Sept. 19, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Greg Lagreid's selection as a National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series All-American highlighted a summer of success for members of the 2008 Washington State University baseball team.
Lagreid, a junior catcher from Edmonds, Wash., led the Nevada (Mo.) Griffons to the NBC World Series with a .402 batting average, 11 home runs and 66 runs batted in. He hit .500 (9-for-18) with four doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI and two stolen bases in the NBC World Series. He was a Jayhawk League all-star, earned the circuit's most valuable player award, and was named the No. 2 prospect in the league.
Sophomore pitcher Connor Lambert (Olympia) was a summer teammate of Lagreid. He was 2-2 with 42 strikeouts for the Griffons, including a 1-0 record and a 3.21 earned run average at the NBC World Series.
Senior pitcher Jayson Miller was a member of the Pacific Southwest League and NBC World Series champion Havasu (Ariz.) Heat. The Richland native posted a 6-1 mark with one save and a 1.99 ERA. He owned a 35-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and logged three shutout innings in his lone NBC World Series appearance.
A quartet of Cougars spent their summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Senior Paul Gran (Bothell) tied for fourth in the league with 14 stolen bases and was named an all-star while playing for the Keene (N.H.) Swamp Bats. Sophomore pitcher Seth Harvey (Olympia) was a summer teammate of Gran's and posted a 1-0 record with a 2.05 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 22 innings for the Swamp Bats. Senior outfielder Simi Reynolds (Renton) was fourth in the league with a .348 batting average while playing for the Concord (N.H.) Quarry Dogs. Junior pitcher Jeremy Johnson (Centralia) posted a 1.50 ERA during the season and notched a pair of saves in the playoffs for the Newport (R.I.) Gulls.
In the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League, senior first baseman Jim Murphy (Kirkland) and junior pitcher Matt Way (Sitka, Alaska) were both named to the league all-star game and garnered all-league honors at season's end while playing for the Corvallis (Ore.) Knights. Murphy hit .319 with a .489 slugging percentage and 20 RBI in 29 games. He batted .400 with a home run and three RBI in the playoffs. Way was 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA and a 42-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ration in 46 innings. He tossed six innings and struck out nine in game one of the league championship series against the Moses Lake Pirates.
Michael Ratigan batted .288 while posting a 3-2 mark and 3.00 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 54 innings for Moses Lake. He gave up one earned run in six innings to pick up the championship series-clinching win in game two. He was named all-league honorable mention. The Pirates were piloted by 2008 WSU Volunteer Assistant Gabe Boruff and the Knights were skippered by 2007 WSU Volunteer Assistant Matt Dorey.
Junior pitchers Ross Humes (Federal Way) and Barrett Kanyer (Indianola) hurled for the Kitsap BlueJackets. Humes had a 1.64 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 11 innings pitches during the season and notched a save in the playoffs. Kanyer was 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA. Senior Tommy Tribbett (Colfax) and junior Matt Crowe (Kennewick) both pitched for the Spokane RiverHawks. Tribbett had a 3.03 ERA in 35 and two-thirds innings pitched while Crowe posted a 3.12 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched. Sophomore Zach Miller (Yelm) had one save and a 0.00 ERA in three appearances for the Bellingham Bells and sophomore infielder Michael Weber (Seattle) collected three doubles in 34 at bats with the Bend Elks.
Sophomore outfielder Matt Fanelli (Olympia) was named a Northwoods League All-Star after batting .301 with a team-leading 28 RBI for the St. Cloud (Minn.) River Bats. Fanelli collected six RBI in the playoffs to help the River Bats capture the league title.
Senior pitcher Garrett Kimbrel (Renton) posted a 1-1 record with 13 strikeouts in 12 and two-thirds innings to help the Okotoks (Alberta) Dawgs win the Western Major Baseball League crown.
Senior utility player Scott Suttmeier (Issaquah) stole eight bases for the Edenton (N.C.) Steamers during the season and reached base four times in a 9-5 Coastal Plain League playoff loss to the Martinsville (Va.) Mustangs.
Senior pitcher Steve Kost (Bellevue) spent his summer with the Humboldt (Calif.) Crabs and posted a 2-0 record with a save and 0.44 ERA in 11 appearances.
Washington State opens its 2008 season with a three-game series with Creighton of the Missouri Valley Conference, Feb. 22-24.