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WSU to Face Gonzaga Before Hosting Alumni Squad

Cougars coming off strong weekend at Oregon State

March 24, 1998

Wednesday, March 25 - WSU at Gonzaga, 2:00 p.m., August/A.R.T Stadium, Spokane, Wash.
Saturday, March 28 - Alumni at WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman, Wash.

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

Wednesday, March 18 - WSU 18, Gonzaga 4, August/A.R.T Stadium, Spokane, Wash.
Saturday, March 21 - WSU 13, Oregon State 3, 1:00 p.m., Bailey Field, Pullman, Wash.
Sunday, March 22 - Oregon State 6-0, WSU 2-9, Bailey Field, Pullman, Wash.
Monday, March 23 - Oregon State at WSU, Rained Out., Bailey Field, Pullman, Wash.

1B - CASEY KELLEY, Jr. (.325, 26 H, 23 RBI, 7 HR, 24 R)
 Greg Mitchell, Sr. (.328, 21 H, 13 RBI, 4 HR, 11 HBP)
2B - BOYD ROBERTSON, RS-Jr. (.299, 26 H, 16 RBI, 5 2B)
 Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.382, 29 H, 16 RBI, 5 2B, 1 HR)
SS - SHAWN STEVENSON, So. (.315, 29 H, 21 RBI, 4 HR)
 Ole Vigeland, Jr. (.000, 0 H, 0 RBI)
3B - GREG MITCHELL, Sr. (.328, 21 H, 13 RBI, 4 HR, 11 HBP)
 Scott Randall, RS-Sr. (.382, 29 H, 16 RBI, 5 2B, 1 HR)
LF - SCOTT RANDALL, RS-Sr. (.382, 29 H, 16 RBI, 5 2B)
 Ray Hattenburg, RS-So. (323, 10 H, 6 RBI, 1 HR)
CF - STEVE GLEASON, Jr. (.325, 13 H, 13 RBI, 3 3B, 2 HR)
 Dusty Edler, RS-Jr. (.267, 8 H, 9 RBI)
RF - JASON GROVE, Fr. (.384, 28 H, 16 RBI, 9 2B, 5 HR)
 Justin Mentink, Jr. (.333, 9 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR)
C - JEFF SCHERER, Jr. (.264, 14 H, 11 RBI, 2 HR)
 Ryan Smith, So. (.348, 8 H, 5 RBI, 1 HR, 3 2B, 10 R)
DH - STEVE CURRAN, So. (.232, 16 H, 19 RBI, 4 HR)
 Justin Mentink, Sr. (.333, 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, 4.30, 14.2 IP)
R2 - Reggie Rivard, So. (R, 0-1, 7.16, 16.1 IP)
COUGS TO FACE GONZAGA, ALUMNI: The Washington State Cougars opened the Pacific-10 Conference North schedule last weekend with a four-game series at home against the Oregon State Beavers and faired well winning two out of three before the last game was rained out. The Cougs will resume their non-league rivalry with Gonzaga Wednesday at 2 p.m. at August/A.R.T. Stadium in Spokane. The Bulldogs are in the midst of a 17-game loosing streak. The Cougars are 3-1 this season against the Zags while winning the last match-up 18-4 March 18.

Saturday the varsity squad will meet up with a group of former Washington State players in the annual alumni game. The game is an exhibition and will not count on the final record.

WSU is 10-11 overall, which is just three wins short of last years total wins. The two wins against OSU moves the Cougs into second place in the Pac-10 North behind Washington. The Cougs won the first game 13-3, but lost the second game 6-2. In what proved to be the series finale because of Monday's rain out, the Cougs recorded their first shut out in 103 games with 9-0 win.

Jason Grove, Scott Randall, and Greg Mitchell led the Cougs hitting attack that saw seven player hit over .300 for the week. Grove was 7-for-11 (.636) with two home runs, three doubles, and slugged a phenomenal 1.455. Randall went 8-for-15 (.533) and Mitchell was 6-for-13 (.462).

Grove leads all Cougars at the plate while starting 19 games in right field and two on the mound. He is hitting .384 with five home runs. Right behind him is Randall at .382 with 16 RBI and five doubles. Casey Kelley leads the team in the power department with seven home runs.

Wade Parrish improved his record to 4-1 with a solid seven inning performance Sunday. He has struck out 27 in 43.2 innings of work while compiling an ERA of 3.71. Ole Vigeland has a 0.00 ERA out of the bullpen in three appearances.

