February 9, 1998
Friday, Feb. 13 - WSU at Arizona State, 6:00 p.m. PST, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 14 - WSU at Arizona State, 6:00 p.m. PST, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Sunday, Feb. 15 - WSU at Arizona State, 12:00 p.m. PST, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Friday, Feb. 20 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 2:00 p.m., Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Saturday, Feb. 21 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m., Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Sunday, Feb. 22 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m., Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Thursday, Feb. 5- WSU 13, San Diego State 6, Tony Gwynn Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
Friday, Feb. 6 - WSU vs. Houston, Rained Out, Tony Gwynn Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
Saturday, Feb. 7 - WSU 17, Houston 5, Tony Gwynn Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
Saturday, Feb. 7- San Diego State 12, WSU 10, Tony Gwynn Stadium, San Diego, Calif
1B - CASEY KELLEY, Jr. (.563, 9 H, 7 RBI, 3 HR) Greg Mitchell, Sr. (.167, 2 H, 0 RBI, 0 HR) 2B - BOYD ROBERTSON, RS-Jr. (.467, 7 H, 6 RBI, 3 2B) Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.667, 2 H, 1 RBI) SS - SHAWN STEVENSON, So. (.385, 5 H, 4 RBI, 1.000 FD%) Ole Vigeland, Jr. (.000, 0 H, 0 RBI) 3B - GREG MITCHELL, Sr. (.167, 2 H, 0 RBI, 0 HR) Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.667, 2 H, 1 RBI) LF - RAY HATTENBURG, RS-So. (.500, 5 H, 1 RBI) Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.667, 2 H, 1 RBI) CF - DUSTY EDLER, RS-Jr. (.286, 2 H, 2 RBI) Steve Gleason, Jr. (1.000, 3 H, 2 RBI) RF - JASON GROVE, Fr. (.417, 5 H, 7 RBI, 2 2B) Justin Mentink, Jr. (.286, 32 H, 20 RBI) C - JEFF SCHERER, Jr. (.273, 3 H, 7 RBI, 1 HR) Ryan Smith, So. (.500, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 2B) DH - STEVE CURRAN, So. (.231, 3 H, 7 RBI, 2 HR) Justin Mentink, Sr. (.000, 0 H, 0 RBI) P1 - WADE PARRISH, So. (L, 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 7.0 IP) P2 - JAMAAL GAINES, Jr. (R, 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP) P3 - TODD MELDAHL, So. (L, 0-1, 21.00, 3.0 IP) R1 - Les McTavish, So.(R, 0-0, 0.00, 2.0 IP) R2 - Aaron Cozzens, Jr. (R, 0-0, 0.00, 2.0 IP)SEASON MAKES SECOND ROAD TRIP: The Washington State Cougars hope to continue their hot hitting from last week's season-opening performances against San Diego State and Houston. The Cougs won two out three games at Tony Gwynn Stadium, one victory against each team. WSU will next travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on the nationally ranked Arizona State Sun Devils in single games Friday (6:00 p.m.PST), Saturday (6:00 p.m. PST) and Sunday (12:00 p.m. PST).
Last weekend in two games against San Diego State, and one game against Houston, WSU outscored their opponents 40-23. Hitting proved to be the Cougars' strong point in their first games of the season. As a team they hit .390, while collecting 48 hits, including 16 for extra bases
Head coach Steve Farrington is expected to start Todd Meldahl in the Friday opener under the lights at Packard Stadium, with Jamaal Gaines opening Saturday and Wade Parrish set to take the mound Sunday.
Casey Kelley is leading the hitting attack for the Cougs, with nine hits in his 16 at-bats. The junior first baseman has also launched three home runs, all of which have been to the opposite field. Two newcomers, freshman Jason Grove, and JC transfer Boyd Robertson each enjoyed a solid week at the plate. Grove hit .417 (5-12) with two doubles, while Robertson hit .467 (7-15). Two-sport star Steve Gleason is perfect at the plate, 3-for-3, in limited action. Starting left fielder Ray Hattenburg is also torrid at the plate, hitting for an even .500 (5-10).
The Cougs will be facing an Arizona State squad the is ranked sixth in the nation by Baseball America. The Sun Devils are 8-2, after loosing two of three against #21 Florida State last week.
