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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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February 18, 1999

THIS WEEK:
Friday, Feb. 21 - WSU at Texas A&M, 1:00 p.m., Olsen Field, College Station, Texas
Saturday, Feb. 22 - WSU at Texas A&M, 12:00 p.m., Olsen Field, College Station, Texas
Sunday, Feb. 23 - WSU at Texas A&M, 12:00 p.m., Olsen Field, College Station, Texas
Monday, Feb. 24 - WSU at Texas Christian University, 11:00 a.m., TCU Diamond, Fort Worth, Texas

NEXT WEEK:
Banana Belt Tournament, Lewiston, Idaho
Thursday, Feb. 27 - WSU vs. NBI Canada, 1:00 p.m., Harris Field, Lewiston
Friday, Feb. 28 - WSU vs. Oregon State, 4:00 p.m., Harris Field, Lewiston
Saturday, March 1 - WSU vs. LCSC, 1:00 p.m., Harris Field, Lewiston
Saturday, March 1 - WSU vs. Portland, 4:00 p.m., Harris Field, Lewiston
Sunday, March 2 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 4:00 p.m., Harris Field, Lewiston

LAST WEEK:
Friday, Feb. 14 - Pacific 4, WSU 0, Billy Hebert Field, Stockton, Calif.
Saturday, Feb. 15 - Pacific 13, WSU 6, Billy Hebert Field, Stockton, Calif.
Sunday, Feb. 16 - WSU 9, Pacific 7, Billy Hebert Field, Stockton, Calif.
Monday, Feb. 17 - CS-Sacramento 17, WSU 5, Hornet Field, Sacramento, Calif.

WSU LINEUP (1 - 7 - 0)  (tentative)

1B - CASEY KELLEY, So. (.308, 4 H, 3 RBI) Jesse Hoorelbeke, Fr. (.182, 2 H, 2 RBI) 2B - SCOTT RANDALL, Jr. (.130, 3 H, 4 RBI) Shawn Stevenson, Fr. (.393, 11 H, 4 RBI) SS - OLE VIGELAND, So. (.071, 1 H, 2 RBI) Shawn Stevenson, Fr. (.393, 11 H, 4 RBI) 3B - CURTIS ROBINSON, Fr. (.333, 8 H, 4 RBI) Ray Hattenburg, RS-Fr. (.333, 7 H, 1 RBI) LF - BRAD PHILLEY, Fr. (.500, 7 H, 2 RBI) Justin Mentink, Sr. (.133, 2 H, 1 RBI) CF - DUANE STEWART, Jr. (.167, 4 H, 6 RBI) Brad Philley, Fr. (.500, 7 H, 2 RBI) RF - STEVE GLEASON, So. (.318, 7 H, 5 RBI) Brad Philley, Fr. (.500, 7 H, 2 RBI) C - JASON HAIRSTON, Jr. (.100, 2 H, 1 RBI) Ryan Smith, Fr. (.417, 5 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR, 1 3B) DH - STEVE CURRAN, Fr. (.267, 4 H, 3 RBI) Jesse Horrelbeke, Fr. (.182, 2 H, 2 RBI) P1 - BURDETTE GREENY, Jr. (R, 0-2, 5.79 ERA, 9.1 IP) P2 - TODD BELITZ, So. (L, 0-1, 8.00 ERA, 9.0 IP) P3 - DAVE WHEELER, So. (R, 1-0, 5.23, 10.1 IP) R1 - Marcus Glaze, So.(L, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP) R2 - Burdette Greeny, Jr. (R, 0-2, 5.79 ERA, 9.1 IP)

COUGAR NOTES

COUGS INVADE TEXAS: The Washington State University Cougars, fast becoming America's collegiate road team, sets sights this week on a third straight weekend road series. Friday the Cougars begin a three-game series with the nationally ranked Texas A&M Aggies at 1:00 p.m. PST, at Olsen Field. The two teams will also square off Saturday and Sunday in noon games each day. Monday WSU closes out its Texas road trip with a single game at Texas Christian University. Game time Monday at the TCU Diamond will be 11:00 a.m. PST.

WSU will take a 1-7 record into Friday's first game, while the Aggies enter the series 8-4 after splitting a Monday doubleheader with Nevada. TCU, meanwhile, is 5-4.

