Cougars Return Home To Face Arizona State
March 29, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - A QUICK LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils enter the week with a 21-7 record, tops in the Pac-10...ASU captured a three-game sweep over Penn State last week...the Sun Devils are 10-2 in the month of March, including wins over No. 3 Rice and No. 24 Oklahoma...they lead the Pac-10 in RBIs with 202 and in wins (21) and batters struck out (246)...individually, Willy Davis leads the team in hitting with a .360 average while Ike Davis is tops in HRs (5) and RBIs (40)... Davis leads the conference in RBIs while Eric Sogard is first in slugging percentage (.690) and Colin Curtis is first in stolen bases (17).
WSU-ARIZONA STATE ALL-TIME SERIES: Arizona State leads the all-time series, 31-6, including a three-game sweep last season at Tempe...WSU's last victory was an 8-4 win, April 25, 2004, at Bailey-Brayton Field...the Cougars are 2-7 when playing at Bailey-Brayton Field dating back to 2000.
Jay Miller NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For the second time in his Cougar career, senior outfielder Jay Miller was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for March 21-27, announced commissioner Tom Hansen...Miller, from Bellevue, Wash., batted a team-leading .667 (8-for-12), with two doubles, three runs scored, two RBIs along with a slugging percentage of .833 and an on-base percentage of .692...in the opener, he went 2-3 with a run scored in WSU's 7-1 win...In Sunday`s 8-5 victory, Miller went 3-5 with one run, two doubles and two RBIs... the finale, Miller went 3-4 and his final hit, a two-out single in the ninth, tied him with Jim Connor for third on WSU's all-time hit list, with 271 career hits.
COUGARS RANKED BY COLLEGIATE BASEBALL: For the first time since the 1994 season, the Washington State University baseball team has earned a national ranking...in its latest weekly release of NCAA Division I baseball teams, Collegiate Baseball newspaper's poll has the Cougars ranked No. 28...the ranking marks the first appearance by a WSU squad since 1994 when the Cougars were ranked No. 25 by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. WSU's highest national ranking came one season prior when Baseball America had them at No. 13 during the 1988 season.
MILLER CLIMBING CAREER HITS CHART: Left fielder Jay Miller continued he assault on the Cougar all-time hits list by collecting eight more hits last week against Stanford...the senior from Bellevue currently has 271 career hits, tied for third on the all-time list with Jim Connor (1987-90)...next up is Shawn Stevenson (1997-00) with 273 hits...Miller needs 33 more hits to tie all-time leader Mike Kinkade's (1992-95) mark of 304, the only Cougar to break 300 career hits.
KRAUSER MAKES BIG IMPACT: Junior outfielder Ryan Krauser missed the first 24 games of the season due to injury, but judging by his performance last week against Stanford the layoff did not hurt...Krauser saw his first action in a Cougar uniform and responded with a 2-for-3 performance in Saturday's 7-1 win over the Cardinal...for the series he hit .583 (7-12), with a double and three runs scored...he went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs in Sunday's victory then added two more hits Monday.
WSU LEADS PAC-10 PITCHERS: The Cougar pitching staff continues to lead the Pac-10 in ERA following then latest release of conference statistics...the Cougar staff ERA of 3.38 places them ahead of UCLA (3.44) and Oregon State (3.48), the only teams with an ERA under 3.75 in the Pac-10...junior Wayne Daman is seventh in ERA (2.82) and tied for second in wins (5)...also among the pitchers leaders are junior Nick Ison, who is fourth in opposing batting average (.197), tied for seventh in wins (4) and fourth in fewest walks allowed (9).
COUGS AMONG CONFERENCE LEADERS: Offensively, WSU remains second in hitting with a .333 average in the Pac-10, just behind leader USC (.334)...the Cougs lead the conference in runs scored (229), doubles (67), on base percentage (.481), hits (324), hit by pitch (53), stolen bases (56) and attempts (75)... senior Jay Miller (.448) leads the Pac-10 in hitting followed by freshman teammate Jared (.433)..Miller also leads the conference in doubles (20), hits (52) and total bases 972), while Prince is second in on-base percentage (.518) and tied for fourth in hits (39).
COUGAR NOTES: The Cougars have collected 18 double-digit hitting game so far this season, including each of the last seven...WSU has 20-plus hits on three occasions, including a season-best 23 against Chicago State (3/7)...sophomore Nick Cebula made two appearances at Stanford, working 2.0 scoreless innings...in Saturday's opener he went the final 1.1 innings to pick up his second save of the year...freshman Travis Coulter is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, his longest of the season...Coulter is 13-for-31 (.419) in the stretch and has scored 10 runs... junior Nick Ison has fanned nine batters in two of his last four outings...Ison left after one inning Sunday at Stanford in his shortest appearance of the season ...sophomore lefty Steve Kost made two effective appearance at Stanford, striking out both batters he faced Saturday then fanned another Sunday to account for his 1.0 inning of work...junior Ryan Krauser made his Cougar debut a successful one, hitting .583 (7-12) during the Stanford series...senior Zach McAngus is hitting .367 (11-30) over his last seven games...McAngus has also driven in a run in six of his last eight games and was named to the Johnny Quik Classic All-Tournament team...senior Jay Miller has hit safely in 25 of the Cougars' 27 games, including a career-best 18 game hitting streak to start the season...Miller also leads the team in multi-hit games (18)...junior Jeff Miller is riding a five-game hitting streak after batting .538 (7-13) during the Stanford series...the younger Miller brother had an eight-inning, two-run home run in Saturday's opener at Stanford to seal the victory...he is one of three players to lead WSU with seven multi-RBI games... sophomore Jim Murphy currently has the team's longest current hitting streak at nine games...during that stretch he is batting .382 (13-34)...freshman Jared Prince drove in a season-high five RBIs against Gonzaga (3/18), including his first home run in a Cougar uniform... he is also one of six Cougars riding at least a five-game hitting streak...sophomore Simi Reynolds has hit safely in nine of the last 11 games he has had a plate appearance, batting .439 (18-41)...sophomore pitcher Travis Webb allowed his first earned runs since the opening weekend when Miami (Ohio) score two in the eighth last Saturday (3/18)...Webb had gone six appearances without allowing an earned run.
COUGARS ON THE RADIO: All remaining Washington State University baseball games can be heard live on KCLX Radio (1400 AM), Colfax...in addition, all games can also be heard online at www.wsucougars.com.