May 17, 2001
Wednesday, May 16 - WSU at LCSC, 6:30 p.m. PT, Harris Field, Lewiston
*Friday, May 18 - WSU vs. Stanford, 6:00 p.m. PT, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Saturday, May 19 - WSU vs. Stanford, 1:00 p.m. PT, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Sunday, May 20 - WSU vs. Stanford, 1:00 p.m. PT, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Saturday, May 12 - USC 7, WSU 6, Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles *Sunday, May 13 - USC 7, WSU 0, Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles *Monday, May 14 - USC 5, WSU 1, Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles * = Pacific-10 Conference game
COUGAR DIAMOND NOTES
WSU ENDS SEASON WITH STANFORD:
The Washington State Cougars, 15-35 overall and 6-15 in the Pacific-10 Conference, end the 2001 baseball season at home this weekend, playing host to the fifth ranked Stanford Cardinal. Friday's series opener begins at 6 p.m., with single games Saturday and Sunday set to start at 1 p.m.
Before taking on Stanford, however, the Cougars face the Lewis-Clark State Warriors Wednesday in a 6:30 p.m. game at Harris Field in Lewiston. The match-up with LCSC concludes the five-game series between the two rivals, with the Warriors capturing the first four.
Last week the Cougars lost all three Pacific-10 Conference games at USC by scores of 7-6, 7-0 and 5-1.
Entering the final week of the 2001 season, three hitters are locked in a battle for the Cougar batting title. Mike Knight leads the trio with a .349 average, while Stefan Bailie at .345 and Adrian Thomas at .340 also have their eyes on the title. Bookie Gates, batting .332, and Evan Hecker at .320 could also challenge for the title with outstanding performances at the plate this week. Gates tops the club with 57 RBI and 16 doubles, while Bailie leads the team with 51 runs scored and 14 home runs. Bailie, a sophomore, now has 26 home runs in two seasons to rank tied for ninth on WSU's career list...his 14 home runs this year are two short of WSU's Top 10 one-season list.
Alwert, a sophomore, boasts the best ERA among Cougar pitchers at 4.64. He has made seven starts and 14 mound appearances.
Cayetano leads the pitchers with 12 starts and has a 3-3 record and 6.90 ERA. He also leads the team with 74.1 innings of work.
COUGS ON THE AIR:
The remainder of WSU's 2001 baseball schedule will be broadcast on KCLX radio and will be available via the internet by accessing WSU's web site at www.wsucougars.com. Alex Webster will call the action for the Cougar final three games against Stanford.
BAILIE CONTINUES HOT PACE:
Stefan Bailie had an outstanding freshman season last year, hitting a frosh school record 12 home runs while batting .315 and earning freshman All-America honorable mention honors...this year he has 14 home runs in 50 games and a .345 batting average...in two seasons he has 26 home runs, ninth on WSU's Top 10 list, and a .331 batting average, going 125-378.
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 .349 with four home runs.
COUGS KEEP IT CLOSE:
In 50 games this year, nearly half, 22, have been determined by one or two runs... the outcome of 17 games have been by one run and five more by two runs... only 17 games have been determined by five or more runs...WSU is 6-11 in one-run games, 1-4 in two run games, 1-7 in three-run games, 1-3 in four-run games and 6-10 in margins of five or more runs.
TOP OF ORDER HITS:
WSU's leadoff batters are hitting .340 and the number two spot hits .290, then .294 in the number three slot and .341 in cleanup...then the averages dip sharply, with the number five batters hitting .238...WSU hits .255 in the number six spot, then .250, .301 and .249 in the next three spots in the batting order...overall, the Cougs hit .317 through the top four spots in the order and .258 combined for the bottom five positions.
TO START OR NOT TO START:
Figure this one out...WSU batters, when starting, are hitting .283, while the non-starters are hitting .308...the opponents are more conventional, with their starters hitting .324 and the non-starters .300...on the mound, Cougar starters have an ERA of 7.69 and the non-starting pitchers are at 5.86...for opponents, the starters have a 5.15 ERA and the relief pitchers 6.10.
Jon Baeder now boasts the longest active hitting streak at 11 games, which is also the longest by any Cougar this year...Adrian Thomas, Bookie Gates and Stefan Bailie have all had nine-game hitting streaks this year...Bailie has 22 multiple-hit games, Gates 19, Knight 16 and Hecker 16...Gates has had 12 games with two or more RBI and Bailie has 11.