MOUND ROTATION: WSU's probable mound rotation this weekend will be:
ASU - Todd Meldahl
ASU - Jamaal Gaines
ASU - Wade Parrish
FROM THE BULLPEN: Last week sophomore Les McTavish and junior Aaron Cozzens led the way for the Cougs, each throwing two innings of shut-out ball... Dave Wheeler, Robin Guiver and Reggie Rivard also saw action in San Diego...Cozzens and Rivard will battle for the closer role, while McTavish, Wheeler, and Guiver will all be called upon for relief duty against the Sun Devils.
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.
OPPOSITE FIELD POWER: In WSU's three games, they have hit the long ball seven times, four of which have gone to the opposite field...Casey Kelley has dialed long distance in each of the three games, with all three being opposite field
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).
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 Vince Marotta calling the action for Friday's game, and Mark Asher for both Saturday and Sunday. All games this weekend are scheduled to air on KMAX (840 AM).
Kyle Poffenroth, RS-Jr, Arm Problems
Marcus Glaze, Jr, Shoulder Problems
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 2177-1146-7 record, winning 65.5% of its games...baseball was the first collegiate sport at WSU, beginning in 1892.
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 tieSUN DEVIL FYI: Arizona State left fielder Willie Bloomquist is the only Washington connection on the Sun Devil squad...Bloomquist is a native of Port Orchard, Washington, where he attended South Kitsap High School...Bloomquist has the second most at-bats on the team and is hitting .472 (17-36)...starter Ryan Mills has posted a 0.84 ERA while allowing just two earned runs in 21.1 innings of work...Phil Lowery is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings of work...the Sun Devils are hitting .322 as a team and their pitching staff has a combined 1.47 ERA.
UP THE MIDDLE: The second base-shortstop combo of Shawn Stevenson and Boyd Robertson have been the pitchers best friend, combining to produce eight twin-killings in three games.
KELLEY OFF TO HOT START: Junior Casey Kelley is making the most of his early season plate appearances, and is waisting no time getting into mid-season form...through last weekends three games, Kelley was 9-for-16 (.563), with 3 home runs, and 7 runs batted in...on defense Kelley has moved from left field, where he started 36 games last year, to first base...he has one error, while recording 32 put outs...Kelley is extending the hot streak that he ended the '97 season on in which he hit nine home runs in the last 15 games...now has 12 in his last 18.
COUGAR DEBUTS IMPRESSIVE: With a line-up full of new faces, the trip to San Diego proved to be a first for many in a Cougar uniform...Jamaal Gaines pitched six solid innings against Houston giving up just one run...Aaron Cozzens came out of the bullpen for two late inning appearances and had four strikeouts...freshman Jason Grove started all three games in right field, and hit .417, including two doubles...catcher Jeff Scherer was impressive in his first game, hitting a grand slam, but then cooled off to finish the series on a 1-for-7 skid...Boyd Robertson was was solid at the plate, hitting at a .467 clip, including three doubles.
PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL 1. Washington 2. Oregon State 3. Washington State 4. Portland StatePITCHERS STEADY IN OPENING SERIES: The Washington State pitching staff was solid in its first three outings of the year...eight WSU pitchers took to the mound to give up 23 runs, 21 of which were earned, in the three games...Jamaal Gaines and Wade Parrish were impressive in their starts, giving up a combined three runs in 13 innings of work...Gaines, Parrish, and Aaron Cozzens are all tied for the lead with four strikeouts each...Cozzens has been impressive in his two outings, showing excellent velocity on his fastball and good movement on his curveball...Dave Wheeler, last years team leading pitcher, gave up six runs, four of them earned, in his two innings of work.
COUGARS TO PLAY TOUGH SCHEDULE: During the course of the 1998 season, the Cougar baseball team will compete against some of the best collegiate programs in the nation...here is a list of them, with their Baseball America ranking in parenthesis.
Arizona State, (6th) Washington, (12th) Stanford, (1st) Ohio State, (17th)SIX-OUT-OF-NINE PAC-10 TEAMS IN TOP 25: Six of the nine Pac-10 schools that offer a baseball program part of the top 25 in the nation according to Baseball America...they are:
Stanford (#1) USC (#5) Arizona State (#6) Washington (#12) UCLA (#18) Arizona (#24)JC TRANSFERS FILL IN NEEDED POSITIONS FOR COUGS: Currently 9 players on the Cougar roster have come by way of the junior college level...three 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)