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April 1, 1998

BASEBALL: NO. 16 HUSKIES UP NEXT FOR IMPROVED COUGS

THIS WEEK:
Tuesday, March 31 -WSU 13, Gonzaga 6, Bailey Field, Pullman, Wash.
Friday, April 3 - WSU at Washington, 2:00 p.m., Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, April 4 - WSU at Washington (DH), 12:00 p.m., Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, April 5 - WSU at Washington, 1:00 p.m., Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.

NEXT WEEK:
Friday, April 10 - WSU at Portland State, 3:00 p.m., Civic Stadium, Portland, Oregon.
Saturday, April 11 - WSU at Portland State (DH), 12:00 p.m., Civic Stadium, Portland.
Sunday, April 12 - WSU at Portland State, 1:00 p.m., Civic Stadium, Portland.

LAST WEEK:
Wednesday, March 25 - WSU 10, Gonzaga 8, August/A.R.T Stadium, Spokane, Wash.
Saturday, March 28 - WSU 18, Alumni 11, Bailey Field, Pullman, Wash.

1B - CASEY KELLEY, Jr. (.326, 29 H, 29 RBI, 9 HR, 27 R)
 Greg Mitchell, Sr. (.306, 22 H, 14 RBI, 5 HR, 11 HBP)
2B - BOYD ROBERTSON, RS-Jr. (.284, 27 H, 16 RBI, 6 2B)
 Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.388, 33 H, 17 RBI, 5 2B, 2 HR)
SS - SHAWN STEVENSON, So. (.333, 32 H, 21 RBI, 4 HR)
 Ole Vigeland, Jr. (.000, 0 H, 0 RBI)
3B - GREG MITCHELL, Sr. (.306, 22 H, 14 RBI, 5 HR, 11 HBP)
 Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.388, 33 H, 17 RBI, 5 2B, 2 HR)
LF - SCOTT RANDALL, RS-Sr. (.388, 33 H, 17 RBI, 5 2B)
 Ray Hattenburg, RS-So. (333, 12 H, 7 RBI, 1 HR)
CF - STEVE GLEASON, Jr. (.292, 14 H, 15 RBI, 4 3B, 2 HR)
 Dusty Edler, RS-Jr. (.258, 8 H, 9 RBI)
RF - JASON GROVE, Fr. (.385, 30 H, 17 RBI, 9 2B, 5 HR)
 Justin Mentink, Jr. (.310, 9 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR)
C -  RYAN SMITH, So. (.333, 9 H, 8 RBI, 2 HR)
 Jeff Scherer, Jr. (.281, 16 H, 13 RBI, 3 HR)
DH - STEVE CURRAN, So. (.273, 21 H, 24 RBI, 5 HR)
 Justin Mentink, Sr. (.310, 9 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR)
P1 - WADE PARRISH, So. (L, 4-1, 3.71 ERA, 43.2 IP)
P2 - JAMAAL GAINES, Jr. (R, 2-3, 3.98 ERA, 40.2 IP)
P3 - TODD MELDAHL, So. (L, 2-3, 8.69, 29.0 IP)
R1 - Les McTavish, So.(R, 1-1, 5.09, 17.2 IP)
R2 - Reggie Rivard, So. (R, 0-1, 6.87, 18.1 IP)
R3 - Ole Vigeland, Jr. (R, 1-0, 0.00, 7.0 IP)
NATIONALLY RANKED UW NEXT TEST FOR COUGS: The Washington State baseball team will return to Pac-10 North play this weekend with a four-game series against cross state rival and 16th ranked Washington. The Cougars are just one win short of last years season total of 13 wins. The Huskies (16-7), 4-0) are coming off a three-game series with powerhouse Arizona State in which they won two-out-of-three. Friday's opener is at 2 p.m,. with a doubleheader slated for 12:00 Saturday, and the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Cougars are playing solid ball and with the win Tuesday against Gonzaga pushed their record over the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the '95 season. The Cougs are hitting .318 as a team and boast a much improved 6.10 team ERA

Casey Kelley led the way in the two games last week against Gonzaga. He was 3-for-9 with six RBI and a home run in each game. His nine home runs on the season leads the Pac-10 North and is closing in on his 12 home run total from a year ago. Ole Vigeland and Dave Wheeler picked up the wins against the Zags.