As a team WSU is hitting .317, while their opponents are hitting .299.

       Record:  10-11       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   2:00
3/28  WSU ALUMNI  2:00
3/31  GONZAGA   4:00
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

 Team BA: .319 (239-754)
 Vs. Left: .293 (92-314)
 Vs. Right: .334 (147-440)
 Bases Loaded: .431 (22-51)
 Two Outs: .305 (74-243)
 Bases Empty: .312 (109-349)
GLEASON PULLS DOUBLE DUTY: Center fielder Steve Gleason has been a busy man this year...the linebacker-outfielder is currently hitting .325 after hitting .375 last week...he has started 11 games and made 18 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 begin spring drills March 30.

HOT OR NOT: Shawn Stevenson went 5-for-14 last week with two triples...he has had seven plate appearances with the bases loaded and collected a hit three times (.429)...Stevenson is also the most productive with runners in scoring position, going 12-for 26 (.462)...he is hitting .500 as a leadoff hitter...Boyd Robertson is the best at hitting with two outs, boasting a .417 average while going 10-for-24...he also leads the team with 10 multiple-hit games...he is hitting .343 (12-35) against lefties...Casey Kelley struggled at the plate last week, but did hit two home runs to up his team-leading total to seven...Kelley is hitting .433 when he is the leadoff hitter...he also leads the team with more than one RBI in nine games...Scott Randall also had a hot bat last week with an 8-for-15 performance (.533) and one home run...Jason Grove is hitting .545 against right handed pitchers and just .138 against lefties...he also hits .486 with the bases empty and .289 with runners on base...Steve Gleason hits .400 against lefties and is 2-for-2 with the bases loaded.

GROVE DOESN'T PLAY LIKE A FROSH: Freshman rightfielder Jason Grove has performed more like a senior than a freshman through WSU's first 21 games...he has 19 starts in the outfield and two on the mound...he currently is hitting .384 with five home runs, nine doubles and 13 RBI...he was 7-for-11 last week, boasting a .636 average...he was 4-for-5 in the opening game against OSU including two home runs.

TEAM NOTES: WSU is 0-3 in night games, 10-8 during the day...the Cougs are 4-4 against left handed pitchers and 6-7 against right handers...WSU has lost both one-run games and two of three two-run games...WSU has outscored the opponents in every inning but the eighth and extra the first seven innings, WSU has outscored the opponent 160-118, including 60-43 in the first three innings...WSU has been outscored in the devastating eighth inning 22-5.

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

PLAYER             CURRENT BEST  L-4
Shawn Stevenson       1     10  5-15
Scott Randall         5      6  8-15
Jeff Scherer          2      6  3-12
Steve Curran          0      5  3-13
Jason Grove           5      5  8-17
Casey Kelley          2      4  4-17
Greg Mitchell         0      4  6-13
Ray Hattenburg        1      3   2-6
Dusty Edler           0      3   2-7
Boyd Robertson        1      3  4-16
Ryan Smith            0      3  5-12
Justin Mentink        0      3  3-13
Steve Gleason         1      3   3-8
GONZAGA FYI: The Bulldogs are entering the game Wednesday with a 17-game loosing streak...they have not won since they beat nationally ranked Washington Feb. 27... the 17-game loosing streak is the longest is school history dating back to records kept in 1977...Gonzaga almost broke the loosing streak Friday, but lost 12-9 in 11 innings...Freshman Adam Stokey is carrying the hot bat for the Zags with a .425 batting average...Stokey has started seven games at first base and four as the DH...his 17 hits are tied for second on the team...Jason Stazama leads the team with a 3.86 ERA while appearing in four games...overall Gonzaga is hitting .236 as a team compared to .336 by their opponents...they have given up an average of 9.4 runs per game while being outscored 198-91.
             PAC-10  OVERALL
TEAMS         W  L     W  L 
Washington   20  4    46 20
OSU          18  6    38 12*
WSU           7 17    13 42
PSU           3 21    10 43
* = Includes one tie
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.


Kyle Poffenroth, Jr., Arm Problems
Marcus Glaze, Jr., Shoulder Problems
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 .270.

 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.

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.

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.
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)
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 Bud Nameck scheduled to call the action for the game against Gonzaga. The Alumni game will not be broadcasted on the radio...all games are scheduled to air on KMAX (840 AM), or KCLX (1450 AM).
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