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February 17, 1998

BASEBALL: WSU TO TAKE ON ZAGS IN PASCO

THIS WEEK:
Friday, Feb. 20 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 2:00 p.m., Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Saturday, Feb. 21 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m., Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Sunday, Feb. 22 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m., Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.

NEXT GAMES:
Thursday, March 5 - WSU vs. LCSC, 1:00 p.m., Cashman Field, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Friday, March 6 - WSU vs. Ohio State, 10:00 a.m., Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Saturday, March 7 - WSU vs. Oral Roberts, 10:00 a.m., Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Saturday, March 7 - WSU vs. CS Northridge, 1:30 p.m., Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sunday, March 8 - Championship Round, TBA, Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada.

LAST WEEK:
Friday, Feb. 13 - Arizona State 9, WSU 1, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 14 - Arizona State 6, WSU 5, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Sunday, Feb. 15 - WSU 17, Arizona State 12, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.

1B - CASEY KELLEY, Jr. (.407, 11 H, 9 RBI, 3 HR)
 Greg Mitchell, Sr. (.176, 3 H, 1 RBI, 0 HR)
2B - BOYD ROBERTSON, RS-Jr. (.321, 9 H, 10 RBI, 4 2B)
 Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.200, 3 H, 3 RBI)
SS - SHAWN STEVENSON, So. (.308, 8 H, 6 RBI)
 Ole Vigeland, Jr. (.000, 0 H, 0 RBI)
3B - GREG MITCHELL, Sr. (.176, 3 H, 1 RBI, 0 HR)
 Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.200, 3 H, 3 RBI)
LF - RAY HATTENBURG, RS-So. (.500, 5 H, 1 RBI)
 Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.200, 3 H, 3 RBI)
CF - STEVE GLEASON, Jr. (.417, 5 H, 4 RBI)
 Dusty Edler, RS-Jr. (.222, 2 H, 2 RBI)
RF - JASON GROVE, Fr. (.417, 10 H, 7 RBI, 3 2B, 1 HR)
 Justin Mentink, Jr. (.250, 1 H, 1 RBI)
C - JEFF SCHERER, Jr. (.222, 4 H, 6 RBI, 1 HR)
 Ryan Smith, So. (.429, 3 H, 3 RBI, 2 2B)
DH - STEVE CURRAN, So. (.269, 7 H, 7 RBI, 2 HR)
 Justin Mentink, Sr. (.250, 1 H, 1 RBI)
P1 - JAMAAL GAINES, Jr. (R, 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 14.0 IP)
P2 - WADE PARRISH, So. (L, 1-0, 4.15 ERA, 13.0 IP)
P3 - TODD MELDAHL, So. (L, 0-1, 10.00, 9.0 IP)
R1 - Les McTavish, So.(R, 0-1, 2.08, 4.1 IP)
R2 - Aaron Cozzens, Jr. (R, 0-0, 13.50, 2.0 IP)
COUGS TRAVEL TO PASCO: The Washington State Cougars are coming off an impressive road trip in which they gave the sixth-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils a run for their money last weekend. The Cougs walked away from the three-game series with one win, and two that got away. WSU will next travel the short distance to Pasco, Wash., where they will take on Gonzaga in a three-game series. Game times are Friday 2 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. at Posse Stadium.

The Cougars were outscored by the Sun Devils 27-23, but that is a little misleading since 18 runs came at the expense of the Cougar bullpen. The WSU starting pitchers were very impressive while posting a combined ERA of 3.79.

The Cougs lost the first two games of the three-game series, but not with out putting up some impressive numbers. Jamaal Gaines all but handcuffed the potent ASU line-up, pitching seven innings of one-run ball. Gaines was locked in a pitchers' duel with ASU's Ryan Mills, before the Sun Devils could get to the Cougar bullpen.

Freshman Jason Grove led the charge at the plate for the Cougs, going 5-for-12 (.417) in the three-game series. Grove fell just a home run away from hitting for the cycle in Sunday's game. As a team the Cougars hit .238, while ASU hit an even .300.

For the season Grove is also the team leader at the plate, hitting at .417 clip. His 10 hits are just one short of Casey Kelley's 11, which leads the team. Kelley cooled down after a torid start in San Diego. He was 2-for-11, but his season average is still looming above the .400 mark (.407).

Last year the two teams met four times, with each team winning two games. WSU leads the all-time series record 148-63-1.

