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Cougars Face OSU Beavers In Pasco
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Release: 03/12/2003
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March 12, 2003

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THIS WEEK:
Tuesday, March 11LCSC 17, WSU 5Harris Field (5,000), Lewiston, Idaho.
Friday, March 14WSU vs. Oregon State, 1:00 p.m.Tri-City Stadium (3,600), Pasco, Wash.
Saturday, March 15WSU vs. Oregon State, 1:00 p.m.Tri-City Stadium (3,600), Pasco, Wash.
NEXT WEEK:
Monday, March 17WSU at Portland, 1:00 p.m.Pilot Stadium (1,500), Portland, Ore.
Tuesday, March 18WSU at Portland, 2:00 p.m.Pilot Stadium (1,500), Portland, Ore.
*Friday, March 21 WSU at California, 2:00 p.m.Evans Diamond (4,000), Berkeley, Calif.
*Saturday, March 22WSU at California, 100 p.m.Evans Diamond (4,000), Berkeley, Calif.
*Sunday, March 23WSU at California, 1:00 p.m.Evans Diamond (4,000), Berkeley, Calif.
LAST WEEK:
Friday, March 7Washington 11, WSU 8Husky Ballpark (1,500), Seattle.
Saturday, March 8Washington 6, WSU 5Husky Ballpark (1,500), Seattle.
Sunday, March 9Washington 8, WSU 1Husky Ballpark (1,500), Seattle.
* = Pacific-10 Conference Game

COUGAR DIAMOND SUMMARY

WSU, WASHINGTON MEET IN NON-CONFERENCE GAMES: The Washington State Cougars, 3-14, begin an ambitious seven-game road this week.

The Cougars first face Oregon State in a pair of non-conference games Friday at Saturday at Tri-City Stadium in Pasco. Game times both days are 1:00 p.m.

Then the Cougars head down the freeway to Portland, where they play the Portland Pilots in single games Monday and Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively. From there the Cougars head south to open Pacific-10 Conference play in a three game series at California March 21-22-23. The first game with the Bears starts at 2:00 p.m., following by a pair of 1:00 p.m. games.

The Cougars are coming off a 17-5 loss at LCSC Tuesday and three losses to the Washington Huskies last weekend. Senior left fielder Justin Hart broke out of his early season slump against the Huskies. Hart was 4-for-6 in two games over the weekend, including a 4-for-5 performance Saturday. Hart is now batting .343 on the season. First baseman Grant Richardson was 4-for-8 in the series and is batting .321. That duo leads the team in hitting. Third baseman Bruce Jacobsen (.342), Shortstop Derek Bruce (.339) and utility player Robert Stahlke (.323) are also batting above .300.

On the mound, the Cougars will likely start lefty Tony Banaszak and right-hander Bryce Chamberlin against the Beavers. Banaszak is 0-4 on the season with a 4.35 ERA (second on the team) in 31 innings of work. Chamberlin is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts this season.

Banaszak and Chamberlin should make starts against Cal. The third starter in that series is undecided and could be Aaron MacKenzie (0-3, 6.75 ERA), Brandon Hundt (0-2, 6.19) or Karl Mejlholm (1-2, 10.93).

WSU RADIO: Cougar baseball games are carried on KCLX (1450AM, Colfax, Wash.) and on the WSU web site at www.wsucougars.com.

FARRAR RETURNS: Junior outfielder Jeremy Farrar, who suffered a broken bone in his left hand the week before the season opener, had corrective surgery Friday, Feb. 14, in Spokane...He returned to action last weekend against the Huskies, starting two games and playing in all three...Farrar went hitless, but did walk three times and scored one run...Farrar will likely crack the starting lineup in the outfield this weekend...Last year Farrar suffered a right knee injury in the opening game of the year and missed the rest of the season...Farrar transferred to WSU a year ago from Hill Junior College...he hails from Mansfield, Texas.

