March 28, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State senior outfielder Jay Miller has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for March 21-27, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.
Miller, from Bellevue, Wash., led the Cougars to a 2-1 record last week, including WSU's first win over Stanford since the 1978 season. WSU also won the series against Stanford for the first time since the 1969 season. Miller batted a team-leading .667 (8-for-12), with two doubles, three runs scored, two RBIs along with a slugging percentage of .833 and an on-base percentage of .692. In Saturday's opener, the senior went 2-3 with a run scored and two sacrifices in WSU's 7-1 win.
In Sunday`s 8-5 victory, Miller went 3-5 with one run, two doubles and two RBIs. His RBI single in the fourth inning put the Cougars on top for good. In Monday's finale, Miller went 3-4 with a walk and run scored. His final hit, a two-out single in the ninth, tied him with Jim Connor for third on WSU's all-time hit list, with 271 career hits. For the season Miller is hitting .448 (52-116) with 20 doubles, 33 runs scored and 22 RBIs.
The Pac-10 Player of the Week honor is the second of his career for Miller and the 58th selection all-time for Washington State. Miller was also the last Cougar player to receive the honor, capturing the award March 22, 2005.