May 25, 2000
Final 2000 Record: 20-36
2000 Season Recap:
Cougar Baseball lands third consecutive 20-win season with solid last weekend of baseball: It was a bittersweet end to the 2000 baseball season as the seniors went out with a bang, and head coach Steve Farrington was told his contract would not be renewed for the 2001 baseball season.
Through a season of ups and downs, the Cougars ended in dramatic fashion by notching an impressive season-ending series win over the Oregon State Beavers. WSU tallied its third walk-off win in the last two weeks of the season with a 10-9 win Friday. Then after a 4-3 defeat, the Cougs ended with a 16-9 win on Senior Day at Bailey-Brayton Field.
The Cougars finished the year with a 20-36 record and finished in ninth place for the second year in a row in the Pac-10 Conference with a 6-18 record. The six conference wins were two more than 1999 and WSU won weekend series against Cal, Arizona and Oregon State. The Cougars were swept in all other Pac-10 series, with four of the sweeps coming from NCAA tournament teams.
Sunday's season ending win was as sweet as they come for the group of seniors that included seven players who were with the program for three or more years. Matt O'Brien logged his second win of the weekend to finish 10-5 on the year and struck out a career high nine batters. His previous best was eight set the week before. Seniors Les McTavish and Reggie Rivard combined out of the bullpen to seal the Cougar win.
At the plate, WSU started seven seniors, and all got at least one hit. All-Pac-10 selection Ray Hattenburg capped his stellar Cougar career with a 5-for-5 game, the first of his career, and scored three runs. Senior Jordan Nilsen, who played despite a badly sprained ankle, ended his brief Cougar career with a grand slam in his last at-bat. Catcher Ryan Smith followed with a solo home run in his last at-bat for the back-to-back home runs. David Perreira, Zach Bode, Steve Curran and Shawn Stevenson also had good games to end their respective Cougar careers.
Hattenburg led the Cougars in almost every offensive category, including batting average (.359), hits (80), doubles (17). He also led WSU in putouts (250). The switch-hitter ended his career hitting .355, ranking in a tie for eighth all-time. Hattenburg was picked for the second consecutive year for All-Pac-10 and hit .400 in league play his senior year. He also ranked in the career WSU top-10 in runs (146, 10th), hits (255, 5th), doubles (56, 5th) and at-bats (719, 5th).
While Hattenburg was the only All-Pac-10 selection, four other Cougs were named honorable mention. Junior Jason Grove, O'Brien, Stevenson, and redshirt freshman Stefan Bailie all garnered honorable mention status.
Grove had high hopes for the 2000 season after being named a consensus preseason All-American, but battled injuries to play only 31 games in 2000. Grove hit .314 and belted three home runs. With 33 career home runs, Grove is tied for fifth in the WSU record books with current Seattle Mariner John Olerud.
Stevenson ended his career with a solid defensive year, leading the Pac-10 with 191 assists. With 655 in his career, Stevenson ranks second in WSU history. The .309 career hitter is also listed in several categories in the WSU record books. He is the all-time leader with 883 at-bats, sixth with 211 games played, third with 200 runs scored, second with 273 hits, eighth with 49 doubles and 10th with 105 walks.
Bailie turned some heads in his inaugural Cougar campaign and has a chance to be named a freshman All-American. Bailie finished second on the team with a .315 batting average and belted a team-leading 12 home runs to tie the freshman school record.
Senior pitcher Todd Meldahl couldn't have gone out in finer fashion than with his last collegiate start vs. Oregon State. Meldahl fired his first career nine-inning complete game, despite suffering the hard-luck 4-3 defeat. In his career, the left-hander started 51 games, second most in WSU history, and never missed a week of pitching in his career. He also ranked in the career record books in innings pitched (310.2, 5th), appearances (65, 4th), and strikeouts (244, 4th).
O'Brien became the first 10-game winner at WSU since 1995 when Kyle Kawabata went 11-3. O'Brien ended his senior season ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in wins and eighth with a 3.94 ERA. He led the Cougars in innings pitched (93.1), wins (10), appearances (23) and ERA. O'Brien also ranked second behind Meldahl with 63 K's.
As a team the Cougs finished with a .279 batting average and posted a 6.99 ERA. The Cougar defense led the league with 83 double plays, an nearly eclipsed the school record of 84.
Looking to the future for the 2001 season, the Cougs will have a tough schedule facing Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, Nevada, UNLV and Cal State Northridge on the road. WSU will also have a competitive Pac-10 schedule.
