Cougars Look To Extend Hot Streak In Sacramento

March 6, 2002

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Friday, March 8 - WSU at Sacramento State, 2:00 p.m., Hornet Field, Sacramento, Calif.

Saturday, March 9 - WSU at Sacramento State, 1:00 p.m., Hornet Field, Sacramento, Calif.

Sunday, March 10 - WSU at Sacramento State, 12:00 p.m., Hornet Field, Sacramento, Calif.

Friday, March 15 - WSU at Oregon State, 2:00 p.m., Coleman Field, Corvallis, Ore.

Saturday, March 16 - WSU at Oregon State, 1:00 p.m., Coleman Field, Corvallis, Ore.

Sunday, March 17 - WSU at Oregon State, 1:00 p.m., Coleman Field, Corvallis, Ore.

Monday, March 18 - WSU at Portland, 3:00 p.m., Pilot Stadium, Portland, Ore.

Friday, March 1 - WSU 12, Troy State 5, 4 p.m., Northcutt Field, Dothan, Ala.

Sunday, March 3 - WSU 7, Kent State 3, 3:15 p.m., Riddle-Pace Field, Troy, Ala.

(all games at the Troy State Wiregrass Classic)

* = Pacific-10 Conference game

COUGS ON RADIO/WEB: WSU's three-game series at Sacramento State will not be broadcast this weekend on the radio or Internet.

COUGS INVADE HORNETS NEST: Washington State continues life on the road this weekend with a trip to Sacramento, Calif., to take on Sacramento State. The Cougars are in the midst of a four-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven games.

Last week, WSU went 2-0 at the Troy State Wiregrass Classic, defeating host Troy State 12-5 and Kent State 7-3. In two successive tournaments, the Cougars went 6-2 and had the best overall record at both its tournaments.

WSU is doing it both at the plate and on the mound. The Cougars are hitting .307 as a team and have eight players batting over .300.

On the mound, the team has gotten clutch pitching performances from its starters and relievers.

Lanakila Niles has a 1.93 ERA in three relief appearances and has emerged as the team's top middle reliever. Brandon Hundt is 3-0 as a starter and reliever and also has a team-leading two saves.

Following the Sacramento State series, the Cougars will embark on a four-game swing through Oregon, taking on Oregon State in a three-game set beginning March 15 at 2 p.m. and will take on Portland March 18 at 3 p.m. at the conclusion of the OSU series.

BRUCE-ING AT THE PLATE: Freshman shortstop Derek Bruce swung a huge bat last weekend at the Troy State Wiregrass Classic...the Lewiston, Idaho, native went 6-for-7 with two home runs and improved his batting average from .267 to .346...on top of his robust average, Bruce also leads the Cougars in home runs with six, runs with 17 and has a slugging percentage of addition...he is second on the team in RBI with 16 and doubles with four...Bruce also seems to be at his best in important situations, as he is hitting .308 with runners in scoring position.

HURLIN' HAWAIIAN: WSU quarterback Jason Gesser might have some competition for the best arm from the islands...Senior pitcher Lanakila Niles, who calls Pearl City, Hawaii, home, has a 1.93 ERA and one save and one win in 9 1/3 innings as a middle reliever...his past two outings include two shutout innings of relief for starter Eddie Bonine in a 12-5 win against Troy State March 1, to notch his first save of the season, and a 5 1/3 inning outing against Texas A&M Feb. 23, in which he allowed just two runs and five hits to get the win...Niles has also struck out 11 and opponents are hitting just .222 against him.

CLUTCH HITTERS: WSU has not wasted its scoring opportunities much this a team, the Cougars are hitting .318 with runners in scoring positions...catcher Jon Baeder is hitting .800 in such situations and second baseman Bookie Gates .409...the Cougars also hit .322 with runners on and .438 with the bases loaded...WSU has also advanced runners 55 percent of the time and have 30 two-out RBI

DOUBLE DUTY: Sophomore outfielder Collin Henderson joined the team in time for the Feb. 15-17 series against Gonzaga...through last weekend he is now batting .238 with eight RBI...Henderson is also a starting wide receiver on the Cougar football team, catching nine passes for 83 yards and one touchdown in 12 starts for the 10-2 Sun Bowl Champions...he has been a three-year starter in football...Henderson is playing baseball for the first time since he was a senior at Puyallup High School...Henderson was a three-sport prep star, earning all-league honors in baseball, basketball and football.

COUGS LOSE FARRAR: Junior outfielder Jeremy Farrar, who collected two hits in WSU's first win over CSUN, is expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee...the injury occurred when he pulled up at third base against the Matadors...Farrar transferred to WSU from Hill JC in Texas last August and was one of the newcomers coach Tim Mooney was counting on to provide solid play both at the plate and in the outfield.

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