WSU Faces Long-Time Foe Oregon State In Corvallis

April 19, 2001

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Monday, April 16 - WSU 17, Central Washington 7, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
*Friday, April 20 - WSU at Oregon State, 3:00 p.m. PT, Coleman Field, Corvallis
*Saturday, April 21 - WSU at Oregon State, 1:00 p.m. PT, Coleman Field, Corvallis
*Sunday, April 22 - WSU at Oregon State, 12:00 p.m. PT, Coleman Field, Corvallis

*Friday, April 27 - WSU vs. Washington, 6:00 p.m. PT, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
* Saturday, April 28 - WSU vs. Washington, 1:00 p.m. PT, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman
* Sunday, April 29 - WSU vs. Washington, 1:00 p.m. PT, Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman

Tuesday, April 10 - LCSC 10, WSU 7, Harris Field, Lewiston
*Thursday, April 12 - WSU 2, Arizona State 1, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
*Friday, April 13 - Arizona State 4, WSU 3, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
*Saturday, April 14 - Arizona State 14, WSU 4, Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.

* = Pacific-10 Conference game


WSU, OSU SQUARE OFF: The Washington State Cougars, 14-24 overall and 5-7 in the Pacific-10 Conference, are back on the road this week for a three-game league series at Oregon State, with the opening game of the series set for 3:00 p.m. Friday at Coleman Field on the OSU campus. Saturday's second game is set for 1:00 p.m., while Sunday's finale begins at 12:00 p.m. OSU entered the week 21-16 overall, 5-7 in Pac-10 play.

The Cougars are coming off a 17-7 non-conference win over Central Washington Monday, and three games at Arizona State last weekend, where the Cougs won once and lost twice.

WSU will start Justin Cayetano (2-1) and Zach Fisher (0-5) against the Beavers, with the third starter expected to be Tony Banszak (4-4), Garrett Alwert (2-1) or Jamin Svendsen (2-1).

After struggling at the plate early in the season, the Cougars have turned into one of the better hitting teams in the Pacific-10 Conference. Over the last 11 games, including games against UCLA, Arizona and ASU, WSU is hitting .342, while in 12 league games the Cougars are batting .327. For the season, WSU has boosted its plate average to .283.

Overall Stefan Bailie leads WSU at the plate with a .356 average. He also tops the team in runs scored (44), hits (52), home runs (12) and is second in RBI (41). Adrian Thomas is second in hitting with a .341 average and paces the team in league games with a .465 average. Bookie Gates is right behind Thomas with a .340 average and also has been hitting very well in conference play with a .442 average.

Gates currently leads WSU with 46 RBI. Over the last 15 games, Gates has been on fire with a .452 average.

Sophomore Garrett Alwert boasts the best ERA among Cougar pitchers at .351. He has made three starts and nine mound appearances.

Cayetano leads the pitchers with nine starts and has a 2-1 record and 5.83 ERA. He also leads the team with 58.2 innings of work. Zach Fisher has made seven starts, owns a 6.16 ERA and has thrown 49.2 innings.

COUGS ON THE AIR: The remainder of WSU's 2001 baseball schedule will be broadcast on KCLX radio and will be available via the internet by accessing WSU's web site at Alex Webster will call the action for all three Cougar games this weekend.

BAILIE KEEPS HOT PACE: Stefan Bailie had an outstanding freshman season last year, hitting a frosh school record 12 home runs while batting .315 and earning freshman All-America honorable mention honors...this year he has 12 home runs in 38 games and a .356 batting two seasons he has 24 home runs, just one short of WSU's Top 10 list, and a .337 batting average, going 113-335.

KNIGHT NEARLY DOUBLES AVERAGE: Senior Mike Knight, who joined WSU last year after stints at Odessa College and Laney College, has nearly doubled his batting average of a year a junior he hit .227 for the Cougs and had no home runs...this year he is batting .336 and has four home runs...he had five RBI last year and has 19 so far this season.

