Cougars Warm Up With LCSC Before Hosting Washington

April 26, 2005

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THIS 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

NEXT WEEK:
Saturday, May 7 - WSU vs. Sacramento State, 7 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
Sunday, May 8 - WSU vs. Sacramento State, 2 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
Monday, May 9 - WSU vs. Sacramento State, Noon, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

LAST WEEK:
Tuesday, April 19 - WSU 8, Gonzaga 4, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Friday, April 22 -No. 9 Oregon State 5, WSU 4, Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis
*Sunday, April 24 (DH) -No. 9 Oregon State 8, WSU 1, Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis
*Sunday, April 24 (DH) - No. 9 Oregon State 7, WSU 6, Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis
*Denotes Pacific-10 Conference Game

COUGAR DIAMOND SUMMARY
The Washington State baseball team returns to the Palouse after a tough Pacific-10 Conference series at Corvallis, where it was swept by then No. 9 Oregon State. The Cougars will travel to Lewiston to play Lewis-Clark State Wednesday before playing host to Washington in a three-game conference series.

The Cougars (18-23, 0-12 Pac-10) will host cross-state rivals, the Huskies (24-17, 4-8 Pac-10) this weekend at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Pac-10 series will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and continue with 1 p.m. starts set for Saturday and Sunday's games. A tape-delayed showing of Friday's game will air on Fox Sports Northwest at 5 p.m. Saturday.

WSU will take on LCSC (36-6, 27-3 NAIA) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Harris Field for the second meeting between the regional foes. WSU defeated the Warriors 9-7 March 5, to win the annual Banana Belt Tournament for the 20th time in tournament history.

WSU has four regulars hitting above .300 overall, including Jay Miller, who took over the team batting title this week, hitting .346. Miller leads the team with 55 hits and 16 multiple-hit games.

Freshman Jim Murphy, who led WSU at the plate for the last four weeks, is second on the team batting .336 overall, followed by Brady Everett (.318) and Kaeo Rubin (.305).

Everett led the Cougs at the plate against OSU, going 4-for-12 with three runs batted in and three runs scored, including his team-leading ninth home run of the season. He leads the team with 45 runs batted in.

Nick Cebula, who is slotted to start on the mound for WSU Wednesday, is 2-2 this season with 22 strikeouts in 25.0 innings pitched.

OSU (30-7, 9-3 Pac-10) came from behind with late-inning runs in the first and third games of the series to defeat the Cougars 5-4 Friday and 7-6 in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader. The Beavers downed WSU 8-1 in the second game of the series that was moved to Sunday due to rain. OSU improved to No. 6 on Baseball America's top-25 poll, to become the highest ranked team in the league.

WSU VS. LCSC and Washington: The following is a statistical comparison of how Washington State matches up against its' opponents this week, Lewis-Clark State and Washington:

NOTEWORTHY COUGARS
Jay Miller: The junior from Bellevue leads Cougar regulars in hitting for the fourth time this season with a .346 average...Miller went 5-for-15 last week, bringing his team-leading hit total to 55 for the season...second among Coug regulars hitting .286 in Pac-10 play...leads WSU regulars in April, hitting .333...tied for fifth in conference and leads team with a .455 on base percentage...tied for third on the team with 12 extra-base hits, including eight doubles, a triple and three bombs...at home, leads WSU regulars with a .424 batting average, 25 hits and is tied for first with seven extra base hits...leads team with 16 multiple hit games...started 146 out of 151 games, hitting .347 for career...10 hits away from ranking on WSU's all-time career hits list.

Brady Everett: Led WSU regulars at the plate last week going 7-for-17, hitting .412 to improve his overall batting average from .305 to .318...led team against OSU going 4-for-12, recording his team-leading ninth home run Sunday...leads Cougs and is ranked on several Pac-10 lists, including RBI (t-3rd, 45, runs scored (8th, 38) and home runs (t-3rd)...first on team with 13 multiple RBI games, 82 total bases and 17 extra base hits...six of his long balls have been multiple-run homers.

Dane Renkert: Leads WSU pitching staff in Pac-10 play with a 5.14 ERA, 14 innings on the mound and is tied for second with 10 strikeouts...earned team-leading fourth save Tuesday against GU, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits...ranked on several top-10 Pac-10 pitching lists, including hits allowed (10th, 49), earned runs allowed (t-8th, 21) and home runs allowed (t-5th, 2)...second on team with 4.61 overall ERA over 41.0 innings of work...leads team with 22 appearances.

Jim Murphy: Second on team, batting .336 after leading Cougar regulars in batting for four-consecutive weeks...tied with Jason Freeman to lead WSU regulars in Pac-10 action with 13 hits...scored 24 runs and plated 21 Cougars this season...has 12 extra-base hits, including six doubles and six long balls...The first baseman was named to Baseball America's College Midseason All-Freshman Team April 8...the only Pac-10 player named to the rookie team...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.

Jeff Miller: Second on team with 33 RBI this season...driven home 10 runs in Pac-10 play to lead the team...fourth among Coug regulars with a .256 batting average in league play...tied for third on team with 12 multiple-hit games and is second with nine multiple-RBI games.

Jason Freeman: In Pac-10 action, leads Cougar regulars at the plate hitting .289 and is tied for first with 13 hits...in league play is second on team with seven runs scored...leads team with 12 stolen bases, 10 sacrifice hits and is second with 33 runs scored...the outfielder has 112 putouts this year and only one error for a .992 fielding percentage.

Kaeo Rubin: Ranked fourth among WSU regulars with a .305 overall batting average...second on team with 51 hits...among Cougs is tied for second with eight doubles and tied for third with 31 runs scored.

