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February 26, 1998

NEXT GAMES:
Thursday, March 5 - WSU vs. LCSC, 1:00 p.m., Cashman Field, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Friday, March 6 - WSU vs. Ohio State, 10:00 a.m., Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Saturday, March 7 - WSU vs. Oral Roberts, 10:00 a.m., Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Saturday, March 7 - WSU vs. CS Northridge, 1:30 p.m., Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sunday, March 8 - Championship Round, TBA, Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada.

LAST WEEK:
Friday, Feb. 20 - WSU 7, Gonzaga 1, Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Saturday, Feb. 21 - Gonzaga 10, WSU 4, Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Sunday, Feb. 22 - WSU 9, Gonzaga 2, Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.

1B - CASEY KELLEY, Jr. (.351, 13 H, 12 RBI, 4 HR)
    Greg Mitchell, Sr. (.174, 4 H, 1 RBI)
2B - BOYD ROBERTSON, RS-Jr. (.325, 13 H, 12 RBI, 4 2B)
    Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.296, 8 H, 6 RBI, 3 2B)
SS - SHAWN STEVENSON, So. (.300, 12 H, 7 RBI)
    Ole Vigeland, Jr. (.000, 0 H, 0 RBI)
3B - SCOTT RANDALL, RS-Sr. (.296, 8 H, 6 RBI, 3 2B)
    Greg Mitchell, Sr. (.174, 4 H, 1 RBI)
LF - RAY HATTENBURG, RS-So. (.500, 5 H, 1 RBI)
    Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.296, 8 H, 6 RBI, 3 2B)
CF - STEVE GLEASON, Jr. (.333, 6 H, 5 RBI)
    Dusty Edler, RS-Jr. (.250, 3 H, 2 RBI)
RF - JASON GROVE, Fr. (.389, 14 H, 10 RBI, 5 2B, 2 HR)
    Justin Mentink, Jr. (.200, 1 H, 1 RBI)
C - JEFF SCHERER, Jr. (.231, 6 H, 6 RBI, 1 HR)
    Ryan Smith, So. (.300, 3 H, 3 RBI, 2 2B)
DH - STEVE CURRAN, So. (.333, 12 H, 11 RBI, 3 HR)
    Justin Mentink, Sr. (.200, 1 H, 1 RBI)
P1 - WADE PARRISH, So. (L, 2-0, 2.86 ERA, 22.0 IP)
P2 - JAMAAL GAINES, Jr. (R, 1-1, 3.26 ERA, 19.1 IP)
P3 - TODD MELDAHL, So. (L, 2-1, 6.60, 15.0 IP)
R1 - Les McTavish, So.(R, 0-1, 4.50, 8.0 IP)
R2 - Aaron Cozzens, Jr. (R, 0-0, 12.00, 3.0 IP)
COUGS TAKE WEEK OFF: After playing games in three consecutive weekends, the Washington State baseball team will be taking the week off. They will be preparing for the Coors Desert Baseball Classic hosted by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

The Cougs will open tournament play against a familiar foe Lewis-Clark State in a 1 p.m. contest, March 5th at Cashman Field. WSU will also be play Ohio State March 6, and both Oral Roberts and Cal State Northridge March 7. The championship round will be played on March 8.

Washington State is coming off a three-game series with Gonzaga in which they won two-out-of-three. The Cougars were led at the plate by designated hitter Steve Curran. Curran hit .500 (5/10) for the series and slugged 1.000%. Left handed pitcher Wade Parrish paved the way for the Cougs in the first game, throwing a complete game. Parrish struck out seven Bulldogs, while allowing just one run. Todd Meldahl also had an impressive outing to earn his second victory of the season.

For the season, Jason Grove is leading all Cougs with a .389 (14/36) average. Grove also leads the team in hits, runs, doubles, and total bases. Casey Kelley leads the team in the power department with four home runs, and is tied with Boyd Robertson with 12 RBI.

Wade Parrish is leading the team on the mound with a 2-0 record to go along with his 2.86 ERA. Todd Meldahl has added two wins in consecutive starts and Jamaal Gaines is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA.