2000 Cougar Baseball Season Review
2000 WSU BASEBALL RESULTS
Pac-10 Record: 6-18
|2/4||#||#19 Texas A&M||W||5-3|
|2/6||#||#19 Texas A&M||W||14-4|
|2/26||at||San Diego State (1)||L||4-5|
|2/26||at||San Diego State (2)||L||3-6|
|2/27||at||San Diego State||W||6-3|
|4/14||#4 ARIZONA STATE*||L||3-24|
|4/15||#4 ARIZONA STATE*||L||1-3|
|4/16||#4 ARIZONA STATE*||L||8-14|
*= Pacific-10 Conference Game
%=Game played at Pasco, Wash.
# = Spalding Fiesta Tournament, Albuquerque, NM
$ = Arlington Morning News Invitational
All Game Times Pacific Standard Time
FARRINGTON'S CONTRACT NOT RENEWED FOR 2001: The six-year era of Steve Farrington came to an end as the 2000 season concluded with a 16-9 win over the Oregon State Beavers. Coach Farrington was told his contract would not be renewed for the 2001 season. In his six years at the helm of the Cougars, Farrington posted a 136-198 record and one Pac-10 North championship. Farrington came to WSU in 1995 out of Lower Columbia CC and replaced legendary Cougar coach Bobo Brayton.
HATTENBURG NAMED ALL-PAC-10. GROVE, BAILIE, O'BRIEN AND STEVENSON ALL MAKE HONORABLE MENTION ALL-LEAGUE: If there was one guy that deserved to make All-Pac-10 in 2000, it was Ray Hattenburg. The utility player hit .400 in Pac-10 play, hit .359 overall and logged 25 multi-hit games. In his career he hit .355 and finished with two all-league selections in a row. Stefan Bailie made honorable mention in his freshman career while tying the freshman record of 12 home runs. Shawn Stevenson, the Pac-10 leader in assists, and slugger Jason Grove also earned honorable mention accolades. Senior pitcher Matt O'Brien deserved first team recognition, but his 10-win season earned him honorable mention status.
GROVE ENDS ON A HOT STREAK AS DRAFT NEARS: After two solid seasons during his freshman and sophomore campaigns, junior Jason Grove earned national respect by being named to three preseason All-American teams. Grove was selected as a second-team pick by Collegiate Baseball and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was given a third-team award from Baseball America. The Outfielder, who connected on 33 home runs and hit at a .350 clip during his three seasons in a Cougar uniform, is also widely considered as a high college prospect in the nation for the 2000 draft. Earlier this year he was named the No. 28 prospect for the draft by Baseball America. Grove tied John Olerud for fifth place in the WSU record books with his 33rd career home run against Cal State-Northridge. Grove ended the year with hits in 13 of his last 15 games and finished the year with the team's third best batting average of .314. It is uncertain if Grove will return for his senior year because of the June 5th amateur draft.
2000 and Career Statistics for Jason Grove:
BREAKING DOWN THE EXTRA BASE HITS: With 74 extra base hits in his Cougar career, some may wonder where Ray Hattenburg ranks in the all-time record books at WSU. While it is not an official school record, Mike Kinkade amassed an amazing total of 112 extra-base hits in his career from '92-95. Shawn Stevenson (72), Jason Grove (66) and Steve Curran (48) have also tallied several extra-base hits.
BAEDER FINISHES 2000 STRONG: Freshman catcher Jon Baeder was struggling with a .074 batting average after going 0-for-3 vs. UW on April 5. But in the last month Baeder has turned it up a notch to raise hit batting average all the way to its end mark of .217. Baeder, who managed only the .074 average through the first 16 games of his freshman campaign, has gone 13x42 with three multi-hit games. Baeder has two multi-hit games in his last five starts.
THE P-MAN: Cougar senior utility player David Perreira (Ewa Beach, Hawaii) finished the season on hot note while starting the last 10 games of 2000. Perreira had a six-game hitting streak before having it snapped Saturday and had two home runs during that stretch of games. Perreira also had three home runs in the last 10 games of the season. He finished his career with a sharp single up the middle in his last game.
HECKER IS A HACKIN: Sophomore outfielder Evan Hecker (Seattle, Wash.) was the hottest Cougar down the stretch as the 2000 season came to an end. In the last six games, Hecker ended with six consecutive multi-hit games and hit .538 over that stretch (14x26). Hecker raised his batting average from .234 to its end mark of .281 during that stretch. Hecker's strong finish was not by accident, as the then freshman completed the 1999 season with nine hits in his last seven games in 1999.
