Cougar Baseball Signs Nine to NLI

June 24, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Head Baseball Coach Donnie Marbut today announced the signing of nine players who will join the Cougars in the fall, four out of the junior college ranks and five from Washington area high schools.

The latest list of signees brings to 21 the number of players who have committed to WSU for next fall, including 16 high school players, all from the state of Washington, plus five junior college transfers.

'Our emphasis throughout the recruiting process has been to recruit heavily in the state of Washington and out of Washington high schools,' Marbut said. 'The junior college players we signed have been recruited to fill specific needs next year, but we know several of the incoming freshmen will also play a key role in next year's team.'

WSU's emphasis was also on pitchers, with 13 of the 21 signees standouts on the mound. The recruiting class includes nine right handed hurlers and four who throw from the left side. All nine spring recruits are pitchers, three of them lefties.

Other than pitchers, the Cougar recruiting class consists of eight position players, including two catchers, two outfielders, two infielders and two utility players.

Marbut said in all four WSU recruits were drafted earlier this week in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including three from the fall signing list and Steve Marquardt from this spring's signees. 'Every indication right now is all four of the players who were drafted will be on campus next fall,' he said. NCAA rules do not allow Marbut to discuss new and updated biographical information on earlier (fall) signees.

WSU returns two outfield starters and three infield starters from last year's team, but none of the starting pitchers return. Four Cougars were taken in the junior baseball draft, junior first baseman Grant Richardson, junior hurler Bryce Chamberlin and senior pitchers Aaron MacKenzie, Garrett Alwert and Aaron Trolia. All four have signed professional contracts.

2005 WSU Baseball Recruit Bios - Spring Signees

PLAYER	   POS, HGT, WGT, BIRTH,    AGE, YR, HOMETOWN (School/Coach)Grant Alexander   RHP, 6-2, 210, 09-01-82, 21,  Jr. Farmers Branch, Texas (Turner/New Mexico JC)Reese Baker       LHP, 6-3, 210, 10-07-83, 20,  Jr. Longview, Wash. (Mark Morris/LowerColumbia CC)Eric Dingwal      RHP, 6-1, 190, 07-21-84, 19,  Jr. Burien, Wash. (Highline/Edmonds CC)Josh Fullington   RHP, 6-7, 235, 09-08-85, 18,  Fr. Bremerton, Wash. (South Kitsap)Kyle Henselman    LHP, 6-2, 197, 10-16-85, 18,  Fr. Federal Way, Wash. (Federal Way)Isaac Hess        LHP, 5-10,165, 08-08-85, 18,  So. Tempe, Ariz. (Shadow Mountain/South Mountain CCSteve Marquardt   RHP, 6-2, 205, 06-11-86, 18,  Fr. Kennewick, Wash. (Kennewick)Jayson Miller     RHP, 5-11,155, 11-25-85, 18,  Fr. Richland, Wash. (Richland)Dustin Willis     RHP, 6-3, 210, 06-10-86, 18,  Fr. Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin)

2005 WSU Baseball Recruit Bios - Fall Signees

PLAYER POS, HGT, WGT, BIRTH, AGE, YR, HOMETOWN (School/Coach)Bradley Clapp RHP, 6-4, 225, 05-19-86, 17, Fr. Kirkland, Wash (Juanita/Gary Gronen)Bryan Cragg RHP, 6-5, 220, 05-07-84, 19, So. Reno, Nevada (Galena/Gary MacNamira) (Treasure Valley CC/Russ Wright)Nick Hall C/1B, 6-2, 180, 03-18-85, 18, Fr. Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville/Terry Agnew)Brandon Hill Util, 6-5, 195, 01-19-86, 17, Fr. Moses Lake, Wash. (Moses Lake/Ryan Kies)Garrett Kimbrel OF, 6-0, 175, 03-06-86, 17, Fr. Renton, Wash. (Liberty/Glenn Walker)Steve Kost LHP, 6-4, 185, 01-07-85, 18, Fr. Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue/Dan Desmond)Jim Murphy 3B/1B,6-4,240, 09-16-85, 18, Fr. Kirkland, Wash. (Juanita/Gary Groenen)Trent Smith C, 6-3, 215, 02-26-86, 17, Fr. Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw/Dan Hennessy)Scott Suttmeier Util, 6-1, 180, 08-21-85, 18, Fr. Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah/Rob Reese)Matt Thomas Inf, 6-1, 185, 05-30-85, 18, Fr. Walla Walla, Wash. (Walla Walla/Bill Plucker)Brandon Verley OF, 6-2, 210, 06-25-85, 18, Fr. White Salmon, Wash. (Columbia/Larry McCutcheon)Duke Welker RHP, 6-5, 195, 02-20-86, 17, Fr. Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville/Terry Agnew)

