February 25, 1997
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
Wednesday, March 5 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 2:00 p.m., CBC Field, Pasco
Wednesday, March 12 - Whitworth at WSU, 2:00 p.m., Bailey field, Pullman
Friday, Feb. 21 - Texas A&M 13, WSU 2, Olsen Field, College Station, Texas
Saturday, Feb. 22 - Texas A&M 11, WSU 9, Olsen Field, College Station, Texas
Sunday, Feb. 23 - Texas A&M 3, WSU 1, Olsen Field, College Station, Texas
Monday, Feb. 24 - Texas Christian University 9, WSU 8, TCU Diamond, Fort Worth, Texas
WSU LINEUP (1 - 11 - 0) (tentative)COUGAR NOTES:
1B -JESSE HOORELBEKE, Fr., (240, 6 H, 7 RBI) Casey Kelley, So. (.318, 7 H, 3 RBI) 2B - OLE VIGELAND, So. (.167, 4 H, 3 RBI) Scott Randall, Jr. (.188, 6 H, 4 RBI) SS - SHAWN STEVENSON, Fr. (.295, 13 H, 5 RBI) Ole Vigeland, So. (.167, 4 H, 3 RBI) 3B - CURTIS ROBINSON, Fr. (.281, 9 H, 6 RBI) Ray Hattenburg, RS-Fr. (.400, 10 H, 1 RBI) LF - CASEY KELLEY, So. (.318, 7 H, 3 RBI) Justin Mentink, Sr. (.095, 2 H, 1 RBI) CF - STEVE GLEASON, So. (.294, 10 H, 7 RBI) Duane Stewart, Jr. (167, 5 H, 6 RBI) CF - SCOTT RANDALL, Jr. (.188, 6 H, 4 RBI) Duane Stewart, Jr. (.167, 5 H, 6 RBI) C - JASON HAIRSTON, Jr. (.200, 6 H, 4 RBI, 2 HR) Ryan Smith, Fr. (.389, 7 H, 6 RBI, 2 HR, 1 3B) DH - STEVE CURRAN, Fr. (.238, 5 H, 3 RBI) Jesse Horrelbeke, Fr. (.240, 6 H, 7 RBI) P1 - DAVE WHEELER, So. (R, 1-0, 4.42, 18.1 IP) P2 - BURDETTE GREENY, Jr. (R, 0-3, 6.43 ERA, 14.0 IP) P3 - TODD BELITZ, So. (L, 0-2, 11.08 ERA, 13.0 IP) R1 - Marcus Glaze, So.(L, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP) R2 - Mike Schneider, Jr. (L, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.1 IP)
COUGS STAY CLOSER TO HOME: Washington State, after three long road trips on three consecutive weekends, stays a little closer to home this week, traveling south to the Banana Belt tournament, hosted by the Lewis Clark State Warriors.
WSU opens tourney play Thursday against a club team, National Baseball Institute of Canada. The non-counting game begins at 1:00 p.m. at Harris Field. Friday WSU plays league foe Oregon State in a non-conference game, while Saturday the Cougars take on both the Warriors (1:00) and Portland Pilots (4:00). WSU ends the tourney schedule Sunday against Gonzaga (4:00).
WSU enters the tournament hoping to snap a five-game losing streak after losing all four games last week against Texas A&M (three losses) and TCU. WSU's lone win this year was at Pacific. Oregon State enters the tournament with a 6-4-1 record, while LCSC is 5-1 and Portland 2-1-1. Gonzaga plays its first games of the year at the tourney.
WSU head coach Steve Farrington plans to Start freshman Wade Parrish (0-1) in the first game and follow in the next three games with Burdette Greeny (0-3), Dave Wheeler (1-1) and Todd Belitz ()- 2).
Ray Hattenburg continues to lead WSU at the plate with a .400 batting average. He has five infield starts and has played in 11 of 12 games. Ryan Smith is hitting .389 and has four starts behind the plate, while outfielder Brad Philley also has four starts and is hitting .368. All three hitters are freshman. Among the Cougar players who have started most of the games, shortstop Shawn Stevenson is hitting .295, while right behind him is Steve Gleason at .294 and Curtis Robinson at .281.
At Texas last weekend Farrington made a couple of lineup changes, moving Ole Vigeland from short to second and Shawn Stevenson from second to short. In the outfield Steve Gleason has taken over in center, with Duane Stewart moving from center to right field.