A NEW MILLENNIUM OF COUGAR BASEBALL: The Cougar baseball team had a successful past millennium, ranking fourth in all-time NCAA Division I victories. The Cougars best decade in history was the 1980s when the Cougs posted a 391-186 record. Listed below is a breakdown by decade in the 20th century for the Cougar baseball program:
BAEDER MAKES MOST OF FIRST CAREER HIT: Freshman catcher Jon Baeder admitted that even his grand slam home run vs. Gonzaga (2/13) surprised him, but he couldn't be happier that his first hit as a Cougar sailed out of Posse Stadium for a home run.
HATTENBURG ENDS CAREER WITH FIVE-HIT GAME. NAME WILL FOREVER REMAIN IN RECORD BOOKS:
Senior Ray Hattenburg was a model of consistency during his Cougar career and 2000 was no difference. As one of the best hitters the program has ever produced, the utility player finished his senior campaign with a bang by going 5-for-5 in his last career collegiate game. Hattenburg finished the year as the team's leading hitter at .359 and his .400 batting average in Pac-10 play earned him the honor of repeating as a first team All-Pac-10 selection. Hattenburg led the team with 25 multiple-hit games, and had 51 over his last two seasons. Hattenburg has also ranked in the top-10 in the conference this year in hits, batting average and doubles. An honorable mention All-American last year, Hattenburg is looking to repeat his national accolade. In his WSU career the senior switch-hitter hit at a .355 clip, ranking in a tie for eighth all-time. He only failed to get a hit in 14 games this year and recorded nine three-hit games. Here is a breakdown of his Cougar career:
2000 and Career Statistics for Ray Hattenburg:
MELDAHL AT-BAT: If you looked at a box score from the April 2 game at Gonzaga, it wasn't a misprint. Pitcher Todd Meldahl did bat in the ninth inning in the Cougs 5-2 win over Gonzaga. Meldahl, who entered in relief in the eighth, was put in the game when designated hitter David Perreira moved to third base. After fouling off a pitch, the uneasy swinger struck out swinging on a nasty curveball from Matt Siwek. To his credit, Meldahl was a good hitter in his American Legion days, hitting .375 with eight home runs during his senior summer.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Les McTavish finished with 74 career appearances on the mound. Second all-time at WSU.
- WSU had the 22nd toughest schedule in the NCAA.
- With his start last weekend against OSU, Todd Meldahl had 51 in his WSU career, second all-time.
- Mike Knight recorded a hit in his first WSU at-bat, joining Stefan Bailie, Justin Williams, and Wes Falkenborg who matched that feat this year.
- Jason Grove needs just 7 more home runs to tie the school record of 40. He is currently tied for fifth place in WSU history with John Olerud (1997-89).
- Shortstop Shawn Stevenson recorded 655 career assists, making him second in the WSU record books.
- With 310.2 career innings under his belt, Todd Meldahl finished 5th in that category moving past current Seattle Mariner Aaron Sele ('89-91)
- With his triple vs. UCLA, Shawn Stevenson now has 10 career and is 10th all-time at WSU in that category.
- Shawn Stevenson recently played in his 211th career game as a Cougar. He started 205 of those games. If you add up all the games WSU has played while Stevenson was here, that means he has only missed four games in his WSU career.
- With 12 home runs, freshman Stefan Bailie tied the school freshman record of 12 set by Jason Grove (1998).
- WSU fell just one double play short of tying the school record of 84. WSU led the Pac-10.
- Matt O'Brien became the first Cougar to win 10 games since 1995.
- The Cougars posted 20 wins for the 21st time in the last 22 years.
O'BRIEN BECOMES FIRST PITCHER SINCE 1995 TO WIN 10 GAMES: Senior lefty Matt O'Brien (Seattle, Wash.) Finished his senior season with a bang going 2-0 for the weekend against Oregon State. He picked up a win in relief in Friday's 10-9 win and pitched 7.1 solid innings while striking out a career high nine in his last collegiate start. With a 10-5 record, O'Brien became the first Cougar pitcher to win 10 wins since 1995 when Kyle Kawabata went 11-3. O'Brien led the Cougars in nearly every pitching category, including wins (10), ERA (3.94), and innings pitched (93.1). He finished the season ranked 8th in the Pac-10 in ERA and fourth in wins, and was a top reliever with a 7-1 record and a 3.00 ERA. He was named an honorable mention Pac-10 selection. He also led the league with only 1.70 walks per game and posted the lowest ERA for a starter at WSU since Robert Ramsay had a 3.93 in 1996.