COUGS KEEP IT CLOSE: In 38 games this year, only 21 have been determined by more than two runs... WSU is 6-7 in one-run games, 1-3 in two-run games, 2-8 in games determined by three or four runs and 5-6 in games determined by five or more runs.

TOP OF ORDER HITS: WSU's leadoff batters are hitting .333 and the number two spot hits .297, then .299 in the number three slot and .342 in cleanup...then the averages dip sharply, with the number five batters hitting .224...WSU hits .277 in the number six spot, then .252, .293 and .211 in the next three spots in the batting order...overall, the Cougs hit .318 through the top four spots in the order and .252 combined for the bottom five positions.

TO START OR NOT TO START: Figure this one out...WSU batters, when starting, are hitting .278, while the non-starters are hitting .336...the opponents are more conventional, with their starters hitting .319 and the non-starters .304...on the mound, Cougar starters have an ERA of 7.52 and the non-starting pitchers are at 5.62...for opponents, the starters have a 5.52 ERA and the relief pitchers 6.29.

HITTING STREAKS: Stefan Bailie now boasts the longest current hitting streak at seven games, while Bailie and Adrian Thomas own the season's longest hitting streaks at nine games...Tyson Boson, Mike Knight, Bookie Gates and Evan Hecker all have had seven-game hitting streaks this year... Bailie has 16 multiple-hit games, Gates 15, Knight 12 and Hecker 11...Bailie and Gates have each had two or more RBI in nine games.

WSU NEEDS TO START PLAYING EARLIER: WSU has been outscored by 26 runs this season and 25 of those runs have been in the first inning, where WSU opponents have outscored the Cougars 52-27...for the other eight regular innings WSU holds a 232-229 lead, with the opponents holding a 4-0 lead in extra innings...WSU's best inning is the sixth when they outscore their opponents 37-17.

GATES NAMED PAC-10 POW: Junior Bookie Gates was named the Pac-10's Player of the Week April 2 for his performance against UCLA...Gates hit 10-14, had seven RBI, scored five times, hit three doubles and one home run.

ASU SERIES REVIEW: The Cougs' pitching corps did the job for two games as WSU won 2-1 and then fell 4-3 in the Sun Devil's home park...the third game was all ASU 14-4...for the three games WSU hit just .238, while ASU posted a .340 average...on the mound WSU had a 6.48 ERA and ASU pitchers 3.00...both teams committed five errors in the game and neither team went with the long ball...ASU had six doubles, a triple and one home run, while WSU had three doubles and one home run...Evan Hecker hit .400 against ASU, Mike Knight 333 and Stefan Bailie .308...on the mound Garrett Alwert and Donnie Davis each pitched 1.2 innings of relief ball without giving up a run, while starter Justin Cayetano went 7.1 innings in the first game and allowed just one run...Zach Fisher also pitched well in his game-two start, allowing two runs, one earned, in 3.1 innings.

WSU-CWU MONDAY: WSU exploded for 16 hits and 17 runs Monday against Central Washington...Bookie Gates, Stefan Bailie and Brandon Reddinger each had two hits, while 10 other Cougars had one hit each...Gates and Bailie each hit two home runs and Gates drove home six runs...Garrett Alwert went the first four innings and allowed four hits and one run, while Lanakila Niles threw one-hit ball over the next three innings.

105 YEARS OF COUGAR BASEBALL: 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.

WSU ON TV: WSU made its first appearance on FOX Sports Net March 24 against California and viewers witnessed an exciting 7-6 Cougar win...FOX Sports Net Northwest will televise two more Cougar baseball games, April 6 when WSU hosts Arizona and April 22 when the Cougs visit OSU.

WSU ON THE RADIO/INTERNET: WSU's baseball games are broadcast by KCLX (1450 AM) in Colfax, Wash., during the 2001 season...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,

COUGAR BASEBALL RANKS FIFTH IN ALL-TIME NCAA VICTORIES: 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.

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