May 14, 2008
THIS WEEK: Washington State travels to Los Angeles for a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series at UCLA, May 16-18...game times are 6 p.m., Friday, 1:36 p.m., Saturday, and 1 p.m., Sunday...Saturday's game will be televised by FOX Sports Net... Barry Tompkins and Jerry Kindall will call the action...game will re-broadcast at 1:30 a.m., Sunday, May 18 and at noon, Monday, May 19.
WSU ON THE INTERNET: For the latest information about Cougar baseball, log onto the official site of WSU Athletics, www.wsucougars.com...live stats are provided for all Cougar home games and the majority of WSU road games...all Cougar games in Pullman will be available via live video streaming for Cougar All-Access subscribers.
COUGARS ON THE RADIO: The remaining games of the 2008 Washington State baseball season will be broadcast on KQQQ 1150 AM...longtime broadcaster Steve Grubbs provides the play-by-play for the fourth season.
SERIES WITH THE BRUINS: UCLA leads 32-15...Bruins holds 18-7 advantage in Los Angeles...Cougars won two of three games last season in Pullman...Wayne Daman, Jr. gave up a run on three hits in the first inning, then blanked UCLA on three hits the rest of the way for a complete game 5-1 victory in the series opener...WSU won the second game 10-5 behind three RBI each from Jeff Miller and Jim Murphy...Jayson Miller came within two outs of a complete game and picked up his fifth win of the season...UCLA salvaged the final game with a four-run eighth inning to come-from-behind and win 7-5.
ABOUT THE BRUINS: UCLA is 26-23 overall, 8-10 in the Pac-10...owns 15-13 mark at home...Bruins are coming off a 6-4 win at UC Irvine, Tuesday after dropping two out of three to Oregon State in Corvallis last weekend...Alden Carrithers leads the team with a .380 average and is tied with Casey Haerther for tops on the squad with 40 RBI...Haerther paces UCLA with eight home runs...Charles Brewer, Saturday's scheduled starter against the Cougars, leads the Bruins with seven wins.
ASSESSING WSU'S POSTSEASON CHANCES: With two weeks left in the Pac-10 season, Washington State is 6-12 in the conference meaning the Cougars can finish with 6 to 12 Pac-10 wins...from 1999-2007 (reunified Pac-10), no team with fewer than 10 conference wins has gone to postseason...while only 4 of 25 teams (16 percent) with 10-12 wins in Pac-10 games have advanced to a regional, consider five of those teams were below .500 overall, another was at .500, and nine more did not have 30 wins overall...so, 4 of 10 (40 percent) of teams with 10-12 Pac-10 wins and 30 victories overall have received an at-large bid to a NCAA regional...all four of those instances (Arizona-2004, Stanford-2005, Stanford-2006, and Oregon State-2007) have happened in the last four seasons...if WSU wins its last two Pac-10 series, the Cougars would have at least 10 wins in the Pac-10 and 31 or more victories overall.
COUGARS AGAINST BRUINS: Travis Coulter (7-for-24, .292, three SB), Paul Gran (4-for-22, .182, two RBI), Greg Lagreid (5-for-18, .278, three HR, four RBI), Jim Murphy (6-for-23, .261, two HR, two RBI), Jared Prince (5-for-16, .313, HR, two RBI), Simi Reynolds (3-for-15, .200, two RBI), Scott Suttmeier (4-for-13, .308, HR, three RBI)...Ross Humes (0-1, 18.00 ERA, one IP), Steve Kost (three games, 10.78 ERA, one and two-thirds IP), Jayson Miller (1-0, two games, one start, 2.84 ERA, 12 2/3 IP).
LATE INNING DRAMA: After losing four-straight games in an opponent's last at bat, the Cougars scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Gonzaga 9-8, Tuesday, April 22...Washington State broke a 46-game losing streak when trailing after eight innings...only second win in last 111 games when behind entering the ninth inning...other win was 10-7 on strength of a five-run ninth inning at Northern Colorado, April 22, 2006...against San Jose State, April 26, the Cougars scored five times in the bottom of the eighth inning to win 7-5 and break a 32-game skid when trailing after seven innings...Washington State trailed 7-6 after the seventh and eighth innings at BYU, May 6, before scoring seven times in the top of the ninth for a 13-7 victory...Paul Gran homered on 1-0 pitch to lead off the ninth and Jim Murphy made it back-to-back jacks on the next pitch...at Gonzaga, May 13, Washington State trailed 5-0 after an inning before fighting back to force extra innings...Murphy delivered a two-run double in the top of the 11th to provide the Cougars a 7-5 victory.
WASHINGTON STATE SCORING STREAK: Washington State has scored in 146-straight games...last shutout loss was 7-0 to Gonzaga in Pullman, March 5, 2006...second-longest streak in school history...Cougars were blanked 2-0 at Eastern Washington in the first game of a doubleheader, April 20, 1985, then scored in their next 213 games...Eastern Washington ended the streak with a 3-0 victory in Lewiston, Idaho, March 6, 1989...Washington State has scored in 83-straight Pac-10 games since a 13-0 loss to No. 6 Arizona, April 8, 2005.
COUGARS FACE NATION'S BEST: Washington State has played 23 against ranked opponents in 2008 and is 9-14 in those meetings...Cougars lost at No. 15 Wichita State (March 12), won three out of four games at No. 25 Oklahoma (March 14-16), lost two out of three game at home to No. 12 California (March 20-22), dropped two out of three games at No. 17 Stanford (March 28-30), and lost two out of three to No. 2 Arizona State (April 11-13)...swept in a three-game series at Arizona, April 18-20...Cougars defeated No. 23 Oregon State, May 3-4 and lost to No. 25 Oregon State, May 5...lost two out of three at No. 30 Washington (May 9-11).
CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS: With one more win in 2008 Washington State will assure itself of a third-straight winning season, something the Cougars have not accomplished since 1994 when a 35-26 record capped a run of 37-consecutive campaigns with a mark above .500.
MURPHY SETS PAC-10 RECORD: Senior Jim Murphy has been hit by a pitch 20 times this season...career total of 61 is a WSU record and surpassed Pac-10 best mark of 56 by Stanford's Brian Dallimore (1993-96)...tied for 10th in NCAA history.
GRAN ON PACE FOR FIELDING RECORD: Senior Paul Gran is fielding .993 this season, including .992 at third base...has commited only one error and is on pace to set a single-season WSU record for fielding percentage by a third baseman.
LAGREID AND SUTTMEIER MAKE IMPACT: Junior Greg Lagreid has hit safely in 24 of his last 28 games to raise his average from .200 (April 6) to .288...senior Scott Suttmeier was batting .226 through March 29 before going on an 18-game hitting streak...has hit safely in 23 of his last 25 games to increase his average to .331.
MILLER IS CONSISTENT: Senior left-hander Jayson Miller has been a rock on the mound for the Cougars this season...Miller has pitched at least six innings in each of his 12 starts and owns a 7-1 record with a 4.24 earned run average...first Washington State pitcher since Aaron Sele in 1991 to log at least six innings in 12-straight starts...Sele also had a streak of 15-straight starts with at least six innings in 1990...Miller goes after his eighth win of the season when he takes the hill, Saturday in Los Angeles against UCLA.