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Cougars Head To Las Vegas For Three-Game Series With UNLV
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Release: 02/01/2001
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Feb. 1, 2001

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THIS WEEK:
Friday, February 2 - WSU at UNLV, 3:00 p.m., Earl W. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
Saturday, February 3 - WSU at UNLV, 1:00 p.m., Earl W. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
Sunday, February 4 - WSU at UNLV, 1:00 p.m., Earl W. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.

NEXT WEEK:
Friday, February 9 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 2:00 p.m., Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Saturday, February 10 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m., Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Sunday, February 11 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m., Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.

LAST WEEK:
Thursday, January 25 - Cal State-Northridge 7, WSU 2, Matador Field, Northridge, Calif.
Saturday, January 26 - Cal State-Northridge 4, WSU 3, Matador Field, Northridge, Calif.
Sunday, January 27 - WSU 11, Cal State-Northridge 4, Matador Field, Northridge, Calif.
Monday, January 28 - Cal State-Northridge 6, WSU 4, Matador Field, Northridge, Calif.

COUGARS SEEK IMPROVEMENT IN SERIES AT UNLV:
Washington State Cougar head coach Tim Mooney will be looking for improved hitting from the bottom half of his batting order and for strikes from his pitchers as the 1-3 Cougars face the UNLV Rebels in a three-game series Friday through Sunday this weekend.

While the Rebels will be opening their season, the Cougars already have played a four-game series last weekend at Cal State-Northridge.

Mooney hopes WSU's first true outdoor games of the year last week will make a difference this weekend.

The Cougars struggled to throw strikes from the mound last weekend, issuing 20 walks in 33 innings. At the plate, Cougar batters struck out 34 times.

While WSU's top hitters, Mike Knight, Stefan Bailie, Bookie Gates, Brent Robertson and Wes Falkenborg hit a collective .375, the rest of WSU's batters were ineffective with a .164 average.

Bailie, who hit .315 last year, was even hotter in WSU's first series of the 2001 campaign, hitting .438 with two home runs. He also drove in eight of WSU's 20 runs. The sophomore started at third against the Matadors last week, but then switched to first base for the final three games of the series.

Bailie, shortstop Bookie Gates, infielder Brent Robertson and centerfielder Evan Hecker started all four games last week, with Gates and Hecker the only Cougars to start all four at the same position. Robertson was at second for WSU's opener, then moved to third for the final three games. Van Delos Santos then took over at second for the final three games.

COUGS ON THE AIR:
WSU's three-game series at UNLV will be broadcast on the Cougar Baseball Network (KCLX, Colfax) and also will be available on WSU's web site at wsucougars.com. Veteran Cougar baseball announcer Alex Webster will call the action from Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.

NILES OUT FOR UNLV:
Lanakila Niles' brother was involved in a serious accident in Hawaii and the Cougar junior right handed pitcher has returned home to be with his family...he will miss the UNLV series...Niles was planned on for relief action.

ENO SUFFERS ACL TEAR:
Senior infielder David Eno tore the ACL in his left knee last week and will miss the rest of the season...Eno suffered the injury when he slipped on a patch of ice while walking on campus.

FALKENBORG OUT:
Sophomore Wes Falkenborg, who was slated to fill WSU's DH role, suffered a dislocated and broken left ankle in the opening series at CS-Northridge and will be lost for the season...he is slated for surgery, but should be back next year...Falkenborg was on fire off the bench last year with a .500 (11x22) average...as a pinch-hitter, he was 9-for-16 for an impressive .562 batting average in 2000..."He was doing very well," head coach Tim Mooney said.

THOMPSON DOWN BUT NOT OUT:
WSU's starting pitcher in game one of the season-opening series against CS-Northridge, Tyson Thompson, took a line drive to the temple that required 12 stitches...the injury occurred as he faced the second batter of the game...Thompson left the game and had a precautionary x-ray, but did not suffer a concussion...he returned to throw in the fourth game of the series..."He handled it well and showed a lot of courage. I don't think it effected him Sunday," said Tim Mooney.

LINEUPS:
Bookie Gates and Even Hecker are the only two WSU players who started all four games in the same position against CS-Northridge, Gates at short and Hecker in center field...Stefan Bailie started the first game at third, then started the last three games at first base, while Brent Robertson started the last three games at third after getting the nod at second in game one...Van Delos Santos, who did not start the first game, came in and started the last three at second.

