Cougars Return To Diamond with Tuesday Game Against Gonzaga
April 24, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Cougars (19-18) vs. Gonzaga (26-18)
Tuesday, April 24
Bailey-Brayton Field Pullman, Wash.
Radio: KCLX Radio (1450 AM)
WSU leads 177-87-1
WSU won 7-4 (4/17). WSU has won 2 of 3 in the season series
After dropping the opening game against No. 12 Arizona 3-1, the Cougars stormed back to take both weekend contests, 4-3 Saturday and 5-3 Sunday. WSU received strong pitching performances all weekend as it posted a team ERA of 3.00 while Arizona hitters batted just .182 for the series. Wildcat starter Preston Guilmet held the Cougar bats in check in Friday's win, allowing one run in eight innings. In Saturday's game, Cougar starter Nick Ison went 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits before Ross Humes came on to pick up his seventh save of the season. Mike Gilbert added three RBIs in a winning effort. Sunday saw the Cougs use five pitchers before Humes picked up the win, retiring all four batters he faced to close out the game. WSU scored a pair of unearned runs in the eighth after the Wildcats tied the game in the top of the inning.
HUMES MOVES UP SAVES LIST
A little over half way through the 2007 season and left-hander reliever Ross Humes has already broken into the single-season top 10 in saves. Against Illinois-Chicago the sophomore worked two scoreless innings to registered his fifth save of 2007, tying him for ninth on the Cougars single-season list. Last Tuesday at Gonzaga Humes picked up No. 6, working 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to move into a tie for 5th on the single-season list. Humes has been stellar in save situations this season, converting all six opportunities while allowing just four hits in 11 2/3 innings of work. In that span he has fanned 15 and walked only two, with five of the six hits being singles. Humes next save will move him into a tie for second while the single-season record is 10, set by Reed Rainey in 1984.
COULTER TIES SCHOOL RECORD
Sophomore designated hitter Travis Coulter tied a single-game record by connecting for three doubles in Sunday's 5-3 victory over No. 12 Arizona. Coulter led off the first and third innings with doubles, both times coming around to score. In the fifth his double off the wall in right brought home the Cougars third run. In his next at-bat, Coulter drew a four-pitch walk in the seventh to finish the day 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Coulter tied the mark previously held by 15 other players, the most recent being Jay Miller, Apr. 21, 2006 at Northern Colorado.
2007 COLLEGE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS TO INCLUDE BRAYTON, OLERUD
Legendary Cougar coach Bobo Brayton and former WSU All-American John Olerud have been inducted into the College Baseball Foundation, it was announced recently. The two will join 13 others that comprise the 2007 Induction Class into the new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. In addition to Brayton and Olerud, the Class of 2007 includes legendary coaches Jim Brock of Arizona State, Bibb Falk of Texas, Jerry Kindall of Arizona and Dick Siebert of Minnesota, along with former standout players Jim Abbott of Michigan, Pete Incaviglia of Oklahoma State, Fred Lynn of USC, Phil Stephenson of Wichita State and Derek Tatsuno of Hawai'i. The 2007 induction class will be officially enshrined during a three-day celebration of college baseball, July 2-4, at the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. Brayton retired from WSU at the conclusion of the 1994 season with a career record of 1,161-523-8 in 33 seasons at the time the fourth winningest baseball coach in NCAA D-I history. In his three years on the Palouse Olerud combined to hit .434 with 37 doubles, 33 home runs, 131 RBI and a .824 slugging percentage. Even more impressively, as a pitcher he was 26-4 with a 3.17 ERA (85 ER/241.1 IP) and 169 strikeouts in 39 career appearances (34 starts).
Following Tuesday's game against Gonzaga, the Cougars return to the road as they travel to Los Angeles to face USC in a three-game series beginning Friday. WSU took two of three last season versus the Trojans, who enter the week with a 21-20 record, 4-8 in conference play. Game times for the weekend series are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
FOLLOWING THE COUGARS
All Washington State University baseball games can be heard live on KCLX Radio (1450 AM). Steve Grubbs begins his second season calling all the baseball action. In addition, all games can also be heard online at www.wsucougars.com and all home games and selected road contest can be followed on-line via Gametracker, also at wsucougars.com.
SERIES-ENDING GAMES BELONG TO COUGARS
Coming in to the 2007 season, WSU head coach Donnie Marbut made finishing series a point of emphasis. Through the first 10 series of the season, the point has been received. WSU is 8-2 in series-ending games in 2007, including last Sunday's 5-3 victory over No. 12 Arizona. Equally impressive is the fact that all of the wins, excluding Texas and California, clinched series wins for WSU. Last season WSU was 5-7 in series-ending games.
