WSU Seniors Honored In Last Home Series, Taking On UCLA

May 17, 2005

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THIS 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

NEXT WEEK: *Friday, May 27 - WSU vs. No. 17 Arizona State, 6:30 p.m., Packard Stadium, Tempe
*Saturday, May 28 - WSU vs. No. 17 Arizona State, 6:30 p.m., Packard Stadium, Tempe
*Sunday, May 29 - WSU vs. No. 17 Arizona State, 1 p.m., Packard Stadium, Tempe

LAST WEEK: Wednesday, May 11 - Lewis-Clark State 9, WSU 5, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Friday, May 13 -No. 24 USC 9, WSU 1, Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles
*Saturday, May 14 - No. 24 USC 15, WSU 3, Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles
*Sunday, May 15 - No. 24 USC 7, WSU 2, Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles
*Denotes Pacific-10 Conference Game

COUGAR DIAMOND SUMMARY
The Washington State Baseball team will play its last home series this weekend when it hosts UCLA in a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series at Bailey-Brayton Field. The series will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and continue with a 1 p.m. game Saturday and a noon start Sunday.

Before the Bruins (13-35, 2-16 Pac-10) throw out the first pitch Sunday, nine Cougars (20-32, 0-18 Pac-10) will be honored for the WSU baseball team's Senior Day. Cougars Brady Everett, Jason Freeman, Jimmy Freeman, Zach Kosturos, Dane Renkert, Kaeo Rubin, Bradley Selinger, Brett Sommer and Adrian Valdez will be recognized for Senior Day.

WSU returns to Pullman from Los Angeles, where it was swept by No. 24 USC. Everett led the Cougars at the plate against the Trojans hitting .500, plating three runners for a 1.125 slugging percentage. With his 4-for-8 performance last weekend, that included two doubles and a home run, the catcher took over the team batting lead, hitting .335 overall, moving past Jay Miller, who is hitting .325 overall. Miller led WSU for three consecutive weeks at the plate and currently leads the team with 67 hits and 20 multiple-hit games.

Jeff Miller went 2-for-4 Sunday, hitting two doubles and scoring one run. The sophomore leads the Cougars in Pac-10 action, hitting .305 in league play. He is tied with Everett for first with 18 hits and four doubles in conference action.

Eight Cougars are hitting above .300 at home this season. Jeff Miller leads Cougar regulars at home hitting .363, followed by his brother, Jay Miller (.356), Rubin (.351) and Everett, who is hitting .349.

Jason Freeman has helped WSU manufacture runs this season by leading the team in several offensive categories, snf is also ranked on the Pac-10 top-10 lists, including sacrifice bunts (t-3rd, 12), walks (t-10th, 29) and stolen bases (5th, 16).

WSU scored first in every game of the USC series, but the Trojans came back to defeat the Cougars 9-1 Friday, 15-3 Saturday and 7-2 Sunday. With the sweep USC moved up three spots to rank No. 21 on Baseball America's College top-25 list.

NOTEWORTHY COUGARS
Brady Everett: The senior took over the team batting lead, hitting .335 overall, after hitting .500 against USC and .455 the weekend before...went 4-for-8 with two doubles and a home run, driving home three runs for a 1.125 slugging percentage against the Trojans...leads the team and is ranked in several Pac-10 offensive categories, including home runs (2nd, 14), RBI (t-2nd, 60), slugging percentage (5th, .622), runs scored (10th, 45), total bases (9th, 115) and hit by pitches (t-2nd, 15)...leads the team with 17 multiple-RBI games...hitting .281 in Pac-10 play and .349 at home...on 2005 WSU individual game highs list, set or is tied for high with four runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, and three walks, which came against the Trojans May 15...on WSU all-time single season lists is five RBI away from tying for ninth in the category and three homers away from tying for 10th on the home runs list.

Jay Miller: Led Cougars regulars at the plate for three consecutive weeks, and is now second hitting .325...leads the team and is ranked eighth on the Pac-10 hits list with 67...ranked 10th on the WSU all-time career hits list with 212 to date...hitting .340 for career with a total of 118 runs, 45 doubles and 107 RBI...led Cougars at the plate every year he's worn the crimson pinstripes......leads team with 20 multiple-hit games this season and is third with eight multiple-RBI games...tied for first on team with 11 doubles...has one triple, three home runs, 29 RBI and 35 runs this season ...tied for eighth on WSU's all-time single-season doubles list with 21 two-base hits in 2003 and just two away from tying for 10th on the career doubles list with 45 to date.

Jeff Miller: Went 2-for-4 Sunday, with two doubles...leads team in Pac-10 action hitting .305, and at home, batting .363...in league play is tied for first on team with 18 hits, and four doubles and is second with 12 RBI...overall is second on team with 40 RBI, 18 multiple-hit games and 10 multiple-RBI games.

Dane Renkert: The senior reliever is tied for fifth on WSU's all-time career games finished in relief with 23, and is tied for 10th with six saves...currently tied for first on team with a 4.81 overall ERA...is 1-3 over 48.2 innings of work with 35 strike outs...leads team and the Pac-10, while ranking second on WSU's all-time season appearances list with 28...leads team and is ranked on several Pac-10 pitching lists, including saves (t-7th, 4), games in relief (t-1st, 27) and games finished (t-4th, 19).