WSU NEEDS TO START PLAYING EARLIER:
WSU has been outscored by 70 runs this season, 29 (64-35) in the first inning alone...for the other eight regular innings WSU trails in runs by 41 runs, 325-288, with the opponents also holding a 4-0 lead in extra innings...WSU's best inning is the sixth when they outscore their opponents 40-29...WSU has outscored opponents in the sixth and ninth innings and is even in the fourth frame.
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, had seven RBI, scored five times, hit three doubles and one home run.
ALWERT PITCHES AND HITS:
Garrett Alwert has taken over as a starter for WSU and now leads the starters with a 4.64 ERA. He has a 2-4 record over 54.1 innings...he has seven starts and 14 trips to the mound...in addition he has settled into the designated hitter role for the Cougars, boasting a .306 average.
USC SERIES REVIEW:
Cougar pitchers performed well at USC, posting a 6.00 ERA against the nationally ranked Trojans...at the plate, however, WSU struggled with a .214 batting average...Zach Fisher (3.1i) and Donny Davis (1.0i) each pitched scoreless ball at USC...at the plate John Bader stretched his hitting streak to 11 games with a .444 average against the Trojans...Stefan Bailie hit .333 in three starts and Evan Hecker hit .308, while Justin Williams finished at .300...WSU was outscored 19-7, with USC leading in hits 31-22, doubles 8-6 and home runs 2-1...each team allowed three unearned runs...WSU batters went down swinging 39 times and USC hitters 11 times...WSU out-performed the Trojans on defense, fielding .963 to USC's .957.
During his current 11-game hitting streak Jon Baeder is hitting .400 and has raised his average from .219 to .267.
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 televised two additional Cougar baseball games, April 6 when WSU hosted Arizona and April 22 when the Cougs visited 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...a list of the Top 6 baseball programs appears below with their respective records and number of seasons played:
FROM TIM MOONEY . . . (5/15/01)
"USC clearly has the best pitching of the teams we have played. That is why they are number one in the nation. They are well coached and their position players are sound, but their pitching is outstanding. Their coach said we did as good a job against (Mark) Prior as any team this year. He may go straight from college to the majors. (Rik) Currier came back in the next outing and pitches better than Prior. Then they finished with (Anthony) Reyes, who is a candidate for Team USA. We did not cave in against their pitching. We had runners in scoring position to win the first game."
MID-WEEK GAME WITH LCSC:
"Offensively LCSC is as tough as a lot of teams in our conference. They haven't played for a week, so they will be polishing up for the NAIA National Championships. They have the letters N-A-I-A by their name, but they are every bit division one. We will throw the guys who didn't work last week at USC so Justin Cayetano and Tony Banaszak will throw and Donny Davis will get one inning. Tyson Thompson and Lanakila Niles will also be available for an inning."
"Clearly, after going through the Pac-10 once, the difference between USC and Stanford and the rest of the teams is they both have the pitching. The teams that win this league every year are not the teams with the best hitting, it is the teams with the best pitching. We face the same kind of pitching this weekend against Stanford and they probably are a little better offensive team than USC."
WHO IS PERFORMING WELL:
"(Stefan) Bailie and (Bookie) Gates come to play everyday, which they should. They are mature players. Evan Hecker battles every day. He doesn't always go three-for-three, but he always gives you good at-bats. Jon Baeder has done a wonderful job catching and throwing and is improving offensively."
WHO IS PITCHING WELL:
"(Garrett) Alwert has been giving us the most consistent outings. He throws strikes the best and he throws multiple pitches for strikes. He doesn't really have an out pitch, but his curve ball is enough to get a ground ball and take the sting out of their bat. We have gone away from Svendsen's split and gone to a change and that has helped him. The key when you face pitching staffs like USC and Stanford is we will have a 3-2 game. It is not going to be a 14-10 game, so we are asking a lot from our pitchers and defense."
GOALS FOR LAST WEEK:
"We talk about getting better everyday. The question is what can we do to get better this weekend. I don't think you start working toward next year. These kids still can accomplish something special and have a great game. We have a chance to do something this weekend college kids across the nation would love to do. First of all, we have to remind our players what a neat opportunity they have and second, how well we can play this weekend. This isn't a stopping point, but a building point."
SECOND TIME AROUND NEXT YEAR:
"There is no doubt about it. The first part of this season was for the players to figure out what we as coaches were all about and for us just to discover what their tools were and how to put them in situations where they can have success. We will be light years ahead next year. We also now have a clearer picture of what will make us better. The returning players will play better next year because they understand the expectations and because we understand their abilities. I don't think there is a doubt even if we didn't make any personnel changes, we will be improved as a team next year."