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Release: 02/21/2002
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Feb. 21, 2002

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THIS WEEK:

  • Friday, February 22 - WSU vs. Pepperdine, 11:00 a.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas
  • Saturday, February 23 - WSU vs. Kentucky, 11:00 a.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas
  • Saturday, February 23 - WSU vs. Texas A&M, 3:00 p.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas
  • Sunday, February 24 - WSU vs. Texas A&M, 5:00 p.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas
  • Monday, February 25 - WSU vs. Kentucky, 8:00 a.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas
  • Monday, February 25 - WSU vs. Pepperdine, 11:00 a.m., Olson Field, College Station, Texas
    (all games at the Texas A&M Continental Express Tournament)

NEXT WEEK:

  • Friday, March 1 - WSU vs. Troy State, 4 p.m., Wiregrass Stadium, Dothan, Ala.
  • Saturday, March 2 - WSU vs. Kent State, 2:30 p.m., Wiregrass Stadium, Dothan, Ala.
  • Sunday, March 3 - WSU vs. Kansas State, 10 am., Wiregrass Stadium, Dothan, Ala.
    (all games at the Troy State Wiregrass Classic)

LAST WEEK:

  • Friday, February 15 - Gonzaga 8, WSU 7, 1:00 p.m., CBC Field, Pasco, Wash.
  • Saturday, February 16 - WSU 4,. Gonzaga 2, 1:00 p.m., CBC Field, Pasco, Wash.
  • Sunday, February 17 - Gonzaga 14, WSU 10, 1:00 p.m., CBC Field, Pasco, Wash.

COUGAR DIAMOND NOTES

COUGS FACE TOUGH ROAD AT TEXAS TOURNAMENT: WSU will face some stiff competition at this weekend's Texas A&M Continental Express Tournament.

At 3-3, the Cougars come off a three-game series in Pasco against Gonzaga. They will now head to the Sun Belt for tournaments in Texas and Alabama the next two weeks.

This week, the host Aggies are ranked No. 23 in this week's Baseball America poll and No. 20 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. Traditional power Pepperdine and tough Southeast Conference foe Kentucky round out the field.

"Texas A&M is the highest ranked team" WSU head coach Tim Mooney said. "But Pepperdine is traditionally good and Kentucky has two of the top six pitchers coming out in next year's draft. It's a very talented tournament."

The Cougars will also face a tough bout of scheduling, playing six games in four days.

"Another challenge is playing six games in four days," Mooney said. "It's definitely going to get into our pitching staff, but in some ways, I like that because we have some questions trying to find that third starter and we could find some answers."

WSU next will be at the Troy State Wiregrass Classic in Dothan, Ala., March 1-3.

COUGS ON RADIO/WEB: WSU's six games at the Texas A&M tournament will be broadcast by Cougar Sports Properties on the radio (KCLX, Colfax) and the web (www.wsucougars.com).

DOUBLE DUTY: Sophomore outfielder Collin Henderson joined the team in time for last weekend's series against Gonzaga, batting .444, while making two starts in left field...Henderson is also a starting wide receiver on the Cougar football team, catching nine passes for 83 yards and one touchdown in 12 starts for the 10-2 Sun Bowl Champions...he has been a three-year starter in football...against the Bulldogs, Henderson, playing baseball for the first time since he was a senior at Puyallup High School, was four-of-nine at the plate with one RBI and a stolen base at the lead-off position in the WSU order...Henderson was a thee-sport prep star, earning all-league honors in baseball, basketball and football.

HOT CORNER: Junior third baseman Jeffrey LaRue is off to a blistering start...the transfer from Saddleback Junior College is hitting .391 with two home runs, seven runs and five RBI and playing solid defense in the field...it is LaRue's second year playing third base, having made the switch previously during his freshman year at Saddleback.

DYNAMIC DUO: Junior starters Garrett Alwert and Eddie Bonine have made quite the impact...Bonine, the No.1 starter, is 1-1 with a 5.20 ERA...he pitched an eight-inning gem in a 7-5 season-opening win against Cal State Northridge...Alwert pitched a complete game in a 4-2 win against Gonzaga last Saturday and is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA..."They're both doing it real efficiently," Mooney said. "Both times they've gone extended innings they haven't gone much over 100 pitches. That's not only effective, that's efficient. I'm really happy with those two."

