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WSU Begins Home Stand With Gonzaga, Washington
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Release: 04/29/2003
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April 29, 2003

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THIS WEEK:
Tuesday, April 29WSU vs. Gonzaga, 6:00 p.m.Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
*Friday, May 2WSU vs. Washington, 6:00 p.m.Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
*Saturday, May 3WSU vs. Washington, 1:00 p.m.Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
*Sunday, May 4WSU vs. Washington, 1:00 p.m.Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
NEXT WEEK:
Friday, May 9WSU vs. Sacramento State, 2:00 p.m.Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
Saturday, May 10WSU vs. Sacramento State, 6:00 p.m.Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
Sunday, May 11WSU vs. Sacramento State, 12:00 p.m.Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.
LAST WEEK:
Tuesday, April 22WSU 3, Lewis-Clark State 1Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Friday, April 25at Arizona State 21, WSU 0Packard Stadium (4,200), Tempe, Ariz.
*Saturday, April 26at Arizona State 5, WSU 3 (10)Packard Stadium (4,200), Tempe, Ariz.
*Sunday, April 27at Arizona State 25, WSU 0Packard Stadium (4,200), Tempe, Ariz.

* = Pacific-10 Conference Game

COUGAR DIAMOND SUMMARY

WSU HOSTS GONZAGA, THEN THE HUSKIES: The WSU Cougars, 13-29 overall and 4-11 in league play, begin a seven-game home stand this week, hosting the Gonzaga Bulldogs Tuesday in a 6:00 p.m. non-conference game, then the Washington Huskies in a three-game series beginning Friday.

The Bulldogs enter Tuesday's play with a 20-21-1 record. The two teams have already met three times this season, with WSU winning 8-6 and the Bulldogs taking 10-0 and 10-1 victories.

Washington enters the week with a 28-13 overall record and a 6-6 Pac-10 mark. The Huskies play Tuesday against the LCSC Warriors.

Last week WSU defeated LCSC 3-1 in a mid-week game, then lost three games at #5 ASU by scores of 21-0, 5-3 (10i) and 25-0.

Derek Bruce carried WSU at the plate last week against the Sun Devils with a .364 average. He was the only regular who hit over .300.

Justin Hart continues to lead WSU at the plate with a .353 average. Jay Miller is second with a .311 average, followed in order by Grant Richardson at .293 and Bruce at .287.

Richardson's seven homes runs and 29 RBIs paces WSU, while, Miller has 13 doubles and Bruce 11. Miller also leads the club with 47 hits, while Bruce has 46 and Richardson 41. Bruce has scored a team-leading 28 runs and Miller has scored 26 times.

Garrett Alwert, who got a late start this year after undergoing surgery in the fall, leads WSU pitchers with a 4.08 ERA. Alwert will get the start against the Bulldogs. WSU's top three starters are Tony Banaszak (5.32, 2-8, 86.1i), Aaron MacKenzie (5.76, 3-4, 64.2i) and Bruce Chamberlin (6.53, 3-4, 62.0i).

MacKenzie's 53 strikeouts is tops among Cougar pitchers and opponents are hitting just .269 against him.

WSU RADIO: Cougar baseball games are carried on KCLX (1450AM, Colfax, Wash.) and on the WSU web site at www.wsucougars.com.

MILLER GETTING BETTER: One of the bright young stars for the Cougars this year is freshman outfielder Jay Miller...he currently sports a .3119 batting average, second-best on the team...Miller was been on fire in three Pac-10 series against Stanford, Oregon State and Arizona, going 19-43 for a .442 average...he has at least one hit in 16 of WSU's last 19 games and during that span is 29-for-80, a .363 average...Miller is hitting .303 against left handers and .314 against right handed hitters...he also hits .356 with runners on base and is 7-for-9 (.778) with runners on third and less than two outs.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: The Cougars turned a school-record tying five double plays in a 5-3, 10-inning loss at Arizona State Saturday...that feat matches a record set on four other occasions, most recently a 2000 contest against Lewis-Clark State.

COUGS HAD HOT 6-GAME STRETCH: During a six-game Pac-10 stretch against OSU and Arizona, WSU hit .332. Among the every day starters, Justin Hart hit for a .458 average, while Jay Miller hit .429, Grant Richardson .423, Dustin Realini .333 and Jeremy Farrar .296 and Derek Bruce .296...Jeff LaRue, .500, and Jonathan Fender, .385, shared second base duties in those games.

