April 23, 2003
|Tuesday, April 22||WSU vs. Lewis-Clark State, 3:00 p.m.||Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman|
|*Friday, April 25||WSU at Arizona State, 7:00 p.m.||Packard Stadium (4,200), Tempe, Ariz.|
|*Saturday, April 26||WSU at Arizona State, 7:00 p.m.||Packard Stadium (4,200), Tempe, Ariz.|
|*Sunday, April 27||WSU at Arizona State, 12:00 p.m.||Packard Stadium (4,200), Tempe, Ariz.|
|Tuesday, April 29||WSU vs. Gonzaga, 6:00 p.m.||Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.|
|*Friday, May 2||WSU vs. Washington, 6:00 p.m.||Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.|
|*Saturday, May 3||WSU vs. Washington, 1:00 p.m.||Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.|
|*Sunday, May 4||WSU vs. Washington, 1:00 p.m.||Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman, Wash.|
|*Thursday, April 17||Arizona 11, WSU 9||Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman.|
|*Friday, April 18||Arizona 6, WSU 4 (11i)||Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman.|
|*Saturday, April 19||WSU 12, Arizona 8||Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman.|
* = Pacific-10 Conference Game
COUGAR DIAMOND SUMMARY
WSU HOSTS LCSC, THEN ON THE ROAD TO ASU: The WSU Cougars, 12-26 overall and 4-8 in league play after capturing the final home game against Arizona last week, begins the week by hosting the LCSC Warriors at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, then heads to #7 (BA) Arizona State for three games.
Arizona State enters the week with a 39-9 overall record and a 7-5 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play.
Mooney is expected to send junior Aaron MacKenzie (3-3, 5.34) to the mound Friday, while Saturday Bryce Chamberlin (3-4, 6.83), a sophomore, will likely be the Cougar starter. Banaszak (2-7, 4.63) will be the Sunday starter at ASU.
The first two games at Tempe will start at 7:00 p.m, while the first pitch Sunday will be at noon. Senior Justin Hart continues to lead WSU hitters, sporting a .364 average. He is followed by freshman Jay Miller at .319 and sophomore Grand Richardson at .308.
Junior Jonathan Fender had the hot bat last weekend against Arizona. He started two games and hit .625 with five hits in eight official plate at-bats. Included was a perfect 5-for-5 performance in WSU's win Sunday.
Hart hit .438 against Arizona and is currently sporting a .419 batting average in Pac-10 play. The Cougars hit .325 against Arizona, with Miller (.385), Richardson (.385), Derek Bruce (.308) and Steve Mortimer (.300) also having solid plate performances.
Among the WSU starters, Banaszak leads the mound staff with a 4.63 ERA while throwing 79.2 innings. He has 48 strikeouts to lead the Cougars. Nick Kenyon, with 19 trips to the mound, has thrown 32 innings and has a 4.22 ERA.
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 .319 batting average, second-best on the team...Miller has been on fire the last three Pac-10 series against Stanford, Oregon State and Arizona, going 19-43 for a .442 average...he has at least one hit in 14 of WSU's last 15 games and during that span is 26-for-67, a .388 average.
COUGS HOT IN LAST SIX GAMES: In the last six games, all league contests, WSU is hitting .332. Among the every day starters, Hart leads with a .458 average, while Miller is hitting .429, Richardson .423, Dustin Realini .333 and Jeremy Farrar .296 and Derek Bruce .296. Jeff LaRue, .500, and Jonathan Fender, .385, have shared second base duties in those games.
Jon Baeder hits .488 advancing runners, .286 with a runner at third and less than two outs, and .323 with two outs...he also hits .409 when leading off an inning...Derek Bruce is hitting .355 against left-handed pitching and .270 against the right-handers...he is hitting .361 when the bases are empty and .368 as a leadoff batter...he hits .556 with runners on third and less than two outs, .288 with two outs and .333 when advancing runners...Wes Falkenborg, WSU's regular DH, is hitting .429 when he leads off an inning and .325 advancing runners...Jeremy Farrar advances runners at a .500 percentage and hits .400 as a leadoff hitter...Justin Hart hits .500 in limited action against left-handed pitchers and .354 against right-handers...he is hitting .412 with the bases empty and .462 as a leadoff hitter...he also advances runners at a .462 percentage...Jeff LaRue is hitting .318 when leading off an inning and .600 with the bases loaded...Zapper McGrath hits .524 when in the leadoff spot and .500 when advancing runners...Jay Miller is hitting .324 against right-handed pitchers and .303 against lefties...he hits .358 with runners on base, .361 with runners in scoring position, .778 with runners at third and less than two outs (7-for-9) and advances runners at a .507 percenage...Dustin Realini is hitting .375 against left-handed pitchers, .385 as a leadoff hitter and advances runners at a .486 clip...Grant Richardson hits .406 with runners on base...he also hits .359 with runners in scoring position, .818 (9-of-11) with runners at third and less than two outs, .405 with two outs and advances runners at a .542 rate...Robert Stahlke hits .500 in the leadoff position and .273 as a pinch hitter.
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 .308 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...in WSU's last six Pac-10 games he is hitting .423 with a .962 slugging percentage...he had home runs in four straight games, 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 4.63 ERA in 79.2 innings of work...unfortunately, in his 11 starts, WSU has been shut out three times (4-0 each time) and lost by scores of 7-1 and 6-1...in his 11 games the Cougars have scored just 38 runs and hit .230 (84-for-365)...only six times has WSU had more than six hits in a game started by Banaszak.
PAC-10 PLAY: WSU has five starters hitting over .300 after 12 Pac-10 games...Justin Hart leads the team at .419 in league games, followed in order by Jay Miller .382, Jonathan Fender .333 (seven games), Wes Falkenborg .320 (nine games), Grant Richardson .317, Jeff LaRue .304 (eight games).
COUGS PICK UP THE PACE: In WSU's last 15 games, including a three-game series with nationally ranked Stanford, the Cougars are 7-8...since a two-game series with OSU in Pasco in mid-March WSU is 9-12 over the last 21 games...in their last six games, all league contests, the Cougars are 3-3.
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.