USC Visits Bailey-Brayton Field

April 17, 2002

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*Friday, April 19 - USC at WSU, 6:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman.
*Saturday, April 20 - USC at WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman.
*Sunday, April 21 - USC at WSU, 1:00 p.m., Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman.

Tuesday, April 23 - WSU at Lewis-Clark State, 6:30 p.m., Harris Field, Lewiston, Idaho
*Friday, April 26 - WSU at UCLA, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium, Los Angeles.
*Saturday, April 27 - WSU at UCLA, Noon, Jackie Robinson Stadium, Los Angeles.
*Sunday, April 28 - WSU at UCLA, Noon, Jackie Robinson Stadium, Los Angeles.

*Friday, April 12 - WSU 4, Washington 2, 6:30 p.m., Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.
*Saturday, April 13 - Washington 10, WSU 9, 1:00 p.m., Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash. (FSNW)
*Sunday, April 14 - Washington 11, WSU 7, 1:00 p.m., Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.

* = Pacific-10 Conference game


WSU will meet USC this weekend in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field. WSU enters the series at 14-20 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-10. USC is 20-16 and 6-3 in Pac-10 action. Last weekend, the Trojans dropped two of three to No. 2 Stanford. The Cougars, meanwhile, took on cross-state rival Washington. WSU won the opener 4-2 behind the eight solid innings thrown by starter Eddie Bonine. The junior from Glendale, Ariz., struck-out 10 and did not allow an earned run in the victory. Washington bounced back to take the next two games of the series. Bonine (6-4, 5.06 ERA) will likely pitch the opener against USC. Juniors Brandon Hundt (4-3, 4.50) and Garrett Alwert (2-3, 7.39) are the other probable starters. At the plate, sophomore Justin Hart continued his tear at the plate. The Woodinville-native was an impressive 6-for-13 with six RBI and three runs scored last week against the Huskies. Hart is now hitting a robust .369. Senior second baseman Bookie Gates broke out of a slump with a 4-for-5 day in a 10-9 loss Saturday and is now hitting a team-leading .380. Junior third baseman Jeff LaRue is batting .379 with a team-leading 13 RBI. Sophomore right fielder Collin Henderson boosted his average over the weekend from .283 to .315. Henderson went 7-for-12 at the plate against the Huskies. The Cougars have a long week ahead following the USC series. WSU will meet Lewis-Clark State Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Harris Field in Lewiston. The Cougars will open a three-game set with UCLA in Los Angeles beginning Friday, April 26, at 1 p.m.

Cougar Sports Properties will broadcast WSU's games this weekend on the radio (KCLX, Colfax) and the web (

Friday vs. USC - RHP Eddie Bonine
Saturday vs. USC - RHP Brandon Hundt
Sunday vs. USC - LHP Garrett Alwert

Since his insertion into the starting lineup, sophomore left fielder Justin Hart has provided a spark for the WSU offense...last week against Washington, Hart was 6-for-13 in the series, with six a 10-9 loss Saturday he was 3-for-6 with five RBI...Hart has provided a solid bat in the top of the order, hitting from the No. 2 spot...the transfer from Columbia Basin College is batting .369 (third on the team) and has scored 26 runs, while driving in 22 runs...he has one home run to his credit and is the team leader in walks with 12.

Junior third baseman Jeff LaRue has brought new meaning to the baseball adage 'hot corner'...LaRue, though, has been doing his damage at the plate...for the season, LaRue is hitting .379...the Laguna Niguel, Calif., native is also the team leader in doubles (13) and total bases (72), and slugging percentage (.581)...LaRue is second on the team in runs (28) and home runs (4) and also has 24 RBI.

Bookie Gates has eight multi-RBI games and 14 multi-hit games, while Jeff LaRue has collected three or more hits in a game five times...Evan Hecker has provided a solid leadoff presence...the senior centerfielder is the team-leader in on-base percentage (.437) and is batting .366 with 12 doubles and eight stolen bases...Hecker is also hitting a team-best .444 with runners in scoring position...Steve Mortimer, who has started 25 of 33 games at first base, is the team's best pinch hitter, going 2-for-3 in those situations...the middle infield duo of Gates and shortstop Derek Bruce are integral parts of a WSU defense that has turned the second-most double plays in the conference (42)...Bruce and Gates have a team-leading 88 assists...six Cougar regulars have slugging percentages over .400 led by LaRue's .581 mark...Hecker's .437 on-base percentage leads seven WSU starters with on-base percentages over .350