       Record:  3-3       Pac-10 Record:  0-0       
2/5   at San Diego State     W 13-6
2/7   $ Houston              W 17-5
2/7   at San Diego State     L 10-12
2/13  at #6 Arizona State    L 1-9
2/14  at #6 Arizona State    L 5-6
2/15  at #6 Arizona State    W 17-12
2/20  % Gonzaga                2:00
2/21  % Gonzaga                1:00
2/22  % Gonzaga                1:00
3/5   # LCSC                   1:00
3/6   # #18 Ohio State         10:00
3/7   # Oral Roberts           10:00
3/7   # CS Northridge          1:30
3/8   # Championship           TBA
3/14  at California            1:00
3/15  at California            1:00
3/16  at California            2:00
3/21  OREGON STATE             1:00
3/22  OREGON STATE (DH)        12:00
3/23  OREGON STATE             1:00
3/25  at GONZAGA               2:00
3/28  WSU ALUMNI               2:00
3/31  GONZAGA                  4:00
4/3   at #12 Washington        2:00
4/4   at #12 Washington (DH)   12:00
4/5   at #12 Washington        1:00
4/10  at Portland State        3:00
4/11  at Portland State (DH)   12:00
4/12  at Portland State        1:00
4/15  GONZAGA                  6:00
4/17  #12 WASHINGTON           3:00
4/18  #12 WASHINGTON (DH)      12:00
4/19  #12 WASHINGTON           1:00
4/22  GONZAGA                  6:00
4/24  at Oregon State          3:00
4/25  at Oregon State (DH)     12:00
4/26  at Oregon State          1:00
4/29  at LCSC                  6:00
5/1   LCSC                     1:00
5/2   LCSC                     1:00
5/8   PORTLAND STATE           4:00
5/9   PORTLAND STATE (DH)      4:00
5/10  PORTLAND STATE           1:00
5/14  #1 STANFORD              6:00
5/15  #1 STANFORD              6:00
5/16  #1 STANFORD              1:00

5/16-18 Pac-10 Playoffs 5/21-24 NCAA Regionals 5/29-6/6 College World Series $ = Game played at San Diego, Calif. %=Game played at Tri-Cities, Wash. # = Coors/Desert Classic, Las Vegas, Nev. All Game Times Pacific Standard Time

FROM THE BULLPEN: The three-game series against ASU was not a notable performance for the Cougar bullpen...in six innings of work, the bullpen gave up a combined 18 runs...in the first game of the series, eight runs were scored off of three WSU pitchers in the eighth inning...Les McTavish was solid in his 2.1 innings, giving up only one earned run...McTavish seems to be the go-to guy in relief with an ERA of 2.08 for the season.

COUGS IN THE MINORS: At the end of the 1997 minor league season, 16 Cougars were wearing professional uniforms...they included Todd Belitz (Tampa Bay), Ken Cameron (St. Louis), Eric Estes (Baltimore), Jered Fowler (Independent), Jason Hairston (Atlanta), Terrell Hansen (Independent), Jim Horner (Seattle), Kyle Kawabata (Philadelphia), Jason King (Independent), Mike Kinkade (Milwaukee), Chad Miles (Florida), Roy Miller (Seattle), Robert Ramsay (Boston), Rob Ryan (Arizona), Mark Small (Houston), and Mike Wetmore (Milwaukee).

DRAFTED COUGARS: Four members of the 1998 Cougar squad were drafted after their senior seasons in high school: Nason Beckett, Montreal; Dusty Edler, Toronto; Casey Kelley, Colorado; and Brad Philley, Philadelphia.

TWO COUGS SIGN LAST YEAR: Last year Two members of the WSU team signed contracts with major league clubs: LHP, Todd Belitz, 4th round/ Tampa Bay. C, Jason Hairston, 16th round/Atlanta.

GLEASON PULLS DOUBLE DUTY: Center fielder Steve Gleason has been a busy man this year...besides hitting at a .417 (5/12) clip this season, Gleason starts at outside linebacker for the Cougar football team...he started all 12 games for the Cougs, including the Rose Bowl game...he was a Pac-10 honorable mention and an all-academic honorable mention pick...Gleason led the team with 100 total tackles, which was fifth best in the Pac-10...two other footballers, Brad Philley and Billy Graffis, are also members of the baseball team, but are redshirting this season.

CURRAN NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: Sophomore Steve Curran was recently named to The Sporting News preseason All-Conference team.

RANDALL NAMED ALL-PAC-10: Redshirt senior Scott Randall was the only member the the '97 squad to garnish all-league honors...Randall hit .337 last year, and had a .957 FLD% as the Cougs everyday second baseman...he led the Cougs in Pac-10 play hitting an even .400.

ALL-ACADEMIC PAC-10: Three members of last year's WSU team received All-Pac-10 first team academic honors...the three were, Ray Hattenburg (3.19/Undeclared), Scott Randall (3.11/Kinesiology), Dave Wheeler (3.39/Management).

DISABLED LIST:
Kyle Poffenroth, RS-Jr., Arm Problems
Marcus Glaze, Jr., Shoulder Problems

WSU ON THE RADIO: All Washington State baseball games are broadcast by Houser Communications in Colfax...airtime is five minutes before the start of the game, with Alex Webster calling the action for the three game series. All games this weekend are scheduled to air on KMAX (840 AM).

COUGS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES: Five former WSU Cougars saw Big League action last year...they were first baseman John Olerud, who enjoyed a solid year at the plate in his first season as a New York Met...pitcher Aaron Sele played with Boston last year, before being traded to the Texas Rangers in the off season...catcher Scott Hatteburg enjoyed his first full year with Boston...pitcher Tom McGraw saw limited action with St. Louis...pitcher David Wainhouse also saw Big League duty with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

102 YEARS OF WSU BASEBALL: In 102 previous seasons of baseball, WSU has fashioned a 2177-1146-7 record, winning 65.5% of its games...baseball was the first collegiate sport at WSU, beginning in 1892.