MISCELLANEOUS FACTS

Jon Baeder hits .465 advancing runners, .286 with a runner at third and less than two outs, and .303 with two outs...he also hits .409 when leading off an inning...Derek Bruce is hitting .344 against left-handed pitching and .273 against the right-handers...he is hitting .374 when the bases are empty and .381 as a leadoff batter...he hits .500 with runners on third and less than two outs, .298 with two outs and .307 when advancing runners...Wes Falkenborg, WSU's regular DH, is hitting .400 when he leads off an inning and .341 advancing runners...Jeremy Farrar advances runners at a .341 percentage and hits .393 as a leadoff hitter...Justin Hart hits .500 in limited action against left-handed pitchers and .344 against right-handers...he is hitting .391 with the bases empty and .478 as a leadoff hitter...he also advances runners at a .450 percentage...Jeff LaRue is hitting .333 when leading off an inning and .600 with the bases loaded...Zapper McGrath hits .524 when in the leadoff spot and .464 when advancing runners...Jay Miller is hitting .314 against right-handed pitchers and .303 against lefties...he hits .356 with runners on base, .359 with runners in scoring position, .778 with runners at third and less than two outs (7-for-9) and advances runners at a .494 percentage...Dustin Realini is hitting .375 against left-handed pitchers, .333 as a leadoff hitter and advances runners at a .472 clip...Grant Richardson hits .382 with runners on base...he also hits .326 with runners in scoring position, .750 (9-of-12) with runners at third and less than two outs, .370 with two outs, has a team-leading 12 two-out RBI and advances runners at a .526 rate...Robert Stahlke hits .500 in the leadoff position.

RICHARDSON STEPS UP PLAY: First baseman Grant Richardson has stepped up his play from last year when he started just 14 games and hit .245...this year he is hitting .293 overall, third among Cougar regulars, and leads the team with seven home runs and 29 RBI...he hit .462 against OSU and .385 against Arizona, but did struggle against ASU last weekend with just one hit...he had a string of home runs in four straight games two weeks ago, all three OSU contests and the first Arizona game.

BACK ON THE MOUND: Despite his 2-7 record, senior pitcher Tony Banaszak has made a tremendous turnaround from this time last season...the Puyallup native sat out the 2002 season after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on his elbow...Banaszak has made 11 starts this year and leads the Cougar starters with a 5.32 ERA in 86.1 innings of work...unfortunately, in his 13 starts, WSU has been shut out four times (4-0 three times and 25-0 once) and lost by scores of 7-1 and 6-1...in his 13 games the Cougars have scored just 41 runs and hit .220 (93-for-422)...only six times has WSU had more than six hits in a game started by Banaszak.

PAC-10 PLAY: WSU has three starters hitting over .300 after 15 Pac-10 games...Justin Hart leads the team at .377 in league games, followed in order by Jay Miller .344, and Wes Falkenborg .310 (12 games)...Grant Richardson .292, Jeff LaRue .292, Jonathan Fender .286 and Derek Bruce .283 are near the .300 level.

COUGS PICK UP THE PACE: In WSU's last 18 games, including three-game series with nationally ranked Stanford and ASU, the Cougars are 8-11...beginning with a two-game series against OSU in Pasco in mid-March WSU is 10-15 over the last 25 games...in their last nine games, all league contests, the Cougars are 3-6.

OLE, OLE: Former WSU pitcher William "Ole" Vigeland is now on coach Tim Mooney's staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Vigeland spent the past few seasons in the Texas Rangers organization. Vigeland was an infielder and pitcher for WSU from 1995-1998. He was drafted in the 15th round by the Rangers in the 1998 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, despite pitching only 15 innings, all in his senior campaign, at WSU. Vigeland pitched in the Ranger organization for four seasons, before returning to Pullman this season as a coach.

DOUBLE DUTY: In 2002 outfielder Collin Henderson turned out for baseball for the first time since his high school days and ended the year hitting .297 with 24 RBI...his best series came against Arizona near the end of the year when he hit .455 and belted a game-winning, bases loaded double in the ninth inning of game three, providing WSU with a 9-7 win...Henderson was a three-year starting wide receiver for the Cougar football team...he ended his football career last fall with 62 career receptions for 566 yards...he also completed 11 of 12 career passes for 499 yards and six touchdowns.

COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS SIXTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: Washington State University ranked sixth in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,282 at the end of the 2002 season...a list of the

SAC STATE START TIME CHANGES: WSU has changed the starting time of the series opener with Sacramento State May 9 to 2:00 p.m. The game, originally slated for a 6:00 p.m. start, was moved to 2:00 p.m. to avoid conflicts with WSU Graduation Weekend activities, which begin Friday evening.

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