WSU To Host ASU In Key Pacific-10 Three-Game Series

April 20, 2004

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WSU TO HOST ASU: The Washington State Cougars will host Arizona State Friday at 3 p.m., in the first of a three-game Pacific-10 Conference baseball series at Bailey-Brayton Field. Games are also set for 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

The Cougars went 1-3 last week, falling to Gonzaga 8-5 Tuesday and dropping the first two games of the three-game series against Southern California 4-2 and 10-7 before taking the final game Sunday 5-1.

Senior pitcher Garrett Alwert was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for his winning performance Sunday. Alwert made just his third start this season, holding USC scoreless over 8.0 innings, allowing four hits while striking out five batters. In Pac-10 games Alwert is holding opposing batters to a .242 batting average over 16.2 innings and has struck out nine.

Jason Freeman has had a hot bat and glove in conference games, ranking in the top 10 for several categories among Pac-10 batters. He is in first place with a .595 on base percentage, second in batting average at .529, tied for fifth with 18 hits and tied for eighth in runs batted in with 12. He is also in a three-way tie for first with four stolen bases and is tied for first with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Last week he hit .400, driving home three runs and scoring one.

Brandon Reddinger led the Cougars last week, hitting .500 and accounted for four runs in WSU's 5-1 victory over USC Sunday, driving home three runs and scoring one.

Kaeo Rubin led off Sunday's game with a solo home run, adding to his team-leading 43 runs that also ties him for third among Pac-10 batters. He also hit a double last week, giving him 13 for the season, which ties him for fourth in the Pac-10.

Sophomore Jay Miller remains the team leader with a .363 batting average. Others over the .300 mark include Jason Freeman .354, Jeremy Farrar .330, Kaeo Rubin .326, Zach McAngus .324, Grant Richardson .321 and Justin Hart .321. WSU is hitting .304 as a team.

WSU LOSES CHAMBERLIN: Starting pitcher Bryce Chamberlin will miss the bulk of the season with an broken jaw...Chamberlin, who posted a 6-1 record, sustained the injury early Friday morning after apparently being assaulted...the preliminary police report stated Chamberlin as being the victim in the off-campus incident...prior to the loss against Washington WSU was 8-0 when Chamberlin started...all nine appearances have been as the starter..

MOMS BRING GOOD CROWD: The WSU-USC game April 17 drew 3,153 fans, the fourth largest Cougar home crowd since 1989...WSU's largest-ever crowd was 4,666 for a Washington doubleheader in 1990.

STREAKING COUGARS: Jason Freeman's 14-game hitting streak ended Sunday against USC...the streak was the longest of the season for any Cougar...the second longest streak belongs to Kaeo Rubin, who hit safely in 12 consecutive games earlier in the season.

MULTIPLE HITS/RBI: Jay Miller leads the Cougars with 15 multiple-hit games...Jason Freeman and Grant Richardson both have 14...both Miller and Zach McAngus have had games with five or more hits...Miller recorded five hits against Texas-Pan American Feb. 28...McAngus, who has nine multiple-hit games, went 5-for-5 against Birmingham-Southern April 5...Richardson leads WSU batters with 11 multiple-RBI games...Miller has nine and Rubin is third with eight...Collin Henderson drove home seven runs against the Broncs Feb. 28, leading WSU in the single-game RBI category.

CAREER NOTES: Jay Miller is hitting .350 in his first two seasons, with 122 hits in 349 at-bats...Grant Richardson career average is .310 and Justin Hart's is .350...Aaron MacKenzie is now 10-8 with 159.2 innings pitched, 143 strikeouts and a 4.96 ERA.

MISC. COUGAR NOTES: Grant Richardson, Jay Miller, and Kaeo Rubin have started all 35 games this season......the Cougs are 5-0 when Collin Henderson bats second in the lineup...WSU has a young infield with Justin McClure (shortstop) a freshman, Zach McAngus (third) a sophomore and both Richardson (first) and Jason Freeman (second) the outfield, the five primary players include three seniors, Justin Hart, Henderson and Jeremy Farrar, while Miller is a sophomore and Rubin a junior.

