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Release: 04/09/2001
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April 9, 2001

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THIS WEEK:
Tuesday, April 10 - WSU at LCSC,
6:00 p.m. PT, Harris Field, Lewiston
*Thursday, April 12 - WSU at Arizona State,
7:00 p.m. MT, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
*Friday, April 13 - WSU at Arizona State,
7:00 p.m. MT, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
*Saturday, April 14 - WSU at Arizona State,
1:00 p.m. MT, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.

NEXT WEEK:
Monday, April 16 - WSU vs. Central Washington,
3:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Friday, April 20 - WSU at Oregon State,
3:00 p.m. PT, Coleman Field, Corvallis
*Saturday, April 21 - WSU at Oregon State,
1:00 p.m. PT, Coleman Field, Corvallis
*Sunday, April 22 - WSU at Oregon State,
12:00 p.m. PT, Coleman Field, Corvallis

LAST WEEK:
*Friday, April 6 - Arizona 14, WSU 11,
Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Saturday, April 7 - Arizona 11, WSU 7,
Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Sunday, April 8 - WSU 17, Arizona 14,
Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

* = Pacific-10 Conference game

COUGAR DIAMOND NOTES

WSU OFF TO LCSC, THEN ASU:
The Washington State Cougars, 12-21 overall and 4-5 in the Pacific-10 Conference, step out of league play Tuesday to play at Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, then hit the road for a three-game league series at Arizona State.

Monday WSU added the game at LCSC after Gonzaga pulled out of their scheduled game Tuesday at WSU. Tuesday's replacement game at Harris Field begins at 6 p.m. Thursday's and Friday's games at Tempe start at 7 p.m., while Saturday's game is at 1 p.m.

The Cougars are expected to start either Tyson Thompson or Nick Kenyon on the mound against LCSC. The starters at Arizona State are expected to be Justin Cayetano (2-1), Zach Fisher (0-5) and Tony Banaszak (4-4), although the order of starters has not been determined.

The Cougars have turned into one of the hottest hitting teams in the Pacific-10 in the last two weeks. Against UCLA two weeks ago, WSU hit .398 in three games, then came back last weekend against Arizona to hit .379. In their last six Pac-10 games WSU is hitting .389. Adrian Thomas, in those six games, hit .630 and Bookie Gates hit .609.

In WSU's nine conference games, the Cougars are hitting .354. Thomas is WSU's top hitter in league contests with a .581 average, while Gates is hitting .512. Tyson Boston and Stefan Bailie are each hitting .306 in Pac-10 action.

In three games against Arizona, Thomas hit .533 and Gates .500, while Bailie hit .429, Tyson Boston .385 and Mike Knight .357.

Knight continues to lead WSU at the plate with his .351 average, while Bailie's performance last week boosted his average to .350 and Gates rose to .349. Thomas is now hitting .348 and Evan Hecker .310. Four Cougar pitchers have thrown 40 or more innings, headed by freshman Jamin Svendsen (40.1) with a 5.36 ERA and a 2-0 record. Zach Fisher (46.1), 0-5, has a 6.41 ERA, while Justin Cayetano (50.1), 2-1, has a 6.62 ERA. Tony Banaszak (48.1) is 4-4 with a 7.45 ERA.

COUGS ON THE AIR:
The remainder of WSU's 2001 baseball schedule will be broadcast on KCLX radio and will also be available via the internet by accessing WSU's web site at www.wsucougars.com. Troy Hirsch will call the action for all four Cougar games this week.

BAILIE KEEPS HOT PACE:
Sophomore Stefan Bailie had an outstanding freshman season last year, hitting a school record 12 home runs while batting .315 and earning freshman All-America honorable mention honors...this year he has 10 home runs in 33 games and a .350 batting average...in two seasons he has 22 home runs, just three short of WSU's Top 10 list, and a .329 batting average, going 101-307.

