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Release: 06/21/1999
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April 14, 1998

THIS WEEK:
Wednesday, April 15 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 6:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman
Friday, April 17 - WSU vs. Washington, 3:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman
Saturday, April 18 - WSU vs. Washington (DH), 12:00 noon, Bailey Field, Pullman
Sunday, April 19 - WSU vs. Washington, 1:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman

NEXT WEEK:
Wednesday, April 22 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 4:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman
Friday, April 24 - WSU vs. Oregon State (DH), 12:00 p.m., Coleman Field, Corvallis, Oregon.
Saturday, April 25 - WSU vs. Oregon State (DH), 12:00 p.m., Coleman Field, Corvallis, Oregon.
Sunday, April 26 - WSU vs. Oregon State, 1:00 p.m., Coleman Field, Corvallis, Oregon

LAST WEEK:
Friday, April 10 - Portland State 9, WSU 6, Civic Stadium, Portland.
Saturday, April 11 - WSU 6-8, Portland State 3-5, Civic Stadium, Portland.
Sunday, April 12 - WSU 14, Portland State 9, Civic Stadium, Portland.

       
1B - CASEY KELLEY, Jr. (.342, 41 H, 42 RBI, 14 HR, 37 R)
    Greg Mitchell, Sr. (.320, 33 H, 22 RBI, 7 HR, 12 HBP)
2B - SCOTT RANDALL, RS-Sr. (.356, 42 H, 19 RBI, 8 2B)
    Boyd Robertson, RS-Jr. (.271, 29 H, 16 RBI, 6 2B)
SS - SHAWN STEVENSON, So. (.326, 42 H, 23 RBI, 4 HR)
    Boyd Robertson, RS-Jr. (.271, 29 H, 16 RBI, 6 2B)
3B - GREG MITCHELL, Sr.  (.320, 33 H, 22 RBI, 7 HR)
    Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.356, 42 H, 19 RBI, 8 2B, 2 HR)
LF - RAY HATTENBURG, RS-So. (.375, 18 H, 12 RBI, 3 2B)
    Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.356, 42 H, 19 RBI, 8 2B, 2 HR)
CF - STEVE GLEASON, Jr. (.270, 20 H, 18 RBI, 5 3B, 3 HR)
    Dusty Edler, RS-Jr. (.316, 12 H, 14 RBI)
RF - JASON GROVE, Fr. (.336, 37 H, 22 RBI, 11 2B, 7 HR)
    Justin Mentink, Jr. (.286, 10 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR)
C -  RYAN SMITH, So. (.262, 11 H, 11 RBI, 2 HR)
    Jeff Scherer, Jr. (.286, 20 H, 18 RBI, 5 HR)
DH - STEVE CURRAN, So. (.267, 28 H, 28 RBI, 6 HR)
    Justin Mentink, Jr. (.286, 10 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR)
P1 - WADE PARRISH, So. (L, 5-2, 4.67 ERA, 54.0 IP)
P2 - JAMAAL GAINES, Jr. (R, 2-4, 5.40 ERA, 51.2 IP)
P3 - TODD MELDAHL, So. (L, 4-3, 7.12, 43.0 IP)
R1 - Les McTavish, So.(R, 2-2, 5.87, 23.0 IP)
R2 - Reggie Rivard, So. (R, 0-1, 5.19, 26.0 IP)
R3 - Ole Vigeland, Jr. (R, 1-0, 2.53, 10.2 IP)
FIRST PLACE AT STAKE WHEN UW VISITS THIS WEEKEND: The Washington State baseball team will host non-conference rival Gonzaga (8-26) Wednesday night at 6 p.m. before returning to Pac-10 play this weekend against cross-state rival Washington. The Cougs (17-14, 7-4) will host a four-game series against the No. 20 ranked Huskies beginning Friday at 3 p.m. A doubleheader will be played Saturday starting at 12 p.m. and the series finale will be played Sunday at 1 p.m. All games will be played at Bailey Field.

The Huskies will enter the series with an overall record of 22-11 and are 8-4 in the Pac-10 North. They hold just a one-game lead over both WSU and OSU for the conference lead.

Washington State is coming off a 3-1 series win against the Portland State Vikings in which they struggeled at times to score runs. The Cougs did not commit and error in the series.

Sophomore lefty Todd Meldahl threw his second consecutive complete game to improve his record to 4-3. Ray Hattenburg faired very well in his first extended action of the year. Hattenburg was 6-for-11 with two doubles and a triple against the Vikings.

Reserve outfielder Dusty Edler etched his name in the record books while hitting for the cycle Sunday. Edler was 4-for-5 with five RBI

Utiltiy player Scott Randall continues to play well and has a team leading batting average of ..356. Kelley leads the Cougs in almost every power category and has a league leading 42 RBI and 14 home runs.