GOING YARD: Grant Richardson is currently tied for first in the Pac-10 with 11 long balls...more than half of his home runs came during the week of March 29 - April 10...he hit six long balls in five games, including two games with multiple home runs...his first multiple home run game was against Gonzaga March 30 and was the first time in his WSU career he accomplished the feat...during the week, Richardson hit two solo shots, a pair of two-run home runs and a three-run homer... Richardson's grand slam against Washington April 8 was his first as a Cougar... Richardson has now hit 26 home runs during his WSU career, tying him for 10th on the Cougar all-time list.

MILLER TIME: Sophomore Jay Miller is leading the Cougars with a batting average of .363...Miller has 49 hits, including seven doubles and two home runs...he has scored 32 runs while driving home 31...Miller had a five-hit performance against Texas-Pan American Feb. 28...Miller has had nine multiple-RBI games...including four against Washington March 21...Miller is now hitting .350 with 122 hits, 28 doubles and 72 runs scored during his Cougar career.

ALWERT EARNS PAC-10 HONOR: Senior, Garrett Alwert was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 13-19...he earned the honor by holding USC scoreless over eight innings in WSU's 5-1 victory his third start this season he held Trojan batters to just four hits and one walk while striking out five...his record is now 2-1...overall he has a 5.50 ERA and 25 strikeouts.

WIN STREAK HITS SIX: Earlier this season WSU won six straight games, the final two contests at Texas-Pan American, and all four games at the Banana Belt tournament...the last time WSU won six straight games was in mid-March, 1999...the last time WSU won eight straight was in late April, 1997.

STEALING BASES: In the fifth inning against Utah Valley State, WSU stole a school record eight bases, which also tied the NCAA Div. 1 record set in 1991 and equaled in 1993...WSU's record in a game is 11, set in 1917 against Montana...WSU has attempted to steal 63 bases this season and has been successful 36 times...junior Jason Freeman leads the Cougs in stolen bases with nine...WSU stole six bases against USC Sunday including two by Freeman...Freeman stole both second and third base in the first inning.

TWO TOURNAMENT TITLES: The Cougars have won two tournament championships in 2004, the first time in school history the feat has been February, WSU won the River City Tournament, sweeping games against Santa Clara, Saint Mary's and host Sacramento State...the Cougs also won the Banana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho, for the 19th time...the Cougars swept the four-team tournament with victories over Portland, Utah Valley State, Gonzaga and LCSC.

AN ALL NEW PLAYING FIELD: When WSU opened play in Bailey-Brayton Stadium March 19, the Cougars become the first NCAA Division I team to have FieldTurf as its playing surface...WSU joins the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Minnesota Twins as part of the exclusive group of baseball teams to use FieldTurf as their playing field...the Cougar baseball diamond is ringed with a brownish red warning track and base paths of the same color...the only dirt on WSU's baseball field is the pitching mound and around home plate...included in the renovation project are new dugouts for both teams.

COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS SEVENTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: Washington State University ranked seventh in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,302 at the end of the 2003 season.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: WSU's 2004 baseball schedule features 11 teams that received votes this week in at least one of the four major college baseball polls, Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, USA Today, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association...the Stanford Cardinal, who WSU visits in late April, is currently ranked number two in all polls...UC-Irvine, a WSU opponent early in the season, is ranked among the top 20 teams in all four polls...Oral Roberts is currently ranked in all four polls, while Arizona State, UCLA, Washington, Oregon State, Arizona, Birmingham-Southern, USC and USF all have received votes in at least one of the polls...WSU's schedule this year includes 30 games against the 11 teams.

2004 CAPTAINS: Four seniors have been named as the captains for the 2004 Cougar squad...they are Garrett Alwert, Collin Henderson, Aaron MacKenzie, and Brandon Reddinger.

Head Coach: Tim Mooney (Idaho '80)
WSU Record: 65-115 (4th year)
Career Record: 592-352-3 (19th year)
Don Marbut (infielders/recruitment)
Ryan Brust (pitchers)
Brent Fattore (volunteer)

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