WSU To Host Chicago State In Mid-Week Series

March 7, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. -

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A QUICK LOOK AT CHICAGO STATE: Chicago State University enters the week with a 1-3 record...CSU participated in last weekend's Banana Belt Tournament, going 0-4, although their two games against Lewis-Clark State did not count against their record as they were played under NAIA rules...Chicago State is batting .244 this season and have a 7.64 team ERA...Roc Latino leads the team in hitting with a .467 average while Chris Goya is the only other regular hitting over .300 with a .333 average.

BANANA BELT TOURNAMENT RECAP: For the third straight year, the Cougars captured at least a share of the Banana Belt title...WSU won the event in 2004 and 2005, and earned a share of the this year's title with Gonzaga after each team posted a 3-1 record...the Cougars won their first three games, defeating Chicago State, Gonzaga and Lewis-Clark State, before dropping Sunday's finale against the Bulldogs...senior Jay Miller hit .529 during the tournament, while sophomore Simi Reynold batted .500 (5-10)...Wayne Daman, Jr., and Nick Ison picked up their fourth wins of the season in as many outings...WSU collected 47 hits and scored 40 runs in the tournament.

COUGARS OFF TO FAST START: The Cougars are off to a 13-3 start through the first month of the season, marking their best opening stint since going 10-2 during the 1988 season...the Cougars' best start occurred during the 1980 season when they opened the season with an 18-0 record....that team went on to post a 36-10 record.

NATION TAKING NOTICE: In a Baseball America notebook item by Will Kimmey recapping last weekend's action, WSU made it into the national spotlight...the item says while last year Oregon State was the nation's best feel-good story, the best team in the Northwest may be the Cougars...according to Kimmey, 'Washington State hasn't taken strides after going 21-37 in coach Donnie Marbut's first year--these are more like leaps. Marbut and his staff overhauled the roster thanks to hard-working recruiting efforts, and the new faces have meshed well with the holdovers.'

MILLER CLIMBING CAREER HITS CHART: Following a 2005 season in which he led the Cougars with 74 hits, senior Jay Miller broke into the school's Top 10 career list with 219 hits...the senior from Bellevue has picked up right where he left off ...he currently has 249 career hits, sixth on the Cougar list and six shy of No. 5 Ray Hattenburg (1997-00)...Miller averaged 73 hits per season in his first three years, which if he continues that pace will place him second all-time...Miller needs 55 more hits to tie all-time leader Mike Kinkade's (1992-95) mark of 304, the only Cougar to break 300 career hits.
Player Hits

1. Mike Kincade ('92-95) 304
2. Shawn Stevenson ('97-00) 273
3. Jim Connor ('87-90) 271
4. Greg Hunter ('87-90) 263
5. Ray Hattenburg ('97-00) 255
6. Jay Miller ('03-06) 249

ICE, ICE BABY: Pitcher Nick Ison continues to shine in his first season as a Cougar...the junior from Midvale, Utah, is 4-0 in four appearances this season, with a dazzling 1.00 his last start, a 6-1 win over Lewis-Clark State, Ison went 8.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out a season-high nine... For the season he has worked 27.0 innings, allowing 13 hits and three earned runs for a 1.00 ERA. He has 21 strikeouts against five walks and opponents are hitting just .137 against him.

MILLER HITTING STREAK STOPPED AT 18: After running his hitting streak to a career-best 18 following a 4-for-5 performance against Lewis-Clark State, Jay Miller went 0-for-3 against Gonzaga Sunday night to end his streak...during the hitting streak, which dated back to the final three games of the 2005 season, Miller hit .436 (34-78) with 10 multi-hit games...until last Sunday, Miller had been on a tear, hitting .517 (15-29) over the previous six games.

PRINCE CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: Jared Prince continues his impressive debut in a Cougar uniform...the freshman from Poulsbo, Wash., is hitting .417 (20-for-48) with six doubles, 11 runs and 11 RBIs as the Cougar right fielder...last Thursday he earned his first start on the mound, going 5.0 innings against Chicago State...he allowed five hits, all singles, while striking out five against no walks in picking up his first win of the season.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: In addition to his climbing the career hits list, senior Jay Miller is rapidly approaching the record for career doubles...entering the season 11th on the all-time WSU list, Miller has quickly moved up to 3rd on the charts as he has connected for 14 doubles in his first 30 hits...Miller now has 60 career doubles, five shy of second place Tad Thompson...below is a list of the top three doubles hitters in WSU history:
Player Doubles
1. Mike Kinkade ('92-95) 75
2. Tad Thompson ('89-92) 65
3. Jay Miller ('03-06) 60

DAMAN GOING STRONG: Pitcher Wayne Daman, Jr., is off to an impressive start in 2006...the junior has won each of his four starts while posting a 2.77 ERA...he has matched his career-high strikeout total of nine in each of his first three outings, he has 32 for the season, while walking eight batters... opponents are hitting .221 off him this season...Daman was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 7-12 and earned all-tournament honors at the River City Classic.

COUGARS AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Following the most recent release of the Pac-10 statistics, the Cougars can be found among the leaders in several categories...As a team the Cougars are tied for third in hitting (.317) and fourth in pitching (3.50 ERA)... WSU leads the conference with 41 doubles and 43 steal attempts, and is second in slugging (.468), RBIs (116), runs (138), hit by pitch (37) and stolen bases (34)...individually, Jay Miller is third in hitting (.435), first in doubles (14) and tied for first in hits (30)...pitcher Nick Ison leads the Pac-10 in ERA (1.00) and opposing batting average (.137), while Ison and Wayne Daman, Jr., are tied for first in wins (4)...Daman is also fifth in strikeouts (32).