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April 7, 1998

April 7, 1999

BASEBALL: WSU On The Road For 4-Game Set At Portland State

THIS WEEK:
Friday, April 10 - WSU at Portland State, 3:00 p.m., Civic Stadium, Portland, Oregon.
Saturday, April 11 - WSU at Portland State (DH), 12:00 p.m., Civic Stadium, Portland.
Sunday, April 12 - WSU at Portland State, 1:00 p.m., Civic Stadium, Portland.

NEXT WEEK:
Wednesday, April 15 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 6:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman
Friday, April 17 - WSU vs. Washington, 3:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman
Saturday, April 18 - WSU vs. Washington (DH), 12:00 noon, Bailey Field, Pullman
Sunday, April 19 - WSU vs. Washington, 1:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman

LAST WEEK:
Tuesday, March 31 -WSU 13, Gonzaga 6, Bailey Field, Pullman, Wash.
Friday, April 3 - WSU 12, Washington 8, Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, April 4 - WSU 7, Washington 5, Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, April 4 - Washington 8, WSU 0, Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, April 5 - Washington 9, WSU 7 (12i), Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.

	
1B - CASEY KELLEY    Jr.    (.324, 34 H, 34 RBI, 12 HR, 32 R)
     Greg Mitchell   Sr.    (.326, 29 H, 15 RBI, 5 HR, 12 HBP)
2B - BOYD ROBERTSON  RS-Jr. (.272, 28 H, 16 RBI, 6 2B)
     Scott Randall   RS-Sr. (.363, 37 H, 18 RBI, 7 2B, 2 HR)
SS - SHAWN STEVENSON So.    (.336, 37 H, 22 RBI, 4 HR)
     Ole Vigeland    Jr.    (.000, 0 H, 0 RBI)
3B - GREG MITCHELL   Sr.    (.326, 29 H, 15 RBI, 5 HR, 12 HBP)
     Scott Randall   RS-Sr. (.363, 37 H, 18 RBI, 7 2B, 2 HR)
LF - SCOTT RANDALL   RS-Sr. (.363, 37 H, 18 RBI, 7 2B)
     Ray Hattenburg  RS-So. (324, 12 H, 7 RBI, 1 HR)
CF - STEVE GLEASON   Jr.    (.286, 18 H, 18 RBI, 5 3B, 3 HR)
     Dusty Edler     RS-Jr. (.242, 8 H, 9 RBI)
RF - JASON GROVE     Fr.    (.340, 33 H, 22 RBI, 10 2B, 7 HR)
     Justin Mentink  Jr.    (.303, 10 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR)
C -  RYAN SMITH      So.    (.303, 10 H, 8 RBI, 2 HR)
     Jeff Scherer    Jr.    (.269, 18 H, 18 RBI, 5 HR)
DH - STEVE CURRAN    So.    (.263, 25 H, 26 RBI, 6 HR)
     Justin Mentink  Sr.    (.303, 10 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR)
P1 - WADE PARRISH    So.    (L, 4-2, 4.44 ERA, 48.2 IP)
P2 - JAMAAL GAINES   Jr.    (R, 2-3, 4.56 ERA, 47.1 IP)
P3 - TODD MELDAHL    So.    (L, 3-3, 7.75, 36.0 IP)
R1 - Les McTavish    So.    (R, 2-2, 5.48, 21.1 IP)
R2 - Reggie Rivard   So.    (R, 0-1, 5.64, 22.1 IP)
R3 - Ole Vigeland    Jr.    (R, 1-0, 1.00, 9.0 IP)
PSU NEXT FOR 14-13 COUGARS: The Washington State baseball team, coming off a split of four Pacific-10 Conference North games at Washington last weekend, continue on the road this week with a four-game set at Portland State. The 14-13 Cougars and 9-18 PSU Vikings meet Friday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday at noon for a doubleheader and then wrap up the series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game. All four games will be played at Civic Staidum in Portland.

WSU enters play this week with a 4-3 league mark, while PSU is 0-8. Washington holds a slim edge over WSU and Oregon State in the Pac-10 North standings. Washington is first at 6-2, followed by OSU at 5-2 and WSU at 4-3. This week Washington and OSU meet in a four-game series in Corvallis.

Third baseman Greg Mitchell held the hot bat for the Cougs against UW with a .412 average. Casey Kelley hit three home runs against the Huskies and now has 12 on the season and seven in the last 10 games.

Sophomore lefty Todd Meldahl (3-3) had the best outing of the weekend throwing a complete game six hitter. Reliever Reggie Rivard saw five innings of work last week and did not allow a run to cross the plate.

For the season, Scott Randall continues to pace the Cougar lineup with his .363 average. Freshman Jason Grove saw his average drop, but is still hitting .340. Steve Gleason recorded his fifth triple of the year which leads the Pac-10 North and is only two away from tying the school record of seven. Kelley is on pace to break the home run mark of 23 set by John Olerud.

The Cougs are 68-27 overall against the Vikings, after taking six-out-of-eight last year.

