GENERAL: Lettered three seasons as a pitcher and outfielder for coach Scott Tibbling’s club...also earned three letters in football playing quarterback, outside linebacker and punter, and three letters in basketball, playing forward...JUNIOR: Earned first team all-league as both a pitcher and outfielder...league MVP...Team MVP...baseball team captured league championship...SENIOR: Earned first team all-league as both a pitcher and outfielder...second team all-league in basketball as a forward.
FRESHMAN (1997-98): Enrolled in August…solidified a starting spot as a freshman with a solid fall performance and became the Cougs everyday starting right fielder...recorded a single in his first collegiate at-bat against San Diego State...made 41 starts for the Cougars in right field and five on the mound...had a 1-2 record on the hill with his only win coming against league opponent Oregon State on April 24...had 12 multiple hit games...his best game of the season at the plate came against Oregon State on March 21 in which he went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in his Bailey Field debut...in the last week of March he hit at a .471 clip with three home runs and six RBI and was named the Pac-10 North Player of the Week...in the annual alumni game he was 4-for-4, hitting for the elusive cycle...had three-hit games against Oral Roberts, Portland State, and Arizona State...finished the year fourth on the team in batting, first in doubles with 13, and third in home runs with 12...was sixth in the Pac-10 North with his 12 home runs...finished the season on a strong note, going 7-for-16 in May...was torrid at the plate in non-league games with a .346 average...hit eight of his 12 home runs in Pac-10 North games...named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honorable mention team...here's how he hit against Pac-10 opponents: ASU .417 (5/12), CAL .273 (3/11), OSU .478 (11/23), Washington .139 (5/36)...his monthly hitting averages: February .389 (14/36), March .381 (16/42), April .224 (15/67), May .438 (7/16)...monthly pitching totals: March 7.0i/0-0/6.43, April 8.0i/1-1/7.88, May 3.2i/0-1/22.09...pitching against league opponents: OSU 5.0i/1-0/3.60.
SOPHOMORE (1998-99): Backed up his solid freshman campaign with a stellar sophomore year… started the season with a bang going 12-for-22 with 13 RBI and four home runs in the opening series at NMSU… had a career day Feb. 14 going 4-for-7 with four runs scored, three home runs and six RBI… in that game he hit home runs in three consecutive at-bats, including two in the second inning… banged his fifth home run of the year in the fifth game of the season vs. Gonzaga, but was then after sidelined for over a month with a broken thumb… was hitting .567 at the time of his injury… came back from the injury strong, to finish the season with a .393 batting average and 18 home runs… his batting average is ranked seventh all-time… his 18 home runs ranks as the seventh most in the single-season WSU record books… was 3-for-6 with five RBI, a double and a grand slam home run vs. UW on May 2… tied a season-best mark with six RBI against at UW on May 21… ended the season with home runs in four consecutive games… in his last five games against Oregon State and UW respectfully, he combined to go 13-for-24 (.542) with 17 RBI and five HR… recorded 20 multiple-hit games, with 11 two-hit games, six three-hit games, two four-hit games, and one five-hit games… led the team in total bases (134), slugging percentage (.775), home runs (18), on-base percentage (.485) and RBI (61)… would have finished in the top-5 in batting in the Pac-10, but did not qualify because of number of games played due to injury… named an honorable mention Pac-10 selection… the left-handed swinger hit almost 100 points higher against right-handed pitchers with a .427 average… 11 of his home runs came away from Bailey Field… in games that WSU won, Grove led the Cougars with a .478 (33x69) batting average and 12 of his 18 home runs… he spent summer of ’99 playing with the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League... here's how he hit against Pac-10 opponents: ARIZ .600 (6/10), ASU .308 (4/13), CAL .273 (3/11), OSU .462 (6/13), Stanford .250 (3/12), UCLA .167 (2/12), USC .417 (5/12), Washington .250 (3/12)... his monthly hitting averages: February .567 (17/30), March .375 (6/16), April .329 (24/73), May .389 (21/54).
JUNIOR (1999-2000): Named a second-team preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, becoming the first Coug to earn a preseason All-America award since 1991… after a solid series of fall practices, started the year with an unexpected injury to his right hand… broke is hamate bone in batting practice before the series opener vs. LCSC… after being sidelined over a month, he made his 2000 debut as a pinch-runner vs. San Diego State Feb. 26 and scored a run… made his first start of the year Mar. 3 vs. Cal and went 3-for-5… hit his first home run of the year as a pinch-hitter vs. LCSC Mar. 21… had back-to-back three-hit games vs. Arizona State and Arizona to start a 14-game hitting streak… went 3-for-4 vs. Arizona with four RBI and two runs scored against eventual first-round pick Ben Diggins… during his 14-game streak hit .351 (20x57)… hit his third home run of the year to tie John Olerud for sixth on the all-time record list at WSU with 33 on May 12 vs. Cal State-Northridge… Grove finished the year ranked third in batting average at .314 behind Stefan Bailie and Ray Hattenburg… despite starting only 28 games, still managed nine doubles, and finished third on the team with 25 walks… hit an even .300 in league play and was named an honorable mention selection by the Pac-10 coaches.
MLB DRAFT: Selected in the third round and 98th overall in the 2000 Amateur Baseball draft by the New York Yankees. Was signed by Yankee regional scout Gus Quattlebaum. Rated as a top player with a strong arm, great bat and enormous power. Second highest player drafted out of the state of Washington in 2000 and highest WSU draft choice since 1991 when Aaron Sele and Scott Hatteberg were both selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round.
WSU CAREER: Finished his career ranked in a tie for sixth place with John Olerud with 33 career home runs… ranked seventh on the single-season batting average record list with a .393 mark in 1999… his 18 home runs in 1999 also ranked seventh in the record books… his three home runs consecutive at-bats against NMSU on 2/14/99 was a WSU first and tied a school record for HR in a game… on the career record list Grove needed only seven home runs to tie the school record of 40… his .349 batting average in three seasons fell just shy of the WSU top 10.
Jason Lee Grove...born 8-15-78 at Walla Walla, Wash… parents Larry and Debby Grove… one brother Travis (18)… enjoys playing sports and fishing... played in the Cape Cod League (Wareham Gateman), the same team that teammate Shawn Stevenson played for in 1998… member of prep National Honor Society in high school… participated in band… pursuing an education major at WSU.
YEAR G/GS AVG. AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO SB-A SAC PO A E F.AVG 1998 45/42 .323 161 39 52 31 13 2 12 18 34 0-1 0 100 8 2 .982 1999 41/41 .393 173 54 68 61 10 1 18 31 44 2-5 1 90 1 5 .948 2000 31/28 .314 105 21 33 17 9 1 3 25 29 0-0 3 59 4 2 .969 Career 117/11 .349 439 114 153 109 32 4 33 74 107 2-6 4 249 13 9 .967
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