Cougars Hit The Road For Games Against LCSC And USC

May 12, 2003

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Tuesday, May 13 - WSU vs. LCSC, 6:00 p.m., Harris Field (5,000), Lewiston, Idaho
Friday, May 16 - WSU at USC, 6:00 p.m., Dedeaux Field (2,500), Los Angeles, Calif.
Saturday, May 17 - WSU at USC, 1:00 p.m., Dedeaux Field (2,500), Los Angeles, Calif.
Sunday, May 18 - WSU at USC, 12:00 p.m., Dedeaux Field (2,500), Los Angeles, Calif. (FOX Sports TV)
[FOX Sports Net NW replay same day 4:00 p.m., Tuesday at noon]

*Friday, May 23 - WSU vs. UCLA, 6:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
*Saturday, May 24 - WSU vs. UCLA, 1:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
*Sunday, May 25 - WSU vs. UCLA, 12:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.

Friday, May 9 - WSU 17, Sacramento State 11, Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
Saturday, May 10 - WSU 14,. Sacramento State 5, Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
Sunday, May 11 - Sacramento State 15, WSU 14, Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.

WSU FACES FOUR ROAD GAMES: The WSU Cougars, 17-32 overall and 5-13 in Pacific-10 Conference play, step out of league Tuesday to meet the LCSC Warriors in Lewiston, then head to Los Angeles to take on the USC Trojans in a three-game series Friday.

Tuesday's contest at LCSC starts at 6:00 p.m. at Harris Field. WSU's starting pitcher was not known Monday.WSU's weekend pitching staff at USC is in question since ace Tony Banaszak may not be available. The Cougar left hander pulled a muscle in his back against Washington and did not see action last weekend.Bryce Chamberlin (4-5, 6.81 ERA, 76.2 innings) and Aaron MacKenzie (4-4, 5.86, 76.2) will start against the Trojans, but the order of WSU's rotation will not be known until Banaszak's status is determined. If Banaszak cannot pitch this weekend, either Garrett Alwert (2-5, 5.68, 31.2) or Karl Mejholm (2-3, 8.62, 31.1) will replace him.

Against Sacramento State last weekend, WSU as a team hit .417, belted 12 doubles, three triples and six home runs for a slugging percentage of .730.

Freshman outfielder Jay Miller and sophomore shortstop Derek Bruce each hit .600 (9-for-15) against Sacramento State as the Cougars won 17-11, 14-5 and then lost 15-14 in a rain shortened seven inning game Sunday.

Several other Cougars were hot at the plate last week, including Grant Richardson .545, Bruce Jacobsen .385, Jon Baeder .375 and Justin Hart .364.

Hart leads WSU at the plate with a .349 average, while Miller is hitting .339, Richardson .327 and Bruce .295.

Miller leads the team in hits, 62, runs scored, 35, doubles, 18, and at-bats, 183. Bruce's four triples leads WSU, while Richardson is the leader with 13 home runs and 44 RBI.

Banaszak's 5.61 ERA tops the mound staff, as does his 93 innings. MacKenzie and Chamberlin each have four victories, while Nick Kenyon has 22 appearances.

WSU RADIO: Cougar baseball games are carried on KCLX (1450AM, Colfax, Wash.) and on the WSU web site at

MILLER GETTING BETTER: One of the bright young stars for the Cougars this year is freshman outfielder Jay Miller...he currently sports a .339 batting average, second-best on the team...since the UC-Irvine series he is hitting .402 (43-107) recent weekend action, he hit .385 against UC-Irvine, .467 against Stanford and Oregon State, .385 against Arizona, 333 against Washington and .600 against Sacramento State...he has at least one hit in 22 of WSU's last 26 games...included are hitting streaks of eight and seven games...Miller is hitting .302 against left handers and .350 against right handed hitters...he also hits .374 with runners on base and has a RBI success rate of .714 percent with runners on third and less than two outs.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: The Cougars turned a school-record tying five double plays in a 5-3, 10-inning loss at Arizona State April 26...that feat matches a record set on four other occasions, most recently a 2000 contest against Lewis-Clark State.

COUGS HAD HOT 6-GAME STRETCH: During a six-game Pac-10 stretch against OSU and Arizona, WSU hit .332...among the every day starters, Justin Hart hit for a .458 average, while Jay Miller hit .429, Grant Richardson .423, Dustin Realini .333, Jeremy Farrar .296 and Derek Bruce .296...Jeff LaRue, .500, and Jonathan Fender, .385, shared second base duties in those games.


Jon Baeder advances runners at a .471 percentage, hits .423 when leading off an inning and .323 with runners in scoring position...Derek Bruce is hitting .361 when the bases are empty and .354 as a leadoff batter...he has a RBI success rate of .500 percent with runners on third and less than two outs ...Wes Falkenborg, WSU's regular DH, is hitting .389 when he leads off an inning and advances runners at a .400 percentage...he also hits .309 against right handers...Jeremy Farrar advances runners at a .485 percentage and hits .389 when leading off an inning and advances runners at a .485 clip...Justin Hart hits .444 in limited action against left-handed pitchers and .342 against right-handers...he is hitting .387 with the bases empty and .500 when leading off an inning...he also advances runners at a .474 percentage...Jeff LaRue is hitting .308 when leading off an inning and .600 with the bases loaded...Zapper McGrath hits .500 when in the leadoff spot and .advances runners at a .448 percentage...Jay Miller is hitting .350 against right-handed pitchers and .302 against lefties...he hits .374 with runners on base, .385 with runners in scoring position, has a RBI success rate of .714 percent with runners on third and less than two outs, and advances runners at a .505 percentage...Dustin Realini is hitting .375 against left-handed pitchers, .333 as a leadoff hitter and advances runners at a .486 clip...Grant Richardson hits .398 with runners on base...he also hits .333 with runners in scoring position, has a has a RBI success rate of .750 percent with runners on third and less than two outs, hits .357 with two outs, has a team-leading 17 two-out RBI and advances runners at a .546 rate...Robert Stahlke hits .556 in the leadoff position and advances runners at a .488 percentage.

RICHARDSON STEPS UP PLAY: First baseman Grant Richardson has stepped up his play from last year when he started just 14 games and hit .245...this year he is hitting .327 overall, third among Cougar regulars, and leads the team with 13 home runs and 44 RBI...he hit .462 against OSU and .385 against Arizona, struggled against ASU (.143) and then hit .385 against Washington and .545 last weekend against Sacramento State...he had a string of home runs in four straight games against OSU and the first Arizona game and then tied the WSU record with home runs in six straight games against Gonzaga, Washington and Sac State...he has 10 home runs in his last 17 those 17 games he is hitting .406 (26-for-64) with 22 RBI...he has hit safely in WSU's last eight games.

PAC-10 PLAY: WSU has four starters hitting over .300 after 18 Pac-10 games...Justin Hart leads the team at .358 in league games, followed in order by Jay Miller .342, Wes Falkenborg .312 (14 games) and Grant Richardson .311.

COUGS HIT SAC STATE: WSU batters had their best series of the season against Sacramento State, hitting .417 as a team...Jay Miller and Derek Bruce each hit .600 (9-for-15), followed by Grant Richardson .545, Steve Mortimer .429, Wes Falkenborg .400, Bruce Jacobsen .385, Jon Baeder .375 and Justin Hart .364...Miller led WSU with six runs scored, seven RBI and three doubles.

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