Cougars Take On Stanford In Home Opener Friday

April 2, 2003

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Tuesday, April 1 WSU 8, Gonzaga 6 August/A.R.T Stadium (1,000), Spokane, Wash.
*Friday, April 4 Stanford at WSU, 3:00 p.m. Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman.
*Saturday, April 5 Stanford at WSU, 1:00 p.m. Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman.
*Sunday, April 6 Stanford at WSU, 11:00 a.m. Bailey-Brayton Field (3,500), Pullman.
Tuesday, April 8 WSU at Gonzaga, 2:00 p.m. August/A.R.T Stadium (1,000), Spokane, Wash.
*Friday, April 11 WSU at Oregon State, 5:00 p.m. Goss Stadium (2,000), Corvallis, Ore.
*Saturday, April 12 WSU at Oregon State, 1:00 p.m. Goss Stadium (2,000), Corvallis, Ore.
*Sunday, April 13 WSU at Oregon State, noon Goss Stadium (2,000), Corvallis, Ore.
Friday, March 28 WSU 8, UC Irvine 4 Anteater Ballpark (3,200), Irvine, Calif.
Saturday, March 29 UC Irvine 4, WSU 0 Anteater Ballpark (3,200), Irvine, Calif.
Sunday, March 30 WSU 4, UC Irvine 2 Anteater Ballpark (3,200), Irvine, Calif.
* = Pacific-10 Conference Game


WSU READY FOR HOME OPENER AGAINST STANFORD: The Washington State Cougars, 9-19, after capturing two of three games last weekend from UC-Irvine and one Tuesday at Gonzaga, will host Stanford this weekend in the first home games of the year. Stanford enters the three-games series with an 18-9 overall record, a 4-2 Pacifc-10 Conference mark, and a #4 (BA) national ranking.Friday's first game begins at 3:00 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field, while Saturday's game is set for 1:00 p.m., followed by an 11:00 a.m. Sunday contest.

The Cougars beat the Bulldogs 8-6 Tuesday afternoon. Jeremy Farrar was 4-for-5 with three RBI, all coming on his first home run of the season, and Grant Richardson hit a three-run home run to lead the Cougars.

Against Stanford WSU is expected to start left hander Tony Banaszak (1-6) and right handers Bryce Chamberlin (3-2) and Aaron MacKenzie (2-3).

Last week, the Cougars defeated the Anteaters 8-4 in the series opener and 4-2 in the third game, after falling 4-0 in game two. Banaszak picked up his first win of the season in the first win, while MacKenzie gave his best outing of the year to win the final contest.

Banaszak, a senior, is WSU's top pitcher among the starters despite his record, posting a 3.99 ERA with eight starts, two complete games and 56.1 innings of work. He has 24 strikeouts and 15 walks.Nick Kenyon, with 14 trips to the mound, has posted a team-leading 2.92 ERA in 24.2 innings of work. He has one save and two starts. MacKenzie improved his ERA to 4.50 with his last outing.

Outfielder Justin Hart continues to lead WSU hitters at .327, while Derek Bruce is second with a .308 overage. Jon Baeder has boosted his average to .263 with solid hitting the last weeks, including a 4-for-9 performance at UC-Irvine.

Bruce leads the team with 104 at-bats, 20 runs scored, 32 hits, seven doubles and three home runs.

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FARRAR RETURNS: Junior outfielder Jeremy Farrar, who suffered a broken bone in his left hand the week before the season opener, has returned to action after corrective surgery Friday, Feb. 14, in Spokane...he has seen action in WSU's last 15 games with 12 starts in the outfield or as a DH...he is currently hitting .286....last year Farrar suffered a right knee injury in the opening game of the year and missed the rest of the season.

CLUTCH CITY: Senior pitcher Nick Kenyon has turned into quite the late-inning reliever for the Cougars...the Port Orchard, Wash., native is 1-1 on the season and has a team-best 2.92 ERA in 14 his last two outings he has allowed no runs and just two hits in picking up his first two saves of the seasons...Kenyon has struck out 19 batters, while walking just nine...opposing batters are hitting just .245 against Kenyon this season, second-best on the team.