2000 and Career Statistics for Matt O'Brien
I'VE GOT THAT WALK-OFF FEELING: The Cougars had gone since April 15, 1998 since Steve Curran hit a walk-off home run vs. the Washington Huskies. WSU had not won a game on a home run since that game. The Cougars ended the 2000 season with three walk-off wins in the last seven games. In Friday's opener vs. CSUN Jordan Nilsen hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th to give the Cougs an 8-7 win. Tuesday vs. LCSC Justin Williams hit a two-out grand slam home run to give WSU the 14-11 win. Wes Falkenborg gave WSU a 10-9 win over OSU 5/21 with a single in the bottom of the 10th.
STEVENSON-GATES-HATTENBURG: The Cougar double play combo may not exactly be Tinkers-Evers-Chance, but much to the help of the trio the Cougs lead the Pac-10 in twin-killings. The Cougars tied a school record and came within one of tying the conference record with five double plays vs. LCSC on March 21. WSU notched 83 double plays in 2000, falling just one short of the school record.
THE CAPE COD CONNECTION: Over the past two years the Washington state Cougars Baseball team has been well-represented in the Cape Cod League with the Wareham Gatemen. Shawn Stevenson and Jason Grove have played in each of the last two years with the Gatemen. Stevenson had a banner year in the summer of 1998, earning team MVP honors and being named an all-star.
PINCH-HIT MAN WES FALKENBORG: In his redshirt freshman year, Wes Falkenborg was the man off the bench in 2000. With only a .216 batting average in games he started, Falkenborg was on fire off the bench with a .500 (11x22) batting average. As a pinch-hitter, Falkenborg was 9-for-16 for an impressive .562 batting average. To his credit, the primary weapon against left-handed pitching did hit his two home runs in the starting role. Falkenborg is viewed as the DH of the future for the Cougs.
THREE-WAY RAY HATTENBURG: Ray Hattenburg is not called a utility player for nothing. In his four years on the diamond at WSU, Hattenburg played every position except shortstop, catcher and pitcher. The senior played three positions in April 28 game vs. UCLA (1B, 3B, LF). Hattenburg started 23 games at first base, 18 at third base and nine in left field. To add to his utility role, Hattenburg was also a switch-hitter, making him one of the most versatile players in the Pac-10. No wonder he made All-Pac-10 two years in a row.
ON THE TUBE IN 2000: WSU played on four TV games this year, but unfortunately didn't fair well going 0-4. WSU has been outscored 38-20 on televised games this year.
|Apr. 15||Arizona State||Loss, 3-1|
|Apr. 28||UCLA||Loss, 14-10|
|May 7||@ UW||Loss, 17-6|
|May 20||Oregon State||Loss, 4-3|
STEVENSON ENDS CAREER AS NO. 2 IN ASSISTS: Shortstop Shawn Stevenson was been as solid as they come at shortstop this season and during his Cougar career. With 191 assists he led the Pac-10 and finished with 655 in his WSU career to rank second all-time. Stevenson was voted as having the best infield arm in the Pac-10 by Baseball America at the beginning of the 2000 season and finished his career by being named a Pac-10 honorable mention selection. He was a .309 career hitter, while ranking in the top 10 in several categories, including: hits (273, 2nd), at-bats (883, 1st), runs (200, 3rd), and doubles (49, 8th).
MELDAHL FINISHES CAREER ON GOOD NOTE: Senior Todd Meldahl could not have gone out on a better note than his complete-game, six-hitter against the Oregon State Beavers. He recorded the loss in a close 4-3 game, but for Meldahl it was his first career nine-inning complete game. The lefty, who was the culprit of several hard-luck losses in his Cougar career, started 51 career games, ranking second all-time, and never missed a week of pitching in his WSU career. Meldahl also ranks in the record books for innings pitched, appearances and strikeouts.
SENIORS GO OUT WITH A BANG: The seniors couldn't have sent coach Farrington out with a better game in the last contest of the 2000 season. The seniors all received their diplomas before the game, then raced to a 16-9 thumping of the Oregon State Beavers to make it a Senior Day most will never forget. Ray Hattenburg capped his banner career with his first five-hit game, and all seven offensive seniors recorded at least one hit. Jordan Nilsen hit a grand slam in his last collegiate at-bat and Ryan Smith followed with a solo blast in his last at-bat. The three senior pitchers of Matt O'Brien, Les McTavish and Reggie Rivard combined for the victory and struck out a team-high 11 on the afternoon.
SINGLE-SEASON RECORD WATCH: While several Cougars moved up the list in the Cougar career record books, some single-season records were also broken or tied. In addition to the records broken below, the Cougs nearly eclipsed the single-season double play record, but fell one short of the record of 84.
