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Cougars Return To Conference Play Friday at Oregon State
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/10/2007
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May 10, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -

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Cougars at Oregon State
Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, 2007
5 p.m., 1 p.m., 1 p.m.
Bailey-Brayton Field • Corvallis, Ore.
Radio: KCLX Radio (1450 AM)

Series Record:
WSU leads 216-186-2

Last Meeting:
Oregon State swept the three-game series in 2006

Washington State University and FOX Sports Net recently announced that the May 18 baseball game between the Cougars and the UCLA Bruins will be broadcast live from Bailey-Brayton Field on FSN Northwest at 3:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start but was moved ahead two hours to accommodate the broadcast. Friday's contest marks the second broadcast of a Cougar game in as many weeks after the network televised the series opener between Washington State and Stanford, May 5. Prior to that, the last time a game from Bailey-Brayton Field was broadcast live was May 12, 2002, when FSN Northwest aired the Washington State-Lewis-Clark State contest.

After dropping the series-opener, the Cougars rebounded with wins in the final two games to take the series from Stanford for the second straight season. Stanford came away with a 6-4 win in Saturday's opener as Jeffrey inman through a complete game, allowing only one earned run. In Sunday's Cougar win, an 8-6 victory, Paul Gran had five hits and the Cougars rallied from a 4-0 deficit to post the win. It marked the first home win over Stanford since the 1971 season when WSU recorded a 4-2 win in the Pacific-8 Conference playoff. WSU captured the series behind a strong pitching effort by starter Jayson Miller, who worked into the eighth, allowing two runs on six hits. Mike Gilbert had a two-run single in the seventh to key a three-run inning to secure the win.

With two saves during the Stanford series, sophomore Ross Humes became WSU's all-time single-season saves leader with 11. Humes passed former Cougar Reed Rainey (1984) after working one inning of scoreless relief in Monday's 4-2 win over the Cardinal. Humes had tied the mark in sunday's victory as he went 1 2/3 innings, allowing one hit with one strikeout. For the season the lefthander from Federal Way, Wash., has converted 11 of 12 save opportunities, working a total of 18 innings in that stretch, allowing 10 hits, four runs, four walks with 19 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.00. Of the 10 hits only one has been for extra bases. His 12 career saves are third on WSU's all-time list.

Tuesday night's baseball game between Washington State University and Lewis-Clark State College at Bailey-Brayton Field was canceled due to lightning. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 15, at Bailey-Brayton with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m. At the time of the delay Lewis-Clark State held a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, though the Cougars had runners at first and second with Cody Bartlett at the plate. The first sight of lightning occurred at 7:12 p.m. and the game was delayed at that point. The game was officially canceled at 8:41 p.m. as lightning continued in the Pullman area.

The Beavers are the defending national champion and enter the weekend series with a 35-11 receord, 7-8 in Pac-10 play. Oregon State began the season strong, winning 10 of its first 11 and 23 of its first 26. They opened conference play by getting swept by Arizona but have won three of its last four Pac-10 series. As a team the Beavers are hitting .294 and have a staff ERA of 3.48. Individually, Mitch Canham leads the way offensively with a .355 average, along with team-highs of eight home runs and 50 RBIs. Jordan Lennerton is also at .355 to go with six home runs and 14 doubles. On the mound Mike Stutes is 9-2 with a 3.24 ERA while Eddie Kunz is 2-0 with a team-best nine saves. WSU leads the all-time series 216-186-2, though the Beavers have won the last seven in the series. The last Cougar victory in Corvallis came Apr. 13, 2003, when WSU posted an 11-7 win.

Following the weekend series against Oregon State, the Cougars continue their stay in Oregon as they face the University of Portland in a Monday afternoon nonconference contest beginning at 3 p.m. WSU then returns home to face Lewis-Clark State College Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in a game that was rescheduled following the cancelation of last Tuesday's game against the Warriors due to lightning in the Pullman area. The Cougars return to conference play next Friday when they host the UCLA Bruins in the first of a three-game series. Friday's contest will be televised by FSN Northwest and will begin at 3:30 p.m., with Saturday's contest at 2 p.m. and a noon start Sunday. Sunday's game will close out the 2007 home schedule as WSU will honor its senior class prior to the game.

