WSU At LCSC Wednesday, Hosts OSU Friday-Sunday

May 18, 2004

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WSU AT LCSC WEDNESDAY, HOSTS OSU FOR THREE GAMES: The Washington State Cougars, 26-22 overall and 6-12 in Pacific-10 Conference action, will travel to Lewiston to take on Lewis-Clark State, Wednesday in a 6:30 p.m. non-conference game.

The Cougars will then return home to Bailey-Brayton Field for a three-game series with Pacific-10 rival Oregon State, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The series continues against the Beavers Saturday at 6 p.m. and concludes Sunday at noon. The Beavers enter Tuesday's home doubleheader with Portland boasting a 27-18 overall record and a 7-11 Pac-10 mark.

The Cougars are hitting .300 as a team through 48 games and boast seven regulars with batting averages above .300.

Jay Miller hit .444 last weekend at UCLA and moved back into first place among Cougar hitters with a .357 overall average. He also extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 4-for-9 against the Bruins while scoring three times and driving home three runs.

Right behind Miller is Jason Freeman - the two entered play last week tied for the lead - currently hitting .350. He is followed by Kaeo Rubin with a .339 average, then Grant Richardson and Justin Hart with .311 averages. Both Jeremy Farrar and Zach McAngus are hitting .308.

Miller's 65 hits leads all Cougars, with Rubin right behind him with 63. Rubin leads the Cougars with 15 doubles, while Freeman has 12 and Miller and McAngus each have 11 two-base hits.The leader in runs scored by a wide margin is Rubin, who has crossed home plate 58 times. Miller and Freeman are next with 39 runs scored.

Richardson continues to lead the team with 11 home runs and 61 runs batted in.Aaron Trolia leads WSU pitchers with a 4.43 ERA, followed by Wayne Daman Jr. at 5.05 and Aaron MacKenzie at 5.20. Bryce Chamberlin has the most wins with seven, followed by MacKenzie and Trolia with five each. Daman Jr. has made the most mound appearances, 19, while MacKenzie is the leader with 14 starts. He also leads the team with 91.2 innings pitched and 80 strikeouts.

MILLER REGAINS FORM: Sophomore Jay Miller has regained his form at the plate and currently has an eight-game hitting streak, during which time he has had five two-hit games...since going hitless in the first game at Stanford, Miller has gone 13-for-27, scored six runs, driven home five runs and hit two doubles...last week he was tied with Jason Freeman for the batting lead at .353...he now is hitting .357 and has regained the lead among Cougar hitters...during a stretch of eight games from the start of the USC series through the first game at Stanford, Miller was 6-for-32 (.188)...he led WSU at the plate last year with a .341 average as a rookie.

FREEMAN HAS HOT BAT: Junior second baseman Jason Freeman is second on the team in hitting, carrying a .353 batting average into this week's action...he is even hotter in Pac-10 games, hitting .417 in 18 outings...Freeman has hit safely in 26 of his last 28 games...during that span he is hitting .418 (46-of-110), has 16 multiple-hit games and eight multiple-RBI games...10 of his 12 doubles have come in that span.

COUGS HIT UCLA: In the UCLA series three Cougar regulars hit .308 or better...Jay Miller hit .444 and went 4-for-9...Zach McAngus went 5-for-12, including a 3-for-5 performance Friday, and hit .417...Jason Freeman hit .308, going 4-for-13 with a double and two runs scored...players that contributed off the bench were Collin Henderson and Zach Kosturos...Henderson hit .333 and his double drove home Grant Richardson to give the Cougs the 10-9 10-inning victory Friday...Kosturos hit .333 in two starts.

STREAKING COUGARS: Three Cougars have had hitting streaks of 11 games or longer, topped by Jason Freeman's 14-game streak that was snapped by USC...Kaeo Rubin had a 12-game streak earlier in the season and Jeremy Farrar had an 11-game streak.

MULTIPLE HITS: Kaeo Rubin leads WSU with 21 multiple-hit games, while Jay Miller and Grant Richardson are second with 20, followed by Jason Freeman at 19...Miller and Zach McAngus have had games with five or more hits...McAngus, who has 14 multiple-hit games, went 5-for-5 against Birmingham-Southern April 5.

RICHARDSON TOPS IN RBI: Grant Richardson leads WSU batters with 15 multiple-RBI games...Richardson drove home four runs Friday at UCLA, recording his sixth game this season with four RBI...other Cougars with multiple-RBI games include Jay Miller with 11, Jason Freeman with 10 and Kaeo Rubin with eight...Collin Henderson drove home a team-best seven runs against Texas-Pan American Feb. 28.

CHAMBERLIN RETURNS: WSU starting pitcher Bryce Chamberlin (7-1) returned to action Monday, May 10, to record the win in relief after missing nearly three weeks with a broken jaw suffered April 16...the Cougar junior has now made 12 appearances, including nine UCLA last weekend he appeared in games Friday and Sunday, recorded one out and allowed five runs.

CAREER NOTES: Jay Miller is hitting .348 in his first two seasons, with 138 hits, 32 doubles, 75 RBI and 79 runs scored in 396 at-bats...Grant Richardson's career average is .307 with 26 home runs, placing the junior tied for 10th on the WSU all-time career leaders list...Justin Hart is hitting .345...Aaron MacKenzie is now 10-12 with 184.0 innings pitched, 161strikeouts and a 5.38 ERA.

MISC. COUGAR NOTES: Grant Richardson, Jay Miller, and Kaeo Rubin have started all 48 games this season...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, Collin Henderson and Jeremy Farrar, while Miller is a sophomore and Rubin a junior.

THREE COUGS EARN PAC-10 HONOR: Three Cougars have won Pacific-10 Conference POW honors this season...the latest was senior Garrett Alwert, who was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week April 19 after holding USC scoreless over eight innings in WSU's 5-1 victory April 18...he allowed Trojan batters four hits and one walk while striking out five...Aaron MacKenzie won pitching honors Feb. 17 after allowing no runs and just two hits over 7.0 innings against San Francisco...Grant Richardson won hitting honors April 6 when he hit .583 in four games against Gonzaga and Birmingham-Southern...he was 7-for-12, scored six runs and drove home 12 runs...he had four home runs in those four games.

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 80 bases this season and has been successful 46 times...junior Jason Freeman leads the Cougs in stolen bases with 11...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-game, five-team tournament with victories over Portland, Utah Valley State, Gonzaga and LCSC.

AN ALL NEW PLAYING FIELD: When WSU opened play in Bailey-Brayton Field 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.

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.

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 eight teams that received votes this week in at least one of the four major college baseball polls, Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, Sports Weekly/ESPN (baseball coaches) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association...the Stanford Cardinal, who swept WSU last week, is currently ranked number one in all four polls...ASU, Washington and Oral Roberts, WSU opponents early in the season, are ranked in all four polls as well...UC-Irvine, Oregon State, Arizona and Birmingham-Southern all have received votes in at least one of the polls.

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