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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/13/2002
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Feb. 13, 2002

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THIS WEEK:
Friday, February 15 - WSU vs. Gonzaga 1:00 p.m., CBC Field, Pasco, Wash.

Saturday, February 16 - WSU vs. Gonzaga 1:00 p.m., CBC Field, Pasco, Wash.

Sunday, February 17 - WSU vs. Gonzaga 1:00 p.m., CBC Field, Pasco, Wash.

NEXT WEEK:
Friday, February 22 - WSU vs. Pepperdine, 11:00 a.m., OlsonField, College Station, Texas

Saturday, February 23 - WSU vs. Kentucky, 11:00 a.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas

Saturday, February 23 - WSU vs. Texas A&M, 3:00 p.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas

Sunday, February 24 - WSU vs. Texas A&M, 5:00 p.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas

Monday, February 25 - WSU vs. Kentucky, 8:00 a.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas

Monday, February 25 - WSU vs. Pepperdine, 11:00 a.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas

(all games at the Texas A&M Continental Express Tournament)

LAST WEEK:
Friday, February 8 - WSU 7, at Cal State-Northridge 5, 2:00 pm., Matador Field, Northridge, Calif.

Saturday, February 9 - WSU 11, at Cal State-Northridge 9, 1:00 p.m., Matador Field, Northridge, Calif.

Sunday, February 10 - at Cal State-Northridge 17, WSU 11, 12:00 p.m., Matador Field, Northridge, Calif.

COUGAR DIAMOND NOTES

NEWCOMERS DOT WSU LINE-UP: A year ago the WSU Cougar baseball team often picked up one win in a three-game series, but had trouble finding a second win. If the opening series this season is any indication, the trend may be reversed. Heading into a three-game series with Gonzaga this weekend at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, the Cougars are 2-1, having captured the first two games last week against Cal State Northridge.

Head coach Tim Mooney is expected to go with starting pitchers Eddie Bonine (1-0, 4.50 ERA) and Garrett Alwert (0-0, 13.50 ERA) in the first two games, while Brandon Hundt will again be called on to preserve Cougar wins out of the bullpen. Last week Hundt (2.25, 2 saves) picked up saves in both WSU wins, working one inning in the first game and three in the second contest.

"If we are ahead when he takes over, I am confident we will win the game," Mooney offers. WSU's third starter will probably be junior Nick Kenyon (0-1, 22.50 ERA).

Designated hitter Wes Falkenborg (.455) and second baseman Bookie Gates (.364) lead WSU at the plate after three games. Freshman Grant Richardson (.333) also had a fine series at Northridge, playing in all three games.

WSU's defense committed just three errors in the first three games, as opposed to 10 by Northridge.

COUGS ON RADIO/WEB: WSU's three games with Gonzaga this weekend from Pasco will not be broadcast by Cougar Sports Properties on the radio or the web (www.wsucougars.com)...the first Cougar baseball broadcast will be the tournament at Texas A&M.

COUGS LOSE FARRAR: Junior outfielder Jeremy Farrar, who collected two hits in WSU's first win over CSUN, is expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee...the injury occurred when he pulled up at third base against the Matadors...Farrar transferred to WSU from Hill JC in Texas last August and was one of the newcomers coach Tim Mooney was counting on to provide solid play both at the plate and in the outfield.

FALKENBORG HITS: Junior Wes Falkenborg, who was injured (ankle) last year in the season-opening series at Northridge, made it through the series last week and didn't miss a stroke at the plate...the Cougar DH collected five hits, drove home four runs and scored twice while hitting .455 in the opening series...he was the top hitter among Cougars who played in all three games last weekend.

GATES AT THE PLATE: Senior Bookie Gates, who hit .327 last year, returned home from the CSUN series hitting .364 with four singles, four RBI and two runs scored.

NOTES FROM 2001 SEASON: Garrett Alwert came on strong over the last half of the 2001 season, finishing the year with 15 mound appearances and eight starts the best ERA among Cougar regulars at 5.40 in 58.1 innings...in addition as a designated hitter he hit .284, although his average was well over .300 until the final two weeks of the season....during his late-season 11-game hitting streak last season Jon Baeder hit .400 and raised his average from .219 to .266...as a starter Baeder hit safely in 13 straight games before being blanked in the finale...In 54 games in 2001, nearly half, 22, were determined by one or two runs... the outcome of 17 games were by one run and five more by two runs... only 20 games were determined by five or more runs...WSU was 6-11 in one-run games, 1-4 in two run games, 1-7 in three-run games, 1-3 in four-run games and 6-13 in margins of five or more runs...WSU's leadoff batters hit .339 in 2001 and the number two spot hit .292, then .292 in the number three slot and .348 in cleanup...then the averages dipped sharply, with the number five batters hitting .232, followed by .258, .244, .289 and .249 in the next four spots in the batting order...overall, the Cougs hit .318 through the top four spots in the order and .254 combined for the bottom five sports...figure this one out...WSU batters, when starting, hit .284 during the 2001 season, while the non-starters hit almost as well at .279...the opponents were more conventional, with their starters hitting .331 and the non-starters .293...on the mound, Cougar starters had an ERA of 8.07 and the non-starting pitchers were at 6.35...for opponents, the starters had a 4.96 ERA and the relief pitchers 6.12...Baeder boasted the longest hitting streak of the 2001 season at 11 games, while Bookie Gates was one of three Cougs who had nine-game hitting streaks...he also had 21-multiple-hit games and drove home two or more runs in 13 games...WSU was outscored by 108 runs during the 2001 season, 35 (71-36) in the first inning alone...for the other eight regular innings WSU trailed by 69 runs, 376-307, with the opponents also holding a 4-0 lead in extra innings...WSU's best inning was the sixth when they outscored their opponents 43-31...WSU outscored opponents in the sixth and ninth innings...Bookie Gates was named the Pac-10's Player of the Week April 2, 2001, for his performance against UCLA last year...Gates hit 10-14, had seven RBI, scored five times, hit three doubles and one home run...three members of WSU's 2001 baseball team were selected in the Major League Baseball draft in early June...the Cougars' top hitter, Stefan Bailie, was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round after leading WSU with 18 home runs and a .352 batting average...pitcher Tyson Thompson was selected by Tampa Bay in the 33rd round, while second baseman Bookie Gates was tabbed by Minnesota in the 35th round.

105 YEARS OF COUGAR BASEBALL: Baseball, the first sport played at Washington State University in 1892, completed its 106th season of diamond action in 2001...during its first 106 seasons, WSU baseball teams won 63.9% of their games, posting a 2,261-1,276 record...the Cougars did not field baseball teams in 1893-94-95-97.

WSU ON THE RADIO/INTERNET: WSU's baseball games will be broadcast by KCLX (1450 AM) in Colfax, Wash., during the 2002 season...WSU radio broadcasts are handled by Cougar Sports Properties, a sub-division of Learfield Communications...Alex Webster will call most of the WSU games...games broadcast on radio also were heard on the internet at the WSU web site, www.wsucougars.com.

COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS SIXTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: Washington State University ranked sixth in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,261 prior to the 2002 season.

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