Sophomore starting pitcher Wade Parrish improved his record to 5-2 and has pitched just seven innings then he did in all of '97. Ole Vigeland has been solid in the closer role and opposing batters are hitting just .139 off him. Reggie Rivard is also hot on the mound, giving up only two earned runs over his last 11.2 innings of relief work.

COUGS AT THE PLATE

    Team BA:    .311 (346-1111)
    Vs. Left:   .314 (126-401)
    Vs. Right:  .310 (220-710)
    Bases Loaded:   .415 (22-53)
    Two Outs:   .296 (107-361)
    Bases Empty:    .315 (169-537)
GLEASON PULLS DOUBLE DUTY: Center fielder Steve Gleason has been a busy man this year...the linebacker-outfielder is currently hitting .270 after going 2-for-11 last week...he has started 20 games and made 28 appearances...he has five triples, which is only two off the all-time record of seven...last fall he led WSU's football team with 100 tackles, the fifth highest total in the Pac-10...he earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 and all-academic honors in the fall...Gleason and the Cougar football team began spring drills March 30.

HOT OR NOT: Shawn Stevenson has hit .263 (5/19) in his last four games and scored four runs...he has had seven plate appearances with the bases loaded and collected a hit three times (.429)...Stevenson is also one of the most productive with runners in scoring position, going 13-for 33 (.394)...as a switch hitter he hits .426 from the right side and .268 from the left side...he has 13 multiple hit games...he holds the second longest hitting streak of the year at 10 games...with 42 hits, he ranks sixth in the NorPac...he is third in the league in runs scored with 37... Casey Kelley has been hitting the ball hard to all field and has raised his average to .342...his 14 home runs leads the Pac-10 North and is only nine off the school record of 23...he was 7-for-15 at Portland State with two home runs...Kelley has hit nine homers in the last 14 games...he also leads the team with more than one RBI in 15 games... Scott Randall has emerged as the cougar leader at the plate with an average of .356...he is hitting .463 against lefties...Randall is 20-for-55 with runners on base...his batting average is fourth best in the Pac-10 North...his five stolen bases leads the team...Randall went to the plate a team high seven times vs. Cal...Jason Grove is hitting .417 against right handed pitchers and just .184 against lefties...he also hits .431 with the bases empty and .323 with two outs...on the mound batters are hitting just .296 off him in his two starts...Greg Mitchell cooled down a little after the UW series, but is still hitting .320 overall...he is hitting .349 against right handed pitchers as opposed to .275 against lefties...Mitchell is 3-for-5 with the bases loaded...in his first season at third base, he has started 26 games at the hot corner and committed five errors...he leads the team with 12 hit-by-pitches...best game was a 3-for-5 day April 3 at UW...Ray Hattenburg is seeing his first full-time action since suffering a sprained ankle at ASU...he was the hottest Coug over the weekend going 6-for-11 while starting three games in left...for the season Hattenburg is hitting .375, but he only has 48 official at-bats, so he can not qualify for the team lead.

GROVE DOESN'T PLAY LIKE A FROSH: Freshman rightfielder Jason Grove has performed more like a senior than a freshman through WSU's first 31 games...he has 29 starts in the outfield and two on the mound...he currently is hitting .336 with seven home runs, 11 doubles and 22 RBI...Grove was named the Pac-10 player of the week on March 24 after he hit .471for that week...in the annual alumni game Grove was 4-for-4 and hit for the elusive cycle, but no stats were counted because it was an exhibition game.

TEAM NOTES: WSU is 0-3 in night games, 17-11 during the day...the Cougs are 7-4 against left handed pitchers and 10-10 against right handers...WSU has lost both one-run games and three of six two-run games...WSU has outscored the opponents in every inning but the eighth and extra innings...in the first seven innings, WSU has outscored their opponents 227-169, including 86-58 in the first three innings...WSU has been outscored in the devastating eighth inning 31-20 and 5-2 in extra innings.

MOUND ROTATION

(Probable)
    WED Jason Grove
    FRI Jamaal Gaines
    SAT Todd Meldahl
    SAT Wade Parrish
    SUN Dave Wheeler

PAC-10 OVERALL TEAMS W L W L GB Washington 8 4 21 11 - OSU 7 4 22 9* 1 WSU 7 4 17 14 1 PSU 1 11 10 21 7 * = Includes one tie

UW FYI: The Huskies are entering the four-game weekend series with a one-game lead in the Pac-10 North over both WSU and OSU...they are 22-11 overall in '98...UW is coming off a series split with the Beavers...left fielder is the leading hitter for the Dawgs with a .375 average...his 11 home runs is second only to Kelley of WSU...Woods was named the Pac-10 North player of the week for his performance in the Oregon State series...freshman Jeff Carlsen, who threw a one-hitter against the Cougs in their last series, is 5-2, with a 3.91 ERA...the series will start with a single game at 3 p.m. Friday, followed by a doubleheader Saturday, and a 1 p.m. contest Sunday...the Huskies are ranked 20th in all three college polls.

