Cougs Host LCSC In Series Finale, Then Travel To No. 24 USC

May 10, 2005

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THIS WEEK: Wednesday, May 11 - WSU vs. Lewis-Clark State, 7 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Friday, May 13 - WSU vs. No. 24 USC, 7 p.m., Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles
*Saturday, May 14 - WSU vs. No. 24 USC, 2 p.m., Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles
*Sunday, May 15 - WSU vs. No. 24 USC, Noon, Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles

NEXT WEEK: *Friday, May 20 - WSU vs. UCLA, 6 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Saturday, May 21 - WSU vs. UCLA, 1 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Sunday, May 22 - WSU vs. UCLA, Noon, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

LAST WEEK: Saturday, May 7 - WSU 6, Sacramento State 0, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
Sunday, May 8 - WSU 11, Sacramento State 4, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
Monday, May 9 - Sacramento State 6, WSU 5, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Denotes Pacific-10 Conference Game

After taking a non-conference series against Sacramento State 2-1 at home, the Washington State baseball team will return to Bailey-Brayton Field Wednesday to battle Lewis-Clark State. The Cougars then head to Los Angeles for a Pacific-10 series against Southern California, that is ranked No. 24 on the Baseball America top-25 poll.

WSU (20-28, 0-15 Pac-10) will host LCSC (42-6) for the first time this spring in the rubber game of the season series scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Cougars won their first meeting with the Warriors 9-7 March 5 in Lewiston, but fell to the regional foe 6-5 April 27.

WSU will battle USC (28-15, 9-6 Pac-10) in a three-game conference series that will begin at 7 p.m. Friday under the under the lights of Dedeaux Field. The series will continue with a 1 p.m. game set for Saturday and a noon start in the series finale Sunday.

The Cougars snapped a seven-game losing streak Saturday, defeating the Hornets 6-0 in the series opener. WSU recorded an 11-4 victory Sunday, but was unable to capture the series sweep, falling to the Hornets 6-5 Monday.

As a team the Cougs hit .347 in the series with four regulars hitting above .400, including Scott Suttmeier (.625), Kaeo Rubin (.615), Brady Everett (.455) and Jeff Miller (.417). Suttmeier is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak to lead the team.

Five WSU hurlers pitched scoreless performances in the series, including Jimmy Freeman (7-5) and Dane Renkert, who combined for the shutout Saturday. The game was the third scoreless game the Cougar bullpen has recorded this season.

Everett hit three home runs in the series, including a pair of two-run bombs Sunday. He leads the team and is ranked second among Pac-10 batters with 13 long balls and 56 runs batted in this season.

Rubin led the team with eight hits in the series and is second behind Jay Miller with 61 hits this spring.

WSU VS. LCSC AND No. 24 USC: The following is a statistical comparison of how Washington State matches up against Lewis-Clark State and Southern California.

NOTEWORTHY COUGARS
Brady Everett: The senior hit .455 with a 1.273 slugging percentage in the series against Sacramento State...three of five hits were home runs... hit a pair of two-run bombs in 3-for-4 performance Sunday...drove home team-leading seven RBI and scored five runs....leads team and is ranked second among Pac-10 batters with 13 home runs and 56 RBI this season...second among Coug regulars hitting .329 for the season...leads team with a .601 slugging percentage, ranking eighth in the Pac-10...leads team with 104 total bases and places 10th on conference runs scored list with 44...has 57 hits and leads team with 21 extra-base hits, including eight doubles...eight of his home runs have been multiple-run shots...leads team with 16 multiple-RBI games...with his performance Sunday, set or tied WSU individual game highs, including runs scored (4), home runs (2) and total bases (9).

Jay Miller: The junior from Bellevue leads Cougar regulars at the plate for the third consecutive week, hitting .335 overall with a .433 on base percentage...also leads team regulars at home hitting .360 and on the road (.349)...tied for eighth among Pac-10 batters and leads team with 64 hits...is one hit away from placing on the WSU all-time career hits list, with 209 hits to date...leads team with 20 multiple-hit games this season and is third with eight multiple-RBI games...second on team with 10 doubles...has one triple and three home runs...recorded four hits, including one double, and scored a pair of runs, while driving home two Cougs against Sac State...hitting .344 for career, staring 153 of 158 games played...for career has 116 runs and 105 RBI.

Dane Renkert: The senior leads the WSU pitching staff and is ranked on Pac-10 pitching lists with 26 appearances (t-2nd), 17 games finished (t-4th), 25 games in relief (3rd) and four saves (7th)...leads team with 4.44 overall ERA over 46.2 innings of work, allowing 34 runs, 23 earned, while fanning 34 batters...holds opponents to a .280 batting average, allowing 52 hits...has 4.05 ERA at home and a 4.79 ERA on the road...most effective Coug reliever, allowing three of 16 inherited runners to score.

Jeff Miller: Hit .417 against Sacramento State, going 5-for-11 with three RBI and scored three...leads WSU in Pac-10 action with a .313 batting average and 12 RBI...second on team in RBI (39), multiple-RBI games (10) and is third with 16 multiple-hit games...hitting .347 at home and .292 overall.

Kaeo Rubin: The senior hit .615, going 8-for-13 against the Hornets...went 4-for-5 Sunday and 3-for-5 Monday, placing second on team with 17 multiple-hit games...on team is second with 61 hits, third with 35 runs.Scott Suttmeier: The freshman led WSU at plate against the Hornets hitting .625...went 5-for-8, including one double, scoring three runs, while driving home two Cougs...hitting .318 overall with six RBI...riding a seven-game hit streak.