FALKENBORG TO TRAVEL: Senior designated hitter Wes Falkenborg will travel with the team this weekend...Falkenborg pulled his hamstring last Friday in an 8-7 loss to Gonzaga...the Redmond, Wash., native is batting .353 with four RBI..."Wes Falkenborg has been one of our best hitter," Mooney said. "Unfortunately he had a hamstring pull. We are traveling Wes with us. We're going to protect him. He may not be full-strength Friday, but if he's not ready to go full, he'll be a good pinch-hitter off the bench."

COUGS LOSE FARRAR: Junior outfielder Jeremy Farrar, who collected two hits in WSU's first win over CSUN, is expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee...the injury occurred when he pulled up at third base against the Matadors...Farrar transferred to WSU from Hill JC in Texas last August and was one of the newcomers coach Tim Mooney was counting on to provide solid play both at the plate and in the outfield.

NOTES FROM 2001 SEASON: Garrett Alwert came on strong over the last half of the 2001 season, finishing the year with 15 mound appearances and eight starts the best ERA among Cougar regulars at 5.40 in 58.1 innings...in addition as a designated hitter he hit .284, although his average was well over .300 until the final two weeks of the season....during his late-season 11-game hitting streak last season Jon Baeder hit .400 and raised his average from .219 to .266...as a starter Baeder hit safely in 13 straight games before being blanked in the finale...In 54 games in 2001, nearly half, 22, were determined by one or two runs... the outcome of 17 games were by one run and five more by two runs... only 20 games were determined by five or more runs...WSU was 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 6-13 in margins of five or more runs...WSU's leadoff batters hit .339 in 2001 and the number two spot hit .292, then .292 in the number three slot and .348 in cleanup...then the averages dipped sharply, with the number five batters hitting .232, followed by .258, .244, .289 and .249 in the next four spots in the batting order...overall, the Cougs hit .318 through the top four spots in the order and .254 combined for the bottom five sports...figure this one out...WSU batters, when starting, hit .284 during the 2001 season, while the non-starters hit almost as well at .279...the opponents were more conventional, with their starters hitting .331 and the non-starters .293...on the mound, Cougar starters had an ERA of 8.07 and the non-starting pitchers were at 6.35...for opponents, the starters had a 4.96 ERA and the relief pitchers 6.12.

MORE NOTES FROM THE 2001 SEASON:
Baeder boasted the longest hitting streak of the 2001 season at 11 games, while Bookie Gates was one of three Cougs who had nine-game hitting streaks...he also had 21-multiple-hit games and drove home two or more runs in 13 games...WSU was outscored by 108 runs during the 2001 season, 35 (71-36) in the first inning alone...for the other eight regular innings WSU trailed by 69 runs, 376-307, with the opponents also holding a 4-0 lead in extra innings...WSU's best inning was the sixth when they outscored their opponents 43-31...WSU outscored opponents in the sixth and ninth innings...Bookie Gates was named the Pac-10's Player of the Week April 2, 2001, for his performance against UCLA last year...Gates hit 10-14, had seven RBI, scored five times, hit three doubles and one home run...three members of WSU's 2001 baseball team were selected in the Major League Baseball draft in early June...the Cougars' top hitter, Stefan Bailie, was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round after leading WSU with 18 home runs and a .352 batting average...pitcher Tyson Thompson was selected by Tampa Bay in the 33rd round, while second baseman Bookie Gates was tabbed by Minnesota in the 35th round.

105 YEARS OF COUGAR BASEBALL: Baseball, the first sport played at Washington State University in 1892, completed its 106th season of diamond action in 2001...during its first 106 seasons, WSU baseball teams won 63.9% of their games, posting a 2,261-1,276 record...the Cougars did not field baseball teams in 1893-94-95-97.

WSU ON THE RADIO/INTERNET: WSU's baseball games will be broadcast by KCLX (1450 AM) in Colfax, Wash., during the 2002 season...WSU radio broadcasts are handled by Cougar Sports Properties, a sub-division of Learfield Communications...Alex Webster will call most of the WSU games...games broadcast on radio also were heard on the internet at the WSU web site, www.wsucougars.com.

COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS SIXTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: Washington State University ranked sixth in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,261 prior to the 2002 season...a list of the Top 6 baseball programs appears below with their respective records and number of seasons played:

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