Tyson Thompson: 70, 1st (Tied Eric Wilkens, '76)
Jordan Nilsen: 51, 4th
Todd Meldahl: 16, t-1st
Stefan Bailie: 4, ties school record
BAILIE ENDS ON A TEAR: Stefan "the Mesa Mantle" Bailie made his name known in his redshirt freshman campaign. Bailie finished second on the team with a .315 batting average and led the club with 12 home runs. He finished the year with seven hits in his last 17 at-bats (.412) and hit home runs in three consecutive games to end the season. His 12 home runs tied a school record for home runs by a freshman, set by teammate Jason Grove in 1998. Bailie started his career with a 14-game hitting streak and held his batting average above .400 for the first month of his Cougar career. He is being considered for freshman All-American.
ROSTER CHANGES: Quick get out your media guides, because there have been some changes since the beginning of the season. Infielder Kevin Harasimowicz and freshman outfielder Collin Henderson left the team prior to the Cougs season opener at LCSC. Harasimowicz was a backup infielder who saw action in three games in 1999. Henderson was a highly acclaimed prep star from Puyallup, Wash. Henderson was a top receiver on the gridiron for the Cougs in the fall and will lift weights this spring. Garrett Alwert is still on the 2000 squad, but will not play as he is currently out with a health problem involving his colon.
COUGARS AND THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES:
The WSU Cougars have appeared in four College World Series finals. The first came in 1950 when the Cougars placed second under the coaching of Buck Bailey. WSU returned to Omaha in 1956, with Bailey's squad finishing seventh. Bobo Brayton's 1965 club earned a spot in the final eight and finished third. WSU returned to the CWS with Brayton in 1976 and placed fifth.
JAMAAL GAINES TO PLAY PRO BALL: Jamaal Gaines, one of WSU's top pitchers in 1998 and 1999 has signed a contract to play professional baseball this summer with the independent league Dubois County Dragons. The Dragons are part of the Frontier League, with teams in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Gaines was 4-4 in 1999 with a 6.29 ERA and was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week in May.
SCRAP IRON PHIL GARNER HAS PRAISE FOR COUGAR BASEBALL: Detroit Tiger Manager Phil Garner was in attendance at the Spalding Fiesta Tournament in early February because his son, Ty, plays for the Texas A&M squad. Garner, who managed the Milwaukee Brewers in past years, was a guest during a radio broadcast of the WSU-A&M game. Garner had praise for the WSU Cougar baseball team saying: "they are an excellent hitting team who is a lot of fun to watch. They are going to surprise a lot of people in the Pac-10 this year."
TOURNAMENTS DOT COUGAR SCHEDULE: An integral part of the Cougars non-conference preseason schedule has always been playing in several tournaments every season. In past years Cougar squads were fixtures at the Johnny Quick/Pepsi Tournament in Fresno, Calif., the California Riverside Tournament and the Bannana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho. WSU already traveled to New Mexico where they were 2-1 in the Spalding Baseball Fiesta. WSU traveled to Arlington, Texas in mid-February to play against Texas-Arlington, Nebraska and Arkansas. Here is a breakdown of how WSU has done in recent tournaments.
|1994||Pepsi/Johnny Quick (Fresno)||6-0||1st|
|1995||Husky Classic (Kingdome)||1-2||3rd|
|1996||Husky Classic (Kingdome)||1-2||3rd|
|1997||Bannana Belt (LCSC)||2-3||3rd|
|1998||Coors Desert Classic (LV)||2-3||5th|
|1999||Hormel Foods Classic (Minn)||1-2||3rd|
|2000||Spalding Baseball Fiesta||2-1||T-1st|
|2000||Arlington Morning News Invt.||1-2||T-3rd|
FOLLOW SHAWN STEVENSON ON THE WEB: Throughout the 2000 baseball season you can track the season and stories of senior shortstop Shawn Stevenson by viewing his weekly diary at www.wsucougars.com. A new diary will be posted each Wednesday, so keep posted on what is going on inside Cougar baseball from the world of Shawn Stevenson.
