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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougs Look To Regain Early Season Pace Against Setters
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/27/2002
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March 27, 2002

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THIS WEEK:
*Monday, March 25 - California 6, WSU 5, Noon, Harris Field, LCSC Campus, Lewiston, Idaho

Monday, March 25 - Washington 7, WSU 3, 3:41 p.m., Harris Field, LCSC Campus, Lewiston, Idaho

Tuesday, March 26 - Washington 18, WSU 12, 2:00 p.m., Harris Field, LCSC Campus, Lewiston, Idaho

Thursday, March 28 - WSU vs. Pace University, 2:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

Friday, March 29 - WSU vs. Pace University (DH), noon, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

NEXT WEEK:
*Friday, April 5 - Arizona State at WSU, 3:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

*Saturday, April 6 - Arizona State at WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

*Sunday, April 7 - Arizona State at WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

LAST WEEK:
*Friday, March 22 - California 5, WSU 1, 2:00 p.m., Harris Field, LCSC Campus, Lewiston, Idaho

*Saturday, March 23 - California 5, WSU 4, 1:00 p.m., Harris Field, LCSC Campus, Lewiston, Idaho

* = Pacific-10 Conference game

WSU OFFICIALLY OPENS HOME SEASON AGAINST PACE: The Washington State Cougar baseball team, true road warriors, make their official home appearance this week, hosting Pace University, an independent from Pleasantville, New York.

The Cougars will meet the Setters in a single game Thursday at 2 p.m. and in a doubleheader Friday at noon at Bailey-Brayton Field.

WSU has played all 25 games so far this season away from home.

Unplayable field conditions at WSU's home field forced officials to move last week's three-game series with the California Bears to Harris Field in Lewiston, along with games against Washington Monday and Tuesday.

The Cougars dropped all three games to the Bears and both non-conference games to Washington, extending their losing streak to nine games.

Cougar head coach Tim Mooney is expected to start right handers Eddie Bonine (3-4, 6.41 ERA) and Brandon Hundt (4-1, 3.79) and lefty Garrett Alwert (1-1, 6.46) against the Setters.

Bookie Gates continues to lead WSU at the plate with a .393 average. Gates is the team leader in hits (37), RBI (22), total bases (55) and triples (3).

Six other Cougar hitters boast averages over .300, including third baseman Jeff LaRue at .330, catcher Jon Baeder at .312, and Justin Hart at .300. Steve Mortimer is at .320, Evan Hecker at .326 and Wes Falkenborg at .307.

The Cougars are hitting .291 as a team, while opponents are hitting .302.

The Cougars return to action next week when they take on Pacific-10 Conference foe Arizona State in a three-game series beginning April 5 in Pullman.

Washington State Cougars Baseball
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