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Cougs Close out PAC-10 North Play against PSU
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Release: 06/21/1999
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May 7, 1998

THIS WEEK:
Friday, May 8 - PSU vs. WSU, 4:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman.
Saturday, May 9 - PSU vs. WSU (DH), 4:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman.
Sunday, May 10 - PSU vs. WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman

NEXT WEEK:
Tentatively scheduled for three-game series with Stanford, but since they lead the Pac-10 South it looks like they will be playing Washington in the Pac-10 Championship. No new games have been scheduled as of yet.

LAST WEEK:
Wednesday, April 29 - WSU 7, LCSC 14, Harris Field, Lewiston.
Friday, May 1 - WSU 5, LCSC 4, Harris Field, Lewiston.
Saturday, May 2 - LCSC 11, WSU 14, Bailey Field, Pullman.

       
1B - CASEY KELLEY, Jr. (.323, 54 H, 60 RBI, 22 HR, 52 R)
    Zach Bode, So. (.417, 5 H, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR)
2B - SCOTT RANDALL, RS-Sr. (.362, 63 H, 26 RBI, 11 2B)
    Boyd Robertson, RS-Jr. (.272, 34 H, 18 RBI, 6 2B)
SS - SHAWN STEVENSON, So. (.323, 60 H, 34 RBI, 7 HR)
    Boyd Robertson, RS-Jr. (.272, 34 H, 18 RBI, 6 2B)
3B - GREG MITCHELL, Sr.  (.311, 47 H, 45 RBI, 14 HR)
    Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.362, 63 H, 26 RBI, 11 2B, 3 HR)
LF - RAY HATTENBURG, RS-So. (.287, 27 H, 19 RBI, 8 2B)
    Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.362, 63 H, 26 RBI, 11 2B, 3 HR)
CF - STEVE GLEASON, Jr. (.316, 36 H, 28 RBI, 6 3B, 6 HR)
    Dusty Edler, RS-Jr. (.300, 15 H, 14 RBI)
 RF - JASON GROVE, Fr. (.313, 47 H, 27 RBI, 12 2B, 10 HR)
    Justin Mentink, Jr. (.300, 15 H, 6 RBI, 2 HR)
C -     RYAN SMITH, So. (.242, 16 H, 16 RBI, 4 HR)
    Jeff Scherer, Jr. (.283, 26 H, 23 RBI, 7 HR)
DH - STEVE CURRAN, RS-So. (.252, 35 H, 34 RBI, 7 HR)
    Justin Mentink, Jr. (.300, 15 H, 6 RBI, 2 HR)
P1 - WADE PARRISH, So. (L, 8-2, 4.91 ERA, 77.0 IP)
P2 - JAMAAL GAINES, Jr. (R, 3-4, 5.80 ERA, 68.1 IP)
P3 - TODD MELDAHL, So. (L, 4-5, 6.60, 60.0 IP)
R1 - Les McTavish, So.(R, 3-2, 4.24, 34.0 IP)
R2 - Reggie Rivard, So. (R, 0-2, 6.25, 31.2 IP, 4 SV)
R3 - Ole Vigeland, Jr. (R, 1-0, 3.46, 13.0 IP, 1 SV)

COUGS FINISH UP PAC-10 NORTH PLAY WITH FOUR GAMES AT HOME: The Washington State baseball team can clinch a second place tie with Oregon State if they sweep the weekend series with Portland State. The Cougars are coming off a 2-1 week against NAIA powerhouse LCSC. The Cougs finished the season 3-1 against the Warriors and it was the first season-series win vs. LCSC in the Steve Farrington era.

Shawn Stevenson faired the best of all Cougars at the plate against LCSC hitting at a .400 clip. The switch-hitting shortstop was 6-for-15. Center fielder Steve Gleason also enjoyed a good week at the plate. He hit two home runs and was 5-for-13. Gleason is now hitting .316 with six homers on the season.

On the mound Wade Parrish improved his season record to 8-2 with an eight inning four-run appearance against the Warriors. He is second behind only Andrew Checketts of OSU for the league lead in wins.

Jamaal Gaines earned the win in Saturday's game after throwing six innings in relief of Todd Meldahl. Gaines gave up only one run and seven hits to pick up his third win of the season.

Scott Randall continues to lead the Cougs in the hitting department with his .363 average. The senior from Bellingham, Wash. has 63 hits and 11 doubles.

