WSU Baseball Hosts Sacramento State During Graduation Weekend

May 3, 2005

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THIS 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

NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, May 11 - WSU vs. Lewis-Clark State, 7 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
Friday, May 13 - WSU vs. No. 25 USC, 7 p.m., Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles
Saturday, May 14 - WSU vs. No. 25 USC, 2 p.m., Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles
Sunday, May 15 - WSU vs. No. 25 USC, Noon, Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles

LAST WEEK: Wednesday, April 27 -Lewis-Clark State 6, WSU 5, Harris Field, Lewiston
*Friday, April 29 - Washington 17, WSU 5, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Saturday, April 30 - Washington 13, WSU 5, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Sunday, May 1 - Washington 14, WSU 2, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Denotes Pacific-10 Conference Game

The Cougar baseball team will host Sacramento State in a non-conference series that begins Saturday night, May 7, following Washington State's spring commencement ceremony. Four Cougars will graduate Saturday, including Jimmy Freeman, Zach Kosturos, Bradley Selinger and Adrian Valdez.

WSU (18-27, 0-15 Pacific-10 Conference) returns to Bailey-Brayton Field after falling to Washington (27-17, 7-8 Pac-10) in each of the Cougars' three-game home series. The Huskies downed WSU 17-5 Friday, 13-5 Saturday and 14-2 Sunday.

After hosting Santa Clara Tuesday, the Hornets (18-27) will take on the Cougs in the second meeting between the two teams. The series will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday and continue with a 2 p.m. start Sunday and a noon game Monday. WSU opened its' 2005 season against Sacramento State, finishing the series 1-2 in Sacramento.

As a team, the Cougars are hitting .289 overall, .315 in non-conference play and .232 in Pac-10 action. Four WSU batters are hitting over .300 this season, including Zach Franklin (.388), Jay Miller (.339), Brady Everett (.321) and Jim Murphy (.310).

Jay Miller has started every game this season, leading the team with 60 hits and 18 multiple-hit games. The junior has 13 extra-base hits to date, including nine doubles, a triple and three long balls.

Senior Brady Everett hit .357 last week, going 5-for-14, including his team-leading 10th home run of the season. The catcher leads the team with 49 runs batted in, tying him for second in the conference.Jason Freeman led the team last week hitting .444, going 4-for-9 and 3-for-7 against the Huskies. He is second on the team with a .308 batting average in conference action and nine runs.

Jeff Miller hit .556 against the Huskies, raising his batting average in league play to .313, which leads the team. The sophomore drove home two runs against UW, bringing his runs batted in total to 36 for the season and a team-best 12 in conference action.

Jay Miller: The junior from Bellevue leads Cougar regulars at the plate for the fifth time this season, hitting .339 overall...leads the team with 60 hits and 18 multiple-hit games...tied for 10th on Pac-10 hits list...first among Cougar regulars in non-conference action with a .377 batting average and 46 hits...led WSU in first series against Sacramento State, hitting .429 with six hits and four RBI...leads WSU regulars with a .443 on base percentage...third on team with 13 extra-base hits, including nine doubles, a triple and three home, leads WSU regulars with a .375 batting average, 27 hits and is second with seven extra-base hits...leads team with 18 multiple-hit games...started 150 out of 155 games, hitting .345 for career...five hits away from ranking on WSU's all-time career hits list with 205 hits to date.Brady Everett: The senior hit his team-leading 10th long ball against the Huskies...leads team in several batting categories including RBI (49), multiple-RBI games (14), extra-base hits (18), runs scored (39) and total bases (90)...among Pac-10 batters is tied for second in RBI category and tied for fourth on the home runs list...leads team with .556 slugging percentage...recorded eight doubles this season...six of his home runs have been multiple-run bombs...tied for second among Pac-10 batters with teammate Kaeo Rubin with 15 HBP's...hitting .358 in non-conference action and .250 in Pac-10 home is second among Coug regulars with a .338 batting average and first with a .588 slugging runners on third base and two out situations has plated 18 of 23 Cougars...successful in advancing runners 56.9 % of the time.

Dane Renkert: The senior leads WSU pitching staff with 24 appearances and four saves...second among WSU hurlers with a 4.78 overall ERA and a 5.51 ERA in Pac-10 play...has a 4.33 ERA in non-conference action, allowing 19 runs, 13 earned, while fanning 19 batters...pitched 43.1 innings for Cougs, allowing 50 hits, 34 runs, 23 earned, fanning 29 hitters...most effective WSU reliever, allowing three of 15 inherited runners to score.

Jeff Miller: Led WSU at the plate against UW, hitting .556 in the series, going 5-for-9, while plating two runners...second on team with 36 RBI this season...leads WSU in Pac-10 action with a .313 batting average and 12 RBI...second on team with nine multiple-RBI games and third with 14 multiple-hit games...hitting .333 at home, .282 overall.

Jason Freeman: The senior led Cougars at the plate last week, going 4-for-9 and 3-for-7 against the Pac-10 play is second on team with .308 batting average, first with 16 hits and fourth with five RBI...leads team and is ranked among Pac-10 batters in stolen bases (6th, 13), sacrifice bunts (4th, 10), and walks (t-9th, 26)...second on team with 36 runs...hitting .280 overall with 44 hits, including six doubles, and 22 RBI.

Kaeo Rubin: The senior is ranked fourth among Coug regulars, hitting .291 overall and .355 in non-conference action...second on team with 53 hits and 15 multiple-hit games...ranked third on team with 33 runs scored.

Scott Suttmeier: Last week the freshman finished third on the team, hitting .364, going 4-for-11, driving home two runs.

