Oct. 5, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Three players with Major League Baseball experience as well as Washington State University's all-time leader in hits are expected to be in uniform for the annual Cougar Alumni Game.
First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday Oct. 6 at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Infielder Mike Kinkade (WSU 1992-95) who has spent part of six MLB seasons with three teams and is currently in AAA with the New York Yankees, as well as pitchers Rob Ramsay (WSU 1993-96) and Todd Belitz (WSU 1995-97) headline the Alumni roster. Ramsay pitched for the Seattle Mariners in 1999 and 2000 while Belitz appeared with the Oakland Athletics in 2000 and Colorado Rockies in 2001.
Outfielder Jay Miller (WSU 2003-06), whose 307 career hits are a Cougar record, is among four players on the alumni roster who are current minor leaguers in professional baseball. Miller finished his 2007 campaign with Philadelphia Phillies' Single-A affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League.
Steve Mortimer (WSU 2002-03), a first baseman in the Washington Nationals' organization, belted 21 home runs combined for the Advanced-A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League and Double-A Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League. Pitcher Aaron Trolia (WSU 2004) recorded three wins and a save in 21 appearances for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, the Seattle Mariners' Double-A affiliate in the Southern League. Pitcher Travis Webb (WSU 2005-06) logged 114 strikeouts and posted seven victories with a 3.45 earned run average for Cincinnati Reds' Single-A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League.
The Cougar Alumni will be coached by 2007 National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Chuck "Bobo" Brayton, the Cougar skipper with the most career victories (1,161). During his 33-year tenure (1962-94), Washington State won 21 conference titles and five times Brayton was named Pacific-10 Conference North Division Coach of the Year.
The 2008 Washington State team is coming off a 28-26 campaign, the Cougars' second straight winning season under head coach Donnie Marbut. WSU's 64 wins over the last two seasons are the most in consecutive season since 1993-94 (69).