BAILIE STILL HOT:
Stefan Bailie, who hit .315 with 12 home runs as a freshman last year, closed out the 2000 campaign hitting .412 in the final series...in this year's opening series, he hit .438, collecting seven hits, including two home runs and one double...he led the team with eight RBIs against CS-Northridge and currently boasts a slugging percentage of .875 after four games.

HOT AND COLD:
Five players who started a total of 17 games last weekend, hit a collective .375, while the entire rest of the Cougar squad who saw action against the CSUN Matadors, hit .164 among the nine of them...Mike Knight, Stefan Bailie, Bookie Gates, Brent Robertson and Wes Falkenborg were a combined 24-of-64, a .375 average...the other nine batters were 12-of-73, or .164 at the plate...Knight hit .444 and Bailie .438, while Gates, Robertson and Falkenborg hit .333...among WSU's top five hitters, three are infielders, one patrols the outfield and one was the DH.

NO RUNS ALLOWED BY NEW PITCHERS:
Juniors Justin Cayetano and Kevin Spaulding and freshman Jamin Svendsen threw a combined 11.2 innings against CSUN and did not allow a run while striking out five and walking just one...Spaulding and Svendsen each worked four innings in relief and Cayetano 3.2 innings...the three allowed opponents to hit .200.

DEFENSE FARES WELL:
WSU's defense, in their first outdoor appearances of the year only committed four errors, two each in the first and fourth innings...WSU opponents scored four unearned runs...in addition, WSU turned seven double plays, four more than the opponents.

TOO MANY WALKS:
WSU pitchers, in 33 innings last weekend, gave up 20 walks and struck out 19...opponents, meanwhile, walked 16 and struck out 34 Cougar batters...Tyson Thompson struggled the most with his control, issuing seven walks in four innings Sunday.

FROM TIM MOONEY . . .

HITTING:
"I went into the first series thinking the outfield was our strength, but we need to improve offensively out there. I thought the top of our order was ok, but the bottom part of the order needs to bring us something offensively."

KAHLER TO TRAVEL:
"We will travel Tanner Kahler this week to replace Wes Falkenborg. Tanner gives us another left handed bat."

PITCHING:
"I thought the two best outings of the weekend were by freshman Jamin Svendsen in relief and Justin Cayetano in relief. Jamin is a freshman who played like a junior. He wasn't afraid at all."

DEFENSE:
"In games two and three we played outstanding defensively, no errors. We should have made some plays in the first game and the errors resulted in runs for Northridge. In the fourth game, one of the errors we made came while trying to turn a double play. It was a tough play and maybe we should have eaten the ball instead of trying to go to first. Jon Baeder was outstanding behind the plate. Overall I really wasn't unhappy with our defense."

NO RUNNERS:
"In the first series our on-base percentage was poor. We will work on that in practice this week. We couldn't manufacture a lot of runs because we didn't have a lot of runners on base. We struck out way to many times."

FIRST GAME OUTDOORS:
"I don't think, even though it was our first game outdoors, we were behind in individual techniques like fielding skills, but in the environment of the game they were ahead of us. I noticed Northridge was more comfortable than we were."

BAEDER FINISHED 2000 STRONG:
Freshman catcher Jon Baeder was struggling with a .074 batting average April 5 of last year...then, in the last month Baeder turned it up a notch to raise his batting average to a season-ending .217, going 13-for-42...he had two multi-hit games in his last five starts.

HECKER HOT AT THE END:
Outfielder Evan Hecker (Seattle, Wash.) was the hottest Cougar down the stretch as the 2000 season came to an end...In the last six games, Hecker ended with six consecutive multi-hit games and hit .538 over that stretch (14x26)...Hecker raised his batting average from .234 to its end mark of .281...in 1999 as a freshman Hecker finished the season on an equally hot note with nine hits in his last seven games.

BAILIE ENDS ON A TEAR:
Stefan Bailie made his name known in his redshirt freshman campaign in 2000. Bailie finished second on the team with a .315 batting average and led the club with 12 home runs. He finished the year with seven hits in his last 17 at-bats (.412) and hit home runs in three consecutive games to end the season. His 12 home runs tied a school record for home runs by a freshman, set by teammate Jason Grove in 1998. Bailie started his career with a 14-game hitting streak.

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 THE RADIO/INTERNET:
The majority of Washington State's baseball games, including this weekend's series at UNLV, 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 will call the action...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.

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