Junior third baseman Paul Gran had a career day in Sunday's 8-6 victory over Stanford. Gran connected for a career-high five hits, four singles and a home run, to go with three RBIs and two runs scored. After singling in the first, Gran drove home the Cougars first run with an RBI single in the third. He then led off the fifth inning with a solo home run, his third long ball of the season, before singling home a run in the sixth, giving WSU its first lead of the day at 6-5. Gran concluded his afternoon with a single through the left side in the eighth.

In just his second year on the Palouse, sophomore catcher Greg Lagreid is quickly establishing himself as a premier catcher. Lagreid is hitting .254 this season and is second on the team with six home runs. Both of those numbers are improvements over his freshman campaign when he hit .183 with one home run. Equally important this season is Lagreid's ability to cut down would-be basestealers, particularly of late as he has thrown out at least one baserunner in five of the last eight games. During the USC series Lagreid threw out five of seven baserunners and over the last 10 games he has erased nine of 14 runners. For the season Lagreid is eliminating baserunners at a 36.7 percent rate, throwing out 18 of 49 attempts.

Junior first baseman Jim Murphy, senior pitcher Wayne Daman Jr., senior infielder Jeff Miller, junior pitchers Steve Kost and Jayson Miller, and sophomore pitcher Ross Humes all are approaching milestones on several Cougar career lists. Murphy is nearing the top spot on the career putouts list, Daman is rising in the top 10 for career strikeouts, Jeff Miller is just outside the top 10 in games played, while Kost and Jayson Miller are close to breaking into the top 10 in appearances. Last week Humes moved into the top spot on the single-season saves list and is nearing No. 2 on the career saves mark.

The Cougars won their second conference series of the season by taking two of three against Stanford...WSU has tied or outhit its opponent in nine of the last 11 games...freshman Cody Bartlett led off Sunday's game at USC with his third triple of the second, second-most of the Cougars this year...senior Zach Borba had his 11th multi-hit game of the season in Sunday's contest against Stanford, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Borba also remains perfect in the stolen base category, swiping 11 bases in 11 attempts this season...senior Nick Cebula made two appearances during the Stanford series, retiring the only batter faced each outing. Cebula picked up the win in Sunday's 8-6 victory over Stanford. .sophomore designated hitter Travis Coulter was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after hitting .545 (6-11) with three doubles, a triple, two runs scored and an RBI during the Arizona series...Coulter, who hit .538 (7-13) against Stanford, leads the Cougars at .381 (24-63) during conference play...senior Wayne Daman Jr. did not allow an earned run in seven innings worked as he picked up the win in Friday's opener at USC...junior Paul Gran has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games, batting .460 (23-50) in that stretch...Gran had a career-high five hits in Game Two of the Stanford series...senior Nick Ison had one of his best outings of the season No. 12 Arizona (4/21) as he limited the Wildcats to just two hits through 7 1/3 innings...Ison allowed two earned runs, fanned three and had a batting average against of .087...junior reliever Steve Kost has allowed just one earned run over his last 10 appearances, a total of seven innings...senior outfielder Ryan Krauser had to leave the series finale at Cal (4/1) in the bottom of the first inning when he crashed into the outfield wall chasing a fly ball...Krauser had not played until a pinch-hitting appearance (4/20) against Arizona...he returned to the outfield in the second game of last week's Stanford series...sophomore catcher Greg Lagreid continues to flex his muscle as he connected for his sixth home run of the season at Gonzaga (4/17) after hitting just one home run last season...Lagreid has had an RBI in six of his past eight games...senior Jeff Miller hit .667 (8-12) during the USC series, including one home run, three doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored...Miller leads the team with seven home runs...junior first baseman Jim Murphy broke out of a 1-19 slump by hitting .500 (3-6) in the final two games of the USC series...Murphy went 2-4 with a double and a walk in the series finale, his first multi-hit game since going 3-for-5 against Washington (3/25)...freshman Michael Ratigan picked up his second win of the season at Gonzaga (4/17) as he started and worked five innings, five hits with two strikeouts...junior Simi Reynolds has hit in eight of his last nine games, going 14-31 (.452) in that span.
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