Wayne Daman Jr.: Leads WSU pitching staff with 4.06 overall ERA and a .253 opposing batting average...thrown 57.2 innings in 13 appearances, including nine starts...is 5-3, improving his record with a win against Gonzaga Tuesday...fanned 32 batters, allowing 37 runs, 26 earned, and 57 hits this season.

WSU AGAINST THE HUSKIES: This weekend the Cougars host their cross-state rival, the Huskies...last season the two teams faced off in two three-game series...the second of the two series was a Pac-10 series...in the non-conference series, WSU took two of three games from UW at Bailey-Brayton Field....the Cougs won the first game 11-5 and the third game 11-10, but fell 20-8 in the second game...the Cougs also took two of three games from the Dawgs in the Pac-10 series at Seattle...WSU won the opening and closing games of the three-game series...the Cougs took the first game 9-1, lost the second game 7-3 and captured the series win with a 14-8 victory in the finale...five Cougars on the 2005 roster hit over .300 against the Dawgs in 2004...Kaeo Rubin led the Cougars against the Huskies in 2004...he hit .421 (8-for-19) overall and .778 (7-for-9) in the non-conference series...also batting over .300 for the season series was Zach McAngus (.412), Zach Kosturos (.400), Jay Miller (.360) and Jason Freeman, who hit .318...WSU leads the all-time series against Washington, that dates back to 1901, 225-169.

THE COUGS VS. LCSC: Wednesday WSU travels to Lewiston to play LCSC for the second time this season...in the first meeting, the Cougs defeated the Warriors 9-7 to capture the Banana Belt Tournament title...during the game, four Cougars recorded multiple hits...Kaeo Rubin, Jason Freeman, Brady Everett and Zach Kosturos each had two hits apiece...during the 2004 season, LCSC took two of three from WSU...the lone game that the Cougs won was the final game of the Banana Belt Tournament...four Cougars from this year's squad hit over .350 against the Warriors in 2004...co-captains Zach Franklin and Zach Kosturos led WSU with a .500 average...Kaeo Rubin (.417) and Zach McAngus (.364) also hit over .350...Wayne Daman Jr led the Cougs on the mound....in three appearances against the Warriors, Daman threw 9.1 innings allowing only one run for a 0.91 ERA...LCSC leads WSU in the all-time series 136-97...the series dates back to 1905.

RELIEVERS HOLDING ON: This season, there has been a total of 91 runners on base when Cougar relief pitchers have entered a game...the bullpen has allowed 40 of those runners to score...Dane Renkert has been the most effective reliever with runners on base...Renkert's only allowed three of 14 inherited runners to score...Jayson Miller has allowed two of 10 inherited runners to cross home plate, while Steve Kost and Travis Webb have each allowed three of 11 runners to score...Eric Dingwall's given up one run with four runners already on base.

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 in the top ten in all polls...next on the polls is Oregon State, the Cougars' Pac-10 opponent last weekend, followed by Arizona State, which will host WSU to close out the season May 27-29...Stanford is also ranked in the polls this week as well as Southern California...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...here are the rankings as of April 25:

BRUISED BATTERS: WSU leads the Pac-10 with 74 batters hit by pitches...cross-state rival Washington is ranked second with 61 hit batters...in the conference individual hit by pitch category, there are five Cougars on the top-10 list...Brady Everett is tied for second with teammate Kaeo Rubin, both being hit 14 times...Jay Miller is tied for fourth with 11 HBP's...Zach McAngus has been hit 10 times, ranking him sixth on the list, while Zach Kosturos is tied for 10th with eight HBP's...11-of-15 Cougs have been hit by a pitch at least once this year...ouch!

BATTLE FOR THE BATTING TITLE: The Cougar regular with the best overall batting average the Monday after a weekend series has changed six times this season...Jay Miller regained the lead this week after Jim Murphy led the team for four consecutive weeks...Miller is hitting .346 on the season with Muprhy ten points behind him, batting .336...Zach McAngus has also led the Cougars in batting this season...McAngus , Murphy and Miller each have led the team four weeks this season...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... McAngus is currently fifth on the Cougar batting list hitting .296, Brady Everett is third (.318) and Kaeo Rubin's fourth (.305).

GOING THE DISTANCE: Brady Everett leads the Cougars with nine home runs...freshman Jim Murphy is second on the team with six...Everett hit his ninth homer of the season during WSU's loss to Oregon State April 24 in the first game of a doubleheader...Everett's three-run shot on March 29 against Gonzaga was his sixth multiple-run home run this season...nine Cougars have gone yard this season...Jay Miller recorded his third long ball against Gonzaga April 12...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.

ROOKIE CONTRIBUTIONS: The 2005 WSU rookie class consists of seven transfers and seven freshmen...this season the new players have contributed 130 of WSU's 417 hits, 97 of its 252 RBI, 93 of its 276 runs and 208 of its 583 total bases...on the mound, rookie hurlers have thrown 184.2 of the Cougars 362.1 innings and 124 of their 247 strikeouts...first-year pitchers have started 19 of WSU's 41 games and recorded six of its' 18 wins...they've allowed 243 of the Cougars 438 hits they've given up and 82 of their 174 base on balls...leading rookies at the plate is senior transfer Brady Everett with 47 hits, followed by Jim Murphy with 37 hits...freshman Jayson Miller has pitched the most innings of any rookie hurler, throwing 53.2 innings, while striking out 23 batters.

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 hit 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.

RUBIN SETS AND TIES WSU RECORDS: During the course of the Banana Belt Tournament and the following series against Northern Colorado Kaeo 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2005 CAPTAINS: The 2005 Washington State baseball captains are senior Dane Renkert and redshirt juniors Zach Kosturos and Zach Franklin.

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.

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...a list of the top seven baseball programs appears below with their respective records and number of seasons played through 2004:

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.

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.

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.

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).

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