Cougars Prepare For Another Busy Week on the Diamond

March 27, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -

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Washington State Baseball
WSU (13-10) vs. BYU (14-10); at California (14-13); at USF (14-12)
Mar. 27-28 Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500) • Mar. 30-Apr. 1 Evans Diamond (2,500) • Benedetti Diamond (1,000)
Pullman, Wash. • Berkeley, Calif. • San Francisco, Calif.
Game Times: Mar. 27 (5:30 p.m.) • Mar. 28 (5:30 p.m.) • Mar. 30 (2 p.m.) • Mar. 31 ( 1p.m.) • Apr. 1 (1 p.m.) • Apr. 2 (1 p.m.)

Tuesday Matt Way, LHP (2-1, 7.08) vs. TBA
Wednesday TBA vs. Blaine Howell, LHP (1-0, 4.50)
Friday Wayne Daman Jr., RHP (2-0, 2.40) vs. Tyson Ross, RHP (2-4, 2.18)
Saturday Nick Ison, RHP (3-3, 5.57) vs. TBA
Sunday Connor Lambert, RHP (2-1, 2.86) vs. Alex Rollin, RHP (6-1, 4.05)Monday TBA vs. TBA

Brigham Young enters the series with a 14-10 record. The Cougars dropped their most recent series against Texas Christian, taking the middle game of a three-game home set. Freshman third baeman Steve Parker leads all regulars with a .370 batting average while sophomore outfielder/second baseman Kent Walton is close behind at .356. Walton also leads the team with 32 hits. On the mound sophomore right-hander Jordan Muir is 4-1 with a 3.52 ERA while sophomore reliever J.D. Stambaugh has a team-best three saves.

The Golden Bears open up conference play against the Cougars follwoing a mid-week game Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara. Cal enters the week with a 14-13 record, having won its past two series against Oral Roberts and Rhode Island. Sophomore infielder David Cooper leads the Bears on offense, hitting .369 with team-bests of seven home runs, seven doubles and 34 RBIs. On the mound sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross boasts a 2.18 ERA in eight starts, though he has a 2-4 record to show for it.

The University of San Francisco enters the week with a 14-12 record, having won five straight. The Dons will play at Nevada Tuesday then contionue south for a three-game weekend series at Loyola Marymount before returning home to face the Cougars Monday afternoon. USF is paced by Joey Railey's .375 average while Luke sommer has a team-best five home runs. Monday Sommer was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week after hitting .417 with two home runs last week.

In the Cougars' first Pacific-10 Conference series of the season the fans came out in force. In Friday's opener, 2,507 fans packed the stadium, the eighth-largest crowd to see a game at Bailey-Brayton Field. Saturday's contest drew 1,576 while Sunday's game, delayed four hours due to poor weather, was attended by 445 fans. The three-game series drew 4,519 fans, the largest three-game series total in Bailey-Brayton Field history, surpassing the 4,428 total during a three-game set against USC, April 16-18, 2004.

Junior shortstop Paul Gran continues to swing the hottest bat in the Cougar lineup. Over the past nine games Gran has raised his season batting average from .214 to a season-high .316. He is hitting .382 (13-34) in that stretch with three triples and 10 RBIs.

A little over a third of the way through the 2007 season and left-hander reliever Ross Humes has already broken into the single-season top 10 in saves. Against Illinois-Chicago the sophomore worked two scoreless innings to registered his fifth save of 2007, tying him for ninth on the Cougars single-season list. Humes has been stellar in save situations this season, converting all five opportunities while allowing just two hits in 9 1/3 innings of work. In that span he fanned 11 and walked only two, with both hits surrendered being singles.

Following this weekend's trip to Northern California the Cougars get an off week as they were scheduled to host Northern Colorado in a three-game series before the Bears pulled out shortly before the season began. WSU will have its longest layoff of the seaosn, eight days, following the USF game before it returns to the diamond Tuesday, April 10, when it hosts Gonzaga at Bailey-Brayton Field. It marks the first of three-straight Tuesday meetings against the Bulldogs.

Senior Jeff Miller had the Cougar's first five-hit afternoon when he went 5-for-5 with two doubles in Game Two of the Illinois-Chicago series...the last Cougar to get five hits was Jared Prince last season agaisnt Chicago State (3/7)...freshman Cody Bartlett hit .333 (5-15) last week, including his first home run of the season, a three-run shot at Gonzaga...senior Zach Borba has seven multi-hit games on the season...the last six games in which Borba has recorded a hit, he has also driven in a run...sophomore Travis Coulter collected five hits in the Washington series, batting .357 95-14)...Coulter had his first three-hit game of the season in Saturday's contest against the Huskies...Senior Wayne Daman Jr. had another quality start Friday against Washington, allowing just three runs over eight innings...Daman has not allowed more than three runs in any of his five starts this season...junior Paul Gran continues his hot streak, collecting three more hit sin the Washington series...Gran has registered 15 hits over his past nine games and is hitting a season-best .316...junior Garrett Kimbrel, a converted left-handed pitcher, has allowed just four singles and no runs with five strikeouts over his last 6 innings pitched (3 outings)...junior reliever Jayson Miller has allowed just one earned run over his last 10.2 innings of work (4 outings)...junior Jim Murphy has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 that stretch he is batting .333 (15-45) with 3 home runs, 9 RBIs and has raised his average to a season-high .265...freshman reliver Michael Ratigan threw 3.1 innings of shutout relief Sunday against Washington, allowing just three singles with one strikeout...Scott Suttmeier is riding a season-long four-game hitting streak...sophomore Ross Humes has registered a save in each of his last five save opportunities.

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