1998 WSU BASEBALL RESULTS
       Record:  14-13       Pac-10 Record:  4-3       
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	Arizona State  #6       L       1-9
2/14	at	Arizona State  #6	L       5-6
2/15	at	Arizona State  #6	W       17-12
2/20	%	Gonzaga			W	7-1
2/21	%	Gonzaga			L	4-10
2/22	%	Gonzaga			W	9-2
3/5	#	LCSC			W	11-2
3/6	#	Ohio State  #23		L	2-11
3/7	#	Oral Roberts		L	6-10
3/7	#	CS Northridge		L	4-7
3/8	#	CS-Northridge		W	13-11
3/14	at	California		L	6-10
3/15	at	California		L	4-6
3/16	at	California (11i)	L	16-17
3/18	at 	Gonzaga			W	18-4
3/21		OREGON STATE		W	13-3
3/22		OREGON STATE 		L	2-6
		OREGON STATE		W	9-0
3/23		OREGON STATE		-	Rain
3/25	at	GONZAGA			W	10-8
3/28		WSU ALUMNI (exhib.)		18-11
3/31		GONZAGA			W	13-6
4/3	at	Washington		W	12-8
4/4	at	Washington		W	7-5
4/4	at	Washington		L	0-8
4/5	at	Washington (12i)	L	7-9
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		WASHINGTON		3:00
4/18		WASHINGTON (DH)		12:00
4/19		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	at	LCSC			6:30
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		STANFORD		6:00
5/15		STANFORD		6:00
5/16		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

COUGS AT THE PLATE
	Team BA:	.308 (301-976)
	Vs. Left:	.307 (116-378)
	Vs. Right:	.309 (185-598)
	Bases Loaded:	.423 (22-52)
	Two Outs:	.299 (95-318)
	Bases Empty:	.305 (146-479)
GLEASON PULLS DOUBLE DUTY: Center fielder Steve Gleason has been a busy man this year...the linebacker-outfielder is currently hitting .286 after going 4-for-19 last week...he has started 17 games and made 24 appearances...he has five triples, which is only two off the all-time record of seven...last fall he led WSU's football team with 100 tackles, the fifth highest total in the Pac-10...he earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 and all-academic honors in the fall...Gleason and the Cougar football team began spring drills March 30.

HOT OR NOT: Shawn Stevenson has hit .444 (8/18) in his last five games and scored seven runs...he has had seven plate appearances with the bases loaded and collected a hit three times (.429)...Stevenson is also one of the most productive with runners in scoring position, going 13-for 28 (.464)...as a switch hitter he hits .432 from the right side and .273 from the left side..he has an average of 1.42 hits per game...he has 11 multiple hit games...he holds the longest hitting streak of the year at 10 games...with 37 hits, he ranks sixth in the NorPac...he leads the league in runs scored with 33... Casey Kelley has been hitting the ball hard to all field and has raised his average to .324...his 12 home runs leads the Pac-10 North and is only 11 off the school record of 23...he was 5-for-16 at Washington with three home runs...Kelley has hit seven homers in the last 10 games...he has hit a home run every 8.75 at-bats...he also leads the team with more than one RBI in 12 games... Scott Randall has emerged as the cougar leader at the plate with an average of .363...he is hitting .436 against lefties...Randall is 17-for-45 with runners on base...his batting average is fourth best in the Pac-10 North...his four stolen bases leads the team...Randall went to the plate a team high seven times vs. Cal...Jason Grove is hitting .443 against right handed pitchers and just .167 against lefties...he also hits .400 with the bases empty and .370 with two outs...on the mound batters are hitting just .296 off him in his two starts...

Greg Mitchell held the hot bat in the UW series going 7-for-17...he is hitting .358 against right handed pitchers as opposed to .278 against lefties...Mitchell is 3-for-5 with the bases loaded...in his first season at third base, he has started 22 games at the hot corner and committed five errors...he leads the team with 12 hit-by-pitches...best game was a 3-for-5 day April 3 at UW...Boyd Robertson is averaging a hit a game...he is a perfect 3-for-3 in stealing bases...he has a team high 13 errors...Robertson is hitting .310 against lefties...he is 2-for-5 with the bases juiced.

GROVE DOESN'T PLAY LIKE A FROSH: Freshman rightfielder Jason Grove has performed more like a senior than a freshman through WSU's first 27 games...he has 25 starts in the outfield and two on the mound...he currently is hitting .3840with seven home runs, 10 doubles and 22 RBI...Grove was named the Pac-10 player of the week on March 24 after he hit .471for that week...in the annual alumni game Grove was 4-for-4 and hit for the elusive cycle, but no stats were counted because it was an exhibition game.

TEAM NOTES: WSU is 0-3 in night games, 14-10 during the day...the Cougs are 6-4 against left handed pitchers and 8-9 against right handers...WSU has lost both one-run games and three of six two-run games...WSU has outscored the opponents in every inning but the eighth and extra innings...in the first seven innings, WSU has outscored their opponents 197-149, including 71-53 in the first three innings...WSU has been outscored in the devastating eighth inning 26-19 and 5-2 in extra innings.

