May 22, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- - Four Washington State Cougars were honored Monday by the Pacific-10 Conference baseball coaches for their 2001 performance, including sophomore Stefan Bailie, a first team selection after hitting .352 with 18 home runs.
Bailie, from Mesa, Wash., captured the Cougar batting title with a pair of hits against nationally ranked Stanford Sunday, finishing ahead of Knight and Adrian Thomas. The three WSU players were separated by .002 going into the final game of the season. Bailie finished at .352, while Knight ended his season at .346 and Thomas at .339.
Bailie, WSU's regular first baseman, paced the Cougar players in most offensive categories, including 55 runs scored, 74 hits, 18 home runs, 139 total bases, a .662 slugging percentage, 25 walks, 10 hit-by-pitches and a .438 on-base percentage. He also topped the club with 473 putouts and a sparkling .990 fielding percentage.
With 18 home runs this year, Bailie pushed his two-year total to 30, just 10 back of WSU record holder Jeff Hooper's 40 home runs. Bailie's 2001 home run total ranks seventh on WSU's single season list and he also ranks seventh on the career list. His 30 home runs is the most ever hit by a Cougar in just two seasons.
Gates, who played and started in all but one of WSU's 54 games, hit .327 for the season, but an even better .384 in league play. He was the only Cougar to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. His 10-for-14 performance in three games against UCLA earned the honor early in the league season. Gates, a junior from Seattle, led WSU with 16 doubles, 60 runs-batted-in and 192 assists.
Hecker, also a junior from Seattle, patrolled WSU's centerfield flawlessly while hitting .321 overall and .344 in conference play. He led the league with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, making 131 putouts and three assists without an error. Hecker was third in hits and second among Cougar players with 24 walks and seven stolen bases.
Knight, who made all but one of his 43 starts in right field, belted 13 doubles and four home runs and ended the season with a .495 slugging percentage. The senior from Oakland, Calif., also stole a team-high eight bases and recorded 63 hits. His 40 runs scored trailed only Bailie and Bates.