May 31, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Six Washington State University baseball players have earned 2007 Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic team honors, it was announced today by Commissioner Tom Hansen.
Pitchers Steve Kost and Jayson Miller earned first team honors, catcher Greg Lagreid and outfielder Scott Suttmeier were second team selections while pitcher Jeremy Johnson and outfielder Jared Prince were named to the honorable mention team.
Kost, an accounting major, boasts a 3.62 GPA in earning his second All-Academic first team selection. The junior lefthander from Bellevue, Wash., appeared in a team-high 27 games this season, posting a 2-3 record with a 3.06 ERA. He allowed just two earned runs over his final 14 appearances, a total of 10 1/3 innings. Only three times did he allow more than one earned run as he moved into a tie for the No.6 spot on the career appearances list with 65. Kost earned his only save of the season in a 6-1 victory at Cal State Northridge in the first series of the season.
Miller, a junior from Richland, Wash, also repeated on the All-Academic first team and carries a 3.68 GPA while majoring in accounting. This past season the lefthander registered a 5-2 record with a 4.10 ERA, picking up conference wins over No. 15 Oregon State, along with Stanford and UCLA. He went the distance in a 2-1 win over Brigham Young, allowing one run with a season-high six strikeouts. He picked up his first win of 2007 in a six-inning, no-run effort against Rider. Miller also went eight innings, allowing one run with five strikeouts, at defending national champion Oregon State in a 5-3 Cougar win. Earlier this month Miller was named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection.
Lagreid, a sophomore catcher from Edmonds, Wash., earned his first all-academic honor while carrying a 3.34 GPA as a business major. Lagreid started 43 games this past season, hitting .233 with six home runs and 25 RBIs. All three totals represented vast improvements over his freshman campaign when he hit .183 with one home run. Lagreid had home runs in back-to-back games at California and had a season-high three hits against Utah Valley State. Earlier this month Lagreid was named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection.
Suttmeier, a junior outfielder from Issaquah, Wash., maintains a 3.30 GPA while majoring in finance. Arguably the Cougars most consistent hitter this past season, Suttmeier batted .336 while starting 36 of 46 games played. He had 12 multi-hit games on the year, including three during a WSU season-long 11-game hitting streak midway through the season. He connected for two home runs, at California and at Oregon State. He had a season-high three hits twice and a season-best three RBIS on three occasions.
Johnson, a sophomore pitcher from Centralia, Wash., carries a 3.17 GPA while deciding upon a major. This past season Johnson did not see his first action until Apr. 2 at San Francisco as he recovered from arm surgery. He posted a 0-1 record with a 5.28 ERA in 15 1/3 innings pitched. Only once did he allow more than one earned run in an appearance and worked a season-best 3.0 innings at USC.
Prince is a social sciences major from Poulsbo, Wash., and carries a 3.06 GPA. A third-team All-American last season, the sophomore outfielder/pitcher was troubled by a shoulder injury all season, limiting him to just three appearances on the mound. At the plate he hit .277 with two home runs, 33 RBIs and 10 doubles. Prince had a season-best three hits on three occasions, including a 3-for-4 performance with four runs scored, in an 11-6 win over Rider.
The Cougars concluded their Pac-10 season with a 28-26 overall record, 10-14 and in sixth place during Pac-10 play.