Cougar Baseball Names Four Seniors To Captain 2004 Team

Dec. 9, 2003

Washington State Head Baseball Coach Tim Mooney announced Tuesday that seniors Garrett Alwert, Collin Henderson, Aaron MacKenzie and Brandon Reddinger were voted by their teammates to captain the 2004 Cougar squad.

'The greatest accomplishment players can achieve is to earn the respect of their teammates,' Mooney said. 'In being selected by their peers, these four student-athletes have earned their teammates respect. They are all great examples of players who represent Cougar baseball in its three stressed areas of focus; citizenship, academic accomplishments and athleticism.'

Alwert is a utility player who has lettered three times at WSU. The left-hander has a 3-5 record after playing in 14 games, starting two and pitching 39.2 innings posting a 6.58 ERA last season. The Pac-10 academic honorable mention honoree saw first action March 1 against LCSC following recovery from surgery in November. He threw 4.1 innings to pick up first win against Oregon State, and then went 4.1 innings for a win over Sacramento State. The Puyallup native recorded a season-high four strikeouts in four innings of work to beat USC in Los Angeles and with four innings of relief, gave WSU its first win at USC since 1969. He started twice against Gonzaga and recorded his longest outings, 5.1 innings against Washington in early May, losing the game in the 13th inning against USC. Alwert posted three strikeouts against Gonzaga and then against Washington.

Henderson is an outfielder who has accumulated two varsity baseball letters and four football letters from Washington State. Last season he started 24 of 40 games, posting a .213 batting average and the best fielding percentage on the team with no errors in 61 chances. Henderson hit in four consecutive games at Pacific and Long Beach in mid-February, going 4-for-15 (.267). The Puyallup native scored two runs while going 2-for-2 at UC-Irvine in late March and scored three times with two hits against Sacramento State late in the season. The four-time All-Academic All-Pac-10 honoree (three times for football, once for baseball) had three RBI against UCLA and single RBI in two other games. Henderson reached base .304 percent of the time when leading off an inning and had a .404 percent success rate advancing runners.

Mackenzie is a right-handed pitcher who transferred to WSU last year from Treasure Valley C.C. In 2003 he started 13 of 18 games, completing two for a 5-5 record. Mackenzie was an All-Pacific-10 honorable mention pick. His first complete game came against Washington when he struck out nine, walked two and gave up six hits and two runs (one earned) as WSU beat the Huskies 6-2. His second complete game was in the seasons next to last game when he struck out a season-high 10 batters and allowed six hits to beat UCLA. Mackenzie led all Cougar pitchers with a 5.56 ERA, 81 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .265. He also finished second in appearances (18) and innings pitched (92.1) and third in starts (13).The Perth, Australia native led WSU with five wins, picking up his first win in 4.1 innings of shutout ball against California in late March, then in his next outing beat UC-Irvine with a start when he went eight innings. He had late season wins over Arizona, Washington and UCLA. Mackenzie's first four outings were all starts, followed by five relief appearances in March. He finished the year with nine straight starts pitching 10.0 innings against Stanford in early April, but he did not get the decision as WSU lost in 11 innings. He posted seven strikeouts in 4.0 innings at Oregon State in mid-March and six strikeouts in two other outings.

Reddinger is a right-handed catcher who has earned three varsity letters as a Coug. The Kennewick native started 16 of 33 games last year, posting a .208 batting average and was named a Pac-10 All-Academic first team honoree for the second straight year. His longest hitting streak came late in the season when he was 3-for-4 against Sacramento State, LCSC and UCLA (he played defensively against USC before the UCLA game, but he did not have any plate appearances). Reddinger did not have a multiple-hit game, but did drive home two runs against Sacramento State and Portland but his average dramatically lowered by a 0-for-15 slump in late April.

'The leadership of these elected co-captains will be vital to our baseball team being successful this year,' Mooney added.

The Cougars first match is set for Thursday, Feb. 12 against San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz.

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