Feb. 24, 2003
THIS WEEK: *Thursday, Feb. 27 - WSU vs. BYU, 12:00 p.m., Harris Field (5,000), Lewiston, Idaho
*Friday, Feb. 28 - WSU vs. Portland, 1:00 p.m., Harris Field (5,000), Lewiston, Idaho
*Saturday, March 1 - WSU vs. LCSC, 1:00 p.m., Harris Field (5,000), Lewiston, Idaho
*Sunday, March 2 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 10:00 a.m., Harris Field (5,000), Lewiston, Idaho
NEXT WEEK: Friday, March 7 - WSU at Washington, 6:30 p.m., Husky Ballpark (1,500), Seattle.
Saturday, March 8 - WSU at Washington, 1:00 p.m., Husky Ballpark (1,500), Seattle.
Sunday, March 9 - WSU at Washington, 1:00 p.m., Husky Ballpark (1,500), Seattle.
LAST WEEK: Friday, Feb. 21 - San Jose State 4, WSU 0, Municipal Stadium (5,000), San Jose, Calif.
Saturday, Feb. 22 - WSU 11, San Jose State 9, Municipal Stadium (5,000), San Jose, Calif.
Sunday, Feb. 23 - San Jose State 12, WSU 0, Municipal Stadium (5,000), San Jose, Calif.
COUGARS HEAD SOUTH FOR BANANA BELT TOURNAMENT: The Washington State Cougar baseball team continues its road schedule this week, but at least they will be able to sleep in their own beds.
The Cougars head to Lewiston, where they'll be among a four-team field in the Banana Belt Tournament at Harris Field, which will be hosted by Lewis-Clark State.
WSU (1-8) opens the tournament Thursday at noon against BYU (2-6).
The Cougars continue play Friday against Portland (2-5) at 1 p.m. WSU then will take on host LCSC (7-0) Saturday at 1 p.m. and regional rival Gonzaga (2-5) Sunday at 10 a.m. The Cougars are coming off two losses at San Jose State last weekend, but did get their first win of the season, 11-9, in the second game of the series. Sophomore Bryce Chamberlin made his first start of the season, going six innings, allowing four runs and striking out four to notch the win.
Head coach Tim Mooney is expected to send Tony Banaszak (0-2) to the mound in Thursday's opener. Chamberlin (1-0) is expected to Friday's game, while WSU's starting pitchers for the weekend slate will likely be Aaron MacKenzie (0-2) and Brandon Hundt (0-2).
Bruce Jacobsen is WSU's leading hitter through nine games, boasting a .500 batting average. Right behind Jacobsen is Robert Stahlke, who is hitting .368 and has driven home three runs with two doubles and a triple.
Freshman outfielder Jay Miller broke-out last weekend, going 4 for 6 and driving in two runs during WSU's win.
On the mound, Banaszak leads the regulars with a 3.38 earned run average. He has started three times and thrown a team-leading 18.2 innings. He has issued just three walks.
Hundt, with one start and two relief appearances, has thrown 13.0 innings and has a 6.23 ERA, while MacKenzie has made three starts, thrown 15.2 innings and has a 6.89 ERA. MacKenzie is also the strike out leader with 10.
The Cougar leader in RBI is Grant Richardson with seven. Richardson, Bruce and Justin Hart each have one home run, while Stahlke, Derek Bruce Steve Mortimer are the leaders in doubles with two each. As a team, WSU is hitting just .242 and has a team ERA of 7.68. Opponents are hitting .326 and have a 2.82 ERA.
OLE,OLE: Former WSU pitcher William "Ole" Vigeland is now on Coach Tim Mooney's staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Vigeland spent the past few seasons in the Texas Rangers organization. Vigeland was an infielder and pitcher for WSU from 1995-1998. He was drafted in the 15th round by the Rangers in the 1998 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, despite pitching only 15 innings, all in his senior campaign, at WSU. Vigeland pitched in the Ranger organization for four seasons, before returning to Pullman this season as a coach.
BACK ON THE MOUND: Despite his 0-1 record, senior pitcher Tony Banaszak has made a tremendous turnaround from this time last season. The Puyallup native sat out the 2002 season after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on his elbow. Banaszak rehabbed his way back to the No. 1 starter role in WSU's pitching rotation. In three starts this season, Banaszak has a team-best 3.38 ERA, allowing just seven earned runs in 18.2 innings of work.
AT YOUR OWN RISK: Senior catcher Jon Baeder has made base runners a little leery about stealing this season. Baeder has thrown out six of the 11 runners who have attempted to steal on him. Baeder is also having a stellar all-around showing defensively, committing no errors in 33 chances this season. At the plate, Baeder is batting .273 with two RBI.
FARRAR HAS SURGERY: Junior outfielder Jeremy Farrar, who suffered a broken bone in his left hand the week before the season opener, had corrective surgery Friday, Feb. 14, in Spokane...he is expected to be out of action four to six weeks...last year Farrar suffered a right knee injury in the opening game of the year and missed the rest of the season...Farrar transferred to WSU a year ago from Hill Junior College...he hails from Mansfield, Texas.
MISCELLANEOUS FACTS: WSU was 4-6 against ranked teams in 2002...the Cougars took two games from Cal State Northridge, one from Texas A&M and one from Arizona State...three of the losses came at the end of the season to College World Series participant Stanford...WSU has a .400 percentage when reaching base from the leadoff spot...the Cougars hit .327 with runners on and .369 with the bases loaded...the Cougars come through in the clutch as well, hitting .316 with runners in scoring position and .627 with runners on third...the Cougars also advance base runners at a .523 clip...WSU finished second in the Pac-10 in double plays turned with 66 and hit into the fewest (18).
SINGLE SEASON RECORD CHASERS: Brandon Hundt set the WSU single season record for hits allowed, 124, last year...Hundt also tied for ninth with 16 starts and tied for fifth in losses (7), third in hits allowed (116), third in runs allowed (84) and tied for fourth in earned runs allowed (67).
A TEAM WITH HART: Outfielder Justin Hart provided a huge boost to the WSU offense last season...Hart gave the Cougars a solid bat, usually hitting in the #2 spot...he hit a team-best .370 and scored 37 runs, fourth-best on the team, while driving in 28 runs...his .455 slugging percentage ranked him fifth on the team among regulars, while his .442 on base percentage led the Cougars...Hart, a Woodinville, Wash. Native, also finished tied for third on the team in walks (19) and sixth in total bases (75)...Hart also led WSU in Pac-10 play with a .392 average, the sixth best average in the league.
HEAVY METAL: Junior third baseman Jeff LaRue did a lot of damage at the plate in 2002...for the season, LaRue was WSU's second leading hitter at .367...the Laguna Niguel, Calif., native also was the team leader for total bases (119), slugging percentage (.598), multiple-hit games (24), hits (73) and at-bats (199)...the transfer from Saddleback Junior College finished second on the team in RBI (40), doubles (16), and home runs (10), and tied for second in runs scored (45).
COUGS EARN PAC-10 HM: Four members of the 2003 Cougar team received honorable mention recognition on the 2002 All-Pac-10 team: pitcher Brandon Hundt, shortstop Derek Bruce, third baseman Jeff LaRue and outfielder Justin Hart.
ALL-PAC-10 ACADEMIC: Collin Henderson (3.60 in sports management) and Brandon Reddinger (3.90, undeclared) were named to the Pac-10 Academic first team last year and Garrett Alwert was an honorable mention pick.