Cougars Travel To Gonzaga Before Hosting USC In Pac-10 Action

April 25, 2006


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WSU-GONZAGA 2006 SERIES: Tuesday's game marks the sixth of seven meetings during the 2006 season, with Gonzaga holding a 3-2 advantage...all three of the Bulldog wins have come at Bailey-Brayton Field while Tuesday's game is at Avista Field in Spokane...WSU captured the first meeting, 18-10 at Lewiston before Gonzaga answered with a 3-0 win at Pullman...the Cougs then posted a 15-3 win at Fresno with the Bulldogs taking a 6-2 win two weeks ago and a 9-4 win last week, both at Pullman.

WSU-USC ALL-TIME SERIES: USC leads the all-time series against the Cougars, 54-12, including a three-game sweep last season in Los Angeles...During the 2004 season, the last meeting between the teams in Pullman, WSU captured a 5-1 win on the final day for its only victory...since 1999 when Pac-10 baseball combined into one conference, the Trojans hold an 18-3 advantage, with two of the Cougars three wins coming at Pullman.

COUGARS SET HITS RECORD IN OPENER AT NORTHERN COLORADO: In Friday's Game One of the Northern Colorado series, WSU pounded out a school-record 26 hits against the Bears, eclipsing the previous mark of 25 set twice during the 1999 season in back-to-back games against New Mexico State, Feb. 14-15...Mike Gilbert had four hits in the contest while Ryan Krauser, Jay Miller, Paul Gran and Jared Prince each had three...additionally, the Cougars set a season-high with 22 runs, while tying the season mark with six doubles and three sacrifice flies.

COUGARS READY FOR FINALS AFTER USC WEEKEND: Following this week's Pacific-10 Conference series against USC, the Cougars will prepare for finals week...bypassing the mid-week game, WSU will next be in action May 6-8 when it hosts Utah Valley State for a three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field.

NORTHERN COLORADO RECAP: For the first time this season the Cougars completed a three-game sweep of an opponent last weekend at Northern Colorado...the Cougars opened the series by setting a school-record with 26 hits in a 22-7 win, led by Mike Gilbert's season-high four hits...WSU needed a five-run ninth inning in Game Two to win 10-7 as Jared Prince's three-run home run was the the finale, Prince had three more hits and two RBIs while also improving to 5-1 on the mound this season as WSU finished with a 5-2 victory.

MILLER CLIMBING CAREER HITS CHART: Left fielder Jay Miller continued his assault on the Cougar all-time hits list by moving into second place following the Arizona State series...the senior from Bellevue currently has 287 career hits, second on the all-time list behind only Mike Kinkade's (1992-95) 304...Miller needs 17 more hits to tie Kinkade, currently the only Cougar to break 300 career hits.

WSU IN PAC-10 PITCHING: The Cougar pitching staff remains fourth in the Pac-10 in team ERA following the latest release of conference statistics...WSU remains one of four conference teams with a staff ERA under 4.00, ending last weekend's series with an ERA of 3.99...Oregon State, which posted a series sweep at California, leads the Pac-10 with a 3.36 ERA, followed by UCLA (3.67) and Cal (3.72) a squad the Cougars are tied for third in the conference in fewest home runs allowed (14) and are second in fewest walks allowed (118)...junior Wayne Daman Jr., is 10th in ERA (3.38), seventh in opposing batting average (.234), and tied for eighth in wins (5)...also among the pitchers leaders are sophomore Travis Webb, who is tied for fifth in saves (5) and four in games finished (14).

COUGS AMONG CONFERENCE LEADERS: Offensively, WSU moved into the top spot in hitting with a .323 batting average thanks to hitting .420 during the Northern Colorado series...the Cougs lead the conference in runs scored (309), doubles (91), hits (472), stolen bases (66) and hit by pitch (71)...individually, freshman Jared Prince leads the conference in hitting at .428, is second in on-base percentage (.512) and third in RBIs (40)...senior Jay Miller (.401) is third in the Pac-10 in hitting (.398), and leads the conference in hits (68) and doubles (23)...freshman Travis Coulter is tied for sixth in runs scored (39) while Jeff Miller and Jim Murphy are tied for seventh in home runs with six each.

KRAUSER CONTINUES HOT START: Outfielder Ryan Krauser missed the first 24 games of the season due to injury, but judging by his performance the past month, the layoff did not hurt...the junior has hit safely in 12 of 15 games played, batting .451 (23-51) in that stretch...he hit .583 (7-12) in the Stanford series then .500 (5-10) at UCLA... Krauser has eight multi-hit games, including a season-high three on three the series opener at Northern Colorado, Krauser went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

COUGAR NOTES: WSU regained the Pacific-10 batting lead following a .420 series at Northern Colorado...the Cougs are hitting .323 for the season, ahead of ASU (.317) and USC (.317)...WSU has connected for double-digit hits in each of the past five games, including a school-record 26 in the opener at Northern Colorado...freshman Travis Coulter has hit safely in 19 of his last 22, batting .333 (29-87) in that span...Coulter has moved into a tie for sixth in the Pac-10 in runs scored (39)...junior Nick Ison has missed his last three starts due to a sore shoulder...Ison hopes to return to the mound this week...junior Wayne Daman Jr. missed his first start of the season last week due to a sore arm...Daman hopes to return to the lineup this weekend for his normal start...catcher Mike Gilbert found hit stroke against Nrothern the opener the junior went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs...he finished the series hitting .625...sophomore Paul Gran has been swinging a hot bat since mid-March...after his nine-game hitting streak ended against Gonzaga (4/4), Gran has hit safely in each of the last 10, currently the team's longest hitting streak...freshman Jeremy Johnson has seen his first action of the season over the last two weekends...Johnson, who had not pitched this season until the UCLA series due to a sore arm, retired both hitters at UCLA, threw 1/3 of an inning against Cal, and worked a 1-2-3 8th inning at N. Colorado...sophomore lefty Steve Kost allowed his first earned run of the season in the finale at UCLA...for the season Kost has a 0.75 ERA in 12.0 innings of work...junior Ryan Krauser is hitting a team-leading .451 (23-51) through his first four Pac-10 series after missing the opening 24 games with an elbow Pac-10 play, Krauser is fifth in batting average (.405) and tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.500)...freshman Greg Lagreid hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot against Cal accounting for the Cougs only runs in the series opener...senior Zach McAngus broke out of an 0-for-20 slump with a pair of hits in the opener at Nrothern Colorado...McAngus then had two more hits in Game Two...junior Jeff Miller is riding a five-game hitting streak entering the week after getting two hits in each of the Northern Colorado games...sophomore Jim Murphy has hit safely in 19 of WSU's last 23 games, batting .346 (28-81) in that span... freshman Jared Prince hit .667 (10-15) with five runs and seven RBIs during the Northern Colorado series.

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