March 10, 1998
Saturday, March 14 - WSU at California, 1:00 p.m., Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.
Sunday, March 15 - WSU at California, 1:00 p.m., Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.
Monday, March 16 - WSU at California, 1:00 p.m., Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.
Wednesday, March 18 - WSU at Gonzaga, 2:00 p.m., August/A.R.T Stadium, Spokane, Wash.
Saturday, March 21 - Oregon State at WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman, Wash.
Sunday, March 22 - Oregon State at WSU (DH), Noon., Bailey Field, Pullman, Wash.
Monday, March 23 - Oregon State at WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman, Wash.
Thursday, March 5 - WSU 11, LCSC 2, Cashman Field, Las Vegas
Friday, March 6 - Ohio State 11, WSU 2, Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas
Saturday, March 7 - Oral Roberts 10, WSU 6, Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas
Saturday, March 7 - CS Northridge 7, WSU 4, Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas
Sunday, March 8 - WSU 13, CS Northridge 11, Earl E. Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas
1B - CASEY KELLEY, Jr. (.320, 16 H, 12 RBI, 4 HR, 17 R) Greg Mitchell, Sr. (.282, 11 H, 5 RBI, 1 HR, 8 HBP) 2B - BOYD ROBERTSON, RS-Jr. (.328, 20 H, 13 RBI, 4 2B) Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.327, 16 H, 10 RBI, 4 2B) SS - SHAWN STEVENSON, So. (.270, 17 H, 13 RBI, 2 HR) Ole Vigeland, Jr. (.000, 0 H, 0 RBI) 3B - GREG MITCHELL, Sr. (.282, 11 H, 5 RBI, 8 HBP) Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.327, 16 H, 10 RBI, 4 2B) 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. (.296, 8 H, 7 RBI, 2 3B) Dusty Edler, RS-Jr. (.316, 6 H, 7 RBI) RF - JASON GROVE, Fr. (.353, 18 H, 10 RBI, 6 2B, 2 HR) Justin Mentink, Jr. (.462, 6 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR) C - JEFF SCHERER, Jr. (.297, 11 H, 10 RBI, 1 HR) Ryan Smith, So. (.267, 4 H, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 5 R) DH - STEVE CURRAN, So. (.250, 13 H, 14 RBI, 3 HR) Justin Mentink, Sr. (.462, 6 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR) P1 - WADE PARRISH, So. (L, 3-0, 3.19 ERA, 31.0 IP) P2 - JAMAAL GAINES, Jr. (R, 1-2, 3.91 ERA, 25.1 IP) P3 - TODD MELDAHL, So. (L, 2-2, 8.31, 21.2 IP) R1 - Les McTavish, So.(R, 1-1, 5.25, 12.0 IP) R2 - Reggie Rivard, So. (R, 0-0, 9.90, 10.0 IP)
COUGS TRAVEL TO BERKELEY: After coming off a disappointing fifth place finIsh at the UNLV/Coors Desert Classic, the Washington State baseball team will look to recover against the University of California-Berkeley. The three-game series against the Golden Bears will begin with a 1 p.m. game Saturday at Evans Diamond. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. Games will follow Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 2 p.m.
The Cougs finished fifth in the six team field in Las Vegas, winning their first and last games of the tournament. The Cougars were tested for the first time of the year on their pitching depth. The usual three-man rotation was expanded to five, when Jason Grove and Dave Wheeler each made their first starts of the year. Grove pitched well Sunday and Wheeler was handed the tough task of facing 23rd-ranked Ohio State.
Justin Mentink was impressive at the plate in his two starts. He replaced Steve Curran who was in an 0-for-14 slump. Mentink was 5-for-8, including his first home run of the year. Greg Mitchell broke out of a season long slump with a 7-for-16 tournament with a home run. For the year Wade Parrish continues to rule the mound for the Cougs. Parrish is 3-0 while compiling a 3.19 ERA. His 31 innings of work is already more than half of what he pitched all of last year.
Freshman Jason Grove leads the team at the plate with a .353 average, 18 hits in 51 at-bats. Boyd Robertson continues to be solid in the number three spot in the lineup. Robertson is hitting .328 and the second baseman has 13 runs batted in.
The Cougars are 13-15-1 lifetime against California. The Golden Bears won last years only matchup 7-6 in 10 innings.
FROM THE BULLPEN: With five games in four days, the bullpen was a busy place...three pitchers made their '98 debut on the mound...Shane Rice, Nason Beckett, and Ole Vigeland...Vigeland fared the best throwing two innings of shutout ball...Les McTavish pitched well enough to earn the victory in Sunday's finale against CSUN...Reggie Rivard gave up one run in three innings of work...McTavish leads the bullpen with a 5.25 ERA (12 IP)...Rivard has been solid as of late giving up only one run in his last four innings of work.
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 .296 (8/27) 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).
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 Cal Series. All games are scheduled to air on KMAX (840 AM), or KCLX (1450 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.
'97 PAC- 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 tieCAL BEARS FYI: Cal has compiled a 7-11-1 overall record in '98...they are 0-7 in Six-Pac play...the Golden Bears are coming off a disappointing 1997 season with a record of 21-38...they finished in last place in the Pac-10 South with a record of 4-26...junior Brian Oliver was the teams leading hitter last year, hitting .364 with four home runs...Oliver was picked as a third team Preseason All-American by two baseball publications...Oliver is hitting .384 this year with three home runs...sophomore Jon Cuccias is the teams leading returning pitcher...Cuccias was 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his freshman campain last year...he pitched in 33 games, all out of the bullpen...Cuccias was invited to the USA Baseball Trials and perfomed well, going 2-0 with a save...Cuccias is already 2-0 this year with 13 appearances... pitcher Jason Hill and Oliver, along with coach Bob Milano were part of last summers Team USA.
ASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL 1. Washington 2. Oregon State 3. Washington State 4. Portland StateFRESHMAN PHENOM SURPASSING EXPECTATIONS: Freshman rightfielder Jason Grove hasn't wasted any time making a name for himself...Grove has started 12 of the 13 games in the outfield for the Cougs, and once on the mound...of the regular starters, Grove leads the team in batting average (.353), doubles (6), total bases (32), and slugging percentage (.627).
VIGELAND EMERGES ON THE MOUND: Last year Ole Vigeland found himself competing for time on the left side of the infield...this year he has taken to the mound and has fared pretty well...Vigeland made his first two appearances in Las Vegas and didn't give up a run in two innings...before Las Vegas Vigeland had not pitched in a game since his freshman year in high school.
PITCHING DEPTH TESTED AT DESERT CLASSIC: With the five games at the Desert Classic, the Cougs were really tested in the pitching department...Wade Parrish opened the first game and improved his record to 3-0 with the win over LCSC...Parrish also was called out of the bullpen in WSU's 13-11 victory over Cal State-Northridge...Dave Wheeler made his first start of the year against 23rd-ranked Ohio State and struggled with his control...Jamaal Gaines pitched solid, but not well enough to down CSUN in Saturday's second game...Todd Meldahl was touched for the loss against Oral Roberts...freshman Jason Grove made his first collegiate start on Sunday and pitched very well...Grove gave up only two earned runs in his four inning appearance.
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 .270.
COUGAR BASEBALL ON FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST: The Cougars are scheduled to play four 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.THE COUGS AT THE PLATE:
Team BA: .311 (156-502) Vs. Left: .292 (66-226) Vs. Right: .326 (90-276) Bases Loaded: .459 (17-37) Bases Empty: .292 (64-219) Two Outs: .301 (49-163)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)