             PAC-10   OVERALL
TEAMS          W  L     W  L 
Washington    20  4    46 20
OSU           18  6    38 12*
WSU            7 17    13 42
PSU            3 21    10 43
* = Includes one tie
GONZAGA FYI: Gonzaga will open their 1998 season with the three game series against the Cougars...last year the Bulldogs composed a record of 19-33-1 while competing in the West Coast Conference for the first year...they were formerly part of the Pac-10 North...the Cougs and Zags split a four game series last year...head coach Steve Hertz is in his 18th year as the leader of the program...he will be returning 14 lettermen, while loosing 16...most notable of the returners are senior first baseman Brendan Hare (.330, 4 HR, 31 RBI, and senior outfielder Donnie Murrell (.315, 9 HR, 39 RBI)...junior second baseman Travis Knight is also returning...Knight led last years squad with 66 hits and 48 runs scored.

CROWDING THE PLATE: Senior third baseman Greg Mitchell has had quiet the season so far...while starting all six games at the hot corner, Mitchell has recorded only 17 official at-bats...the main reason is he has been good target practice for opposing pitchers...after the weekend series in Arizona, Mitchell has been beaned eight times...the record for a Cougar being hit by a pitch was also the NCAA record...in 1987, Mike Meyers was hit 25 times...Jason Grove has been hit three times this year.

MOUND ROTATION: WSU's probable mound rotation for the weekend series against Gonzaga:

 GU- Parrish
 GU- Meldahl
 GU- Gaines 
KELLEY OFF TO HOT START: Junior Casey Kelley is making the most of his early season plate appearances, and is waisting no time getting into mid-season form...through last weekends three games, Kelley is 11-for-27 (.407), with three home runs, and nine runs batted in...on defense Kelley has moved from left field, where he started 36 games last year, to first base...he has one error, while recording 53 put outs...Kelley is extending the hot streak that he ended the '97 season on in which he hit nine home runs in the last 15 games...now has 12 in his last 21.

THE COUGS AT THE PLATE:

 Team BA:       .320  (73-228)
 Vs. Left:      .276  (35-127)
 Vs. Right:     .376  (38-101)
 Bases Loaded:  .476  (10-21)
 Bases Empty:   .272  (25-92)
 Two Outs:      .346  (27-78)

PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL 1. Washington 2. Oregon State 3. Washington State 4. Portland State

STARTING PITCHERS DOMINATE IN SERIES VS ARIZONA STATE: The starting pitching against sixth-ranked Arizona State was nothing short of spectacular...Jamaal Gaines opened in the first game against preseason All-American Ryan Mills...Gaines threw seven innings of one-run ball, while allowing only three hits...in the second game Wade Parrish continued where he left off after his first start...Parrish was solid in his six innings of work, but did give up four runs...the rubber match of the series saw Todd Meldahl bounce back from his unimpressive first start, allowing three earned runs in six innings...Meldahl struck out seven Sun Devils in his outing...the three starters had a combined 3.79 ERA in the series.

COUGARS TO PLAY TOUGH SCHEDULE: During the course of the 1998 season, the Cougar baseball team will compete against some of the best collegiate programs in the nation...here is a list of them, with their Baseball America ranking in parenthesis.

 Arizona State, (6th)
 Washington, (12th)
 Stanford, (1st)
 Ohio State, (18th)
 
JC TRANSFERS FILL IN NEEDED POSITIONS FOR COUGS: Currently 9 players on the Cougar roster have come by way of the junior college level...two are starters, Jamaal Gaines is in the starting rotation, and three come out of of the bullpen...their names, along with the school they transfered from are listed below...the starters are marked by asterisks:
 Aaron Cozzens, RHP (Bellevue CC)
 Dusty Edler, CF (Yakima Valley CC)
 Jamaal Gaines, RHP (Laney College)
 Robin Guiver, RHP (Cabrillo College)
 Jon Parrish, INF (Blue Mountain CC)
 Mark Rindy, C (Lower Columbia CC)
 Reggie Rivard, RHP (Hancock CC)
* Boyd Robertson, 2B (Columbia Basin)
* Jeff Scherer, C (Walla Walla CC)
COACH FARRINGTON. . .

ON MELDAHL AND PARRISH: "The two lefthanders were two freshman starters for me last year, so they had a lot of innings last year. They are a year older, and they are showing it."

ON THE 3-3 RECORD: "In the six games we've played, we were in a position to win all six games...When the game is on the line, we have to take care of business. Whether it is on the mound or whether its that one at-bat. We have served warning that we can play, but we have to be able to execute a complete game. If we would have done that, we are 6-0, or at least 5-1."

ON JAMAAL GAINES: "He is just tough, he comes out and goes after you. He's a power pitcher. He will probably start on Sunday for us."

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