Cougars Travel to No. 25 Arizona State for Final Pac-10 Series

May 25, 2005

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THIS WEEK:

*Friday, May 27 - WSU vs. No. 25 Arizona State, 6:30 p.m., Packard Stadium, Tempe

*Saturday, May 28 - WSU vs. No. 25 Arizona State, 6:30 p.m., Packard Stadium, Tempe

*Sunday, May 29 - WSU vs. No. 25 Arizona State, 1 p.m., Packard Stadium, Tempe

LAST WEEK:

*Friday, May 20 - UCLA 4, WSU 3, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

*Saturday, May 21 - WSU 10, UCLA 7, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

*Sunday, May 22 - UCLA 4, WSU 1, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

*Denotes Pacific-10 Conference Game

COUGAR DIAMOND SUMMARY

The Washington State Baseball team will play its final three games of the season this weekend when it travels to host Arizona State in a Pacific-10 Conference series at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The series will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and continue with a 6:30 p.m. game Saturday and a 1 p.m. start Sunday.

WSU heads to Tempe after picking up its first Pac-10 Conference win Saturday against UCLA at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Cougars won the second game of their final home series 10-7. UCLA won two to take the overall series 2-1.

Three Cougars are hitting above .300 on the road this season. Jay Miller leads WSU regulars hitting .330, followed by Everett (.321) and Zach McAngus (.320). Arizona State narrowly avoided its first sweep of the season, winning Sunday's game against the Huskies of Washington 2-1.

ASU has lost seven of its last 10 games heading into the regular season finale against Washington State. WSU finished 1-2 against the Sun Devils in the 2004 series at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Freshman Nick Hall went 3-for-3 in the Cougar win over UCLA, plating two runners and scoring twice. Hall was 4-for-3 in the series with .750 batting average. Garrett Kimbrel was 3-for-4 in the WSU victory with one double and two RBI. Brady Everett led the Cougar regulars at the plate against the Bruins hitting .417, plating two runners. With his 5-for-12 performance last weekend, that included one home run, the catcher continued to lead the team in batting average, hitting .340 overall. Jay Miller remained the second best WSU hitter with a .325 overall average. Miller led WSU for three consecutive weeks at the plate and currently leads the team with 70 hits and 21 multiple-hit games.

NOTEWORTHY COUGARS

Brady Everett: The senior led the team in batting average for the second consecutive week, hitting .340 overall, after hitting .303 against UCLA and .500 the weekend before...went 4-for-12 with one home run, driving home two runs for a .667 slugging percentage against the Bruins...leads the team and is ranked in several Pac-10 offensive categories, including home runs (2nd, 15), RBI (2nd, 62), hit by pitches (2nd, 16), slugging percentage (5th, .624), total bases (8th, 123) and runs scored (t-9th, 49)...ranked nationally in toughest to strikeout (25th, 1 per 16.4 at bats), home runs per game (39th, 0.27), hit by pitch (43rd, 0.29 HBPs/game) and RBI per game (44th, 1.13)...leads the team with 17 multiple-RBI games...hitting .303 in Pac-10 play and .321 on the road...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.

Jay Miller: Led Cougars regulars at the plate for three consecutive weeks, and is now second hitting .321...leads the team and is ranked ninth on the Pac-10 hits list with 70...ranked 10th on the WSU all-time career hits list with 215 to date...hitting .339 for career with a total of 119 runs, 45 doubles and 108 RBI...led Cougars at the plate every year he's worn the crimson pinstripes......leads team with 21 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, 30 RBI and 36 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-3 Friday against UCLA...hitting .296 in Pac-10 action...in league play is second on team with 21 hits, and four doubles and is second with 12 RBI...overall is second on team with 40 RBI, 19 multiple-hit games and 10 multiple-RBI games.

Dane Renkert: The senior reliever is fourth on WSU's all-time career games finished in relief with 24, and is tied for ninth with seven saves...currently second on team with a 5.02 overall ERA...is 1-3 over 52 innings of work with 36 strikeouts...his 29 appearances are tied for first on WSU's single-season list and are tied for second in the Pac-10...also leads team and is ranked in the Pac-10 with 29 games in relief (t-2nd), 20 games finished (5th) and five saves (t-6th).

Jason Freeman: Leads the team and is ranked on several Pac-10 offensive lists, including sacrifice bunts (4th, 12), stolen bases (5th, 16) and walks (t-10th, 30)...second on team with 39 runs...in league action, is second on the team with 11 runs and is tied for third in hits (19) and fourth in batting average (.274).

Kaeo Rubin: Currently ranked fourth among Coug regulars hitting .294 overall and .253 on the road...third on team with 64 hits and is fourth with 35 runs...tied for the team lead team with 257 plate appearances and 218 at bats...marks are tied for sixth and tied for eighth, respectively in the Pac-10.