Jason Freeman: The senior is second on the team in Pac-10 play with a .308 batting average, first with 16 hits and fourth with five RBI...leads team and is ranked among Pac-10 batters in stolen bases (5th, 16), sacrifice bunts (3rd, 12), and walks (9th, 27)...second on team with 37 runs...hitting .275 overall with 46 hits, including six doubles, and 24 RBI.

Wayne Daman Jr.: Second on team with a 4.48 overall ERA...opponents hitting .280 against him...started 11 of 15 games this year, throwing 68.1 inning...is 6-4 with one save...fanned 37 batters, allowing 46 runs, 31 earned, and 68 hits.

Jimmy Freeman: Pitched 7.2 scoreless innings, striking out six Hornets Saturday...leads team and is ranked on Pac-10 pitching lists with seven wins (t-8th) and 14 starts (t-1st)...leads team with 78 innings, 63 strike outs and 14 starts...posting a 5.19 overall ERA

THE COUGS VS. LCSC: WSU will host Lewis-Clark State Wednesday in the rubber game of the season series scheduled to begin at 7 p.m....in their first meeting the Cougs defeated the Warriors 9-7 to capture the Banana Belt Tournament title March 5...WSU fell to LCSC 6-5 April 27 in Lewiston...four Coug regulars are hitting above .300 against the Warriors...Brady Everett leads the squad with a .833 batting average, followed by Kaeo Rubin (.444), Jason Freeman (.429) and Jay Miller (.333)...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...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 137-97...the series dates back to 1905.

WSU VS. No. 24 USC: The Cougars will travel to Los Angeles to battle the fourth ranked team in the conference, No. 24 Southern California (28-15, 9-6 Pac-10) in a three-game Pac-10 series...USC won the first two games of last year's series in Pullman, 4-2 April 16 and 10-7 April 17...WSU took the final game 5-1 April 18...five Cougs from this year's squad recorded hits in the 2004 series...Jason Freeman led current players hitting .500, recording five hits and three RBI...Jay Miller recorded three hits, including one double, while driving home one run and scoring two...Zach McAngus had three hits, while Kaeo Rubin recorded two hits, including a double and scored three runs...Justin McClure had one hit...Wayne Daman Jr. is the only current Cougar hurler to see action in the series, throwing 2.2 innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out two Trojans in two appearances...USC leads the all-time series that dates back to 1948, 51-12.

RELIEVERS HOLDING ON: This season, there has been a total of 121 runners on base when Cougar relief pitchers have entered a game...the bullpen has allowed 49 of those runners to score...Dane Renkert has been the most effective reliever with runners on base...Renkert's only allowed three of 16 inherited runners to score...Jayson Miller has allowed two of 10 inherited runners to cross home plate, while Travis Webb has allowed three of 15 runners to score...Steve Kost has given up five runs with 15 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 eight teams, seven 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-10 in all polls...the Arizona Wildcats, who traveled Pullman April 8-10 are also ranked in the top-10 in all the polls...next 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, that will host the Cougs this weekend...Washington, California and Hawai'i received votes in at least one of the polls...WSU's schedule this year includes 25 games against the eight teams...

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 for the third consecutive week...Miller is hitting .335 for the season with Brady Everett following, batting .329...Kaeo Rubin is third hitting .313...Jim Murphy, who at one point led the team in batting for four-consecutive weeks, is currently fourth hitting .296...Zach McAngus has also led the Cougars in batting this season...this is the sixth 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), .354 (4/25/05) and .346 (4/26/05) averages...McAngus is currently sixth among Cougar regulars, hitting .284.

GOING THE DISTANCE: Brady Everett leads the Cougars with 13 home runs...freshman Jim Murphy is second on the team with seven...Everett hit three long balls against Sacramento State...hit a pair of two-run bombs Sunday for his seventh and eighth multiple-run long balls this year...Murphy recorded a solo home run Saturday...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.

BRUISED BATTERS: WSU leads the Pac-10 with 82 batters hit by pitches...cross-state rival Washington is ranked second with 67 hit batters...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 fith with 11 HBP's...12-of-15 Cougs have been hit by a pitch at least once this year...ouch!

IN THE CLUTCH: A total of 13 Cougs are successful advancing runners at least 41% of the time...Brady Everett and Jay Miller lead the team, each advancing 67 runners...Jeff Miller has advanced 59 runners, while Jason Freeman has moved up 55 runners...in runners on third with two out situations Everett has scored 19 of 23 runners (82.6 %), Jeff Miller's plated 18 of 23 Cougs (78.3%) and Kaeo Rubin has brought 11 of 13 (84.6%) runners home...both Zach Franklin and Scott Suttmeier are 4-for-4 in runners on third with two out situations...Franklin leads the team hitting .538 with runners in scoring position...Suttmeier is batting .444 with runners on second or third, followed by Jay Miller (.400) and Everett (.368)...with one out Freeman leads the team advancing 35 runners followed by Jeff Miller with 18...Jay Miller and Everett have both advanced 16 Cougs in one out situations.

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 weeks...in 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 fourth among Coug regulars with a .296 overall batting average and second with a .496 slugging percentage...has 13 extra-base hits, including six doubles...second on team with seven long balls.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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 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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