Cougars Begin Three-Game Series Against Stanford Saturday at Bailey-Brayton Field
May 2, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Cougars (21-20, 4-11) vs. Stanford (18-24, 3-12)
Saturday-Monday, May 5-7, 2007
5:30 p.m., 2 p.m., Noon
Bailey-Brayton Field Pullman, Wash.
Radio: KCLX Radio (1450 AM)
Television: FSN Northwest (Friday)
Stanford leads 30-15
WSU won 2 of 3 during the 2006 series at Stanford
STANFORD SERIES OPENER TO BE SHOWN ON FSN NORTHWEST
Saturday's series-opener against Stanford has been picked up by FOX Sports Net Northwest and will be shown live beginning at 5:30 p.m. Todd Mansfield will handle play-by-play duties while Bill Krueger will provide analysis. Saturday's contest marks the first broadcast of a Cougar game since May 28, 2005, when the Washington State-Arizona State game was shown in Arizona. The last time a game from Bailey-Brayton Field was broadcast live was May 12, 2002, when FSN Northwest aired the Washington State-Lewis-Clark State contest.
After capturing the series-opener, the Cougars could not find the a win over the weekend as USC came away with the series win, 2-1. WSU opened with a 5-4 victory behind Wayne Daman Jr.'s seven strong innings where he did not allow an earned run. Paul Gran went 3-5 in the opener with a three-run home run while Ross Humes picked up his ninth save of the season. In the two weekend game errors proved costly as six in the two games, leading to four unearned runs. In Saturday's game a five-run second inning lifted USC to a 9-5 victory. Sunday saw WSU score four first-inning runs, then led 8-7 in the bottom of the eighth only to see the Trojans rally for three runs in the inning for a 10-8 win. Jeff Miller had four hits to pace the Cougars. For the series Miller batted .667 (8-12) with four RBIs, three doubles and four runs scored.
MILLER SHINES IN LA SUN
It must be the sunshine that has made Jeff Miller's bat heat up the past few weeks. In the Cougars last two road series, at Arizona State (4/13-15) and at USC (4/27-29), the senior second baseman has been blistering the ball. During the ASU series, Miller went 3-for-11, but knocked in four RBIs and scored three runs, including home runs in the final two games. Last weekend at USC, Miller began with a 1-for-3 outing Friday, then went 7-for-9 over the weekend, knocking in four runs and scoring three, capped by a 4-for-5 afternoon Sunday. Over the six-game span he hit .478 (11-23) with eight RBIs, seven runs scored, three home runs and three doubles.
DAMAN DESERVING OF NO. 1 STATUS
Wayne Daman Jr. does not lead the conference in wins or strikeouts, but the senior from Beaver, Wash. is proving that he belongs in the upper echelon of Pac-10 pitchers. Over his last four starts, Daman has a 3.15 ERA while opponents are batting just .264 in that span. Last Friday at USC Daman picked up the win as he worked seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, though all three runs were unearned. He was equally impressive his previous start against No. 12 Arizona, shutting down the Wildcat bats much of the evening, allowing three runs on four hits with five strikeouts through eight innings. Arizona entered the game as the No. 2 hitting team in the conference. In his matchup with No. 12 Arizona State, Daman allowed four runs on seven hits to the nation's No. 2 hitting team. The four runs were six below the Sun Devils average entering the game.
Following the weekend series against Stanford, the Cougars continue their four-game homestand Tuesday with a nonconference game against Lewis-Clark State with a 5:30 p.m. first pitch. It marks the second and final meeting of the season between the schools, with LCSC capturing the first game during the Banana Belt tournament. The following weekend the Cougars travel to Corvallis to face defending national champion Oregon State in a three-game series. Game times for the series ate 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. WSU remains in Oregon for a nonconference tilt Monday at Portland. Game time for that contest is 3 p.m.
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.
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. This past Friday at USC Humes picked up save No. 9, moving into the second spot on WSU's single-season list. Humes is now one save shy of tying Reed Rainey's mark set in 1984. Humes had another save opportunity in Sunday's contest before the Trojans scored three runs in the eighth, his first time in 10 save opportunities this season he did not convert. Humes also moved into third place on the career saves list with 10, three shy of second place and 14 short of Rainey's career mark.