GONZAGA FYI: The Zags are playing pretty good ball as of late and have won four out of their last five games...the Bulldogs are 8-26 on the year and are 6-5 since snapping a 19-game loosing streak...the Cougars hold a 5-1 advantage on the year...first baseman Adam Stokey continues to swing the hot bat for the Zags...Stokey is hitting .352 with five doubles and two home runs...shortstop Bo Hart is also doing well at the plate while hitting .325 and connecting on seven homers...Jason Sazama and Forrest Higgins are the team leaders in the pitching departement for Gonzaga...Sazama has a 3.18 ERA in five appearances and Higgins has a 4.78 ERA in 11 appearances.

DISABLED LIST:

Kyle Poffenroth, Jr., Arm Problems
Marcus Glaze, Jr., Shoulder Problems
102 YEARS OF WSU BASEBALL: In 102 previous seasons of baseball, WSU has fashioned a 2182-1150-7 record, winning 65.4% of its games.

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.

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).

PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL
    1.  Washington
    2.  Oregon State
    3.  Washington State
    4.  Portland State
STEVENSON BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD: Sophomore shortstop Shawn Stevenson recently surpassed John Olerud as the record holder for most consecutive games with a hit...the switch hitting leadoff hitter ended his streak March 6 with an 0-for-4 day against Ohio State... the streak ended at 28 games which dated back to April 13th of the '97 season in a game against Lewis-Clark State....Olerud set the previous mark of 22 games in the 1988 season in which he was voted Baseball America's player of the year...during the streak Stevenson hit .384 (48/125) and for the '98 season he is hitting .326 and his 42 hits is sixth best in the NorPac.

CURRAN NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: Sophomore Steve Curran was recently named to The Sporting News preseason All-Conference team...Curran is hitting .267 for the '98 campaign with six home runs.

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...he is hitting .356 in '98 with eight doubles.

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).

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.

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

WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE: Head Coach Steve Farrington will hold a weekly press conference every Tuesday at 1:15...if you are interested in participating please call the WSU Sports Information Office at (509) 335-2684.

KELLEY, GLEASON CLOSING IN ON RECORDS: Juniors Casey Kelley and Steve Gleson are both within reaching distance of Cougar baseball records...Gleason only needs three more triples to surpass the school record of seven set by three different former Cougs...Kelley has 14 homers and has already surpassed his home run total from of 12 from last year...he needs only 10 more to surpass John Olerud's mark of 24 set in 1988.

COUGAR BASEBALL ON FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST: The Cougars are scheduled to play three games on FOX Sports Northwest this season...listed below are the scheduled replay dates, times and opponents:

    Oregon State (3/23)     3/24    1 p.m.
    Washington (4/19)       4/20    1 p.m.
    Portland State (5/8)    5/9    10 a.m.
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 Alex Webster scheduled to call the action for the games against Washington....all games are scheduled to air on KCLX (1450 AM).

JC TRANSFERS FILL IN NEEDED POSITIONS FOR COUGS: Currently 9 players on the Cougar roster have come by way of the junior college level...two are starters, Jamaal Gaines is in the starting rotation, and three come out 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)
HITTING STREAKS: Here's a look at batting streaks among Cougar regulars:
    PLAYER      CURRENT BEST    L-4
    Casey Kelley   12  12   7-15
    Scott Randall   5   9   5-16
    Steve Curran    3   5   3-10
    Ray Hattenburg  3   3   6-12
    Jason Grove     2   9   4-13
    Shawn Stevenson 1  10   5-19
    Jeff Scherer    1   6   2-5
    Boyd Robertson  0   3   1-4
    Greg Mitchell   1   4   4-14
    Dusty Edler     1   3   4-6
    Ryan Smith      0   3   1-9
    Justin Mentink  0   3   1-7
    Steve Gleason   1   3   2-11
FROM THE MOUND: Ole Vigeland has faced 47 batters and hitters are 5-for-36 (.139) against him...righties are 4-for-26 while lefties are 1-for 10...Reggie Rivard has been pitching well as of late and has only given up two earned runs in his last 11.2 innings of relief...in NorPac play, the Canadian native has a 0.93 ERA...Les McTavish has secured the role in middle relief and has also pitched in late inning situations...he is tough against left handers, as they are only hitting .138 off him...he is averaging five and a half strikeouts per nine innings...Wade Parrish continues to do well as the ace of the staff...he won his fifth game Saturday at Portland State and now has an ERA of 4.67...his five wins is good enough for second place among pitchers in the Pac-10 North...Todd Meldahl continues to pitch well in the front half of doubleheaders and has thrown two consecutive complete games...he is now 4-3...lefties are hitting .185 off him...Jamaal Gaines leads the team with three pickoffs...he also leads the team with 40 strike outs...he has given up nine home runs. <
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