June 8, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University freshmen baseball players Jared Prince and Travis Coulter have been named to the 2006 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America team, announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper Thursday.
"We are very happy and proud of both Jared and Travis," said WSU Head Baseball Coach Donnie Marbut. "This is a well deserved honor for both players. One of the many reasons for the turnaround in our baseball program are players like Jared and Travis."
Prince, a pitcher/outfielder from Poulsbo, Wash., becomes the first Cougar freshman to earn All-Pacific-10 Conference first team honors as he had arguably the finest freshman campaign in Cougar history. He led the conference in hitting with a .401 average, which also ranked 24th in the nation among all Division I players, and on-base percentage (.492). Prince also ranked among the Top 10 in RBIs (58, 3rd), slugging (.618, 4th), hits (83, T-4th), runs scored (50, 9th) and total bases (128, 5th).
On the mound, Prince went 6-2 with a 4.53 ERA. He began the season with 24 innings without allowing an earned run or a walk and had a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Coulter, a freshman second baseman from Kennewick, Wash., hit .345 for the season, including a team-best .331 during Pac-10 play. Coulter hit safely in 23 of his last 24 games, including a Cougar-season-best 20 game hitting streak late in the year. For the season he had 22 multi-hit games and finished in the conference Top 10 in runs (54, 6th), hits (78, 8th), sacrifice bunts (13, 2nd) and stolen bases (10, T-8th).
WSU finished this past year with a 36-23 record, a 15-win improvement over the 2005 season which ties a record for best improvement in school history.