WSU, Gonzaga Set For Three-Game Series In Pasco

Feb. 8, 2001

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Friday, February 9 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 2:00 p.m. PT, Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Saturday, February 10 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m. PT, Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.
Sunday, February 11 - WSU vs. Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m. PT, Posse Stadium, Pasco, Wash.

Friday, February 16 - WSU at Oklahoma State, 12:00 p.m. PT, Reynolds Stadium, Stillwater, Okla.
Saturday, February 17 - WSU at Oklahoma State, 11:00 a.m. PT, Reynolds Stadium, Stillwater, Okla.
Sunday, February 18 - WSU at Oklahoma State, 11:00 a.m. PT, Reynolds Stadium, Stillwater, Okla.

Friday, February 2 - UNLV 9, WSU 7, Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
Saturday, February 3 - UNLV 10, WSU 9, Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
Sunday, February 4 - WSU 7, UNLV 6, Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.


The Washington State Cougar baseball team, 2-5 after road trips to southern California and Nevada, play a little closer to home this weekend, taking on the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a three-game series at Posse Stadium in Pasco, beginning Friday.The Bulldogs will be opening their season against the Cougars, while WSU has already played a four-game series at Cal State-Northridge two weeks ago and then three games last weekend at UNLV.WSU, the home team in all three games, will send junior Tyson Thompson to the mound in Friday's game (2:00). Thompson is 0-1 with 8.0 innings to his credit, along with a 4.50 ERA.Cougar first-year coach Tim Mooney is unsure who he will start on the mound in Saturday's second game (1:00). Sunday (1:00) he will start freshman Jamin Svendsen if the right hander is not used in relief in the series opener.Mooney's pitching philosophy is to win the first game available, even if it means using a potential starter waiting in the wings.Steven Bailie, WSU's sophomore first baseman, leads WSU hitters through seven games with a .462 average. He also leads the team with three home runs, 12 RBI, nine runs scored and 10 hits.Outfielder Mike Knight is hitting .455, the only other regular hitting over .400. However Richard Hall, who played in his first two games for WSU last weekend at UNLV, is hitting .429.Evan Hecker, after going 5-for-5 in the first game at UNLV and finishing the weekend with a .538 average, has boosted his numbers to .345 with 10 hits, including one home run.Svendsen, 1-0, tops the Cougar pitching staff among those with two or more appearances. The Yakima native has a 2.38 ERA and leads the team with 11.1 innings.

WSU's three-game series with Gonzaga will NOT be broadcast on the Cougar Baseball Network (KCLX, Colfax), thus will not be available on WSU's web site at

Four Cougars have started all seven WSU games and one has started all but one contest...the only player to start all seven at the same position is centerfielder Evan Hecker...he is the only Cougar to start the seven games at the same position in the batting order - leadoff...Bookie Gates, Brent Robertson and Stefan Bailie have also started all seven games...Gates has six starts at shortstop and one at second (third game at UNLV)...Robertson has six starts at third and one at second...Bailie, who opened the season at third, has been at first for the last six games...Tyson Boston has started all but one game, with three starts in right and three in left field.

Stefan Bailie started the 2001 season hitting .438 in a four-game series at Cal State-Northridge...tough act to follow, but Bailie showed there was room for improvement last weekend in three games at UNLV...he came home from Las Vegas with a lofty .462 batting average after going .500 against UNLV, collecting five hits in 10 at-bats...Bailie now leads WSU with nine runs scored, 12 hits, three home runs and 12 RBIs...he also boasts an .885 slugging percentage and has handled 49 defensive chances without an error.

Centerfielder and leadoff hitter Evan Hecker, who struggled in the opening series of the season, found his hitting stroke at UNLV last week, collecting seven hits in 13 at-bats for a .538 average...through seven games Hecker is now hitting .345...he hit just .188 in the four-game series at CSUN to open the season...his on-base percentage improved to .457 through seven games.

WSU's batters did much better in three games at UNLV than in the opening series at CSUN...after coming home with a .263 batting average in four games at CS-Northridge, WSU broke out the bats at Las Vegas, hitting .295 in three games...the leaders against the Rebels were Evan Hecker at .538 and Stefan Bailie at .500...both started all three games...two others hit over .400, including Mike Knight at .462. He also started three games...Scott Stockwell, who had one start, hit .500, and Richard Hall, with one start and two appearances, hit .429...WSU had six batters hit .333 or better...still, the other nine Cougars who saw duty at the plate hit a collective .145, going 9-for-62.

The Cougars won one game in four contests at Cal State Northridge to open the season and one of three games at UNLV last the seven games, only two have been determined by more than two runs...WSU is 1-2 in one-run games and 0-2 in two-run games...the other outcomes have been a 7-2 loss at CSUN and an 11-4 win against the Matadors...against the Rebels WSU lost by two runs and then one run, then won by one run.