Wayne Daman Jr.: Leads WSU pitching staff with 4.52 overall ERA and a .275 opposing batting average...thrown 61.2 innings in 14 appearances, including 10 5-4 with one save...fanned 35 batters, allowing 43 runs, 31 earned, and 68 hits this season.

Jimmy Freeman: The senior leads the Cougar pitching staff with six wins, 13 starts, 57 strikeouts and 70.1 innings pitched...allowed 81 hits and 50 runs, 45 earned, for a 5.76 overall ERA...second on team with a 2.56 ERA in non-conference action, fanning 45 Pac-10 hitters.

WSU AGAINST THE HORNETS: This weekend the Cougars welcome the Sacramento State Hornets to Bailey-Brayton Field...the set marks the second series of the season between the two schools...WSU opened the 2005 season at Sac State, winning only one game of the three-game the opening game WSU was victorious, winning 8-7 in ten innings...the Cougs dropped the final two games of the series 9-8 and 8-6...junior Jay Miller and freshman Jim Murphy led the Cougars in the opening series, both batting .429...Miller went 6-for-14 with six hits, one run and four RBI...Murphy went 3-for-7 with two runs scored...the two teams also faced off in 2004 with WSU taking three of four games from the Hornets...WSU leads the overall series, which dated back to 1962, 19-14.

MURPHY'S A MIDSEASON FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN: Jim Murphy was named to Baseball America's College Midseason All-Freshman Team April 8...the first baseman was the only Pac-10 player named to the rookie team...the Juanita High graduate from Kirkland led WSU regulars at the plate for four consecutive the 13-game span beginning March 24 and ending April 19, he hit .365...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...Murphy is currently third among Coug regulars with a .310 overall batting average and a .500 slugging percentage...has 12 extra-base hits, including six doubles...second on team with six long balls.

RELIEVERS HOLDING ON: This season, there has been a total of 111 runners on base when Cougar relief pitchers have entered a game...the bullpen has allowed 47 of those runners to score...Dane Renkert has been the most effective reliever with runners on base...Renkert's only allowed three of 15 inherited runners to score...Jayson Miller has allowed two of 10 inherited runners to cross home plate, while Steve Kost has allowed three of 13 runners to score...Travis Webb has given up four runs with 13 runners already on base, while Eric Dingwall's only allowed one of six inherited runners to score.

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 Oregon State Beavers, who hosted the Cougars April 22-24, are currently ranked in the top ten in all polls...the Arizona Wildcats, who traveled Pullman April 8-10 are ranked in the top ten in all the polls except for the Sports Weekely/ESPN on the polls is 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...

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 is in the lead this week for the second consecutive week, with Brady Everett surpassing Jim Murphy for second...Miller is hitting .339 on the season with Everett following, batting .321...Murphy, who at one point led the team in batting for four consecutive weeks, is currently third hitting .310...Zach McAngus has also led the Cougars in batting this season...this is the fifth week this season Miller has led the team in the category...McAngus and Murphy 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 after playing Sacramento State...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), .376 (3/21/05) and .354 (4/25/05) averages...McAngus is currently fifth among Cougar regulars, hitting .287 and Kaeo Rubin is fourth (.291).

GRADUATING COUGS: Saturday marks Washington State's 2005 spring commencement ceremony...four Cougars will wear a cap and gown before putting on the crimson pinstripes, including Jimmy Freeman, co-captain Zach Kosturos, Bradley Selinger and Adrian Valdez...seniors, Brady Everett, Jason Freeman, co-captain Dane Renkert, Kaeo Rubin and Brett Sommer will graduate in December...Jimmy Freeman will graduate with a degree in marketing, while Kosturos will earn his degree in communication with a minor in business administration...both Valdez and Selinger will accept a general studies diploma...Jimmy Freeman is the only graduating Cougar to play all four years at WSU...Kosturos, Valdez and Selinger will each finish out their second seasons with the Cougs this spring.

GOING THE DISTANCE: Brady Everett leads the Cougars with 10 home runs...freshman Jim Murphy is second on the team with six...Everett hit his tenth homer of the season during WSU's loss to Washington May 1...Everett's three-run shot on March 29 against Gonzaga was his sixth multiple-run long ball 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 12 freshmen...this season the new players have contributed 144 of WSU's 447 hits, 107 of its 266 RBI, 101 of its 293 runs and 225 of its 617 total bases...on the mound, rookie hurlers have thrown 200.2 of the Cougars 397.2 innings and 133 of their 266 strikeouts...first-year pitchers have started 21 of WSU's 45 games and recorded six of its 18 wins...they've allowed 278 of the Cougars 505 hits given up and 103 of their 194 base on balls...leading rookies at the plate is senior transfer Brady Everett with 52 hits, followed by Jim Murphy with 39 hits...freshman Jayson Miller has pitched the most innings of any rookie hurler, throwing 57.0 innings, while striking out 25 batters.

BRUISED BATTERS: WSU leads the Pac-10 with 78 batters hit by pitches...cross-state rival Washington is ranked second with 67 hit of Monday, in the conference individual hit by pitch category, four Cougars are on the top-10 list...Brady Everett is tied for second with teammate Kaeo Rubin, both being hit 15 times...Jay Miller is tied with Zach McAngus for fourth with 11 HBP's...11-of-15 Cougs have been hit by a pitch at least once this year...ouch!

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 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.

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

IMPROVEMENT EARNS NATIONAL RANKING: Between the 2003 and 2004 seasons, the Cougars were the 15th most improved team in the 2003 WSU finished the season with an 19-37 overall 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.

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.

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.

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...

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 the first five weeks the Cougars traveled roughly 16,000 miles round trip.

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.

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.

AN ALL NEW PLAYING FIELD: WSU is one of the few colleges in the nation to play on an artificial surface baseball 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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