WSU Opens Pac-10 Play Saturday At Stanford
March 21, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -
A QUICK LOOK AT STANFORD: The Cardinal enter the week with an 11-7 record...Stanford has been tested throughout the early season, facing nationally-ranked opponents Cal State Fullerton and Texas, along with nonconference series with California and USC...this weekend marks the conference opener for Stanford, which has won its last nine conference-opening series...the Cardinal is ranked in the top 25 of all the major polls, including a No. 17 ranking by Baseball America...Chris Minaker leads all regulars with a .368 batting average, with team bests of three home runs and 22 RBIs...on the mound Greg Reynolds, who will open the series, is 1-1 with a 3.11 ERA.
WSU-STANFORD ALL-TIME SERIES: Stanford leads the all-time series by a 29-13 margin, including a three-game sweep last season in Pullman to open conference play...the Cardinal have won the last 23 meetings between the schools, dating back to March 28, 1978, when WSU came away with a 6-3 win...when playing at Sunken Diamond, the Cardinal have won 10 straight since the Cougars' last victory, a 5-3 win, May 1, 1971.
JOHNNY QUIK RECAP: WSU went 3-2 last week at the Johnny Quik Classic, hosted by Fresno State University...the Cougars posted wins over Bucknell, Lafayette and Gonzaga, while falling to Fresno State and Miami (Ohio)...freshman Travis Coulter led the way at the plate, batting .474 with a pair of doubles and eight runs scored...freshman Jared Prince was named the tournament MVP, while Coulter, Zach McAngus and Wayne Daman, Jr., were named to the All-Tournament team.
WSU IN PAC-10 OPENERS: Since the Pac-10 expended to nine teams at the start of the 1999 season, WSU is 2-5 in conference-opening series...the Cougars last conference-opening win came in 2001, when WSU took two of three from California at Berkeley.
COUGARS RETURN HOME FOR ARIZONA STATE: Following this week's play at Stanford, WSU returns to Bailey-Brayton Field to open its home conference schedule with a three game series against Arizona State.
MILLER CLIMBING CAREER HITS CHART: Left fielder Jay Miller continues he assault on the Cougar all-time hits list by collecting eight more hits last week at the Johnny Quik Classic...the senior from Bellevue currently has 263 career hits, tied for fourth on the all-time list with Greg Hunter (1987-90)...next up is Jim Connor (1987-90) with 271 hits...Miller needs 41 more hits to tie all-time leader Mike Kinkade's (1992-95) mark of 304, the only Cougar to break 300 career hits.
PRINCE CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: Jared Prince continues his impressive debut in a Cougar uniform...the freshman from Poulsbo, Wash., is hitting .449 (35-for-78) with 11 doubles, 19 runs and a team-best 26 RBIs as the Cougar right fielder...on the mound he is 3-0 in five appearances, three starts, working 18.0 innings...he has not allowed an earned run and has 14 strikeouts with zero walks...at last week's Johnny Quik Classic, Prince earned tournament MVP honors after batting .444 with eight hits and eight RBIs...he also made two appearances on the mound, working 8.0 innings, allowing five hits with five strikeouts and getting the win against Bucknell.
WSU LEADS PAC-10 PITCHERS: The Cougar pitching staff continues to lead the Pac-10 in ERA following then latest release of conference statistics...the Cougar staff ERA of 3.32 places them ahead of UCLA (3.44) and Oregon State (3.56), the only teams with an ERA under 4.00 in the Pac-10...junior Wayne Daman is sixth in ERA (2.38) and seventh opposing batting average (.211), while tied for the lead in wins (5)...also among the pitchers leaders are junior Nick Ison, who is fifth in opposing batting average (.191), tied for fifth in wins (4) and fourth in fewest walks allowed (6).
COUGS AMONG CONFERENCE LEADERS: Offensively, WSU has moved to second in hitting with a .326 average in the Pac-10...the Cougs lead the conference in runs scored (211), doubles (63), on base percentage (.413), RBIs (182), hit by pitch (53), stolen bases (52) and attempts (68)... freshman Jared Prince leads the Pac-10 in hitting (.449), is sixth in hits (35), T-third in RBIS (26) and sixth in slugging percentage (.628)...senior Jay Miller is third in batting average (.423), leads all players in hits (44) and doubles (18), and is second in total bases (62).
COUGAR NOTES: The Cougars have collected 15 double-digit hitting game so far this season, including each of the last four...WSU has 20-plus hits on three occasions, including a season-best 23 against Chicago State (3/7)...freshman Travis Coulter is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, matching his longest of the season...Coulter is 9-for-19 (.474) in the stretch and has scored eight runs...junior Wayne Daman, Jr., has allowed one or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts this season...Daman has also fanned at least five in each outing and was named to the Johnny Quik Classic All-Tournament team...junior Nick Ison has fanned nine batters in two of his last three outings...senior Zach McAngus is hitting .500 (9-18) over his last four games...McAngus has also driven in a run in each of the last five and was named to the Johnny Quik Classic All-Tournament team...senior Jay Miller has hit safely in 22 of the Cougars' 24 games, including a career-best 18 game hitting streak to start the season...Miller also leads the team in multi-hit games (15)...junior Jeff Miller had his fourth three-hit game of the season last week against Gonzaga, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored...Miller has three multi-hit games in his last five outings... sophomore Jim Murphy currently has the team's longest current hitting streak at six games...Murphy also leads the team in multi-RBI games with seven...freshman Jared Prince drove in a season-high five RBIs against Gonzaga (3/18), including his first home run in a Cougar uniform... sophomore Simi Reynolds has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .450 (18-40)...sophomore pitcher Travis Webb allowed his first earned runs since the opening weekend when Miami (Ohio) score two in the eighth last Saturday (3/18)...Webb had gone six appearances without allowing an earned run.