Jason Freeman: Leads the team and is ranked on several Pac-10 offensive lists, including sacrifice bunts (t-3rd, 12), walks (t-10th, 29), and stolen bases (5th, 16)...second on team with 38 runs...in league action, is second on the team with 10 runs and is third in hits (17) and batting average (.274).

Kaeo Rubin: Currently ranked third among Coug regulars hitting .303 overall and .351 at home...second on team with 64 hits and is tied for third with 35 runs...leads team and is ranked on Pac-10 total plate appearances (2nd, 248) and at bats (5th, 211) lists.

Jimmy Freeman: The senior leads the team, is tied for first in the Pac-10 and tied for 10th on the WSU all-time season games started list with 15...tied for ninth in Pac-10 with seven wins and tied for second with six loses...leads team with 78.0 innings of work and 63 strike outs.

Wayne Daman Jr.: Tied for first among WSU pitchers with a 4.81 overall ERA...second on team with 73.0 innings on the mound and 12 starts...fanned 39 batters and is holding opponents to a .288 batting average...is 5-3 at home, posting a 3.96 ERA over 38.2 innings on the mound...allowed 85 hits, 51 runs, 39 earned, and 25 walks this season.

WSU VS. UCLA: The Cougars (20-32, 0-18 Pac-10) will host conference foe UCLA (13-35, 2-15 Pac-10) for their last home series, which marks WSU's senior weekend...although the Bruins are two-wins ahead of the Cougars in league play, WSU leads the UCLA in several offensive categories in Pac-10 action, including batting average (.222 to .215), on base percentage (.319 to .285), runs scored (68 to 46), hits (131 to 125), RBI (60 to 45) and total plate appearances (685 to 649)...WSU finished 1-2 against the Bruins in the 2004 series, which UCLA hosted...four current Cougars hit above .300 in the series last year, including Jay Miller (.444), Zach McAngus (.417), Zach Kosturos (.333) and Jason Freeman (.308)...Miller went 4-for-9 plating three Cougars and scoring three runs...McAngus went 5-for-12 with one RBI, while Freeman went 4-for-13, including one double, scoring two runs and plating another...Wayne Daman Jr. earned the only WSU win against UCLA in 2004, going 2.2 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, both earned, while fanning one Bruin...UCLA leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1967, 27-11.

RELIEVERS HOLDING ON: This season, there has been a total of 134 runners on base when Cougar relief pitchers have entered a game...the bullpen has allowed 59 of those runners to score...Dane Renkert has been the most effective reliever with runners on base...Renkert's only allowed five of 19 inherited runners to score...Jayson Miller has allowed two of 10 inherited runners to cross home plate, while Travis Webb has allowed six of 18 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.

GOING THE DISTANCE: Brady Everett leads the Cougars with 14 home runs...freshman Jim Murphy is second on the team with seven...Everett hit three long balls at home against Sacramento State May 7-9 and one against USC...has eight multiple-run long balls this year...nine Cougars have gone yard this season...Jay and Jeff Miller each have three home runs this season...Zach McAngus went yard last weekend, bringing his total to two homers...Zach Franklin, Kaeo Rubin, Matt Thomas and Zach Kosturos have each gone yard once this year.

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-five in all polls...the Arizona Wildcats, who traveled Pullman April 8-10 are 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...Southern California is ranked in the top-25 in all polls after sweeping the Cougars May 13-15 in Los Angeles...Stanford is ranked in two polls this week...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...here are the rankings as of May 17:

BATTLE FOR THE BATTING TITLE: The Cougar regular with the best overall batting average the Monday after a weekend series has changed seven times this season...after hitting .500 last weekend Brady Everett surpassed Jay Miller for the batting lead, hitting .335...Miller, who is currently second hitting .325, had led the team for three-consecutive weeks before Everett took over...Kaeo Rubin is third hitting .303 overall...Jim Murphy, who at one point led the team in batting for four-consecutive weeks, is currently tied with Zach McAngus for fifth, both hitting .284...McAngus has also led the Cougars in batting this season...Miller has led the team six weeks in the batting category this spring...McAngus and Murphy each have led the team four weeks this season...Miller led WSU after its first weekend of play, hitting .429, which is his highest batting average this year...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), .346 (4/26/05) and .333 (5/9/05) averages...Jeff Miller is currently fourth among Cougar regulars hitting .299.

BRUISED BATTERS: WSU leads the Pac-10 with 84 batters hit by pitches...cross-state rival Washington is ranked second with 72 hit batters...in the conference individual hit by pitch category, five 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 fifth with 12 HBP's, while Zach McAngus is tied for seventh, being hit 11 times this season...Zach Kosturos has been beamed nine times this season, tying him for 10th in the Pac-10 lits..12-of-15 Cougs have been hit by a pitch at least once this year...ouch!

IN THE CLUTCH: A total of 15 Cougs are successful advancing runners at least 40% of the time...Jay Mille leads the team advancing 72 runners, while Brady Everett is second advancing 70...Jeff Miller has advanced 60 runners, while Jason Freeman has moved up 57 runners...in runners on third with two out situations Everett has scored 20 of 24 runners (83.3 %), 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 .533 with runners in scoring position...Suttmeier is batting .444 with runners on second or third, followed by Jay Miller (.381) and Everett (.371)...with one out Freeman leads the team, advancing 37 runners followed by Jay Miller with 19...in one out situations Jeff Miller's advanced 18 runners and Everett has moved up 17 Cougs.

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...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.

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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