Baseball Looks To Bounce Back On Oregon Road Trip
March 13, 2002
Friday, March 15 - WSU at Oregon State, 2:00 p.m., Coleman Field, Corvallis, Ore.
Saturday, March 16 - WSU at Oregon State, 1:00 p.m., Coleman Field, Corvallis, Ore.
Sunday, March 17 - WSU at Oregon State, 1:00 p.m., Coleman Field, Corvallis, Ore.
Monday, March 18 - WSU at Portland, 3:00 p.m., Pilot Stadium, Portland, Ore.
*Friday, March 22 - California at WSU, 2:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, Wash.
*Saturday, March 23 - California at WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, Wash.
*Sunday, March 24 - California at WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, Wash.
*Monday, March 25 - Washington at WSU, 2:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, Wash.
*Tuesday, March 26 - Washington at WSU, 2:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman, Wash.
Friday, March 8 - Sacramento State 9, WSU 2, 2:00 p.m., Hornet Field, Sacramento, Calif.
Saturday, March 9 - WSU 8, Sacramento State 4, 11:00 a.m., Hornet Field, Sacramento, Calif.
Saturday, March 9 - Sacramento State 11, WSU 10, 2:05 p.m., Hornet Field, Sacramento, Calif.
* = Pacific-10 Conference game
ROLLIN' ON THE (WILLAMETTE) RIVER: Washington State makes its last road trip for nearly a month when they head to the Willamette Valley to take on Oregon State for a three-game series beginning Friday, March 15, before capping the road swing with a date at Portland Monday, March 18.
The Cougars went 1-2 last weekend at Sacramento State to go to 10-7 on the season. WSU lost the first game 9-2 Friday, but bounced back Saturday to take the first game of a doubleheader, 8-4. Brandon Hundt improved to 4-0 that game, pitching eight innings of scoreless ball to notch the win. The Cougars had a an opportunity to sweep the double-dip, but the Hornets scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th to pull out an 11-10 win.
This weekend sees the Cougars taking on Pac-10 foe Oregon State (10-7) in non-conference action, then heading up the road for a game at Portland (5-5). WSU will look to bounce back against the two Oregon schools. Portland has lost two of its last three, while the Beavers have won six of their last seven games. The Cougars, who have yet to play a contest in Pullman this season, will resume play at the friendly confines of Bailey-Brayton Field Friday, March 22, with a three-game set against California. WSU will not return to the road until a series with cross-state rival Washington beginning Friday, April 12.
COUGS ON RADIO/WEB: Cougar Sports Properties will broadcast WSU's games this weekend on the radio (KCLX, Colfax) and the web (www.wsucougars.com).
A TEAM WITH HART: Since his insertion into the starting lineup, sophomore left fielder Justin Hart has provided a spark for the WSU offense...the transfer from Columbia Basin College is batting .346 (third on the team) and has scored 17 runs, while driving in five runs and has one home run to his credit...the key to Hart's success has been his ability to get on base...he has a .452 on-base percentage (second on the team) and is tied for the team lead in walks with nine...Hart has also been getting it done in the field...he has 44 put-outs and five assists, while committing no errors.
ON THE HUNDT: Junior pitcher Brandon Hundt has made quite an impact on the Cougars' starting rotation...Hundt is a team-leading 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA and has notched a team-best 36 strikeouts...Hundt also has the lowest opponent batting average of any starter, holding opposing hitters to a .223 average...in garnering his fourth win last weekend at Sacramento State, Hundt went eight innings, allowing just four hits and no runs in an 8-4 WSU win...early in the season Hundt was used in a dual role as a starter and relief pitcher and is still the team leader with two saves.
FINDING THE SWEET SPOT: A glance at the Cougar lineup shows that the offense is having no problems at all...eight of the nine starters are hitting over .300...in addition, the lineup has accounted for 160 of the team's 182 hits, 102 of the team's 122 runs and 96 of the team's 111 RBI...six batters have slugging percentages of .400 and six players have on-base percentages over .400.
DOUBLE DUTY: Sophomore outfielder Collin Henderson joined the team in time for the Feb. 15-17 series against Gonzaga...through last weekend he is now batting .260 with nine RBI...Henderson is also a starting wide receiver on the Cougar football team, catching nine passes for 83 yards and one touchdown in 12 starts for the 10-2 Sun Bowl Champions...a three-year starter in football for the Cougs, Henderson is playing baseball for the first time since he was a senior at Puyallup High School...he was a three-sport prep star, earning all-league honors in baseball, basketball and football.
COUGS LOSE FARRAR: Junior outfielder Jeremy Farrar, who collected two hits in WSU's first win over CSUN, is expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee...the injury occurred when he pulled up at third base against the Matadors...Farrar transferred to WSU from Hill JC in Texas last August and was one of the newcomers coach Tim Mooney was counting on to provide solid play both at the plate and in the outfield.