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Pac-10 North Crown at Stake in Corvallis
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Release: 06/21/1999
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April 23, 1998

THIS WEEK:
Wednesday, April 22 - WSU 18, Gonzaga 7, 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


Wednesday, April 29 - WSU vs. LCSC, 6:00 p.m., Harris Field, Lewiston.
Friday, May 1 - WSU vs. LCSC, 6:00 p.m., Harris Field, Lewiston.
Saturday, May 2 - LCSC vs. WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman.

LAST WEEK:
Wednesday, April 15 - Gonzaga 14, WSU 2, Bailey Field, Pullman.
Friday, April 17 - WSU 13, Washington 4, Bailey Field, Pullman.
Saturday, April 18 - WSU 2-10, Washington 3-9, Bailey Field, Pullman.
Sunday, April 19 - WSU 8, Washington 11, Bailey Field, Pullman.

1B - CASEY KELLEY, Jr. (.350, 49 H, 52 RBI, 19 HR, 45 R)
    Zach Bode, So. (.455, 5 H, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR)
2B - SCOTT RANDALL, RS-Sr. (.357, 51 H, 20 RBI, 9 2B)
    Boyd Robertson, RS-Jr. (.261, 30 H, 18 RBI, 6 2B)
SS - SHAWN STEVENSON, So. (.344, 52 H, 30 RBI, 6 HR)
    Boyd Robertson, RS-Jr. (.261, 30 H, 18 RBI, 6 2B)
3B - GREG MITCHELL, Sr.  (.312, 39 H, 31 RBI, 9 HR)
    Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.357, 51 H, 20 RBI, 9 2B, 2 HR)
LF - RAY HATTENBURG, RS-So. (.304, 21 H, 14 RBI, 5 2B)
    Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.357, 51 H, 20 RBI, 9 2B, 2 HR)
CF - STEVE GLEASON, Jr. (.289, 26 H, 23 RBI, 5 3B, 4 HR)
    Dusty Edler, RS-Jr. (.279, 12 H, 14 RBI)
RF - JASON GROVE, Fr. (.308, 40 H, 23 RBI, 11 2B, 8 HR)
    Justin Mentink, Jr. (.333, 14 H, 5 RBI, 1 HR)
C - JEFF SCHERER, Jr. (.300, 24 H, 22 RBI, 7 HR)
    Ryan Smith, So. (.265, 13 H, 12 RBI, 2 HR)
DH - STEVE CURRAN, RS-So. (.262, 32 H, 32 RBI, 7 HR)
    Justin Mentink, Jr. (.333, 14 H, 5 RBI, 1 HR)
P1 - WADE PARRISH, So. (L, 6-2, 4.57 ERA, 63.0 IP)
P2 - JAMAAL GAINES, Jr. (R, 2-4, 5.25 ERA, 58.1 IP)
P3 - TODD MELDAHL, So. (L, 4-4, 6.52, 49.2 IP)
R1 - Les McTavish, So.(R, 3-2, 4.91, 29.1 IP)
R2 - Reggie Rivard, So. (R, 0-2, 6.99, 28.1 IP)
R3 - Ole Vigeland, Jr. (R, 1-0, 4.09, 11.0 IP)
FIRST PLACE AT STAKE AS COUGS TRAVEL TO CORVALLIS: The Washington State baseball team will return to Pac-10 North play with a five-game showdown with league-leading Oregon State (27-9, 11-4) starting Friday with a doubleheader at 12 p.m. at Coleman Field in Corvallis.

WSU is in third place in the NorPac, just one half game behind second place Washington and two games behind the Beavers. The series was originally scheduled for only four games, but a rain out in Pullman Mar. 23 will make the series five games. A doubleheader will be played both Friday and Saturday.

The Cougs are coming off a series split with Washington that evened up the season series 4-4 and a 18-7 drilling of Gonzaga. The Cougs ended the season series with the Zags taking six of eight..

Shortstop Shawn Stevenson led the way against the Huskies going 7-for-15 and Casey Kelley had a banner night against the Bulldogs. Kelley was 4-for-5 with three home runs and seven RBI.

Starting pitcher Wade Parrish gave the best performance of the weekend with a complete game four-run outing to pick up his sixth win of the season. Les McTavish was impressive out of the bullpen giving up only one run in just over six innings of work.

In an attempt to save pitching arms, reliever Robin Guiver got the start against the Zags and pitched well. He gave up only four runs in his six innings of work. Shane Rice and Aaron Cozzens each pitched a perfect inning of relief.

Scott Randall has become the Cougs everyday second baseman and leads all regulars with a .357 average. Stevenson has watched his average climb to 344 and has connected on six home runs. With his three home run night, Kelley now has a league-leading total of 19 and is fast approaching a school record. He is now only four away from tying the school record of 23 set by John Olerud in 1988.

COUGS AT THE PLATE

    Team BA:        .310 (408-1318)
    Vs. Left:       .314 (148-471)
    Vs. Right:      .307 (260-847)
    Bases Loaded:   .424 (25-59)
TEAM NOTES: WSU is 1-3 in night games, 19-14 during the day...the Cougs are 9-4 against left handed pitchers and 11-13 against right handers...WSU has lost two of three 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 265-207, including 107-79 in the first three innings...WSU has been outscored in the devastating eighth inning 37-29 and 5-2 in extra innings.