HART OF THE ORDER: Senior outfielder Justin Hart appeared to have broken out of his early season slump last weekend...Hart was 4-for-6 at the plate, including a 4-for-5 game in a 6-5 loss Saturday...The Woodinville, Wash. native hit a team-leading .370 last season...Hart's .500 slugging percentage is second on the team and his .432 on-base percentage leads the Cougars.

NO ORDINARY FRESHMAN: Freshman outfielder Jay Miller has had quite a start to his WSU career...The Bellevue, Wash, native arrived from Newport High School, one of the state's most stories programs...Thus far, Miller is batting .280 in 11 starts and leads the team in runs scored (14) and walks (7)... he is also among the team leaders in doubles (three), total bases (20), slugging percentage (.417), hits (14), RBI (six) and total plate appearances (55)...Next season the Cougars will welcome another Miller, Jeff, Jay's younger brother, who signed with the Cougars over Washington...Jeff is expected to man the infield for WSU.

MISCELLANEOUS FACTS: The Cougars top hitter feast on right-handed pitching this season...Shortstop Derek Bruce bats .347 against them, while Justin Hart hits .333 and Bruce Jacobsen hits .353 against righties...Grant Richardson hits .310 against right-handed pitching, but also hits a robust .357 against lefties...WSU hits .308 (4-for-13) with the bases loaded...The Cougars have a .61 percent rate of advancing runners from third base with less than two outs...They also advance runners at a .443 clip...Left-handed hitters, meanwhile, haven't had much success against Cougar pitching, batting just .243...Bruce leads WSU with six multiple-hit games this season...Richardson and freshman Jay Miller have four each...Robert Stahlke had a team-leading eight-game streak earlier this season...Reliever Nick Kenyon has an opponent batting average of .194, a team-best...Kenyon's 3.38 ERA also leads the team...Richardson has had a team-leading 123 chances this season and has committed just one error.

SUPER SUBS TO SUPER STARTERS: Three Cougar regulars who were bench players a year ago have made huge strides this season...Infielder Robert Stahlke has made seven starts and is batting .323, while also driving in five runs...Stahlke also has a .484 slugging percentage...Third baseman Bruce Jacobsen is batting .342 with two doubles and six RBI on the season...Jacobsen also has .432 on-base percentage...First baseman Grant Richardson is hitting .321, second-best on the team, with 18 hits (second on the team) and a team-leading 12 RBI.

BACK ON THE MOUND: Despite his 0-4 record, senior pitcher Tony Banaszak has made a tremendous turnaround from this time last season...The Puyallup native sat out the 2002 season after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on his elbow...Banaszak rehabbed his way back to the No. 1 starter role in WSU's pitching rotation...In four starts this season, Banaszak has a 4.35 ERA, in 31 innings of work.

AT YOUR OWN RISK: Senior catcher Jon Baeder has made base runners a little leery about stealing this season. Baeder has thrown out 10 of the 16 runners who have attempted to steal on him... Baeder is also having a stellar all-around showing defensively, committing no errors in 85 chances this season...At the plate, Baeder is batting .206 with four RBI.

OLE,OLE: Former WSU pitcher William "Ole" Vigeland is now on Coach Tim Mooney's staff as a volunteer assistant coach...Vigeland spent the past few seasons in the Texas Rangers organization...Vigeland was an infielder and pitcher for WSU from 1995-1998...He was drafted in the 15th round by the Rangers in the 1998 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, despite pitching only 15 innings, all in his senior campaign, at WSU...Vigeland pitched in the Ranger organization for four seasons, before returning to Pullman this season as a coach.

DOUBLE DUTY: In 2002 outfielder Collin Henderson turned out for baseball for the first time since his high school days and ended the year hitting .297 with 24 RBI...his best series came against Arizona near the end of the year when he hit .455 and belted a game-winning, bases loaded double in the ninth inning of game three, providing WSU with a 9-7 win...Henderson was a three-year starting wide receiver for the Cougar football team...he ended his football career last fall with 62 career receptions for 566 yards...he also completed 11 of 12 career passes for 499 yards and six touchdowns.

COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS SIXTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: Washington State University ranked sixth in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,282 at the end of the 2002 season.

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