WSU pitchers posted a 4.64 ERA in the season-opening four-game series at CSUN, allowing 21 runs, 17 of them earned, in 33 innings...last weekend in three games at UNLV, the Cougars allowed 25 runs, 17 earned, a 6.12 ERA.

The Cougar defense, after committing just four errors in four games at CSUN, mishandled the ball seven times in three games at UNLV last weekend...the seven errors resulted in eight unearned runs by the Rebels...five of those unearned runs came in a 10-9 UNLV win, the other three in the final game of the series, which WSU won 7-6...for the season the Cougars have scored 43 runs, all but five earned...the WSU opponents, however, have scored 46 runs, including 12 unearned.

WSU and California will square off March 24 in a regionally televised Pac-10 baseball game from Berkeley. FOX Sports Net will air the game...FOX Sports Net Northwest has not announced their spring schedule.

The top five hitters in WSU's batting order are getting the job done, but the bottom five slots are struggling...through seven games, WSU leadoff batters are hitting .345, while the #2 batters are at .333, the #3 batters .321, the cleanup batters .308 and the #5 batters .296...WSU's #6 hitters are batting .241, the #7 batters .233, the #8 batters .185 and the #9 batters .231.


'Our main goal in the fall was how to go about the game, what kind of work ethic we expect, how to respect the game and how to do it with respect to the Cougar tradition. That was our number one goal in the fall. Within our athletic ability we can do better than we have so far. If someone beats you, they beat you. Don't beat yourself.'

'Walks, that's the whole thing for the pitchers. We need to find three starters who can get us through the sixth inning. If we had done that last week, it would have made the difference. The bullpen looks okay to me. Jamin Svendsen pitched the third game at UNLV exactly like we want all our starters to pitch. He didn't have better stuff than anyone else (for WSU), he just pitched better. He is a very mature freshman.'

'Unless the temperature gets into the low 30's or lower, I don't think it will have an impact on either team, even though for us it will be a big change from our first two series.'

'We can get more out of Tyson Boston. He is still working on his mechanics at the plate. Michael Knight is doing a great job for us. Justin Williams is a left handed bat that can help us, but he hasn't found it yet. Before the season is over he will give us some quality at bats.'

'We need someone to step up for us and be the everyday bat (at DH). We just don't know who that person is right now. It would have been Wes Falkenborg (out for the year with a knee injury). We would like the position to give us some power. It may be one of the outfielders like Tanner Kahler or Justin Williams, who hit from the left side. Ryan Sullivan or Scott Stockwell could be the guy from the right side.'

Freshman catcher Jon Baeder was struggling with a .074 batting average April 5 of last year...then, in the last month Baeder turned it up a notch to raise his batting average to a season-ending .217, going 13-for-42...he had two multi-hit games in his last five starts.

Outfielder Evan Hecker (Seattle, Wash.) was the hottest Cougar down the stretch as the 2000 season came to an end...In the last six games, Hecker ended with six consecutive multi-hit games and hit .538 over that stretch (14x26)...Hecker raised his batting average from .234 to its end mark of 1999 as a freshman Hecker finished the season on an equally hot note with nine hits in his last seven games.

Stefan Bailie made his name known in his redshirt freshman campaign in 2000. Bailie finished second on the team with a .315 batting average and led the club with 12 home runs. He finished the year with seven hits in his last 17 at-bats (.412) and hit home runs in three consecutive games to end the season. His 12 home runs tied a school record for home runs by a freshman, set by teammate Jason Grove in 1998. Bailie started his career with a 14-game hitting streak.

Tim Mooney's new WSU staff includes Gary Picone, a 1976 graduate of LCSC, and Bobby Lee, who finished up at WSU in 1991 after three years at Eastern Washington. Picone handles the pitchers, while Lee coaches the outfielders and catchers.

Baseball, the first sport played at Washington State University in 1892, completed its 105th season of diamond action in 2000...during its first 105 seasons, WSU baseball teams won 64.9% of their games, posting a 2,246-1,237 record...the Cougars did not field baseball teams in 1893-94-95-97.

The majority of Washington State's baseball games will be broadcast by KCLX (1450 AM) in Colfax, Wash., during the 2001 season, although this week's Pasco series with Gonzaga will not be broadcast...WSU radio broadcasts are handled by Cougar Sports Properties, a sub-division of Learfield Communications...airtime is 20 minutes before the start of the game...Alex Webster or Troy Hirsch will call most of the Cougar broadcast on radio can also be heard on the internet at the WSU web site,

In a list compiled by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Washington State University ranks fifth in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,246 prior to the 2001 season...a list of the Top 6 baseball programs appears below with their respective records and number of seasons played:

Press Conference:
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