WSU Closes Out Season Hosting UCLA Bruins

May 20, 2003

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*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.
NEXT WEEK: Season Over
Tuesday, May 13 LCSC 9, WSU 8 (11i) Harris Field (5,000), Lewiston, Idaho
*Friday, May 16 WSU 13, USC 12 Dedeaux Field (2,500), Los Angeles, Calif.
*Saturday, May 17 USC 6, WSU 1 Dedeaux Field (2,500), Los Angeles, Calif.
*Sunday, May 18 USC 9, WSU 1 Dedeaux Field (2,500), Los Angeles, Calif.

* = Pacific-10 Conference Game


WSU FINISHES AT HOME: The WSU Cougars, 18-35 overall and 6-15 in Pacific-10 Conference play, wrap up the 2003 season at home this weekend, hosting the UCLA Bruins in a three-game series beginning Friday.

The highlight of the weekend's baseball activities will be the retirement of baseball jersey number 14, which was worn for 33 years by legendary Cougar head coach Bobo Brayton. The ceremony will take place prior to Saturday's game.

Friday's opener begins at 6:00 p.m. against the Bruins, while Saturday's game will begin at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday's finale is set for noon.

Cougar head coach Tim Mooney is expected to start Bryce Chamberlin (7.23 ERA, 4-5 record and 79.2 innings) in the opener and Aaron MacKenzie (6.05, 4-5, 83.1i) in game two. The status of injured starter Tony Banaszak (pulled back muscles) will not be known until late in the week, but if he cannot pitch, Mooney will call on one of his relief pitchers.

Last week at USC the Cougars pulled off a rare win at Dedeaux Field, edging the Trojans 13-12 in the Friday opener. USC then came back to win 6-1 and 9-1. WSU had not won at USC since the 1969 season.WSU is 9-23 against UCLA since the two teams first met in 1967. However, the Cougars are coming off two straight wins over the Bruins. Last year WSU lost a 5-3 contest to UCLA in Los Angeles, then came back to win 14-10 and 9-6. WSU's last home win over UCLA was a 12-11 victory in the first of three games in 2001.

Freshman Jay Miller had the hot bat at USC last week, collecting eight hits in 13 at-bats (.615) and has now taken over as WSU's top hitter with a .348 season average. He also leads the team in runs (38), hits (70), doubles (19) and is second in at-bats (201) and RBI (33).

Justin Hart is hitting .346, while Grand Richardson is third at .315 and Derek Bruce fourth at .292. Richardson and Bruce are sophomores and Hart a junior.

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

MILLER TOPS COUG HITTERS: One of the bright young stars for the Cougars this year is freshman outfielder Jay Miller...he currently sports a .348 batting average to lead WSU and also tops the team in runs (38), hits (70), doubles (19) and is second in at-bats (201) and RBI (33)...since the UC-Irvine series he is hitting .408 (51-125) recent weekend action, he hit .385 against UC-Irvine, .467 against Stanford and Oregon State, .385 against Arizona, .333 against Washington, .600 against Sacramento State and .615 at USC...he has at least one hit in 24 of WSU's last 29 games...included are hitting streaks of eight and seven games...he hit .515 in WSU's last seven games...Miller is hitting .340 against left handers and .351 against right handed hitters...he also hits .374 with runners on base and has a RBI success rate of .733 percent with runners on third and less than two outs...Miller is hitting .382 against Pacific-10 Conference opponents and leads WSU in most offensive categories in league play.


Jon Baeder advances runners at a .473 percentage, hits .433 when leading off an inning and .324 with runners in scoring position...Derek Bruce is hitting .347 when the bases are empty and .346 as a leadoff batter...he has a RBI success rate of .462 percent with runners on third and less than two outs and he is hitting .320 against left handed pitchers...Wes Falkenborg, WSU's regular DH, is hitting .381 when he leads off an inning and advances runners at a .448 percentage...he also hits .311 against right handers...Jeremy Farrar advances runners at a .500 percentage and hits .390 when leading off an inning...Justin Hart hits .444 in limited action against left-handed pitchers and .339 against right-handers...he is hitting .380 with the bases empty and .509 when leading off an inning...he also advances runners at a .483 percentage...Jeff LaRue is hitting .308 when leading off an inning and .600 with the bases loaded...Zapper McGrath hits .478 when in the leadoff spot and .advances runners at a .448 percentage...Jay Miller is hitting .351 against right-handed pitchers and .340 against lefties...he hits .374 with runners on base, .390 with runners in scoring position, has a RBI success rate of .733 percent with runners on third and less than two outs, and advances runners at a .533 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 .372 with runners on base...he also hits .328 with runners in scoring position, has a has a RBI success rate of .765 percent with runners on third and less than two outs, hits .355 with two outs, has a team-leading 19 two-out RBI and advances runners at a .527 rate.

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 .315 overall, third among Cougar regulars, and leads the team with 13 home runs and 47 RBI...he hit .462 against OSU and .385 against Arizona, struggled against ASU (.143) and then hit .385 against Washington, .545 against Sacramento State and .100 at USC (one hit)...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 21 games....he had a team-high 10-game hitting streak (18-for-47, .383) snapped at USC last weekend.

PAC-10 PLAY: WSU has three starters hitting over .300 after 21 Pac-10 games...Jay Miller tops the team in league play at .382, followed by Justin Hart at .352 and Wes Falkenborg at .300...Grant Richardson is next among the every-day players at .282.

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.

COUGS RED HOT FOR 5 GAMES: In a five-game stretch through WSU's first game at USC, the Cougars had 13 or more hits in five straight games against Sacramento State, LCSC and USC, going 78-for-200, a .390 average...among those who played in all five games, Jay Miller and Derek Bruce each hit .500, Wes Falkenborg .467, Grant Richardson .450 and Jon Baeder .357.

BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK: Washington State pulled off a rare feat in beating Washington 6-2 May the sixth inning and leading 3-0, WSU's Jeremy Farrar sent his fourth home run of the year over the left centerfield fence...Grant Richardson followed Farrar and did the same on the first pitch, sending his 11th home run over the right centerfield fence...then Wes Falkenborg came to the plate and on the first pitch, went yard in right centerfield...three pitches, three home runs...the last time WSU hit three straight home runs was the 1994 opener.

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 PICK UP THE PACE: WSU is 15-21 over the last 36 games, including five extra-inning games, 13-17 over the last 30 games (including three-game series with nationally ranked Stanford and ASU) and 9-12 in their last 21 games.

EXTRA INNING GAMES NOT KIND TO WSU: Heading into the final three games of the season, the WSU Cougars have been involved in six extra inning games and have yet to come out a winner...included are four 11-inning contests (Pacific, Stanford, Arizona, LCSC), one 13-inning game (Washington) and one 10-inning outing (Arizona State)...three of the teams were ranked at the time of the game, Stanford #4, Arizona #24, ASU addition the LCSC Warriors are the number two ranked NAIA team in the nation...the Cougars have actually lost 11 straight extra inning games...their last win was a 10-9 win over Oregon State in 10 innings near the end of the 2000 season (they were 3-1 that year in extra inning games) 2001 they lost two 10-inning games to Gonzaga and 2002 WSU lost 10-inning contests to Sacramento State, Oregon State and California in the middle of the season...earlier in the 2002 season WSU won two eight inning tournament games that were cut short by pre-determined rules...both were against Kentucky in the Texas A&M Continental Classic.

COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS SIXTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: Washington State University ranked sixth in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,282 at the end of the 2002 season.

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