Cougar Baseball Faces Huskies in Seattle

May 8, 2008

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THIS WEEK: Washington State travels to Seattle for a three-game series at Washington, May times are 6:30 p.m., Friday, 2 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m., Sunday.

WSU ON THE INTERNET: For the latest information about Cougar baseball, log onto the official site of WSU Athletics, stats are provided for all Cougar home games and the majority of WSU road games...all Cougar games in Pullman will be available via live video streaming for Cougar All-Access subscribers.

COUGARS ON THE RADIO: The remaining games of the 2008 Washington State baseball season will be broadcast on KQQQ 1150 AM...longtime broadcaster Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play for the fourth season.

SERIES WITH THE HUSKIES: According to Washington State records, the Cougars lead 224-175...Washington lists the series as 226-177 in favor of Washington State and includes two victories by the Huskies in 1918 that are not listed in the Cougar record books...schools have met for a single three-game series each of the last three seasons withWashington winning eight of the nine 2007, the Huskies swept the series in Pullman.

ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Washington is 29-16, 9-7 in the Pacific-10...Huskies have won four straight...ranked 30th in the current Collegiate Baseball poll...own a 19-7 home record this season, including 18-7 at Husky Ballpark (defeated Arizona 1-0 at Safeco Field, April 4)...Andy Lentz leads Washington with a .327 batting average while KyleConley is top Dawg with 13 home runs and 45 RBI...Jorden Merry, the projected starter in the series-opener against the Cougars, paces the Husky staff with a 7-0 mark and 2.15 earned run average.

COUGARS AGAINST HUSKIES: Junior Travis Coulter leads active Cougars with a .320 (8-for-25) career average against the Huskies...Coulter owns a .419 on-base percentage with two doubles, two RBI and six runs against Washington...senior Paul Gran is 7-for-21 (.333) in his career against the Huskies while senior Jim Murphy is batting .280(7-for-25) with a double, home run and three RBI...junior Jared Prince has a .414 on-base percentage vs. Washington and has collected six RBI...sophomore Michael Ratigan has been the most successful Cougar on the mound against the Huskies blanking Washington over three and one-third innings.

MURPHY CLIMBS RANKINGS: Senior Jim Murphy homered in each game during the Cougars' two-game sweep at BYU, May 6-7 and has driven in five runs over the last three games...Murphy's 30-career home runs tie him with Stefan Bailie (2000-01) for seventh on the Washington State all-time list and his 149 RBI are ninth on the Cougar career list.

MILLER IS CONSISTENT: Senior left-hander Jayson Miller has been a rock on the mound for the Cougars this season...Miller has pitched at least six innings in each of his 11 starts and owns a 6-1 record with a 4.70 earned run average...first Washington State pitcher since Robert Ramsay in 1996 to log at least six innings in 11-straight starts...Millergoes after his seventh win of the season when he takes the hill, Saturday in Seattle against Washington.

LATE INNING DRAMA: After losing four-straight games in the opponent's last at bat, the Cougars scored three in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Gonzaga 9-8, Tuesday, April 22...Washington State broke a 46-game losing streak when trailing after eight innings...only second win in last 111 games when behind entering the ninth inning...other win was 10-7 on strength of a five-run ninth inning at Northern Colorado, April 22, 2006...against San Jose State, April 26, the Cougars scored five times in the bottom of the eighth inningto win 7-5 and break a 32-game skid when trailing after seven innings...Washington State trailed 7-6 after the seventh and eighth innings at BYU, May 6, before scoring seven times in the top of the ninth for a 13-7 victory...Paul Gran homered on 1-0 pitch to lead off the ninth and Jim Murphy made it back-to-back jacks on the next pitch.

WASHINGTON STATE SCORING STREAK: Washington State has scored in 142-straight games...last shutout loss was 7-0 to Gonzaga in Pullman, March 5, 2006...second-longest streak in school history...Cougars were blanked 2-0 at Eastern Washington in the first game of a doubleheader, April 20, 1985, then scored in their next 213 games...Eastern Washington ended the streak with a 3-0 victory in Lewiston, Idaho, March 6, 1989...Washington State has scored in 80-straight Pac-10 games since a 13-0 loss to No. 6 Arizona, April 8, 2005.

COUGARS FACE NATION'S BEST: Washington State has played 20 of its first 46 games against ranked opponents...Cougars lost at No. 15 Wichita State (March 12), won three out of four games at No. 25 Oklahoma (March 14-16), lost two out of three game at home to No. 12 California (March 20-22), dropped two out of three games at No. 17 Stanford (March 28-30), and lost two out of three to No. 2 Arizona State (April 11-13)...swept in a three-game series at Arizona, April 18-20...Cougars defeated No. 23 OregonState, May 3-4 and lost to No. 25 Oregon State, May 5...face No. 30 (Collegiate Baseball) Washington in Seattle, May 9-11.

MOM'S WEEKEND CROWD AT BAILEY-BRAYTON: Washington State drew 3,313fans to its game against No. 2 Arizona State at Bailey-Brayton Field, Saturday, April 12...largest attendance at a Cougar home game since April 17, 1999 against Arizona, and the third-largest in the last 21 seasons...series against Arizona State drew 5,315 fans, the most for a three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field as far back as WSU records are available (1982-present).

CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS: In 2008, Washington State seeks its third-straight winning season, something the Cougars have not accomplished since 1994 when a 35-26 record capped a run of 37-consecutive campaigns with a mark above .500.

MARBUT VICTORIES: Entering 2008, Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut recorded 85 wins on the Palouse, the most by a Cougar mentor during his first three seasons in Pullman...Aberdeen native has added 26 victories this season to raise his career total to 111 and eclipse Bobo Brayton's school-record total of 106 by a Cougar coach in his first four seasons at WSU.

COUGAR DRAFT PICKS: The 2008 Washington State team features three student-athletes who have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft...senior infi elder Paul Gran was taken in the 30th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Bothell High School in 2004...Gran turned down the Dodgers' offer and attended Edmonds Community College for one season before transferring to WSU...Southridge High School(Kennewick) product Chad Arnold, a redshirt-freshman right-handed pitcher, was a 36th round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 and freshman utility player Eric Maupin, the 2007 Nevada State Co-Player of the Year at Reno's Galena High School, was a 48th-round selection by the Seattle Mariners last summer...both Arnold and Maupin chose WSU overa professional contract.

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