1997 WSU BASEBALL RESULTS 2/6 $ San Diego State L 3-14 2/7 $ San Diego State L 3-10 2/8 $ San Diego State L 11-12 2/9 $ San Diego State L 7-14 2/14 at Pacific L 0-4 2/15 at Pacific L 6-13 2/16 at Pacific W 9-7 2/17 at CS-Sacramento L 5-17 2/21 at Texas A&M L 2-13 2/22 at Texas A&M L 9-11 2/23 at Texas A&M L 1-3 2/24 at Texas Christian L 8-9 2/27 # NBI Canada 1:00 2/28 # Oregon State 4:00 3/1 # LCSC 1:00 3/1 # Portland 4:00 3/2 # Gonzaga 4:00 3/5 Gonzaga at Pasco 2:00 3/12 WHITWORTH 2:00 3/17 at California 2:00 3/18 at Fresno State 7:00 3/9 at Fresno State 7:00 3/21 at LCSC 6:00 3/22 LCSC 1:00 3/23 at LCSC 1:00 3/26 GONZAGA 2:00 3/29 WSU ALUMNI tba 4/1 LCSC 6:30 4/2 at Gonzaga 2:00 4/4 at Oregon State 2:00 4/5 at Oregon State (DH) 12:00 4/6 at Oregon State 1:00 4/7 HAWAII-HILO 3:00 4/8 HAWAII-HILO 3:00 4/11 WASHINGTON 3:00 4/12 WASHINGTON (DH) 12:00 4/13 WASHINGTON 1:00 4/16 LCSC 6:30 4/18 at Portland State 3:00 4/19 at Portland State (DH) 12:00 4/20 at Portland State 1:00 4/23 GONZAGA 6:30 4/25 PORTLAND STATE 3:00 4/26 PORTLAND STATE (DH) 12:00 4/27 PORTLAND STATE 1:00 4/30 at LCSC 6:30 5/2 at Washington 3:00 5/3 at Washington (DH) 12:00 5/4 at Washington 1:00 5/9 OREGON STATE 4:00 5/10 OREGON STATE (DH) 4:00 5/11 OREGON STATE 1:00WSU ON TV 8 TIMES: The WSU baseball team will be on television eight times during the 1997 season, including two appearances at the Pac-10 game of the week...the other six TV appearances will be on Fox Sports Northwest...here's WSU's 1997 baseball TV schedule, with the air date and time in parenthesis:
5/15-17 Pac-10 Playoffs 5/22-25 NCAA Regionals 5/30-6/6 College World Series $ = Game played at Yuma, Ariz. # = Banana Belt Tournament, Lewiston, Idaho All Game Times Pacific Standard Time
4/4 - WSU at OSU (4/5, 10 am)
4/13 - Wash. at WSU (4/14, 7 pm)
4/25 - PSU at WSU (4/26, 10 am)
4/27 - PSU at WSU (4/28, 7 pm)
5/3 - WSU at Washington (live)
5/4 - WSU at Wash. (5/4, 6 pm)
5.9 - OSU at WSU (5/10, tba)
5/11 - OSU at WSU (live)
COUGS STEAL BASES: The Cougs have stolen 17 bases in the first 12 games, a pretty fair total considering the Cougars have not been in a position to run during most of the games...WSU is 17-of-23 on the base paths, with Steve Gleason 7-for-9...Shawn Stevenson has three stolen bases.
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.
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
NBI - Wade Parrish
OSU - Burdette Greeny
LCSC - Dave Wheeler
UP - Todd Belitz
GU - tba
FROM THE BULLPEN: Against NBI of Canada, Todd Meldahl will work behind Wade Parrish, while Friday against OSU the Cougs will use Les McTavish in relief of Burdette Greeny... relief pitchers for the rest of the series will be determined after the first two games.
STEVE FARRINGTON ON . . .
PLAYING NEAR HOME: "It makes a big difference to have family and friends and students in the stands.
LEARNING CURVE: "We have some guys playing their first Division One baseball and they have had to make some adjustments. Some have been successful, some not. We have three young freshman pitchers and I think they have been surprised they have to do more than just show up and pitch. For the older guys, they are finding their inconsistencies have to change.
DEFENSE: "We have to be able to establish we are a capable defensive team. We have too many outfield errors. We've been better up the middle with (Shawn) Stevenson moving to short and (Ole) Vigeland going to second. The move has helped Shawn obviously and Ole can play on either side of the bag. Ryan Smith caught very well in Texas in back to back outings. I think that was one of the reasons you saw goose eggs on the scoreboard (for WSU errors).
PITCHING: "We saw progress last week, but it still comes down to doing a better job on the pitch of decision. Also, we have to give our pitchers more help on offense. We can't have every pitch so important the mistakes hurt so much. We have to be able to absorb a couple of mistakes on the mound.
BULLPEN: (Mike) Schneider and (Marcus) Glaze have been effective. Schneider is a soft throwing lefty and Glaze the hard throwing lefty. Even though they are both left handed, they bring unique differences out of the bullpen."