For the season Scott Randall and Jason Grove are in a heated battle for the team batting lead. Randall is hitting .388 with 33 hits in 85 at-bats. Grove is not far behind hitting .385 with five home runs and nine doubles. In general the WSU lineup has nine players hitting .300 or better.

On the mound Wade Parrish continues to be successful with a 4-1 record and a 3.71 ERA. Parrish and Jamaal Gaines are fourth and fifth on the recent list of the top Pac-10 North pitchers. Reliever Ole Vigeland has not given up a hit in seven innings of work, much less a run

The Cougs lead the career series 210-143, despite loosing the last 11 games to the Huskies.

 RESULTS
       Record:  12-11       Pac-10 Record:  2-1       
2/5   at San Diego State  W 13-6
2/7   $ Houston   W 17-5
2/7   at San Diego State  L 10-12
2/13  at Arizona State  #6 L 1-9
2/14  at Arizona State  #6 L 5-6
2/15  at Arizona State  #6 W 17-12
2/20  % Gonzaga   W 7-1
2/21  % Gonzaga   L 4-10
2/22  % Gonzaga   W 9-2
3/5   # LCSC   W 11-2
3/6   # Ohio State  #23  L 2-11
3/7   # Oral Roberts  L 6-10
3/7   # CS Northridge  L 4-7
3/8   # CS-Northridge  W 13-11
3/14  at California  L 6-10
3/15  at California  L 4-6
3/16  at California (11i) L 16-17
3/18  at  Gonzaga   W 18-4
3/21  OREGON STATE  W 13-3
3/22  OREGON STATE   L 2-6
      OREGON STATE  W 9-0
3/23  OREGON STATE  - Rain
3/25  at GONZAGA   W 10-8
3/28  WSU ALUMNI (exhib.)  18-11
3/31  GONZAGA   W 13-6
4/3   at Washington  2:00
4/4   at Washington (DH)  12:00
4/5   at Washington  1:00
4/10  at Portland State  3:00
4/11  at Portland State (DH) 12:00
4/12  at Portland State  1:00
4/15  GONZAGA   6:00
4/17  WASHINGTON  3:00
4/18  WASHINGTON (DH)  12:00
4/19  WASHINGTON  1:00
4/22  GONZAGA   6:00
4/24  at Oregon State  3:00
4/25  at Oregon State (DH) 12:00
4/26  at Oregon State  1:00
4/29  at LCSC   6:00
5/1   at LCSC   6:30
5/2   LCSC   1:00
5/8   PORTLAND STATE  4:00
5/9   PORTLAND STATE (DH) 4:00
5/10  PORTLAND STATE  1:00
5/14  STANFORD  6:00
5/15  STANFORD  6:00
5/16  STANFORD  1:00

5/16-18 Pac-10 Playoffs 5/21-24 NCAA Regionals 5/29-6/6 College World Series $ = Game played at San Diego, Calif. %=Game played at Tri-Cities, Wash. # = Coors/Desert Classic, Las Vegas, Nev. All Game Times Pacific Standard Time

COUGS AT THE PLATE
 Team BA: .318 (264-829)
 Vs. Left: .301 (104-345)
 Vs. Right: .331 (160-484)
 Bases Loaded: .431 (22-51)
 Two Outs: .306 (81-265)
 Bases Empty: .314 (122-388)
GLEASON PULLS DOUBLE DUTY: Center fielder Steve Gleason has been a busy man this year...the linebacker-outfielder is currently hitting .292 after going 1-for-8 in the last two games against Gonzaga...he has started 13 games and made 20 appearances...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 .500 (7/14) in his last four games and scored eight 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 12-for 27 (.444)...he is hitting .537 as a leadoff hitter...he has committed eight errors in 127 chances...he holds the longest hitting streak of the year with a 10 game streak... Casey Kelley has been hitting the ball hard to all field and has raised his average to .326...his nine home runs leads the Pac-10 North...Kelley is hitting .400 with the bases loaded...Kelley is hitting .433 when he is the leadoff hitter...he also leads the team with more than one RBI in ten games...Boyd Robertson is one of four players on the team with 10 multiple hit games...he has had eight two-hit games and two three-hit games...Scott Randall has emerged as the cougar leader at the plate with an average of .388...he is hitting .471 against lefties...Randall is 15-for-35 with runners on base...his batting average is third best in the Pac-10 North...Jason Grove is hitting .543 against right handed pitchers and just .156 against lefties...he also hits .474 with the bases empty and .300 with runners on base...on the mound batters are hitting just .296 off him in his two starts...Greg Mitchell has hit four home runs in his last nine games and has five on the season...he is hitting .336 against right handed pitchers as opposed to just .226 against lefties...Mitchell is 2-for-19 with two outs.

