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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars Head To Washington For Final Pac-10 Series
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/24/2006
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May 24, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. -

A QUICK LOOK AT WASHINGTON: The Huskies enter the final weekend of conference play with a 34-24 record, 9-12 in Pacific-10 Conference action...the Huskies have been in and out of the national polls, reaching a high of 19 in Baseball America's second poll in March...UW split a two-game series last weekend at Pacific with Game Three cancelled by rain...in Pac-10 play, the Huskies have dropped five of their last six after winning series against Arizona and USC...UW leads the conference in home runs with 83, 32 more than second place UCLA...individually, Zach Clem (20), Matt Stevens (17) and Matt Lane (11) are 1-2-3 in home runs while Clem also leads in total bases...on the mound junior Tim Lincecum leads the conference in strikeouts (185), opposing batting average (.168) and wins (12), and is second in ERA (2.01).

WSU-WASHINGTON ALL-TIME SERIES: The Cougars lead the all-time series by a 225-172 margin, although the Huskies swept the three-game series last season in Pullman...the last time these two teams met in Seattle, the Cougars took the series by winning the first and third games.

MILLER TIES ALL-TIME HITS RECORD: Senior Jay Miller joined former Cougar Mike Kinkade ('92-95) at the top of WSU's all-time hits list Tuesday night when he collected two hits against Lewis-Clark State...leading off the game Miller singled to right then tied the record in the third with a double to right-center...fittingly, Miller's record-tying hit came on a double, which gives him 73 for his career...that places him just two doubles shy of another Kinkade record, whose 75 career doubles has stood since 1995...Miller had three more chances to break the record at home but came up short each time...the senior from Bellevue will have three games near his home to break the record, where he has hit .261 (6-23) in two previous Seattle series...for his career against Washington, Miller has hit .283 (17-60), including a 4-for-13 (.308) series the last time the games were played in Seattle.

COUGARS CLOSE OUT HOME SEASON WITH WIN: Washington State closed out its 2006 home schedule Monday night with a 4-2 win over Lewis-Clark State College at Bailey-Brayton Field...on a night when senior Jay Miller tied the WSU career record for hits, the Cougars scored four runs in the first five innings and made it hold up with a strong effort out of the bullpen...Miller and Paul Gran each had RBIs in the contest, while the other two runs came via a balk and error...WSU held a Senior Day presentation prior to Sunday's home conference finale where it h9onored its five graduating seniors...Grant Alexander, Reese Baker, Zach Franklin, Zach McAngus and Jay Miller were all recognized prior to the start of the contest.

COULTER HIT STREAK ENDS AT 20: Freshman Travis Coulter's 20-game hitting streak ended Monday night with his 0-for-3 performance against Lewis-Clark State, just two hits shy of John Olerud's single-season record of 22 set during the 1988 season... Coulter had hit safely in every game since Apr. 14, the second game of the California series when he went 2-4...Coulter was one of only two Cougars (Jared Prince), to get a hit in each game of the Oregon State series last weekend, collecting one each day...during the streak, Coulter hit .393 (35-for-89) with a double, triple, home run, 11 RBIs and 19 runs scored...for the season Coulters leads the Cougars with 52 runs scored, ranking him sixth in the Pac-10...he also ranks among the conference leaders in hits (75, 8th), sacrifice bunts (12, 2nd) and stolen bases (10, T-8th).

PRINCE, COULTER CONTINUE OUTSTANDING ROOKIE SEASONS: Freshmen Jared Prince and Travis Coulter are assaulting the freshmen records at WSU...Prince is having arguably the greatest freshman campaign in school history...among freshman records, Prince is tops in batting average (.411) of those players with 100-plus at-bats, fourth in runs scored (48), first in hits (81) and RBIs (56), second in doubles (16), fourth in home runs (8) and is tied for third in stolen bases (10)...Coulter is having an equally remarkable season as he is tied for third in batting average (.349) of those players with 100 or more at-bats...he is second in runs scored (52), second in hits (75), tied for third in stolen bases (10) and tied for fourth in triples (2).