HUMES, COULTER SWEEP WEEKLY PAC-10 AWARDS
For the first time since the Pacific-10 Conference went to a full round-robin format at the start of the 1999 season, two Washington State baseball players have swept the weekly conference awards. Sophomore pitcher Ross Humes was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and sophomore infielder Travis Coulter was awarded the Pac-10 Player of the Week. Humes had a stellar week, going 1-0 with two saves in three appearances. He picked up saves against Gonzaga and Arizona, then earned the win in the series-clinching game over the Wildcats, retiring all four batters he faced. For the week he had a 1.69 ERA in 5 1/3 innings pitched with six strikeouts, no walks, and a batting average against of .222. Coulter played in three games last week where he batted .545, going 6-for-11 with two runs scored, three doubles, a triple and an RBI. In Sunday's series-clinching victory over No. 12 Arizona, Coulter tied a school record by hitting three doubles, all coming in his first three at-bats. Coulter finished the game going 3-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored.
The Cougars hit .333 during the USC series, outhitting the Trojans 37-35...WSU has tied or outhit its opponent in seven of the last eight games...freshman Cody Bartlett led off Sunday's game at USC with his third triple of the second, second-most of the Cougars this year...senior Zach Borba had his 10th multi-hit game of the season in Sunday's contest at USC, going 2-for-4, including his first home run of the season. Borba also remains perfect in the stolen base category, swiping 10 bases in 10 attempts this season...senior Nick Cebula made two appearances during the USC series, going 1 2/3 innings, allowing no hits with a strikeout and a walk...sophomore designated hitter Travis Coulter was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after hitting .545 (6-11) with three doubles, a triple, two runs scored and an RBI during the Arizona series...senior Wayne Daman Jr. did not allow an earned run in seven innings worked as he picked up the win in Friday's opener at USC...junior Paul Gran has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, batting .460 (17-37) in that stretch...Gran has also scored at least one run in each of the last six games...sophomore Ross Humes picked up his ninth save of the season in Friday's 5-4 win at USC...Humes is currently second on the single-season list...senior Nick Ison had one of his best outings of the season No. 12 Arizona (4/21) 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...junior reliever Steve Kost has allowed just one earned run over his last eight appearances, a total of 4 2/3 innings...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 (4/20) 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 at Gonzaga (4/17) after hitting just one home run last season...Lagreid has had an RBI in each of his past five games...senior Jeff Miller hit .667 (8-12) during the USC series, including one home run, three doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored...Miller leads the team with seven home runs...junior first baseman Jim Murphy broke out of a 1-19 slump by hitting .500 93-6) in the final two games of the USC series...Murphy went 2-4 with a doubles and a walk in the series finale, his first multi-hit game since going 3-for-5 against Washington (3/25)...sophomore outfielder Jared Prince has hit safely in 12 of 15 conference games this season and is hitting .333 (18-54) in Pac-10 play...freshman Michael Ratigan picked up his second win of the season at Gonzaga (4/17) as he started and worked five innings, five hits with two strikeouts...junior Simi Reynolds has hit in each of his last seven games, going 11-22 (.500) in that span...junior Scott Suttmeier saw his 11-game hitting streak snapped in the second game of the ASU series...it marked the longest hitting streak by a Cougar this season.
HEAD COACH Donnie Marbut
Donnie Marbut is in his third season as head coach at Washington State University and fourth overall after pending the 2004 season as an assistant on the Cougar staff. Marbut has amassed a 78-80 record in two-plus years, while his 57-60 mark in his first two seasons are the most wins by any Cougar coach in his first two years. Prior to WSU, Marbut served as head coach at Edmonds Community College from 2000-03, where he posted a 152-38 record and earned Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and 2003.
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.
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 8-3 in series-ending games in 2007 following last sunday's 10-8 loss at USC. 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.
RECORD ATTENDANCE FOR WASHINGTON SERIES
In WSU's first Pacific-10 Conference series of the season the fans came out in force. In Friday's opener, 2,507 fans packed the stadium, the eighth-largest crowd to see a game at Bailey-Brayton Field. Saturday's contest drew 1,576 while Sunday's game, delayed four hours due to poor weather, was attended by 445 fans. The three-game series drew 4,519 fans, the largest three-game series total in Bailey-Brayton Field history, surpassing the 4,428 total during a three-game set against USC, April 16-18, 2004.
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.
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).
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