WSU MOUND ROTATION

(Probable)
    FRI Jason Grove
    FRI Wade Parrish
    SAT Todd Meldahl
    SAT Jamaal Gaines
    SUN Dave Wheeler
THE KELLEY WATCH: Junior first baseman Casey Kelley is quickly making a name for himself and is coming closer to a Cougar record...through 37 games, the left-handed swinger has 19 home runs, which is only four short of John Olerud's school record of 23...the Cougs have 15 games remaining to play for Kelley to reach the mark...a remarkable fact about the 19 home runs is that 17 have been hit to either center or left field, leaving only two to sail to his pull field of right...Kelley is also hitting for average as he reached the .350 mark with a 4-for-5 night against Gonzaga ...his mark of 19 is not only leading the Pac-10 North, but also puts him in the top 15 in the nation...he leads the team with 17 multiple RBI games...his 52 RBI leads the league in that category...Kelley is 2-for-5 with the bases loaded and is hitting .425 with runners in scoring position.

IRON MAN: Center fielder Steve Gleason has been a busy man this year...the linebacker-outfielder is currently hitting .289...he has started 25 games and made 34 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.

STEVENSON FILLING SHOES OF A BIGGER MAN: Sophomore Shawn Stevenson has been playing a lot bigger than his 5-8, 140 pound frame...through WSU's 37 games, Stevenson has connected on six home runs and seven doubles...as a switch hitter, he is hitting .446 from the right side and .284 from the left side...Stevenson is third on the team in batting with an overall average of .344...his 44 runs scored is secod best in the NorPac and his 52 hits trails oly Ben Bertrand of Oregon State...he leads the team with 12 multiple hit games...Stevenson is currently locked in a seven game hitting streak...he was 4-for-10 in the first three games against OSU...Stevenson will be playing this summer for the Wareham ballclub in the Cape Cod League.

THE UTILITY MAN: Senior Scott Randall has proven that he can play several positions...Randall has started 11 games at second base, five at third, and 18 in left field...the left handed swinger from Bellingham, Wash. is the team leader with a .357 average...he is hitting .468 against lefties...his best game was a five hit day against Cal March 16...he has 14 multiple hit games to his credit and six multiple RBI games...his current hitting streak of 11 games is the longest on the team...Randall garnered all-conference honors last season...he was 5-for-10 in the first three games against the Beavers.

BODACIOUS BODE: Sophomore Zach Bode has been the man to go to in pinch-hitting situations this season. Bode is 5-for-11 with a home runs and a double this season...all his at-bats have come in pinch hitting situations...his home run in the seventh inning off Jeff Heaverlo of UW pulled the Cougs to with in one 3-2...Bode is from Issaquah, Wash.

THE CANDADIAN CONNECTION: Third baseman Greg Mitchell, a junior from Maple Ridge, BC, has started 31 of the 37 games at third base, and is hitting .312...he is hitting .333 in NorPac play...his nine home runs is second on the team behind Kelley and fifth best in the Pac-10 North...Mitchell is hitting .342 against left handers.

THE FRESHMAN: Freshman Jason Grove started his Washington State career on a tear, but has since cooled off...the rightfielder/pitcher from Walla Walla, Wash. is hitting .308 with eight home runs...he is hitting .372 against right handers and .182 against left handers...Grove has had a pair of doubles in two games...on the mound he is 0-1 while making three starts...he has pitched in 10 innings and posted an ERA of 9.00.

HATTIE: Sophomore Ray Hattenburg is hitting .304 after rebounding from a early-season ankle injury that kept him sidelined for a while...he hit his first career home run in the Sunday game against OSU earlier in the year...he is hitting .423 with two outs...Hattenburg was an all-academic pick last year by the Pac-10.

AS SOLID AS SCHERER: Junior Jeff Scherer has battled back from an elbow injury and has been playing really well...he is 6-for-13 in his last five games...his seven home runs is tied for fourth on the squad...Scherer is a JC transfer from Walla Walla Community College.

THE RETURN OF THE WADE: Sophomore Wade Parrish has made some kind of turn-around from one year ago...Parrish is 6-2 this season and has emerged as a leader in the Pac-10 North...his ERA of 4.57 trail only Ole Vigeland on the staff and is a drastic improvement from his mark of 9.00 from last year...he has already pitched two more inning that he did in '97.

SPEEDY STEVE CURRAN: Sophomore Steve Curran hasn't had quite the year he intended on, but his game-winning home run against the Huskies helped a lot...Curran is hitting .262 on the year with seven home runs...he is the starting DH and also coaches first base when Buzz Verduzco is not available.

THE LEFTY FROM MONTANA: Sophomore Todd Meldahl has also made drastic improvements on the mound this year, posting a 4-4 record with an ERA of 6.52...Meldahl has thrown three consecutive solid games, with only the loss to Washington scarring his record...he had two consecutive complete games against UW and Portland State respectively...he has been designated the seven inning pitcher for the Cougs, as he starts most of the opening games of doubleheaders.