CAREER RECORD WATCH: A check of the WSU record book showed the following players moved into Cougar Top-10 career lists:
HITTING: Home Runs: Jason Grove, 33, t-5th Steve Curran, 26, t-9th Triples: Shawn Stevenson, 10, 10th Strikeouts: Steve Curran, 152, 1st Ray Hattenburg, 115, 7th Jason Grove, 107, 8th Runs Scored Shawn Stevenson, 198, 3rd Hits: Shawn Stevenson, 273, 2nd Ray Hattenburg, 255, 5th Doubles: Shawn Stevenson, 49, 8th Ray Hattenburg, 56, 5th At-Bats: Shawn Stevenson, 883, 1st Ray Hattenburg, 719, 5th Batting Average Ray Hattenburg, .355, t-8th Games Played Shawn Stevenson, 211, 6th
PITCHING: Runs Allowed: Todd Meldahl, 294, 1st Les McTavish, 168, 5th Earned Runs Allowed: Todd Meldahl, 247, 1st Les McTavish, 130, t-6th Losses: Todd Meldahl, 27, 1st Hits Allowed: Todd Meldahl, 405, 1st Saves: Reggie Rivard, 9, tie-3rd Games Pitched: Les McTavish, 74, 2nd Todd Meldahl, 64, 5th Reggie Rivard, 63, 7th Games Started: Todd Meldahl, 51, 2nd Innings Pitched: Todd Meldahl, 310.2, 5th Strikeouts: Todd Meldahl, 244, 4th
JASON GROVE IS CHASING HISTORY: Junior Jason Grove was well on his way to setting the career home run record at Washington State before breaking a bone in his right hand, but still has a chance to break the record. Grove hit three home runs in 2000, and is now seven off the school record of 40 set by Jeff Hooper if he decides to return for the 2001 season. In his freshman season of 1998 he connected on 12 home runs and in his sophomore campaign he hit 18, despite missing more than a month with a broken thumb. Prior to the 2000 season Grove was named a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and NCBWA. The Top-10 list of career home run leaders is listed below:
WSU Career Home Run Leaders
1. Jeff Hooper, '84-87 2. Casey Kelley, '96-98 3. Jim Connor, '87-90 4. Beau Campbell, '89-92 5. John Olerud, '87-89 Jason Grove, '98-P 6. Phil Westendorf, '74-77 7. Dale Ford, '64-66 8. Glen Walker, '79-80 Steve Curran, '97-P
McTAVISH ENDS ONE APPEARANCE OFF CAREER RECORD: Senior pitcher Les McTavish was a mainstay in the Cougar bullpen and ended his career one game off the career record at wSU. In four seasons McTavish appeared in 74 games, ranking second in the record books. The school record of 75 games was set by Tom Pellerin from 1983-86. The complete list is below. Reggie Rivard and Todd Meldahl are also ranked.
WSU Career Pitching Appearances
1. Tom Pellerin, '83-86 2. Reed Rainey, '83-85 Les McTavish, '97-P 4. Darin Nolan, '88-91 5. Brian Sajonia, '85-88 Todd Meldahl, '97-P 7. Reggie Rivard, '98-P
RIVARD ENDS WITH NINE CAREER SAVES: At the mid-season point in 1999, Reggie Rivard almost seemed to be a lock to move into second place as the all-time saves leader in WSU history. With nine saves, he needed only four more to move into second place, but was then converted to a starting pitcher where he has enjoyed some success. The all-time leader in saves for the Cougars is Reed Rainey, who logged 24 from 1983-85.
MAKING A FASHION STATEMENT IN 2000: The Cougs took a step up in the fashion world in 1999 by adding two new uniforms. A gray sleevless jersey with "Cougars" in script has been added for a road uniform and a solid crimson button-up jersey can be used at home or on the road. The Cougars now have five sets of uniforms which include Sunday pinstripes, white home jersey, white sleeveless, home/road crimson and gray sleeveless. The Cougars will also be adding an alternate cap in 2000.
COUGAR BASEBALL IS TRADITION: The Washington State baseball program is one filled with a history of success, pride, and achievements. Among the facts:
- 89 winning seasons
- Only 16 losing seasons in 104 years
- 41 conference championships
- Four College World Series appearances
- 22 NCAA appearances
- 24 no-hitters
- Four coaches over the last 67 years
- Nine first-team All-Americans
- One college baseball player of the year
- 132 first-team all-league selections since '47
THESE 13 SENIORS HAVE BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: If senior leadership counted for wins, then the Cougars would be off to a 13-0 start in 2000. Seven of those seniors, Zach Bode, Steve Curran, Ray Hattenburg, Todd Meldahl, Les McTavish, Ryan Smith and Shawn Stevenson are all in their fourth or fifth years with the WSU program.
2000 PAC-10 STANDINGS (Final Regular Season)
|2000 Overall||2000 Pac-10|
THE CHAFFEY AND LANEY PIPELINE: From a recruiting standpoint, the WSU Cougar coaches definitely know where to go when it comes to getting good players. In the past few years the Cougs have gathered several players from Rob Wilson's Laney (Calif.) College program, including current players Tony Dawson, Donny Davis and Mike Knight. From the prep baseball ranks, the Cougars have tapped into of the nation's premier summer baseball programs in Chaffey Construction. Several players on the WSU roster played for Chaffey in their prep careers, including Jon Baeder, Zach Bode, Steve Curran, Sean Donlin, Wes Falkenborg, Bookie Gates, Nick Kenyon, Ryan Smith and Tyson Thompson. WSU's links to Chaffey go even farther back as John Olerud played for the team during his prep days at Interlake High School.
