Cougars Sign 13 Baseball Players

Nov. 22, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - The Washington State baseball team signed 13 players for the 2005-06 season head coach Donnie Marbut announced Monday. The recruiting class, consisting of nine Washington seniors and four junior college transfers, is Marbut's first at the helm of the Cougar program and for recruiting coordinator Travis Jewett.

'As a staff we are really excited about this class,' Marbut said. 'Travis Jewett did an outstanding job putting together a class deep and rich in pitching, highlighted by the best high school pitchers in the state. I am very pleased with the efforts of our staff because college recruiting is tough. This class is a credit to the time and effort of coach Jewett, coach Ryan Brust and Duggan Moran, our volunteer assistant.'

The class consists of eight pitchers and five position players, including 11 Washington natives. Of the nine seniors who signed, six are pitchers, including Matt Crowe (Southridge HS, Kennewick), Scott Deal (Curtis HS, University Place), Adam Dentz (Mount Si HS, North Bend), Jonothan Flood (Decatur HS, Auburn), Jeremy Johnson (Centralia HS, Centralia) and Dave Roberts (Eastside Catholic HS, Bellevue). The remaining freshmen include infielders Travis Coulter (Southridge HS, Kennewick) and Kyle Hinrichs (Pullman HS, Pullman) and catcher Gregory Lagreid (O'Dea HS, Edmonds).

Transferring to WSU from junior colleges are Washington natives Paul Gran (Bothell HS/Edmonds CC, Bothell) and Ryan Krauser (Mark Morris HS/Lower CC, Longview), both infielders. Completing the pitching staff are Zach Aguirre (Amador Valley HS/Lassen CC, Pleasanton, Calif.) and John Ison (Hillcrest HS/Salt Lake CC, Midvale, Utah).

ZACH AGUIRRE
LHP/1b
5-11/155
AGUIRRE'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Earned two varsity letters under Lou Cesario at Amador Valley High. SENIOR (2002-03): Captained his Amador Valley team...named to All-East Bay Athletic League second team as a utility player.

AGUIRRE'S LASSEN CC CAREER
FRESHMAN (2003-04):
Lettered for coach Gen Yonah at Lassen CC.
Marbut's Comments: 'Zach will make and immediate impact and will most likely be in the rotation.'

TRAVIS COULTER
2B/SS
5-9/140
COULTER'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Earned two varsity letters under coach Tim Sanders at Southridge High...member of Kennewick Bandit American Legion team placed second in 2004 World Series...made Baseball Northwest Washington State Junior Olympic Tryout team, the fall scout team. SOPHOMORE: Member of Southridge team that won league and district titles, making the second round of State tournament...played for Seattle Mariner Fall Scout Team and Northwest Area Code team. JUNIOR: Led Southridge team with .367 average...Suns finished Big-9 and 4A State champions...earned Big-9 All-Conference honors at second base and voted best defensive player by teammates.
Marbut's Comments: 'He's a left-hander with a lot of energy who, as a freshman, has the chance to help us out.'

MATT CROWE
RHP/C
5-11/195
CROWE'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Earned three varsity letters in both baseball and football at Southridge High...member of 2004 4A State Championship team...played for Don Lindren with Baseball Northwest summer league team. SOPHOMORE: Earned All-Big 9 honorable mention accolades as pitcher...member of Washington state Baseball Northwest team...earned BNW first team all-tournament honors. JUNIOR: Member of State champion Southridge team, earning honorable mention All-State recognition as pitcher...earned All-Big 9 first team, Tri-City Herald All-Area pitcher and Best of the West outstanding pitcher accolades...Baseball Northwest team finished second in American Legion World Series...earned honorable mention acclaim in football as a punter and linebacker.
Marbut's Comments: 'In my opinion he's got one of the best curve balls in the state and could help out immediately.'

SCOTT DEAL
RHP/OF
6-4/180
DEAL'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Earned three letters in baseball and one in football at Curtis High...played for Phil Geisler with the Seattle Mariners Fall Ball Scout Team and the Area Code Team in 2004. SOPHOMORE: Named to the South Puget Sound all-league second team...pitched a perfect game for all-star team. JUNIOR: Vikings shared co-league championship and went to State playoffs...named all-league first team pitcher and league all-area team...played in Nike All-Star game while on Area Code Team.
Marbut's Comments: 'A good overall athlete with a great slider that has played on some prestigious teams and knows how to win.'

ADAM DENTZ
LHP/1B
6-2/190
DENTZ' HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Four-time letterwinner in baseball under coach Gary McGreger at Mount Si High. JUNIOR: All-KingCo honorable mention pitcher.
Marbut's Comments: 'He was an early commit that could definitely see mound time in his career. He is one of the best left-handed pitchers in the State.'

JON FLOOD
RHP/OF
6-3/200
FLOOD'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Six-time letterwinner in baseball and basketball at Decatur. SOPHOMORE: Voted MVP by teammates, earning first team all-city and South Puget Sound League honorable mention honors. JUNIOR: Named All-City MVP, first team all-league, first team all-area and honorable mention All-State. SENIOR (2004-05): Team captain.
Marbut's Comments: 'He is a big, strong, fast, physical athlete who is a tough competitor.'