KNIGHT NEARLY DOUBLES AVERAGE:
Senior Mike Knight, who joined WSU last year after stints at Odessa College and Laney College, has nearly doubled his batting average of a year ago...as a junior he hit .227 for the Cougs and had no home runs...this year he is batting .351 and has four home runs...he had five RBI last year and has 19 so far this season...after missing the UCLA games (bruised elbow), Knight returned against Arizona to hit .357.

COUGS KEEP IT CLOSE:
In 33 games this year, only 18 have been determined by more than two runs... WSU is 5-6 in one-run games, 1-3 in two-run games, 2-7 in games determined by three or four runs and 4-5 in games determined by five or more runs.

TOP OF ORDER HITS:
WSU's leadoff batters are hitting .331 and the number two spot hits .306, then 280 in the number three slot and .356 in cleanup...then the averages dip sharply, with the number five batters hitting .246...WSU hits .269 in the number six spot, then .248, .278 and .219 in the next three spots in the batting order...overall, the Cougs hit .318 through the top four spots in the order and .252 combined for the bottom five positions.

TO START OR NOT TO START:
Figure this one out...WSU batters, when starting, are hitting .278, while the non-starters are hitting .345...the opponents are more conventional, with their starters hitting .320 and the non-starters .298...on the mound, Cougar starters have an ERA of 7.97 and the non-starting pitchers are at 5.09...for opponents, the starters have a 5.36 ERA and the relief pitchers 6.21.

HITTING STREAKS:
Adrian Thomas boasts the longest current hitting streak at eight games, while Stefan Bailie's nine-game streak earlier in the season is the year's longest for WSU...Tyson Boson, Mike Knight, Bookie Gates and Evan Hecker all have had seven-game hitting streaks this year... Gates has 14 multiple-hit games, Bailie 13, Knight 11 and Hecker 10...Bailie has had two or more RBI in eight games.

WSU NEEDS TO START PLAYING EARLIER:
WSU would be in much better shape if they opened up the offense early in the game...the Cougs have been outscored 119-79 over the first four innings, including 47-25 in the first frame...over the last five innings WSU has a 147-126 run advantage...the Cougs' best innings are the sixth with a 33-16 advantage, and the ninth at 30-20.

GATES NAMED PAC-10 POW:
Junior Bookie Gates was named the Pac-10's Player of the Week April 2 for his performance against UCLA...Gates hit 10-14, drove home seven runs, scored five times, hit three doubles and one home run.

ARIZONA SERIES REVIEW:
The Cougs pulled out of a four-game slump with a 17-4 win over Arizona after dropping the first two games (14-11 (10i) and 11-7...WSU hit .379 against Arizona, led by Adrian Thomas's .533 performance...other starters who hit over .300 included Bookie Gates .500, Stefan Bailie .429, Tyson Boston .385, Mike Knight .357 and Tanner Kahler .308...Arizona hit .364 against WSU pitching...the Cougar mound staff had a 9.96 ERA, less than Arizona's 10.00 ERA...Lanakila Niles had two brief trips to the mound, threw 1.2 innings and did not allow a run...at the plate WSU collected six doubles, including two each from Thomas and Gates, and four home runs, two by Mike Knight...Gates, in the final game, went 5-for-5, walked once and drove home six of WSU's 17 runs.

HECKER HURT:
Evan Hecker, WSU's starting centerfielder, suffered a bruised back in the first game against Arizona while leaping into the centerfield wall and missed the final two contests. He is expected to be ready for the ASU series.

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 TV:
WSU made its first appearance on FOX Sports Net March 24 against California and viewers witnessed an exciting 7-6 Cougar win...FOX Sports Net Northwest will televise two more Cougar baseball games, April 6 when WSU hosts Arizona and April 22 when the Cougs visit OSU.

WSU ON THE RADIO/INTERNET:
WSU's baseball games are 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 or Troy Hirsch will call most of the Cougar games...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.

Press Conference:
Head Coach Tim Mooney will hold a weekly press conference every Tuesday at 1:00...if you are interested in participating, please call the WSU Sports Information Office at (509) 335-2684.

Player Interviews:
If you wish to talk with any Cougar baseball players, please contact Chris Gregg or Rod Commons.

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