ONE TOUGH SCHEDULE: The NCAA doesn't officially compile a power ranking for college baseball until the end of the season, but a college baseball website has ranked WSU to have the 22nd toughest schedule in the nation...in all WSU has games scheduled against six teams in Baseball America's and Collegiate Baseball's national polls. The Cougars' schedule included unanimous preseason No. 1 selection Stanford, UCLA, USC, Arizona and Arizona State. Here are their current rankings.
*NR= Has Been Ranked in 2000 or ranking when WSU played them.
2000 HITTING LEADERS
Batting Average: 1. Ray Hattenburg .359 2. Stefan Bailie .315 3. Jason Grove .314 4. Wes Falkenborg .301 Hits 1. Ray Hattenburg 80 2. Shawn Stevenson 59 3. Stefan Bailie 58 Runs Scored 1. Shawn Stevenson 40 2. Ray Hattenburg 40 3. Stefan Bailie 37 Doubles 1. Ray Hattenburg 17 2. Jordan Nilsen 14 3. Stefan Bailie 11 4. Shawn Stevenson 11 Triples 1. Jordan Nilsen 4 2. Bookie Gates 3 Home Runs 1. Stefan Bailie 12 2. Steve Curran 6 3. Jordan Nilsen 5 4. David Perreira 4 5. Ray Hattenburg 4
2000 PITCHING LEADERS
Earned Run Average (Min. 5 Inn.) 1. Matt O'Brien 3.94 2. Zach Fisher 6.08 3. Todd Meldahl 6.88 Wins 1. Matt O'Brien 10 2. Zach Fisher 3 3. Lanakila Niles 2 4. Todd Meldahl 2 Strikeouts 1. Todd Meldahl 76 2. Matt O'Brien 63 3. Tyson Thompson 42 4. Zach Fisher 36 Innings Pitched 1. Matt O'Brien 93.1 2. Todd Meldahl 87.2 3. Tyson Thompson 74.1 4. Zach Fisher 50.1
2000 FIELDING LEADERS Errors 1. Bookie Gates 19 2. Ray Hattenburg 15 3. Shawn Stevenson 15 Assists 1. Shawn Stevenson 191 2. Bookie Gates 160 3. Ray Hattenburg 83 Putouts 1. Ray Hattenburg 250 2. Stefan Bailie 213 3. Ryan Smith 178
COUGARS IN THE MINOR LEAGUES IN 1999: During the 1999 professional baseball season, 19 former Cougars played at various levels of the minor league system. Robert Ramsay and Rob Ryan, both 1996 grads of WSU, received late-season call-ups with the Mariners and Diamondbacks respectfully.
The following Cougars played at the minor league level in '99.
|Todd Belitz||P||Orlando||AA||Tampa Bay|
|Jim Horner||C||New Haven||AA||Seattle|
|Mike Kinkade||3B||Norfolk||AAA||NY Mets|
|Wade Parrish||P||Yakima||R||Los Angeles|
|Dave Wainhouse||P||Colo. Springs||AAA||Colorado|
|Dave Wheeler||P||Kingsport||R||NY Mets|
105 YEARS OF COUGAR BASEBALL: The Cougar baseball team was the first competitive athletic team at Washington State when it debuted in 1892 with an 11-1 record. Since, in 105 years of Cougar baseball tradition, WSU has posted a career 2,246-1,237-17 record while notching 89 winning seasons. WSU has a career winning percentage of .644 and has won 41 conference championships, appeared in the NCAA playoffs 22 times and four College World Series.
COUGARS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES IN 2000: While eight players dotted the rosters of major league rosters at the end of 1999, five are in the majors this season. John Olerud and Aaron Sele have had success in their new Seattle Mariner uniforms as the M's are off to a hot start. Rob Ramsay was called up in early May and is having success with a 1.69 ERA Scott Hatteberg has played sparingly as a backup to Jason Varitek for the Boston Red Sox. Dave Wainhouse is with a new team in the St. Louis Cardinals and has appeared in nine games.
|David Wainhouse (DL)||RHP||St. Louis||0-1||9.35||9||5|
BASEBALL COMPLEX RENAMED BAILEY-BRAYTON FIELD: Buck Bailey and Bobo Brayton combined for 1,765 victories and coached 65 of the 105 years of Cougar baseball. It was only fitting that the Cougar baseball complex, which they both helped build, be renamed to honor both of their distinguished names. Bailey Field was renamed Bailey-Brayton Field Jan. 22 as part of a "Celebration for the Ages." Numerous former Cougars, including John Olerud Sr. and Jr., Scott Hatteberg, and Robert Ramsay helped celebrate the renaming of the Cougar baseball Field.