The Cougar bullpen has been vulnerable at times, but enjoyed a successful trip to Pasco. Redshirt sophomore Les McTavish has been solid in the middle relief role giving up four earned runs in eight innings of work.

The Cougars will be making their first trip back to the Coors Desert Baseball Classic since they won it in 1986.

FROM THE BULLPEN: The solid starting pitching from Wade Parrish and Todd Meldahl allowed the bullpen to get some rest...Reggie Rivard had his best outing of the year in Sunday's finale against Gonzaga...Rivard threw two innings of shut-out ball, while striking out two...Les McTavish pitched 3.2 innings of relief in Saturday's loss and Aaron Cozzens pitched the ninth Sunday...McTavish still seems to be the go-to guy out of the bullpen for middle relief...Reggie Rivard and Aaron Cozzens are in a battle for the closer spot.

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).

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.

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.

GLEASON PULLS DOUBLE DUTY: Center fielder Steve Gleason has been a busy man this year...besides hitting at a .333 (6/18) clip this season, Gleason starts at outside linebacker for the Cougar football team...he started all 12 games for the Cougs, including the Rose Bowl game...he was a Pac-10 honorable mention and an all-academic honorable mention pick...Gleason led the team with 100 total tackles, which was fifth best in the Pac-10.

CURRAN NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: Sophomore Steve Curran was recently named to The Sporting News preseason All-Conference team.

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.

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).

DISABLED LIST:

Kyle Poffenroth, Jr., Arm Problems
Marcus Glaze, Jr., Shoulder Problems 
Ray Hattenburg, So., Ankle (Probable)
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 tournament. All tounament games are scheduled to air on KMAX (840 AM).

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.

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...baseball was the first collegiate sport at WSU, beginning in 1892.

        PAC-10      OVERALL
TEAMS       W   L   W   L 
Washington  20  4   46  20
OSU     18  6   38  12*
WSU     7   17  13  42
PSU     3   21  10  43
* = Includes one tie
COORS DESERT CLASSIC FYI: The Cougars will be making their third appearance in the Desert Classic...WSU last participated in 1986 when they won the tournament...the Cougs also placed first the previous year in 1985...games will be played March 5-8 at two different sites...games will be played at Earl E. Wilson Stadium, which is home of UNLV baseball, and Cashman Field, which is home of the Las Vegas Stars of the Pacific Coast League...WSU will open against a familiar foe Lewis-Clark State March 5, at Cashman Field...CS Northridge, #23 Ohio State, Oral Roberts, Lewis-Clark State, UNLV, and WSU make up the tournament field.

CROWDING THE PLATE: Senior third baseman Greg Mitchell has had quiet the season so far...while starting all six games at the hot corner, Mitchell has recorded only 23 official at-bats...the main reason is he has been good target practice for opposing pitchers...after the weekend series in Pasco, Mitchell has been beaned eight times...the record for a Cougar being hit by a pitch was also the NCAA record...in 1987, Mike Meyers was hit 25 times...Jason Grove has been hit three times this year.

THE COUGS AT THE PLATE:

    Team BA:      .314  (102-325)
    Vs. Left:     .294  (47-160)
    Vs. Right:    .333  (55-165)
    Bases Loaded: .385  (10-26)
    Bases Empty:  .281  (38-135)
    Two Outs:     .302  (32-106)
FRESHMAN PHENOM SURPASSING EXPECTATIONS: Freshman rightfielder Jason Grove hasn't wasted any time making a name for himself...Grove has started all nine games in the outfield for the Cougs and hasn't made an error...Grove leads the team in batting average (.389), runs (12), hits (14), doubles (5), total bases (27), slugging percentage (.750), and fielding percentage (1.000%).