The following are profiles and the nine new recruits who have signed this spring:

GRANT ALEXANDERRHP6-2/210Farmers Branch, TexasTurner High '01


GENERAL: Earned varsity letters in three sports, including three in baseball for coach Tommy Bohannon...played third, shortstop, the outfield and pitched...three varsity football letter as a linebacker and one in basketball...captained both the football and baseball (twice) teams. SOPHOMORE: After leading the freshman team to a 9-1 record as a quarterback, played both quarterback and safety with the varsity...hit .380 in baseball and was the Turner's Offensive Player of the Year. JUNIOR: Moved to linebacker during the football season and was named the Lion's defensive player of the year...hit .330 during the baseball season. SENIOR (2000-01): had outstanding baseball season, hitting .492 while being named to the All-State team...also District 6-5A Defensive Player of the Year during football season...attended the U.S. Naval Academy prep school for one year.


FRESHMAN (2002-03): Played a variety of positions for head coach Ray Birmingham's club, including catcher, first base, third base and captain...named NMJC Co-MVP after hitting .409 with 11 home runs, 19 doubles and six triples.

SOPHOMORE (2003-04): Thunderbird team captain...suffered an arm injury in a May, 2003, automobile accident and was not able to pitch during the spring the plate hit .391 with a .559 slugging percentage...collected 63 hits, including 11 doubles, two triples and four home runs while playing in 45 finished 47-10 overall and 22-5 in league play.


Grant Cole Alexander...born 9-01-82 at Dallas, Texas...parents Gary and Lissa younger sister Jill and three younger brothers Jarrod, Travis and Bo...father played basketball at Dallas Christian and an uncle played football at North Texas State...interested in a sports sciences emphasis at WSU.

REESE BAKERLHP6-3/210Longview, Wash.Mark Morris High '02


GENERAL: Earned a total of 12 varsity letters, four each in football, basketball and baseball...captained all three teams as a senior...quarterback during football season and a forward during the hoop season...left handed pitcher in the spring. SOPHOMORE: Threw for 600 yards, ran for 550 and scored six touchdowns rushing and threw for five as team finished 5-6...averaged 12 points, five rebounds and two assists during 14-11 hoop season...finished second in the league and district...named to the all-league team...finished with a 3-1 record and a 1.40 ERA in the spring. JUNIOR: topped the 1,000 yard mark and had nine TD passes, along with 700 rushing yards and nine rushing all-league honoree as team finished 6-5 and second in the Greater Saint Helens League...averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists as team finished 24-4, won the league title and finished second at the district tournament, then fifth in the State tournament...league and area player of the year...named to the All-State team and was team MVP...during the spring posted a 6-1 record with a 0.53 ERA while earning All-GSHL honors. SENIOR (2001-02): threw for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 850 yards and 12 scores while earning all-league team finished 25-2, winning league and district titles and a third place finish in the State tournament...averaged 13 points and six rebounds while earning all-league, all-area and All-State honors...finished career as the fourth leading scorer in school history, 1,038 team MVP and all-league honors after finishing 5-2 with a 0.44 ERA.


FRESHMAN (2002-03): Played basketball for coach Jim Roffler, averaging five points, five rebounds and two assists...during baseball season pitched for coach Kelly Smith as the team finished second in the NWACC...threw 6.2 innings.

SOPHOMORE (2003-04): Named to the All-NWAACC second team and the All-NWAACC Western Division first team after posting a 7-1 record on the mound with a 1.06 wa 37-11 and lost in the NWAACC title game..


Reese Michael Baker...born 10-07-83 at Longview, Wash....parents Mike and Wylene Baker and Kim Cheatley...two sisters Lisa and Lora and three brothers Tyler, Bruce and Kevin...father and brother Tyler played baseball at Central Washington and Lisa is a softball player at Oklahoma City University...enjoys playing video games and being outdoors...prep GPA was 3.58...held membership in DECA, Potter's Association, Science Club, Spanish Club...voted most athletic member of senior class...interested in earning a business or law degree.

