Cougars Close Out Season With Nationally-Ranked Stanford
May 22, 2002
*Friday, May 24 - WSU at Stanford, 6:00 p.m., Sunken Diamond, Stanford, Calif.
*Saturday, May 25 - WSU at Stanford, 1:00 p.m., Sunken Diamond, Stanford, Calif..
*Sunday, May 26 - WSU at Stanford, 1:00 p.m., Sunken Diamond, Stanford, Calif.
*Friday, May 17 - WSU 6, at Arizona 5, Frank Sancet Field, Tucson, Ariz.
*Saturday, May 18 - at Arizona 8, WSU 7, Frank Sancet Field, Tucson, Ariz.
*Sunday, May 19 - WSU 9, Arizona 7, Frank Sancet Field, Tucson, Ariz.
* = Pacific-10 Conference game
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).
COUGAR DIAMOND NOTES
WSU CLOSES SEASON AT STANFORD: The Washington State Cougar baseball team, with a 21-30 overall mark and a 6-15 record in Pacific-10 Conference action, concludes the 2002 baseball season with three games this weekend at Stanford.
Action at the Cardinal's Sunken Diamond begins with a 6 p.m. game Friday, followed by games Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Stanford begins the final weekend of Pac-10 play one game behind Pac-10 leader USC. The Cardinal have a 37-16 record overall and are 13-8 in Pac-10 play.
Despite trailing USC (14-7), Stanford is the highest ranked team from the Pac-10. They are ranked 8th by both Baseball America and Baseball Weekly/ESPN and 12th by Collegiate Baseball. USC's highest ranking is 21st by Baseball America.
The Cougars' 21 wins are the most since the Pac-10 Conference began full league play in 2000, while one more league win would equal WSU's most victories since the nine-team format began three years ago.
The Cougars continue to be the third best hitting club in the Pac-10, boasting a .314 team average.
Last week at Arizona WSU won two of three games and hit .324 against the Wildcats, with Bonine and Jamin Svendsen picking up wins. All three games at Arizona were won in the ninth inning and in each case, the winning team scored three runs to pick up the victory. WSU used the ninth inning to win the first and third games while losing to Arizona's three runs in game two.
Collin Henderson led the Cougars, hitting .455 at Arizona while starting all three contests. Wes Falkenborg and Robert Stahlke each hit .400. Bruce Jacobsen, who had one start and saw action in two games, hit .500.
Outfielder Justin Hart continues to lead WSU at the plate with a .377 average. Right behind him are Bookie Gates at .365 and Jeff LaRue at .363. Other top hitters for WSU are Evan Hecker .341, Stahlke .333, Jacobsen .333, Henderson .311, Falkenborg .311 and Steve Mortimer .306.