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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/03/2001
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THIS WEEK:
Friday, March 9 - WSU vs. Oregon State, 3:00 p.m. PT, YVC Field, Yakima, Wash.
Saturday, March 10 - WSU vs. Oregon State, 2:00 p.m. PT, YVC Field, Yakima, Wash.
Sunday, March 11 - WSU vs. Oregon State, 12:00 p.m. PT, YVC Field, Yakima, Wash.

NEXT WEEK:
Friday, March 16 - WSU at Oral Roberts, 3:00 p.m. PT, Johnson Stadium, Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, March 17 - WSU at Oral Roberts, 11:00 a.m. PT, Johnson Stadium, Tulsa, Okla.
Sunday, March 18 - WSU at Oral Roberts, 11:00 a.m. PT, Johnson Stadium, Tulsa, Okla.

LAST WEEK:
Tuesday, February 27 - WSU 6, Gonzaga 1, CBC Field, Pasco, Wash.
Friday, March 2 - Gonzaga 12, WSU 9, Walla Walla CC Field, Walla Walla, Wash.
Saturday, March 3 - Gonzaga 10, WSU 4, Walla Walla CC Field, Walla Walla, Wash.
Saturday, March 3 - WSU 4, Gonzaga 3, Walla Walla CC Field, Walla Walla, Wash.
Sunday, March 4 - Gonzaga 7, WSU 6 (10i), Walla Walla CC Field, Walla Walla, Wash.

COUGAR DIAMOND NOTES

COUGARS FACE OREGON STATE IN NON-LEAGUE GAMES: The Washington State baseball team, 5-11 overall, continues its non-league play this weekend in a three-game series at Yakima against fellow Pac-10 Conference member Oregon State.

The two teams will tangle at Yakima Valley College's diamond with games set for Friday at 3:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and the concluding game Sunday at noon.

WSU is coming off five games last week against Gonzaga, winning two contests. The Cougs took the first game 6-1 in Pasco. The series then moved to Walla Walla, where WSU captured just one of the four weekend games.

Oregon State, meanwhile, boasts an 8-7 record. Last week the Beavers went 1-2 against University of San Francisco.

Outfielder Mike Knight leads the Cougars at the plate and is one of the top hitters in the Pacific-10 with a .407 average. Knight, who has started 14 of WSU's 15 games, hit .455 last week against Gonzaga, collecting a team high 10 hits, including one triple and one home run.

Hard hitting Stefan Bailie is batting a robust .379, while leadoff hitter Evan Hecker has a .328 average at the plate. Bailie leads the team with eight home runs in 16 games and has driven in 23 runs. He also has three doubles and has scored 17 runs. Bailie owns a slugging percentage of .845.

In addition to Knight's .455 average in five games last week, Bailie hit .368 against Gonzaga, Hecker .350 and Brent Robertson .300.

The Cougars have six pitchers with earned run averages under 5.0, headed by Tony Auckland's 0.00 ERA and Donny Davis at 1.00. Davis has taken over the role of closer for the Cougars, allowing just one earned run in nine innings of work. He has made four appearances. Among the starters, left handers Justin Cayetano with a 4.22 ERA and Tony Banaszak at 4.50 are the leaders. Kevin Spaulding, in four innings of work, has a 4.50 ERA and freshman Jamin Svendsen, with a team-leading 24 innings, has a 4.88 ERA.

COUGS ON THE AIR: WSU's weekend series with Oregon State will be broadcast on KCLX radio and will also be available via the internet by accessing WSU's web site at www.wsucougars.com.

BAILIE'S BIG STICK: Stefan Bailie ranks first in the Pac-10 averaging 0.5 home runs a game, and is second in total four-baggers with eight...his 23 RBI ranks fifth among Pac-10 players...he also ranks fifth in total bases with 49.

KNIGHT AMONG LEADERS: Mike Knight's .407 batting average ranks fourth in the Pac-10.

WSU TEAM IN PAC-10: WSU's 21 double plays ranks second among Pac-10 teams, just one behind Stanford, although the Cougs have played in three less games than the Cardinal...WSU is also second in double players per game at 1.31...the Cougars leave an average of 7.125 runners stranded each game, the least of any team in the Pac-10.

EARLY STARTS: Only once has WSU successfully started the home season earlier than March 21...in 1995 the Cougars set March 1 against the LCSC Warriors as the home opener and WSU went on to win the game...in 1998 WSU opened at home March 21 and played three out of four scheduled games against Oregon State, while last year the Cougs opened at home March 21 with LCSC.

COUGS KEEP IT CLOSE: In 16 games this season, only seven have been determined by more than two runs...WSU is 2-4 in one-run games, 0-3 in two-run games, 0-2 in games determined by three or four runs and 3-3 in games determined by five or more runs...two of last week's five Gonzaga games were one-run contests.

TOP OF ORDER HITS: WSU's leadoff batters are hitting .328 and the number two spot hits .359, but after that the averages dip...WSU hits .259 in the number three slot and .274 in cleanup, but the number five batters are hitting .232...WSU hits .217 in the number six spot, then .180, .258 and .182 in the next three spots in the batting order.

TO START OR NOT TO START: Figure this one out...WSU batters, when starting, are hitting .251, while the non-starters are hitting .333...the opponents are more conventional, with their starters hitting .292 and the non-starters .292...on the mound, Cougar starters have an ERA of 7.61 and the non-starting pitchers are at 3.82...for opponents, the starters have a 4.42 ERA and the relief pitchers 5.96.

HITTING STREAKS: Mike Knight boasts the longest current hitting streak at seven games, while Stafan Bailie's nine-game streak earlier in the season is the year's longest for WSU...Evan Hecker is working on a four-game hitting streak...Knight and Bailie each have seven multiple hit games, while Bailie has had two or more RBI in six games.

