spanaway, Tacoma, Vancouver and Walla Walla...Marbut is a Aberdeen native and Jewett calls Tacoma home.
THE EDMONDS CC CONNECTION: Four current Cougars played for WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut during his tenure as head coach at Edmonds Community College...former Tritons new to the squad this year are Eric Dingwall and Brady Everett...Kaeo Rubin and Zach Kosturos both played under Marbut at Edmonds before coming to WSU last season...all four players won a NWAACC Championship under Marbut.
NO GAPS IN COUGAR OUTFIELD: Starting in the Washington State outfield are junior Jay Miller and seniors Jason Freeman and Kaeo Rubin...the three led the team in hitting last season with Miller edging out Freeman for first, .355 to .344...Rubin was third with a .341 batting average...all three earned Pac-10 honorable mention accolades...Miller also earned All-Academic accolades last year...Freeman played second base last season but this season has returned to his natural position in the outfield.
AN ALL NEW PLAYING FIELD: WSU is one of the few colleges in the nation to play on an artificial surface baseball field...in 2004 the Cougars became the first NCAA Division I team to have FieldTurf as its playing surface...WSU joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Minnesota Twins and most recently the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the exclusive group of baseball teams to use FieldTurf as their playing field...the Cougar baseball diamond is ringed with a brownish red warning track and includes base paths of the same color...the only dirt on WSU's baseball field is the pitching mound and around home plate...included in the renovation project completed before the 2004 season were new dugouts for both teams.
COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS SEVENTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: Washington State University is ranked seventh in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,330 at the end of the 2004 season...
MARBUT IN GOOD COMPANY: Don Marbut is the ninth WSU head coach to win his first baseball game as a Cougar and the first since Bobo Brayton beat Gonzaga 9-4 March 22, 1962, beginning his illustrious 33-year WSU career...Marbut beat Sacramento State 8-7 to open his WSU career...the eight other WSU head coaches who won their first games are Jack Friel (1943), Arthur 'Buck' Bailey (1927), Harry Applequist (1923), Frank Barber (1921), J.R. Bender (1907), Everett Sweeley (1905) and J.N. Ashmore (1904).