COUGAR NOTES: For the first time in the last six weeks, WSU (.316) fell out of the top spot in the conference hitting race as Arizona State (.320) moved into the lead...with a one-run victory in the Arizona finale, the Cougars improved to 8-3 in one-run games for the season... freshman Travis Coulter saw his 20-game hitting streak snapped in Monday's nonconference game against Lewis-Clark State...Coulter was two hits shy of John Olerud's (1988) single-season record of 22 straight games with a hit... junior RHP Wayne Daman Jr. picked up his first win in almost two months when WSU Defeated Arizona, 9-3, May 14...Daman worked 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts...freshman Adam Dentz worked in just his second game of the season during the series-opener at Arizona ...Dentz allowed 15 runs in his 3.1 innings of work, but allowed the Cougars to save their bullpen for the final two games of the series, which they won...catcher Mike Gilbert had a pair of hits with an RBI in an 11-5 win at Gonzaga (5/16)...sophomore Paul Gran has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, hitting .306 (11-36) in that stretch...Gran is second on the team in doubles with 17...freshman Ross Humes picked up his first win of the season in an 11-5 win at Gonzaga (3/16), allowing three runs on six hits with a season-high-tying five strikeouts... junior pitcher Nick Ison, who had worked just 1.0 innings during Pac-10 play, will not pitch again this season due to a sore shoulder... freshman Jeremy Johnson continues to get stronger after missing the first two months of the season with a sore arm...Johnson earned his first start of the season last Monday against Lewis-Clark State, allowing two hits and one run over three innings with three strikeouts...sophomore Garrett Kimbrel had his first multi-hit game since Mar. 7 as he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI at Gonzaga (5/16)... senior Zach McAngus hit his sixth home run of the season in the finale against Oregon State and had his ninth multi-RBI game of the season...senior Jay Miller has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .333 (17-51) in that stretch... with a pair of hits Monday against LCSC, sophomore Jim Murphy had his 20th multi-hit game of the season...Murphy also moved into 3rd place on the single-season putouts list with 493 and 6th on the career putouts list with 933...sophomore Travis Webb is tied for third on the Cougars' single-season saves list with seven...Webb had two saves during the USC series and needs three more to tie leader Reed Rainey (1984).

2006 COUGAR MOMENTS: The 2006 season has brought many shining moments for the Cougar baseball team...WSU received a national ranking for the first time since the 1994 season...the Cougars were ranked No. 28 by College Baseball News in the Mar. 27 poll...the Cougars' 2006 recruiting class was ranked No.25 nationally by StudentSportsBaseball.com ...the Cougars have won three conference series for the first time since the Pac-10 Conference went to a full round-robin format prior to the 1999 season...WSU defeated Stanford for the first time since the 1978 season, snapping a 23-game losing streak, and won the series for the first time since the 1969 season...WSU won the season series against USC for the first time since the 1969 season...WSU won the season series against Arizona for the first time since the 2000 season...by winning the series against USC and Arizona, the Cougars won consecutive conference series for the first time since the Pac-10 merged in 1999...the nine conference victories ties (2004) the most by a Cougar squad since the Pac-10 went to a full round-robin format...the 14-win improvement from the 2005 season is the second greatest single-season improvement in school history, trailing only the 15-win improvement from the 1955 to 1956 seasons...the eight conference win improvement from the 2005 season is the greatest single-season conference improvement in school history...at the time of the game, the Cougars have defeated ranked opponents Missouri (#10), Stanford (#17) twice, and Arizona State (#14)...WSU set a school record with 26 hits in a series-opening 22-7 win at Northern Colorado, Apr. 21...the Cougars won tournament titles at the Buccaneer Baseball Classic, River City Classic and Banana Belt tournaments this season.

COUGS AMONG CONFERENCE LEADERSM: Offensively, WSU fell to second place in the conference batting race following the most recent release of conference statistics...the Cougs are hitting .316, trailing only Arizona State (.320)...the Cougs lead the conference in runs scored (399), doubles (122), hits (627) and stolen bases (88)...individually, freshman Jared Prince leads the conference in hitting (.411) and on-base percentage (.496), is third in RBIs (56) and fourth in slugging percentage (.624) and hits (81)...senior Jay Miller (.368) is sixth in the Pac-10 in hitting and leads the conference in hits (85) and doubles (27).

--wsucougars.com--
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