WSU NEEDS TO START GAME LATER: WSU would do well to start their baseball games in the fifth inning...the Cougs have been outscored 54-28 over the first four innings, including 17-3 in the fourth frame...over the last five innings WSU has a 66-44 run advantage...the Cougs best innings are the sixth with an 11-7 advantage, the seventh with a 17-5 lead and the ninth at 12-3.

WSU VS. GONZAGA: The Cougars did not perform well against Gonzaga, hitting just .253 in five games while allowing 6.14 earned runs a game...WSU's slugging percentage was .392 and the team's on-base percentage was .365...on the mound, WSU walked 14 in 44.0 innings and struck out 19...opponents hit .300 off WSU pitchers...Mike Knight did own Zag pitching, hitting .455...Stefan Bailie at .368 and Evan Hecker at .350 were the only players over .300 who started all five games...Brent Robertson, who started three of four games, hit .300, while all other WSU batters hit .250 or less...Donny Davis threw 6.1 innings against the Zags and had a 1.42 ERA, while Jamin Svendsen was 3.52 ERA in 7.2 innings, Tony Banaszak 3.86 ERA in 7.0 innings, and Justin Cayetano 3.95 ERA in 13.2 innings...the other four Cougar pitchers who played against Gonzaga had ERA's of 10.00 or higher...those four allowed 18 of Gonzaga's 33 runs and 17 of their 30 earned runs.

FROM TIM MOONEY . . .

IS THIS A BIG SERIES: "Every game is a big game, a challenge for us. And the schedule is getting tougher, not easier."

GONZAGA SERIES: "Last week we didn't do the job offensively or pitching. We are getting one run, two runs, one run, because we get something going and then have some outs behind it. We need to hit throughout the order. If we get a couple of runs on base we need someone to hit behind them. We need a big inning, some crooked numbers on the board. "

COACHES LEARNING PLAYERS: "It is helping we are starting to figure out who some of our players are, who can pitch. We had ideas based on potential, but now we better understand who has a feel for pitching more effectively. Our job (coaches) is to put them in the situations where they might best have success. We need to do a better job of that and I think we will as we know the players better. We had never seen our players in competitive situations prior to this season. Overall we are beginning to understand what certain players can do in certain circumstances."

TOP HITTERS: "This past week (Gonzaga) Stefan (Bailie) tried to do too much and got himself out. He needs to stay within himself and remember doubles also work. Gonzaga was pitching around him and he is such an aggressive hitter, he wants to hit. Michael Knight has been a pleasant surprise. He is very competitive. He is athletic and he competes at the plate. He is okay defensively, very solid. We just didn't expect this kind of offense for us. Evan Hecker has been very scrappy. Those are the three who bring it to the park every day. We expected a lot out of Tyson Boston and so far he has struggled. He needs to find his swing and confidence level to get back in the lineup. He has the tools."

TOO MANY STRIKEOUTS: "As a team we need to cut down on strikeouts. Some of it is maintaining their balance, but we are getting ourselves out too many times."

LONG SEASON: "These kids have tried to do what we as a new staff have asked of them, but I know some are getting frustrated. They want to do it for you, so they are frustrated at the lack of success. When they come to practice they are ready to work, but it just hasn't happened for many of them in the games, at least not yet. It is a long season and we haven't even played at home yet. In the game of baseball, if you get frustrated, it will eat you up."

TOP PITCHERS: "We did expect Tony Banaszak and Justin Cayetano to pitch the way they have. They are soft lefties who know how to pitch and keep people off balance. We have moved Tyson Thompson to the bullpen until he can get comfortable. We still believe he can pitch for us, but right now he is not pitching well. Tyson throws everything hard, so we want him to experiment a little and try to disrupt the batters' rhythm by throwing something soft. Donny Davis is our most consistent pitcher in short relief. He has been outstanding in every relief."

THE ASSISTANTS: Tim Mooney's new WSU staff includes Gary Picone, a 1976 graduate of LCSC, and Bobby Lee, who finished up at WSU in 1991 after three years at Eastern Washington. Picone handles the pitchers, while Lee coaches the outfielders and catchers.

105 YEARS OF COUGAR BASEBALL: Baseball, the first sport played at Washington State University in 1892, completed its 105th season of diamond action in 2000...during its first 105 seasons, WSU baseball teams won 64.9% of their games, posting a 2,246-1,237 record...the Cougars did not field baseball teams in 1893-94-95-97.

WSU ON TV: WSU and California will square off March 24 in a regionally televised Pac-10 baseball game from Berkeley. FOX Sports Net will air the game...in addition, FOX Sports Net Northwest will televise a pair of Cougar baseball games, April 6 when WSU hosts Arizona and April 22 when the Cougs visit Oregon State.

WSU ON THE RADIO/INTERNET: The majority of Washington State's baseball games will be broadcast by KCLX (1450 AM) in Colfax, Wash., during the 2001 season...WSU radio broadcasts are handled by Cougar Sports Properties, a sub-division of Learfield Communications...airtime is 20 minutes before the start of the game...Alex Webster or Troy Hirsch will call most of the Cougar games...games broadcast on radio can also be heard on the internet at the WSU web site, www.wsucougars.com.

COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS FIFTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: In a list compiled by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Washington State University ranks fifth in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,246 prior to the 2001 season.

Press Conference: Head Coach Tim Mooney will hold a weekly press conference every Tuesday at 2:00...if you are interested in participating, please call the WSU Sports Information Office at (509) 335-2684.

Player Interviews: If you wish to talk with any Cougar baseball players, please contact Chris Gregg or Rod Commons.

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