GENERAL: Earned three letters in football for coach Frank Naish as a quarterback and free safety…also a three-year letterman in baseball for coach Paul Moody as a pitcher and outfielder...JUNIOR: Started as a free safety on the football team…in baseball voted a first team All-KingCo League pitcher with a 2.12 ERA…team won league championship...SENIOR: Started as quarterback and free safety on the KingCo League championship team…voted by the league’s coaches as an honorable mention quarterback and first team free safety…captained baseball team to first state tournament…first team all-league as a pitcher with a 1.57 ERA and as a outfielder with a .390 average…led league in home runs and second in stolen bases…named athlete of the year and graduated with honors.
MLB DRAFT: Picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 23rd round of the ’98 draft.
FRESHMAN (1998-99): Enrolled in August… was a two-way player for WSU in 1999 as a designated hitter and pitcher… played in only four games as a position player… got a hit in his first collegiate at-bat on national TV at Arizona State… his first pitching appearance was not as memorable and filled with nerves allowing three hits and three runs in 0.1 innings of work… was 2-for-11 at the plate in 1999… on the mound he pitched in 21 games, two as a starter for the Cougs… went six innings at LCSC on April 27 allowing only three hits… pitched a perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts against Arizona on April 17… did not allow an earned run in four consecutive appearance and a combined four innings from April 20-25… allowed only one run in two combined innings against nationally ranked opponents Florida State and Wichita State… had a 5.71 record in Pac-10 play… recorded a career-high six strikeouts vs. UW on May 2… played with teammate Bookie Gates with the Kelowna Grizzlies in the PIL… team finished third in league championship… monthly totals: February 1.1i/0-0/20.25, March 7.0i/0-0/7.71., April 17.2i/1-1/2.55, May 9.0i/0-1/11.00... pitching against league opponents: ARIZ 1.0i/0-0/0.00, ASU 2.2i/0-1/13.50, CAL 1.1i/0-0/6.75, OSU 2.1i/0-1/7.71, STAN 2.0i/0-0/0.00, UCLA 2.2i/0-0/0.00, USC 1.0i/0-0/0.00, Washington 5.1i/0-0/13.50.
Tyson Thompson…born 03-19-80 at Edmonds, Wash…father Scott is a finance manager and mother Cathy is a secretary…two sisters Jennifer (22) and Charissa (17)…enjoys golfing, camping, and listening to music… member of the National Honor Society in high school… favorite baseball player is Roger Clemons… prep GPA of 3.5… interested in a business major at WSU.
YEAR G/GS AVG. AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO SB-A SAC PO A E FLD% 1999 4/2 .182 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 0-0 0 1 6 0 1.000
YEAR W-L ERA IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BA WP HBP BK GP GS CG SV 1999 1-2 6.43 35.0 37 35 25 20 31 5 1 10 .259 9 5 0 21 2 0 0