Cougar Baseball Player Adrian Thomas Dies
Aug. 6, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Funeral services for Adrian A. Thomas, a member of Washington State University's baseball team, will be held Thursday, August 8, in his home of Pocatello, Idaho. Thomas, a senior-to-be and one of the Cougars' leading hitters last spring, died Friday, Aug. 3 from injuries sustained in a train-automobile accident near Price, Utah.
'I am in a state of shock,' WSU baseball coach Tim Mooney said. 'I'm having trouble putting my thoughts into words. Adrian was a terrific person as well as a very good baseball player and a great student. All I can think about is what a tragic loss for his family and friends, including those on our baseball team. Adrian was the kind of kid who made friends easily and I know this is equally shocking for all his friends.'
Thomas, 21, hit .339 last season after transferring to WSU from College of Southern Idaho. As a junior, Thomas played in 35 Cougar games and made 20 starts in the outfield. Thomas, who was born in Pocatello, missed six games last season because of a hand injury. When he was able to return to the WSU lineup, it was as a designated hitter. In six mid-season games against Pacific-10 opponents Arizona and UCLA, Thomas hit .630, including a 9-for-12 weekend against the UCLA Bruins.
Thomas graduated from Pocatello High in 1968 after earning All-State honors. He played in the 1998 Idaho-Utah High School All-Star game. He was a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.8 prep grade point average. At College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Thomas played two seasons for head coach Jim Walker. He received the Presidential Academic Scholarship and the Leo Soran High Academic Scholarship at CSI while graduating with honors. In his first year at WSU he earned a spot on the Cougar Newcomer All-Academic team with a GPA over 3.00.
Thomas, a business administration major at WSU, is survived by his parents Gerald and Michelle Thomas, one brother Aaron, and one sister Vanessa. Funeral services will be held at Pocatello Calvary Chapel. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. Interment will follow the Thursday service at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family will have an Adrian Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund established at the Pocatello branch of U.S. Bank, 120 North Arthur Ave. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Colonial Funeral Home.
ADRIAN THOMAS, WSU JUNIOR (2000-01): V-letter...played 35 games in the outfield, including 28 starts...had 20 starts in left field and the other seven as the DH...one of the team's leading hitters, finishing with a .339 average, which ranked third among the regulars...collected six doubles and four home runs while driving in 19 runs...had 12 multiple-hit games...during a nine-game hitting streak in late March and early April, went 21-36 (.583) and boosted his average to .361...in seven of those nine games he had two or more hits...his best games included a 4-4 afternoon against UCLA with two runs driven in...had three hits in the first UCLA game and two more in the final contest, completing a 9-12 weekend...also had three hits against Arizona...in the six games against UCLA and Arizona, he went 17-27 (.630)...walked 19 times and struck out 27...missed six games late in the season with an injured hand, then returned to the lineup as a designated hitter only, but struggled with the injury and went just 3-12 after returning to action