Les McTavish has been solid all year out of the bullpen and is second on the team with a 4.24 ERA. Ole Vigeland leads all pitchers with a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings pitched.

The Cougars are 3-1 this season against Portland State and 71-28 in the lifetime series.

The Vikings have struggled this season winning only one game in the Pac-10 North, but played UCLA tough in a three-game series. Rick Southall leads PSU at the plate with a .361 batting average and is an all-Pac-10-North nomination.

TEAM NOTES: WSU is 1-3 in night games, 21-17 during the day...the Cougs are 10-5 against left handed pitchers and 12-15 against right handers...WSU has lost four of five one-run games and three of seven two-run games...WSU has outscored the opponents in every inning but the eighth and extra innings... WSU has been outscored in the devastating eighth inning 43-30 and 5-2 in extra innings...WSU has lost five games when they have had the lead in the eighth inning or later.

THE KELLEY WATCH: Junior first baseman Casey Kelley is quickly making a name for himself and is coming closer to a Cougar record...through 45 games, the left-handed swinger has 22 home runs, which is only one short of John Olerud's school record of 23...the Cougs have 7 games remaining to play for Kelley to reach the mark...a remarkable fact about the 22 home runs is that 19 have been hit to either center or left field, leaving only two to sail to his pull field of right...Kelley is also hitting for average at .323...his mark of 22 is not only leading the Pac-10 North, but also is sixth in the nation...he is second on the team with 17 multiple hit games and leads with 20 multiple RBI games...his 60 RBI leads the league in that category...Kelley is 2-for-6 with the bases loaded and is hitting .299 with runners in scoring position...Kelley was 3-for-13 last week against LCSC with two home runs and was 7-for-15 in the last series against Portland State.

IRON MAN: Center fielder Steve Gleason has been a busy man this year...the linebacker-outfielder is currently hitting .316...he has started 32 games and made 42 appearances...he has six triples, which is only one off the all-time school 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 ended spring drills April 25...Gleason had a hot week in the LCSC series going 5-for-13 with two home runs and a triple.

STEVENSON FILLING SHOES OF A BIGGER MAN: Sophomore Shawn Stevenson has been playing a lot bigger than his 5-8, 140 pound frame...through WSU's 45 games, Stevenson has connected on seven home runs and eight doubles...as a switch hitter, he is hitting .408 from the right side and .270 from the left side...Stevenson is third on the team in batting with an overall average of .323...his 50 runs scored is fourth best in the NorPac and his 60 hits is fourth best...he is leading the team with 18 multiple hit games...Stevenson will be playing this summer for the Wareham ballclub in the Cape Cod League ...Stevenson broke out of a bad slump going 6-for-15 against the Warriors...he was 5-for-19 earlier in the season vs. the Vikings of PSU.

THE UTILITY MAN: Senior Scott Randall has proven that he can play several positions...Randall has started 17 games at second base, seven at third, and 18 in left field...the left handed swinger from Bellingham, Wash. is the team leader with a .362 average...he is hitting .467 against lefties...his best game was a five hit day against Cal March 16...he has 18 multiple hit games to his credit and eight multiple RBI games.. Randall garnered all-conference honors last season..Randall was 4-for-12 last week and has hit .313 in the four games against PSU.

BODACIOUS BODE: Sophomore Zach Bode has been the man to go to in pinch-hitting situations this season. Bode is 5-for-12 with a home runs and a double this season...all his at-bats have come in pinch hitting situations...his home run in the seventh inning off Jeff Heaverlo of UW pulled the Cougs to with in one 3-2...Bode is from Issaquah, Wash..

THE CANDADIAN CONNECTION: Third baseman Greg Mitchell, a junior from Maple Ridge, BC, has started 37 of the 45 games at third base, and is hitting .311...he is hitting .324 in NorPac play...his 14 home runs is second on the team behind Kelley and second best in the Pac-10 North...Mitchell is hitting .343 against right handers...Mitchell hit three home runs against Oregon State, including a grand Slam in the Sunday game...Mitchell hit two home runs last week against LCSC.

SPEEDY STEVE CURRAN: Sophomore Steve Curran hasn't had quite the year he intended on, but his game-winning home run against the Huskies helped a lot...Curran is hitting .252 on the year with seven home runs...he is the starting DH and also coaches first base when Buzz Verduzco is not available...Curran will be coaching a summer league team this summer.