GROVE DOESN'T PLAY LIKE A FROSH: Freshman rightfielder Jason Grove has performed more like a senior than a freshman through WSU's first 23 games...he has 21 starts in the outfield and two on the mound...he currently is hitting .385 with five home runs, nine doubles and 17 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.

TEAM NOTES: WSU is 0-3 in night games, 12-8 during the day...the Cougs are 5-4 against left handed pitchers and 7-7 against right handers...WSU has lost both one-run games and two of four two-run games...WSU has outscored the opponents in every inning but the eighth, ninth, and extra innings...in the first seven innings, WSU has outscored their opponents 180-124, including 64-47 in the first three innings...WSU has been outscored in the devastating eighth inning 25-17 and 13-12 in the ninth.

HITTING STREAKS: Here's a look at batting streaks among Cougar regulars:

PLAYER           CURRENT BEST  L-4
Jason Grove         7      7  5-11
Scott Randall       7      7  6-15
Casey Kelley        4      4  5-16
Shawn Stevenson     2     10  7-14
Steve Curran        2      5  5-12
Jeff Scherer        1      6  4-11
Boyd Robertson      1      3  2-14
Ray Hattenburg      1      3   3-9
Greg Mitchell       0      4  2-12
Dusty Edler         0      3   0-4
Ryan Smith          0      3   2-6
Justin Mentink      0      3   1-9
Steve Gleason       0      3  2-11
MOUND ROTATION:
 FRI Jamaal Gaines
 SAT Todd Meldahl
 SAT Wade Parrish
 SUN Dave Wheeler

PAC-10 OVERALL TEAMS W L W L Washington 4 0 16 7 WSU 2 1 12 11 OSU 1 2 15 7* PSU 0 4 8 14 * = Includes one tie

WASHINGTON FYI: The University of Washington enter the four-game weekend sereis with 11 straight wins against the Cougars... the Huskies fell one game short of the College World Series last year loosing a heartbreaker to Mississippi State...Outfielder Chris Magruder is the leading returning player along with shortstop Kevin Miller...Magruder is hitting .352 this season after having a great summer for Team USA...Miller has struggled at times, but has raised his average to .308 as of late...Miller has won the player of the year honors the last two years...Freshman Matt Massingale is the team leader in the pitching department with a 2-0 record and a 0.63 ERA...he has pitched in 12 games...the Huskies are coached by Ken Knutson who is in his sixth year as the head coach...the Dawgs have won the last two NorPac division titles and have jumped out to an early lead in the standings this season.

VIGELAND PERFECT ON MOUND: Junior Ole Vigeland has been as close to perfect as a pitcher can get...the converted infielder has thrown seven innings in five relief appearances and has yet to allow a hit, much less a run...before this season, Vigeland had not pitched in a game since his early years in high school.

COUGAR TIDBITS: Casey Kelley leads the team in total bases with 62...Scott Randall has five sacrafice bunts...Greg Mitchell appears to be a human backstop, being hit by a pitch 11 times...Reggie Rivard has recorded the Cougars only save...Dave Wheeler leads the team with seven wild pitches...Boyd Robertson, Casey Kelley, Scott Randall, and Shawn Stevenson all have 10 multiple hit games...the Cougs are 2-0 when Grove takes the mound and 2-0 when Mentink starts in right field...when Casey Kelley bats in the three spot, the Cougs are 2-0.

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).

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.

DISABLED LIST:

Kyle Poffenroth, Jr., Arm Problems
Marcus Glaze, Jr., Shoulder Problems
Shawn Stevenson, Sore Ribs (Probable)
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.

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 .333.

 1.  Washington
 2.  Oregon State
 3.  Washington State
 4.  Portland State
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 .273 for the '98 campaign with five 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 .388 in '98.

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).

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 KMAX (840 AM), or 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)

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