June 2, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State senior outfielder Jay Miller has been named to the 2006 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America third team, announced Friday by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Miller, from Bellevue, Wash., batted .361 for the season, sixth in the Pac-10, and led the conference in hits (88) and doubles (28). His doubles total were second in the NCAA while he also ranked No. 25 in the nation in toughest to strikeout (16.1). He began the season with a 15-game hitting streak and tied a school record by scoring five runs in an 18-10 win over Gonzaga (Mar. 3, 2006).
Miller finished his career as WSU's career hits leader with 308. That total places him ninth all-time in the Pac-10, while his 74 career doubles are second all-time at WSU and the fifth-most in Pac-10 history. Miller also ended his Cougar career as the all-time leader in at-bats (224), tied for third in games played (227), fifth in walks (107), sixth in runs scored (161) and tied for ninth in RBIs (147).
"This is another great honor for Jay, and well deserved," said WSU Head Baseball Coach Donnie Marbut. "Jay works extremely hard and it's nice that his efforts are recognized on a national level."
In collecting third-team honors, Miller becomes the first Cougar All-American since Stefan Bailie earned honorable mentions honors following the 2000 season.
Miller was one of six Pacific-10 Conference players named Louisville Slugger All-Americans, with Washington pitcher Tim Lincecum and Oregon State outfielder Cole Gillespie named to the first team. Oregon State pitcher Dallas Buck was a second-team selection while Washington outfielder Matt Hague, Arizona State second baseman Eric Sogard and Miller garnered third-team honors.