2000 NATIONAL POLLS
Baseball America Top-25
1. Georgia Tech 2. South Carolina 3. Stanford 4. Arizona State 5. Baylor 6. Houston 7. LSU 8. Nebraska 9. Clemson 10. Florida State 11. Miami, Fla. 12. Loyola Marymount 13. USC 14. Florida 15. Rutgers 16. Texas 17. Mississippi State 18. Wake Forest 19. Auburn 20. Cal State Fullerton 21. North Carolina 22. Nevada 23. Alabama 24. East Carolina 25. Stetson
Baseball Weekly Top 25
1. South Carolina 2. Stanford 3. Arizona State 4. Georgia Tech 5. Baylor 6. LSU 7. Florida State 8. Clemson 9. Houston 10. Nebraska 11. Miami, Fla. 12. USC 13. Texas 14. Mississippi State 15. Auburn 16. North Carolina 17. Alabama 18. Florida 19. Cal State Fullerton 20. Wake Forest 21. Loyola Marymount 22. Nevada 23. Rutgers 24. Stetson 25. Long Beach State
Collegiate Baseball Top-25
1. Georgia Tech 2. Stanford 3. South Carolina 4. Arizona State 5. Baylor 6. Nebraska 7. LSU 8. Clemson 9. Houston 10. Florida State 11. Miami, Fla. 12. Mississippi State 13. Texas 14. Wake Forest 15. North Carolina 16. USC 17. Cal State Fullerton 18. Florida 19. Auburn 20. Loyola Marymount 21. Alabama 22. UCLA 23. Nevada 24. Rice 25. Rutgers
PAC-10 FORMAT: The 1999 season marked a new era in Pacific-10 Conference baseball as the disbanded the former North and South divisions to form one unified league. Portland State dropped its program following the '98 season leaving only three teams in the Northern Division. The Pac-10 baseball conference is made up of nine schools (Oregon does not have a team) with each team playing a 24-game schedule, with the regular season champion earning the conference automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. WSU will play Oregon State and UW twice, but only one of the series will count toward the league standings.
COACH FARRINGTON: In his six years at the helm of the Cougar baseball team Farrington posted a 136-198 record...in his first year with WSU his squad won the Pac-10 North crown and he was named the league coach of the year...before coming to WSU in the summer of 1994 oach Farrington spent 11 seasons as the coach of Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash... at the JC level Farrington posted a 280-149 record, with three NWAACC titles...he was the National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1992... Farrington's contract was not renewed for the 2001 season.
THE COACHING STAFF: Former Major Leaguer Russ Swan joined the coaching staff in 1998 and headed up the WSU pitching staff... Swan spent 11 seasons in the majors with Seattle, Cleveland, and San Francisco... he was joined by assistant coach Ken Johnson... Johnson, who was in charge of recruiting, infielders and hitting, came to WSU after 10 successful seasons at Walla Walla Community College. Ray Walker was a volunteer assistant in 2000 and coaches the Cougar catchers.
COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS IN TOP FIVE IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: In a list compiled by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Washington State University ranked fourth in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,226 prior to the 2000 season. A list of the Top 5 baseball programs is listed below with their respective records and number of seasons played:
WSU ON THE RADIO: Most of the Washington State baseball games were broadcast over the radio, but a select few games were not on air this past year... games were on the internet as well for the first time in Cougar baseball history...airtime is usually set for 20 minutes before the start of the game...all games are scheduled to air on KCLX (1450 AM).
OLERUD RANKS SEVENTH AS "PLAYER OF THE CENTURY"
Washington State baseball great John Olerud was recently ranked seventh as college baseball's "Player of the Century" by Baseball America. The top 10 players of the century were voted on by fans, coaches, and baseball writers and are listed below:
1. Pete Incaviglia (Oklahoma State) 2. Bob Horner (Arizona State) 3. Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State) 4. Burt Hooten (Texas) 5. Dave Winfield (Minnesota) 6. Phil Stephenson (Wichita State) 7. John Olerud (Washington State) 8. J.D. Drew (Florida State) 9. Eddie Bane (Arizona State) 10. Derek Tatsuno (Hawai'i)