MOUND ROTATION VS. PSU:

	FRI	Jamaal Gaines
	SAT	Todd Meldahl
	SAT	Wade Parrish
	SUN	Dave Wheeler

PAC-10 OVERALL TEAMS W L W L Washington 6 2 18 9 OSU 5 2 19 7* WSU 4 3 14 13 PSU 0 8 8 14 * = Includes one tie

VIKING FYI: Portland State enter the four-game series with the Cougs at 9-18 and 0-8 in Pac-10 North play...they are led by Rick Southall, a junior out of Beaverton, Oregon, who is hitting .381 with six home runs...he had four of his six home runs in a double header at UW...on the mound they are led by Adam Flohr, a lefty out of Benton City, Wash...he is 4-5 on the season with a 7.27 ERA...he will open the rubber match Sunday...the Vikings are coming off a series with the Oregon State Beavers in which they played pretty well...they put themselves in the position to win three of the four games...PSU was 2-6 last year against WSU
PSU ROTATION VS. WSU

FRI Scott Oyler (1-1/4.14/26 IP) SAT Josh Pearce (0-4/7.64/33 IP) SAT Tony Blackhurst (2-4/5.92/38) SUN Adam Flohr (4-5/7.27/43.1 IP)

VIGELAND PERFECT ON MOUND: Junior Ole Vigeland has been as close to perfect as a pitcher can get...the converted infielder has thrown nine innings in seven relief appearances and has allowed only one hit and one run...he is one of three Cougs vying for the closer role...before this season, Vigeland had not pitched in a game since his early years in high school.

DISABLED LIST:

Kyle Poffenroth, Jr., Arm Problems
Marcus Glaze, Jr., Shoulder Problems
Zach Bode, So., Hamstring
102 YEARS OF WSU BASEBALL: In 102 previous seasons of baseball, WSU has fashioned a 2182-1150-7 record, winning 65.4% of its games.

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.

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).

STEVENSON BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD: Sophomore shortstop Shawn Stevenson recently surpassed John Olerud as the record holder for most consecutive games with a hit...the switch hitting leadoff hitter ended his streak March 6 with an 0-for-4 day against Ohio State... the streak ended at 28 games which dated back to April 13th of the '97 season in a game against Lewis-Clark State....Olerud set the previous mark of 22 games in the 1988 season in which he was voted Baseball America's player of the year...during the streak Stevenson hit .384 (48/125) and for the '98 season he is hitting .336 and 37 hits which is sixth best in the NorPac.

PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL
	1.  Washington
	2.  Oregon State
	3.  Washington State
	4.  Portland State
CURRAN NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: Sophomore Steve Curran was recently named to The Sporting News preseason All-Conference team...Curran is hitting .263 for the '98 campaign with six home runs.

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...he is hitting .363 in '98.

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).

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.

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

WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE: Head Coach Steve Farrington will hold a weekly press conference every Tuesday at 1:15...if you are interested in participating please call the WSU Sports Information Office at (509) 335-2684.

KELLEY, GLEASON CLOSING IN ON RECORDS: Juniors Casey Kelley and Steve Gleson are both within reaching distance of Cougar baseball records...Gleason only needs three more triples to surpass the school record of seven...Kelley has already reached his home run total from last year of 12 and needs 12 more to surpass John Olerud's mark of 24 set in 1988.

COUGAR BASEBALL ON FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST: The Cougars are scheduled to play three games on FOX Sports Northwest this season...listed below are the scheduled replay dates, times and opponents:

	Oregon State (3/23)	3/24	1 p.m.
	Washington (4/19)	4/20	1 p.m.
	Portland State (5/8)	5/9	10 a.m.
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 scheduled to call the action for the games against Washington....all games are scheduled to air on KMAX (840 AM), or KCLX (1450 AM).

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 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)
HITTING STREAKS: Here's a look at batting streaks among Cougar regulars:
PLAYER		CURRENT	BEST	L-4
Jason Grove	    7   7   5-11
Scott Randall	7	7	6-15
Casey Kelley	4	4	5-16
Shawn Stevenson	2	10	7-14
Steve Curran	2	5	5-12
Jeff Scherer	1	6	4-11
Boyd Robertson	1	3	2-14
Ray Hattenburg	1	3	3-9
Greg Mitchell	0	4	2-12
Dusty Edler     0       3       0-4
Ryan Smith      0       3       2-6
Justin Mentink	0	3       1-9
Steve Gleason   0       3       2-11
FROM THE MOUND: Ole Vigeland has faced 37 batters and hitters are 1-for-27 against him...righties are 1-for-19 while lefties are 0-for 8...Reggie Rivard had a great week in his two appearances...he gave up only four hits in five innings of work while striking out six...he did not give up an earned run...Les McTavish has secured the role in middle relief and has also pitched in late inning situations...he is tough against left handers, as they are only batting .154 off him...Wade Parrish continues to do well as the ace of the staff...he was roughed up in Saturday's game and recorded his second loss of the season...he has thrown 55 ground balls and 47 fly balls...Todd Meldahl is 3-3 and pitched a complete game Saturday against the Huskies...lefties are hitting .190 off him...Jamaal Gaines leads the team with two pickoffs...he also leads the team with 35 strike outs...he has given up seven home runs.

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