HART OF THE ORDER: Senior outfielder Justin Hart appears to have broken out of his early season slump...he is now leading the team with a .327 average and has a team-leading .422 on-base percentage...his .436 slugging percentage is third among regulars.

NO ORDINARY FRESHMAN: Freshman outfielder Jay Miller has had quite a start to his WSU career...the Bellevue, Wash, native arrived from Newport High School, one of the state's most storied programs...thus far, Miller is batting .272 in 22 starts and leads the team in walks (13) and is second in doubles (6)...he is second in runs scored (19) and RBI (14).


Jon Baeder hits .333 with runners in scoring position, .391 with two outs and .500 when advancing runners...Derek Bruce is hitting .391 against left handed pitching and .284 against the right handers...he is hitting .397 when the bases are empty and .423 as a leadoff hitter...he hits .429 with runners on third and less than two outs, .343 with two outs and .362 when advancing runners...Wes Falkenborg, WSU's regular DH, is hitting .417 when he leads off an inning...Jeremy Farrar advances runners at a .481 percentage...Justin Hart hits .400 in limited action against left-handed pitchers and .320 against right handers...he is hitting .387 with the bases empty and .435 as a leadoff hitter...he also advances runners at a .500 percentage...Bruce Jacobsen is hitting .750 with runners at third and less than two outs, .348 with two outs, and .467 when advancing runners...Jeff LaRue has still not found his hitting stroke, but the senior is hitting .333 when leading off an inning...Zapper McGrath hits .333 against left-handed pitchers and .526 when in the leadoff spot...he is hitting .500 when advancing runners...Jay Miller does well against right-handed pitching, hitting .279...he is hitting. .333 with runners on base, .400 with runners in scoring position, a perfect 1.000 with runners at third and less than two outs (7-for-7) and .532 while advancing runners...Dustin Realini is hitting .333 against left-handed pitchers...Brandon Reddinger is hitting .273 with runners on base...Grant Richardson hits .348 against left-handers and .288 when right-handed pitchers are on the mound...he hits .432 with runners on base and .259 when leading off an inning...he also hits .417 with runners in scoring position, .800 with runners at third and less than two outs, .464 with two outs, and .510 when advancing runners...Robert Stahlke hits .500 in the leadoff position and .308 with runners on base...he is hitting .600 as a pinch hitter, .483 when advancing runners and .333 with runners in scoring position.

RICHARDSON STEPS UP PLAY: First baseman Grant Richardson has stepped up his play from last year when he started just 14 games and hit .245...this year he is hitting .303, third-best on the team, with 27 hits (second on the team) and a team-leading 21 RBI.

BACK ON THE MOUND: Despite his 1-6 record, senior pitcher Tony Banaszak has made a tremendous turnaround from this time last season...the Puyallup native sat out the 2002 season after undergoing 'Tommy John' surgery on his elbow...Banaszak has made six starts this year and leads the Cougar pitching staff with a 3.99 ERA in 56.1...unfortunately, in his eight starts, WSU has been shut out three times (4-0 each time) and lost a 7-1 outing and a 6-5 his eight games the Cougars have scored just 18 runs and hit .200 (53-for-260)...only twice has WSU had more than six hits in a game in which he has pitched.

OLE,OLE: Former WSU pitcher William 'Ole' Vigeland is now on Coach Tim Mooney's staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Vigeland spent the past few seasons in the Texas Rangers organization. Vigeland was an infielder and pitcher for WSU from 1995-1998. He was drafted in the 15th round by the Rangers in the 1998 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, despite pitching only 15 innings, all in his senior campaign, at WSU. Vigeland pitched in the Ranger organization for four seasons, before returning to Pullman this season as a coach.

DOUBLE DUTY: In 2002 outfielder Collin Henderson turned out for baseball for the first time since his high school days and ended the year hitting .297 with 24 RBI...his best series came against Arizona near the end of the year when he hit .455 and belted a game-winning, bases loaded double in the ninth inning of game three, providing WSU with a 9-7 win...Henderson was a three-year starting wide receiver for the Cougar football team...he ended his football career last fall with 62 career receptions for 566 yards...he also completed 11 of 12 career passes for 499 yards and six touchdowns.

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