Jimmy Freeman: The senior leads the team, is tied for first in the Pac-10 and tied for second on the WSU single-season list with 16 starts...tied for ninth in Pac-10 with seven wins...leads team with 85.2 innings of work and 68 strikeouts.

Wayne Daman Jr.: Leads WSU pitchers with a 4.92 overall ERA...second on team with 78.2 innings on the mound and 13 starts...fanned 42 batters and is holding opponents to a .294 batting average...is 1-2 on the road, posting a 5.77 ERA over 34.1 innings on the mound...allowed 94 hits, 55 runs, 43 earned, and 28 walks this season.

WSU VS. No. 25 ARIZONA STATE: The Cougars (21-34, 1-20 Pac-10) travel to Tempe to face the XXX ranked team in the conference, No. XX Arizona State (31-22, 19-7 Pac-10) for their final three games of the 2005 season...WSU finished 1-2 against the Sun Devils in the 2004 series at Bailey-Brayton Field...two current Cougars hit above .300 in the series last year, including Kaeo Rubin (.500) and Jason Freeman (.333)...Rubin went 6-for-12, scoring three runs for the Cougs including a solo shot right-center...Freeman went 4-for-12 scoring four times for WSU...Jay Miller...other Cougs making an impact included Jay Miller and Zach Kosturos who combined for three hits and 2 RBI in the series...four current Cougar hurlers saw action against Arizona State in 2004...Jimmy Freeman threw 2.2 innings, allowing one run and three hits, while fanning three ...Wayne Daman Jr. worked two innings, allowing three hits and striking out one Sun Devil, taking a loss in game two of the series...Dane Renkert made a two inning appearance, striking out two of the seven batters he faced, allowing one hit...Brett Sommer also saw limited action in the series...Arizona State leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1973, 28-6.

GOING THE DISTANCE: Brady Everett leads the Cougars with 15 home runs...Everett is just two shy of 10th place on the WSU single season leaders list...freshman Jim Murphy is second on the team with seven...Everett added No. 15 with a solo shot against UCLA over the left field wall at Bailey-Brayton Field...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 against USC May 15, bringing his total to two homers...Zach Franklin, Kaeo Rubin, Matt Thomas and Zach Kosturos have each gone yard once this year.

RELIEVERS HOLDING ON: This season, there has been a total of 143 runners on base when Cougar relief pitchers have entered a game...the bullpen has allowed 60 of those runners to score...Dane Renkert has been the most effective reliever with runners on base...Renkert's only allowed five of 22 inherited runners to score...Jayson Miller has allowed two of 10 inherited runners to cross home plate, while Travis Webb has allowed six of 20 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-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 one polls this week and received votes in another...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 24:

WSU FOE	        CB   	BA	ESPN	NCBWAOSU (3)	         3	 3	4	4UA (3)	         6	 6	7	6ASU (3)	        22	25	**	23USC (3)	        21	24	21	27Stanford (3)	--	--	25	**California (3)	--	--	--	**Hawai'i (4)	--	--	--	**UW (3)	        --	--	**	**** = Has received votes but not listed

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 .417 over the weekend remained the team leader for a second week with a .355 average...Jay Miller for the batting, who is currently second hitting .321, had led the team for three-consecutive weeks before Everett took over...Jeff Miller is third hitting .296...Kaeo Rubin is fourth with a .294 average...Garrett Kimbrel moved into the fifth spot after a 3-for-9 performance against UCLA...Jay Miller has led the team six weeks in the batting category this spring...Zach McAngus and Jim Murphy have each led the team four weeks this season...Jay 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.

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, four Cougars are in the top-10...Brady Everett is second with 16 hit by pitches...Kaeo Rubin, is third with 15 Jay Miller is tied for fourth with 13 HBP's, while Zach McAngus is eighth, having been plunked 11 times...12-of-15 Cougar regulars have been hit by a pitch at least once this year...ouch!

IN THE CLUTCH: A total of 16 Cougs are successful advancing runners at least 40% of the time...Brady Everett leads the team advancing 75 runners, while Jay Miller is second advancing 73...Jeff Miller has advanced 62 runners, while Jason Freeman has moved up 61 runners...with runners on third and less than two out situations, Everett has scored 21 of 25 runners (84%), Jeff Miller's plated 18 of 23 Cougs (78.3%),Kaeo Rubin has brought 12 of 14 (85.7%) runners home and Scott Suttmeier has been successful scoring four of four...Zach Franklin leads the team hitting .500 with runners in scoring position...Suttmeier is batting .417 with runners on second or third, followed by Jay Miller (.379) and Everett (.378)...with one out Freeman leads the team, advancing 38 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.

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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