Tuesday's game against Gonzaga marks the fourth and final meeting this season between the two teams, and the third of three straight Tuesday contests. The Cougars have taken two of the first three, with Gonzaga's only victory coming Apr. 10 at Bailey-Brayton Field. In the first game, Cody Bartlett and Paul Gran each had three-run home runs as WSU posted a 13-2 win in Spokane. Gonzaga took Game Two of the season as it collected 15 hits and scored the final eight runs in a 12-6 win at Bailey-Brayton Field. Last Tuesday WSU captured a 7-4 win as Cody Bartlett had a three-run home run and Michael Ratigan pitched five strong innings to pick up his second win of the season. WSU infielder Paul Gran leads the Cougars in the series with a .462 (6-13) batting average while catcher Greg Lagreid is close behind with a .455 (5-11) average. For Gonzaga, Shawn Wayt is hitting .556 (5-9) in two games while Aaron McGuinness is batting .455 (5-11) and Bryan Winston is hitting .429 (6-14) in three games.
GILBERT KEYS COUGAR VICTORY OVER ARIZONA
Senior catcher Mike Gilbert made the most of his third start as a designated hitter this season last Saturday against No. 12 Arizona. Gilbert keyed a three-run fourth inning with a two-run single through the left side to put the Cougars ahead. Two innings later, he blasted a long solo home run over the scoreboard in left field, increasing the WSU lead to 4-1. Gilbert finished his afternoon going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, a run scored, and the first home run of his Cougar career.
MILLER FINDS POWER SURGE IN ARIZONA
In Game Two of the Arizona State series (4/14), senior Jeff Miller connected for his first home run since Mar. 12 against Rider, ending a streak of 60 at-bats without a round-tripper. Miller's solo blast in the ninth innings brought the Cougars to within one before falling 4-3. In Sunday's contest, Miller again connected for a ninth-inning home run, this one a three-run shot to regain sole possession of the home run lead with six on the season. It was the second time this season Miller and homered in back-to-back games, the first time coming in the final two games of the San Jose State series.
BARTLETT AT HOME IN SPOKANE
Cody Bartlett has played just two games at Gonzaga's new Patterson Baseball Complex, but it might just be his favorite collegiate park. The freshman from Kent, Wash., has hit both of his home runs this season at Patterson, both three-run shots to left, and both in Cougar victories. In those two games Bartlett is hitting .375 (3-8), with two home runs, seven RBIs and three runs scored.
Senior Zach Borba went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Saturday's 4-3 win over Arizona...Borba also remains perfect in the stolen base category this season, swiping nine bases in nine attempts this season...sophomore designated hitter Travis Coulter batted .545 (6-11) with three doubles, a triple, two runs scored and an RBI during the Arizona series...and is hitting .269 in that time, raising his average from .171 to .230...senior catcher Mike Gilbert went 2-for-4 in Saturday's win over Arizona (4/21), his first multi-hit game since going 2-4 against Illinois-Chicago (3/18)...junior Paul Gran currently possesses WSU's longest hitting streak at five games...in that stretch he is batting .429 (9-21) with three RBI and three runs scored...sophomore Ross Humes remains a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season...Humes is currently tied for fourth ...senior Nick Ison had one of his best outings of the season Saturday against No. 12 Arizona as he limited the Wildcats to just two hits through 7 1/3 innings...Ison allowed two earned runs, fanned three and had a batting average against of .087...senior outfielder Ryan Krauser had to leave the series finale at Cal (4/1) in the bottom of the first inning when he crashed into the outfield wall chasing a fly ball...Krauser had not played until a pinch-hitting appearance Friday 94/20) against Arizona...his status is up in the air as to when he can return to the field...sophomore catcher Greg Lagreid continues to flex his muscle as he connected for his sixth home run of the season Tuesday at Gonzaga...Lagreid hit just one home run last season...junior Jayson Miller had a strong showing Sunday against Arizona, working 5 2/3 innings in a starting role, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts...Miller has started each of the last two series...sophomore outfielder Jared Prince is tied for the team lead with 23 RBIs this season and is hitting .326 in Pac-10 play...freshman Michael Ratigan picked up his second win of the season last Tuesday at Gonzaga as he started and worked five innings, five hits with two strikeouts...junior Simi Reynolds has hit in each of his last three games, going 5-9 (.556) in that span...He went 3-7 in the Arizona series in two games...junior Scott Suttmeier saw his team-leading 11-game hitting streak snapped in the second game of the ASU series...it marked the longest hitting streak by a Cougar this season.