STARTING PITCHERS SOLID IN SERIES VS GONZAGA: In the three games against Gonzaga, the starting pitching was once again solid...in Friday's opener, sophomore Wade Parrish threw the first complete game of the year for the Cougs...in his nine innings Parrish gave up one run and six hits...with the win Parrish move to 2-0 on the season and improved his ERA to a team leading 2.86...Saturday Jamaal Gaines struggled with his control, but still had a descent outing...a shaky defense behind him allowed two unearned runs to cross the plate...Gaines is now 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA...in Sunday's finale, sophomore lefty Todd Meldahl dominated Gonzaga's lineup...Meldahl gave up just one run in six innings and struck out five...he allowed just one hit through the first five innings.

PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL
    1.  Washington
    2.  Oregon State
    3.  Washington State
    4.  Portland State
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 is currently in the midst of a 27 game hitting streak... the streak dates 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 has hit .383 (46/120) and for the '98 season he is hitting at an even .300.

COUGAR BASEBALL ON FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST: The Cougars are scheduled to play for games on FOX Sports Northwest this season, with one game against California being televised live on FOX Sports Net...listed below are the scheduled dates and opponents:

    at California   3/14    1 p.m. (Live)
    Oregon State    3/24    1 p.m.
    Washington      4/20    1 p.m.
    Portland State  5/9     10 a.m.
COUGARS TO PLAY TOUGH SCHEDULE: During the course of the 1998 season, the Cougar baseball team will compete against some of the best collegiate programs in the nation...here is a list of them, with their Baseball America ranking in parenthesis.
    Arizona State, (6th)
    Washington, (12th)
    Stanford, (1st)
    Ohio State, (23rd)
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 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)
COACH FARRINGTON ON. . .

SUNDAY'S GAME: "We played very well Sunday...we've been having one part of the scheme of things missing. We'd get good pitching and wouldn't hit as well and our defense would be shaky. Sunday we had solid pitching, very good defense, and offensively we scored in every inning but two."

THE START BY GAINES ON SATURDAY: "Jamaal had been throwing really well, and I doubled him up down in Arizona to help us get through that tough eighth inning and get the win. He just wasn't himself, but we made two big mistakes behind him. He should have come out of the fifth inning having a 4-1 lead and instead we are even. He struggled with his control and could hit his spots. He wasn't the same kid we had on the mound in his first two starts."

THE START TO THE '98 SEASON: "We won the month five-out-of-nine, we won two of the three series we were in, and now we are going to get ready for the month of march."

THE COMPARISON TO LAST YEAR: "We are a year older, I can't say that enough. We are so much better just because we have been there. When we've had to make a big play we have, when we've had to make a good pitch we have. We've got a solid one through nine offensive group, we've got speed, we've got size, and we're more confident."

THE WEEK OFF: "It's a great time for a week off. We need to work on the bullpen, and get rid of some old habits. We'll have an intersquad game this weekend. Now is a good time to go back and work on our confidence and trust in what our abilities are. It is also a good time to get back into school. There are some things we really need to work on and this is a great week to work on them."

THE NEWCOMERS:

Jamaal Gaines: "Jamaal Gaines is everything we thought he would be and he has given us a lot of innings. He is really tough and has been a tremendous addition to this squad."

Jeff Scherer: "Jeff Scherer behind the plate has given us a confident hard working lets get it done type of catcher."

Boyd Robertson: "Boyd Robertson is a stud. He plays hard, works hard, is clutch. He has been a tremendous addition to the club."

Dusty Edler: "Dusty started the first four games and played well on Sunday. He brings a big man with speed to the outfield corp."

Jason Grove: "What can you say about Jason Grove. A freshman in there just banging it up. I have to get him on the mound."

Reggie Rivard: "Reggie has a very good arm coming in and we are excited to have him. He is hard nosed Canadian and really has some good skills.

THE RETURNING PLAYERS: "A lot of our guys that were here last year are better just because of the added year. Shawn Stevenson has done really well and he has a hitting streak going. Our defense up the middle is really strong. Kelley usually starts slow, but has come out swinging early. Curran is looking healthy this year, and had some real good hacks this weekend. Ryan Smith's arm is back behind the plate."

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