This weekend's action will be the toughest of the young season for WSU. The Cougars opened the year with four games against San Diego State and lost all four. Last weekend WSU won one of three games at Pacific, then lost its only outing with Cal-State Sacramento.

Among the regulars, freshman Shawn Stevenson leads WSU at the plate with a .393 average, while newcomer Curtis Robinson is hitting .333. Outfielder Steve Gleason, a sophomore who saw limited action last year, is batting .318 and leads the team on the base paths, going 6-for-8 in stolen bases. Much of WSU's woes through the first eight games have been on the mound, where the team earned run average (ERA) is 8.45. Dave Wheeler picked up the lone win last week and has a 5.23 ERA in 10.1 innings of work. Marcus Glaze has yet to give up an earned run in five appearances and four innings on the mound and has quickly established himself as WSU's closer.

COUGS STEAL BASES: While the scores of WSU's games have kept the Cougars from doing a lot of risky base running, they have been successful stealing bases when making the attempt...the Cougars have stolen 16 bases in 20 attempts...sophomore Steve Gleason has done much of the damage, going 6-for-8...Shawn Stevenson is 3-for- 3. "We have very good speed. The problem is you can't steal first base. Also, when you are down a lot you put the anchors on them. If we can put the ball in play, we are going to move on people. That will also create a lot of opportunities for the next hitter. We have to improve getting on base," says head coach Steve Farrington.

STEVENSON HOT: Freshman Shawn Stevenson, who hit .471 last week in four games, is the top Cougar at the plate among the regulars...with six starts to his credit, Stevenson is hitting .393 through the eight Cougar games...all 11 of his hits are singles...Curtis Robinson is hitting .333, while outfielder Steve Gleason is hitting .318 after hitting .400 last week...three other Cougar freshmen have lofty batting averages, Brad Philley (.500), Ryan Smith (.417) and Ray Hattenburg (.333)...Hattenburg has five starts to his credit, while the other two players have two starts each.

PITCHERS STRUGGLE: WSU pitchers continue to struggle on the mound while giving up an average of 11+ runs per game...Coug pitchers have allowed 90 runs, but just 61 earned...Marcus Glaze has not allowed an earned run in four innings of action, while Mike Schneider also has an 0.00 ERA with his 3.2 innings of work...among the starters, Dave Wheeler and Burdette Greeny have the best ERAs, 5.23 and 5.79, respectively... Wheeler has WSU's only win and Glaze picked up a save while finishing up in that win.

RELIEF STAFF: Freshmen Wade Parrish, Les McTavish and Todd Meldahl all will see relief action this week...Marcus Glaze appears to have the inside track when it comes to a closer, according to Steve Farrington.

TEXAS A&M RANKED: The Aggies entered play this week ranked seventh by Baseball America, 14th by Collegiate Baseball and 15th by USA Today.

STEVE FARRINGTON QUOTES

ON WINNING THE FIRST GAME: "The first game has been getting away from us, so we want to be in the ball game with Texas A&M. We would like to use David Wheeler twice in the series, so we might use him in the first game in relief and then in the third or fourth game. If we have to, I will use him early in the trip."

ON STEVENSON: "He has put the ball in play with two strikes better than anyone on the team. He also has played very well on defense.

ON LEADERSHIP: "My concern is some of the older guys need consistency. Jason Hairston needs to step up offensively and defensively. He needs to play the way he is capable of playing. We need some more consistency from Scott Randall and Ole Vigeland hasn't cut loose yet. On the mound, we need a good game from Todd Belitz. We've given him the lead and he hasn't held it."

ON SMART PITCHERS: "We think our pitching staff is going to be a good one. The ability to throw strikes and more than one pitch is usually that indicator. How do you set up the out pitch? We have to do those things. We can't give up a walk after losing a batter."

WSU ON THE RADIO: All Washington State baseball games are broadcast by KCLX Radio (1450) in Colfax...airtime is five minutes before the start of the game, with Alex Webster calling the action. This week, however, Webster will be with WSU's women's basketball team. KCLX will take a feed of the upcoming weekend series from the Texas A&M and TCU networks.

MOUND ROTATION: Burdette Greeny and Todd Belitz will start the first two games this week, with David Wheeler and Kyle Poffenroth. plus Les McTavish and Wade Parrish candidates to start the final two games:
A&M - Burdette Greeny
A&M - Todd Belitz
A&M - tba
TCU - tba

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