THE FRESHMAN: Freshman Jason Grove started his Washington State career on a tear, but has since cooled off...the rightfielder/pitcher from Walla Walla, Wash. is hitting .313 with 10 home runs...he is hitting .380 against right handers and .180 against left handers...Grove has had a pair of doubles in two games...on the mound he is 1-1 while making four starts...he has pitched in 15 innings and posted an ERA of 7.20...Grove is being nominated for a freshman All-American...he will spend his summer in Canada playing for the Kelowna Grizzlies baseball club...Grove was 4-for-13 in the previous series vs. PSU.

HATTIE: Sophomore Ray Hattenburg is hitting .287 after rebounding from a early-season ankle injury that kept him sidelined for a while...he hit his first career home run in the Sunday game against OSU earlier in the year and added his second against OSU Sunday...his two-run homer tied the game at 10 in Sunday's OSU finale...he is hitting .371 with two outs...Hattenburg was an all-academic pick last year by the Pac-10.

AS SOLID AS SCHERER: Junior Jeff Schere has seen limited action as of late, but has contributed some key at-bats...he was1-for-2 in his only game played last week...his seven home runs is tied for fourth on the squad...Scherer is a JC transfer from Walla Walla Community College...an elbow injury has kept Scherer out of the lineup as of late and he will have surgury on it this summer...Ryan Smith has taken over as the starting catcher.

THE RETURN OF THE WADE: Sophomore Wade Parrish has made some kind of turn-around from one year ago...Parrish is 8-2 this season and has emerged as a leader in the Pac-10 North...his ERA of 4.91 trails only Ole Vigeland and Les McTavish on the staff and is a drastic improvement from his mark of 9.00 from last year...he has already pitched 16 more innings than he did in '97...Parrish got the win in the second game against LCSC Friday and is 1-0 vs. PSU this season.

THE LEFTY FROM MONTANA: Sophomore Todd Meldahl has also made drastic improvements on the mound this year, posting a 4-5 record with an ERA of 6.60...Meldahl threw four consecutive solid games, before being roughed up in a three-inning appearance vs. LCSC...he had two consecutive complete games against UW and Portland State respectively...he has been designated the seven inning pitcher for the Cougs, as he starts most of the opening games of doubleheaders.

98 PAC-10 NORTH STANDINGS
    PAC-10  OVERALL
TEAMS       W   L   GB  W   L
Washington  17  7   -   33  14
OSU         15  9   -   32  14*
WSU         11  9   3   24  21
PSU          1 19  13   13  32
* = includes one tie
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), Eric Estes (Baltimore), Jered Fowler (Independent), Jason Hairston (Atlanta), Terrell Hansen (Independent), Jim Horner (Seattle), Kyle Kawabata (Philadelphia), 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 .323 and his 60 hits is fourth best in the NorPac...he also has seven home runs.

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 .252 for the '98 campaign with seven home runs.

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.

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 .362 in '98 with 11 doubles and was 11-for-23 against in WSU's six games against Oregon State two weeks ago and has hit .313 against PSU this year.

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 Gleason are both within reaching distance of Cougar baseball records...Gleason only needs two more triples to surpass the school record of seven set by three different former Cougs...Kelley has 22 homers and has already surpassed his home run total from of 12 from last year...he needs only two more to surpass John Olerud's mark of 23 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.
    Oregon State   (4/26)   4/27    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 Mike Tatko scheduled to call the action for the remainder of the games....all games are scheduled to air on KCLX (1450 AM).

THESE GUYS CAN COACH TOO: Steve Curran, Zach Bode, and Marcus Glaze will all spend their summers not playing baseball, but coaching it...the three Cougar players will be coaching the Chaffey Baseball Club in Seattle...Chaffey is regarded as one of the best summer baseball progams in the State of Washington...Curran played for Chaffey when he was in high school.

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)
COUGS TO PLAY TOUGH SCHEDULE: This season the Washington State baseball team has played against some of the toughest college baseball programs in the nation...listed below are the ranked opponents the Cougs have, or will face in the '98 season:
Team        No. Games  Ranking   Poll
Stanford        3        1       BA
Arizona State   3       13       BA
Washington      8       20       CB
Oregon State    8       21       CB
CSUN            1        -        -
Ohio State      1       23       BA
Oral Roberts    1        -        -

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