Cougars Sweep Weekly Conference Awards

April 24, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - For the first time since the Pacific-10 Conference went to a full round-robin format at the start of the 1999 season, two Washington State baseball players have swept the weekly conference awards.

Sophomore pitcher Ross Humes was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and sophomore infielder Travis Coulter was awarded the Pac-10 Player of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Humes had a stellar week, going 1-0 with two saves in three appearances. He opened the week by working 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in a 7-4 win at Gonzaga, picking up his sixth save of the season. In WSU's 4-3 win over No. 12 Arizona Saturday, Humes picked up his seventh save of the season, in seven opportunities, moving him into a tie for fourth in WSU's single-season list. Humes struck out three and did not walk a batter while allowing two hits in 1 2/3 innings.

In Sunday's win over Arizona, Humes came on with a man at third and two outs in the eighth and got out of the jam and then sent the Wildcats down in order in the ninth to pick up his third win of the season. He retired all four batters he faced Sunday, striking out two. For the week he was 1-0 with two saves and a 1.69 ERA in 5 1/3 innings pitched with six strikeouts, no walks, and a batting average against of .222.

Coulter played in three games last week where he batted .545, going 6-for-11 with two runs scored, three doubles, a triple and an RBI. In Sunday's series-clinching victory over No. 12 Arizona, Coulter tied a school record by hitting three doubles, all coming in his first three at-bats. Coulter finished the game going 3-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. Coulter opened the week going 2-for-5 in a 7-4 win at Gonzaga then went 1-for-3 with a triple in the series-opener against Arizona.

Humes becomes the second Cougar pitcher to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season, joining Connor Lambert who captured the award last month.

WSU hosts Gonzaga Tuesday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field then travel to Los Angeles for a weekend series at USC. The Cougars enter the week with a 19-18 record, having taken two of three from No. 12 Arizona last weekend.

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