PAC-10 NORTH STANDINGS
            PAC-10      OVERALL
TEAMS       W   L   GB   W   L
OSU         11  4   -   28  9*
Washington  10  6   1.5 24  13
WSU          9  6   2   20  17
PSU          1 15  10   12  25
* = Includes one tie
OSU FYI: Since dropping two of three games to Washington State back in March, the Beavers have been on a tear...they currently are riding a six-game win streak. All against teams from Portland - the PSU Vikings four times and the Portland Pilots twice)...they have won 16 of their last 18 since a 9-0 loss to WSUMarch 22 in Pullman...their only losses were to Washington when they split a doubleheader at home against the Juskies...OSU injury report: junior pitcher Mark Newell is out for the year with torn elbow ligaments; freshman pitcher Shaun Fagen is out indefinitely with a broken right cheek bone; senior third baseman Ryan Lipe has missed two weeks with a viral infection but may return this week...leadoff hitter Jason Stranberg returned to the lineup last week in centerfield after missing several weeks of action, including the first OSU-WSU series...head coach Pat Casey has a 123-61-4 record in four seasons at OSU...OSU picked up its 1,600th victory April 4 with a 7-0 win over Portland...the Beavers are 14-2 at home this year and 841-350-1 at Coleman Field since it was first built in 1907...OSU is hitting .356 in 15 april games...OSU is 5-2 in one-run games this year...they have won three games with ninth-inning rallies...the Beavers are ranked 19th this week by Collegiate Baseball and 20th by The Sporting News...Ben Bertrand is the only Bever to start all 38 games and he is leading the team at the plate at .378 and with 10 home runs...his 13 doubles and 54 hits also are tops...among the pitching regulars, Chris pine has a 4-2 record and a 3.38 ERA, while Andrew Checketts is 9-1 with a 3.82 ERA..each has 10 starts.

DISABLED LIST:

Kyle Poffenroth, Jr., Arm Problems
Marcus Glaze, Jr., Shoulder Problems
Jeff Scherer, Jr., Sore Elbow (Likely)
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), Eric Estes (Baltimore), Jered Fowler (Independent), Jason Hairston (Atlanta), Terrell Hansen (Independent), Jim Horner (Seattle), Kyle Kawabata (Philadelphia), Mike Kinkade (Milwaukee), Chad Miles (Florida), Roy Miller (Seattle), Robert Ramsay (Boston), Rob Ryan (Arizona), Mark Small (Houston), and Mike Wetmore (Milwaukee).

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 43 hits is sixth best in the NorPac...he also has five home runs.

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 .262 for the '98 campaign with seven 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 .357 in '98 with eight doubles and was 4-for-17 against UW in their last meetings and 3-for-4 against Gonzaga.

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 19 homers and has already surpassed his home run total from of 12 from last year...he needs only five more to surpass John Olerud's mark of 23 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.
    Oregon State (4/26)  4/27    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 at Oregon Staten....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)
COUGS TO PLAY TOUGH SCHEDULE: This season the Washington State baseball team has played against some of the toughest college baseball programs in the nation...listed below are the ranked opponents the Cougs have, or will face in the '98 season:
Team        No. Games   Current Ranking Poll
Stanford        3        1              BA
Arizona State   3       10              BA
Washington      8       21              CB
Oregon State    8       19              CB
CSUN            1        -               -
Ohio State      1       20              CB
Oral Roberts    1        -               -
HITTING STREAKS: Here's a look at batting streaks among Cougar regulars:
    PLAYER      CURRENT BEST L-4
    Casey Kelley    2   13  6-13
    Scott Randall   11  11  7-15
    Steve Curran    0   5   2-12
    Ray Hattenburg  1   3   2-15
    Jason Grove     0   9   1-14
    Shawn Stevenson 7   10  6-16
    Jeff Scherer    4   6   4-10
    Boyd Robertson  1   3   1-8
    Greg Mitchell   2   4   2-13
    Dusty Edler     0   3   0-3
    Ryan Smith      2   3   2-9
    Justin Mentink  2   3   4-9
    Steve Gleason   3   3   4-10

FROM THE BULLPEN: Ole Vigeland has faced 53 batters and hitters are hitting just .179 against him...righties are 4-for-27 while lefties are 1-for 12...Reggie Rivard had been pitching well before the Washington series, but was shaken up for four runs in Saturday's game against the Huskies...in NorPac play, the Canadian native has a 6.00 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 .158 off him...he is averaging five and a half strikeouts per nine innings.. McTavish gave up only one run in six innings of work against the Huskies...Jamaal Gaines leads the team with three pickoffs...he also leads the team with 44 strike outs...he has given up 11 home runs..Dave Wheeler has secured the spot as the fourth starter in the rotation and has had troubles findin the strike zone as of late...he is 2-2 on the year and has struck out 25 batters...Robin Guiver pitched well in his start against Gonzaga and is 2-0 on the year...he has been vulnerable to the longball, giving up seven homers in 17 innings of work...Shane Rice worked a perfect inning of relief against Gonzaga and struck out two.

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