WSU Baseball Adds Three To 2005 Roster

Jan. 14, 2005

Pullman, Wash. - The Washington State baseball team added three Washington natives to its 2005 roster head coach Donnie Marbut announced Friday. Nick Cebula, Matt Oye and Bryan Yates transferred to WSU this semester and are eligible to play this spring.

Joining the Cougar bull pen are right-handed pitchers Cebula and Oye. Cebula, a Tacoma native, comes to WSU from Tacoma CC where he posted a 4-2 record while striking out 45 batters. Oye, a freshman from Spokane, attended Seminole CC during the 2004 fall quarter before transferring to Washington State.

Yates, a Sammamish native, returns to Washington after redshirting at Clemson.

The Cougars begin their 2005 season February 4, with a three game series hosted by Sacramento State.

NICHOLAS CEBULAPitcher5-11/175

CEBULA`S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

GENERAL: Earned four letters in baseball for coach Scott Shelgren and three in football, primarily as a receiver and defensive back. JUNIOR: Named to the All-Seamont League second team as a pitcher, posting a 0.75 ERA...during football season selected MVP of the league's special teams unit. SENIOR (2002-03): Twice selected to the all-league first team, first as a receiver after football season, then as a pitcher in the spring.

CEBULA`S TACOMA CC CAREER

FRESHMAN (2003-04): Played one year for coach Mike Naughton...posted a 3.00 ERA with a 4-2 record and two saves while throwing 39 innings...allowed 18 runs, 13 earned, while giving up 26 hits...struck out 45 and gave up just 39 walks...his ERA second best for Titans...team finished 20-24 overall and 11-14 in league action.

CEBULA`S WASHINGTON STATE CAREER

SOPHOMORE (2004-05): Enrolled at WSU in January, 2005.

MATTHEW OYEPitcher6-5/215

OYE'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

GENERAL: Earned seven varsity letters, including three in baseball for coach Scott Harmon and three in football as a quarterback...also lettered in basketball...captained both Indian football and baseball teams during junior and senior years. FRESHMAN: Played in the Washington baseball Junior Olympics Games. SOPHOMORE: Baseball team lost in the first round of the regionals...posted a 1-0 record...a member of the Washington Junior Olympics baseball team...named to the Spokane All-star All-Tournament team. JUNIOR: Named to the All-Greater Spokane League (GSL) second team as both a quarterback and pitcher. SENIOR (2003-04): MVP of the GSL, hitting .490 with an 8-1 record...also earned All-State honors...team lost in the regionals...named to the All-GSL team as a quarterback...All-State second team quarterback.

OYE'S SEMINOLE CC CAREER

FRESHMAN (2004-05): Attended junior college for fall quarter only...did not play baseball.

OYE'S WASHINGTON STATE CAREER

FRESHMAN (2004-05): Transferred to WSU in January, 2005.

Bryan YatesInfield6-2/195

YATES'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

GENERAL: Coached by J.T. D'Amico, earning two varsity letters in baseball...played third and first. SENIOR (2002-03): named to the All-KingCo second team.

YATES'S CLEMSON CAREER

FRESHMAN (2003-04): Redshirt season at Clemson, where he played for coach Jack Leggett...Tigers finished 39-26 overall and 14-10 in Atlantic Coast Conference play...Tigers split four games in the ACC tournament at Salem, Virginia, beating #20 North Carolina and NC State, while losing to #5 Georgia Tech and North Carolina...won three and lost two in the NCAA regional at Athens, Georgia...both losses were to the tenth ranked Georgia Bulldogs, while both wins were over Birmingham-Southern.

YATES'S WASHINGTON STATE CAREER

FRESHMAN (2004-05): Transferred to WSU in January, 2005.

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