PAUL GRAN
SS/INF
6-0/190
GRAN'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Lettered three times in baseball under coach Paul Moody at Bothell High. JUNIOR: Earned first team All-KingCo League and first team All-Eastside honors at third base. SENIOR (2002-03): Named to the all-league first team and honorable mention All-State at shortstop.MLB Draft: Drafted in the 30th round in 2004 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

GRAN'S EDMONDS CC CAREER
FRESHMAN (2003-04):
Played one year under coach Tighe Dickinson at shortstop.
Marbut's Comments: 'He is a great player out of Edmonds that was drafted by the Dodgers. He will make an immediate impact as a sophomore.'

KYLE HINRICHS
SS/INF
5-10/165
HINRICHS' HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Lettered in baseball, basketball and football at Pullman High...eight-time All-Greater North League academic team awardee. JUNIOR: Lettered in and captained Greyhound baseball, football and basketball teams...named to All-Greater North League first team as an infielder...second team all-league as third baseman and as a defensive back in football.
Marbut's Comments: 'He is a speedy player, who in my opinion, is one of the most underated players in the State.'

NICK ISON
RHP
5-11/172
ISON'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Earned four varsity letters in baseball (3) and basketball (1) at Hillcrest High School. JUNIOR: Member of Hillcrest team that took fifth in the region and second in the State tournament...named to the all-region and all-State first teams...Hillcrest High Athlete of the Month for May, 2003. SENIOR (2002-03): Member of the Husky team that took second in region and third in State...named to first team All-State and all-region teams and 2003 all-tournament team...named to the region-5 all-star team while earning Deseret News Prep of the Week, Hillcrest High Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the month honors.

ISON'S SALT LAKE CC CAREER
FRESHMAN (2003-04):
Lettered under coach D.G. Nelson at Salt Lake Community College.
Marbut's Comments: 'He could definitely come into the front of the rotation and probably be a Friday starter.'

JEREMY JOHNSON
RHP/SS
5-11/165
JOHNSON'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Earned 10 varsity letters at Centralia High School in baseball (4), basketball (3) and golf (3)...has a 3.8 cumulative GPA. SOPHOMORE: Member of Centralia team that finished 19-4 and won Pac-9 League and made an appearance in the regional tournament...had team's lowest ERA (2.77) and had a 4-1 mound record...earned Pac-9 League All-Academic award...also appeared in district tournaments for golf and basketball. JUNIOR: Posted a 3-1 mound record, 60 strikeouts in 40 innings for the Tiger team...earned all-league first team, Pac-9 All-Academic award and Chronicle All-Area Team honors...also appeared in the district golf tournament. SENIOR (2004-05): Competed in the district golf tournament.
Marbut's Comments: 'We are very excited for Jeremy to sign at WSU. He'll definitely turn a lot of heads.'

RYAN KRAUSER
INF/CF
5-9/165
KRAUSER'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
A four-sport athlete at Mark Morris, earning three varsity letters in baseball, two in golf and one each in wrestling and tennis...captained baseball, tennis and golf teams. FRESHMAN: Placed third in districts and participated in State tournament with a 31-6 record in wrestling. SOPHOMORE: Earned All-Greater St. Helens League first team honors in baseball. JUNIOR: Named to All-GHSL first team in baseball. SENIOR (2002-03): Named to all-league first team in baseball...Mark Morris tennis team was district champion.

KRAUSER'S LOWER COLUMBIA COLLEGE CAREER
FRESHMAN (2003-04):
Named to the All-NWAACC first team and All-West first team for coach Kelly Smith...centerfielder.
Marbut's Comments: 'In my opinion he is the best JC player in the Northwest. He's a great athlete who can hit the ball. I'd describe him as a combination of Jason Freeman and Kaeo Rubin.'

GREG LAGREID
Catcher
6-0/185
LAGREID'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Lettered three times in both baseball and golf at O'Dea High School...member of Seattle Mariners Area Code Team, Fall Scout Team and US Bank Summer Baseball Team in 2004. FRESHMAN: Earned Best Newcomer award in golf at O'Dea. SOPHOMORE: Fighting Irish baseball team finished fourth in the State...named to All-Metro league first team as catcher while batting .467 in league play...voted most inspirational by teammates in golf. JUNIOR: Earned All-Metro League first team honors as catcher...district finalist in golf and voted most valuable golfer by teammates. SENIOR(2004-05): Captain of baseball team.
Marbut's Comments: 'Greg is the best catch and throw player in the State. He's a smart player and a good student.'

DAVE ROBERTS
RHP
6-3/210
ROBERTS' HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
GENERAL:
Lettered three times in both baseball and football at Eastside Catholic. JUNIOR: Finished a 7-2 on the mound for Eastside Catholic, earning All-KingCo first team honors...played for the Area Code Team and in the Area Code Games...member of Poulsboro RV summer league team.
Marbut's Comments: 'Dave is a big, strong, physical pitcher that has played for some great teams and he knows how to win.'

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