History could be made this season on multiple fronts by the multi-talented Gates, who will leave WSU among the all-time leaders in several categories...Gates is on pace to break into the career Top-10 in several categories...Gates has 213 career hits, placing him ninth all-time...he is 16 runs short of tying Kevin Brunstad and Ray Hattenburg with 146...if Gates plays in all 29 of WSU's remaining games he will tie Brunstad for seventh all-time with 206 games played...he needs six doubles to tie Jeff Hooper and Brunstad for ninth place with 47...Gates is two triples short of tying four players with 10 career-triples, good for 10th...his 129 at-bats this season place him seventh all-time with 699...Gates' 137 RBI leave him with the 10th-best mark...his 530 assists place him third all-time.

Head Coach: Tim Mooney (Idaho '80)
WSU Record: 29-58 (2nd year)
Career Record: 556-296-3 (16 years)
Gary Picone (pitchers)
Mike Cummins (catchers/outfielders)
Kris Didion (volunteer)

WSU is 4-3 against ranked teams this season...the Cougars took two games from Cal State Northridge, one from Texas A&M and one from Arizona State...WSU is batting .291 with two outs and have driven in 80 runs in those situations...the Cougars are hitting .325 with runners on and .372 with the bases loaded...WSU has also had success from the lead-off spot, with batters hitting .399 from the spot...the Cougars come through in the clutch as well, hitting .323 with runners in scoring position and .642 with runners on third...the Cougars also advance base runners a .542 clip.

Sophomore outfielder Collin Henderson joined the team in time for the Feb. 15-17 series against Gonzaga...through last weekend he is batting .315 with 17 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...a three-year starter in football for the Cougs, Henderson is playing baseball for the first time since he was a senior at Puyallup High School three years ago.

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...Farrar transferred to WSU from Hill JC in Texas and was one of the newcomers Tim Mooney was counting on to provide solid play both at the plate and in the outfield.

WSU baseball is full of tradition...its 2,273 wins place it as the sixth winningest program in collegiate baseball history...but proof of WSU solid baseball past lies in the professional of opening week 2002, there are 18 former Cougar players in the major or minor the major leagues, Scott Hatteberg is a first baseman for the Oakland Athletics, John Olerud is the starting first baseman for the Seattle Mariners, Aaron Sele is a starting pitcher for the Anaheim Angels, pitcher Rob Ramsay is on injured reserve with the San Diego the minors, pitchers Mark Hendrickson (Toronto, Syracuse, International League), Todd Belitz (Colorado, Colorado Springs, Pacific Coast) and David Wainhouse (Chicago Cubs, Iowa, Pacific Coast), along with catcher James Horner (Seattle, Tacoma, Pacific Coast) and outfielder Rob Ryan (Oakland, Sacramento, Pacific Coast) and infielder Mike Kinkade (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Pacific Coast) are in Triple-A...pitcher Wade Parrish (Chicago White Sox, Birmingham, Southern) is WSU's lone Double-A Single-A Advanced are outfielder Jason Grove (New York Yankees, Tampa, Florida State) and infielder Stefan Bailie (Boston, Sarasota, Florida State) and pitchers Matt O'Brien (Oakland, Visalia, California), William (Ole)Vigeland (Texas, Charlotte, Florida State) and Todd Meldahl (Philadelphia, Clearwater, Florida State) Single-A is pitcher Reggie Rivard (Texas, Savannah, South Atlantic) Single-A Short Season, but likely to move up, is pitcher Tyson Thompson (Tampa Bay, Hudson Valley, NY-Penn).

Baseball, the first sport played at Washington State University in 1892, completed its 106th season of diamond action in 2001...during its first 106 seasons, WSU baseball teams won 63.9% of their games, posting a 2,261-1,276 record...the Cougars did not field baseball teams in 1893-94-95-97.

WSU's baseball games will be broadcast by KCLX (1450 AM) or KMAX (840) in Colfax, Wash., during the 2002 season...WSU radio broadcasts are handled by Cougar Sports Properties, a sub-division of Learfield Communications...Alex Webster will call most of the WSU broadcast on radio are also available on the internet at the WSU web site,

Washington State University ranked sixth in all-time NCAA Division I baseball victories with 2,261 prior to the 2002 season...a list of the Top 6 baseball programs appears below with their respective records and number of seasons played:

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