Eric DingwallRHP6-1/185Burien, Wash.Highline High '02


GENERAL Lettered a total of six times while competing for the Pirates, twice in baseball and four times in cross coach Dave team captain as a senior. JUNIOR: selected to the All-Seamount League honorable mention team...posted a 3-0 record on the mound. SENIOR (2001-02): team captain...selected team MVP...completed the season with nine home runs, including three in two different games...hit .471 BA and had a .923 slugging percentage...named to the Seamount League first team as an outfielder and second team as a pitcher...received the All-Seamount first team academic award.


FRESHMAN (2002-03): Played for Don Marbut, now the WSU head coach...a key player in Edmonds' 2003 NWAACC championship set a league record 43 wins and finished 43-7...a member of the Bend Elks in the Pacific International League during the summer...was the league leader in saves with 17...completed the season with a record of 1-1, 16 IP, 16 SO, 3 BB, a 2.20 ERA and 17 saves.

SOPHOMORE (2003-04): Team finished 38-9 and placed third in the NWAACC...posted a 1-0 record with three saves and a 3.32 ERA.


Eric Andrew Dingwall...born 7-21-84 in Burien, Wash.....parents Richard and Janis younger brother Michael...several relatives have attended WSU, including Rob, Kristen and Cindy Bagley...enjoys working with computers and will pursue an undergraduate degree in management information systems at WSU.

JOSH FULLINGTONRHP6-7/235Bremerton, Wash.South Kitsap High '04


GENERAL: Earned two varsity letters for baseball coach Jim Fairweather and captained the team as a senior...a quarterback on the Wolves' football team, earning two letters. FRESHMAN: Attended North Mason High. SOPHOMORE: Transferred to South Kitsap...not eligible for varsity competition because of a transfer rule. JUNIOR: All-Narrows League (Bridge Division) pitcher as team won State championship...All-State honorable mention pitcher. SENIOR (2003-04): Baseball captain and named to the Mariner Area Code team.


Joshua Mark Fullington...born 9-08-85 at Bremerton...parents Mark and Penny younger brother John...paternal grandparents, two uncles and two aunts have attended WSU...father and an uncle played football at Weber State...prep GPA 3.5...has not decided on a major, but interested in engineering and medicine.

KYLE HENSELMANLHP6-2/197Federal Way, Wash.Federal Way High '04


GENERAL: Earned four varsity letters, two in golf and two for baseball coach Eric Fiedler...captained both teams. JUNIOR: pitched and played first base, hitting .405...posted a 2.97 ERA and allowed just two home runs...received South Puget Sound League first team honors as a designated hitter with a .643 slugging percentage...also an all-area pitcher...received the FWHS Golden Arm finished 14-2 in league, won the league title and finished second in the state. SENIOR (2003-04): played in the outfield, at first and pitched...hit .483 with five home runs and 23 RBI...hit one triple, scored 24 runs and collected 29hits for 57 total bases and a .950 slugging percentage...on the mound was 3-1 with 31.2 innings...struck out 42 and posted a 2.43 ERA...won the Big Stick Award...All-SPSL first team pick as an outfielder...Tacoma News Tribune all-area first team was 15-3 in league, won the SPSL title and finished sixth in the state...received Baseball Northwest Top 50 recognition.


Kyle Thomas Henselman...born 10-16-85 at Tacoma...parents Thomas and Sandra Henselman...only child...a cousin currently attends uncle, Bill Henselman, played football for Lewis and Clark College I n Oregon...enjoys golf, hunting, fly fishing, camping and skiing...prep honor student.

ISAAC HESSLHP5-10/165Tempe, Ariz.Shadow Mountain High '03


GENERAL: Attended Shadow Mountain High, where he played baseball for two varsity seasons and also participated in football and wrestling...pitched, played first and in the outfield.


FRESHMAN (2003-04): The Cougars of head coach Todd Eastin won the Copper Division finished 37-21 and closed out the season with an extra inning loss for the Division I title.


Isaac Alexander Hess...born 08-08-85 at Phoenix, Ariz...mother Mary older brother Garrett...enjoys most sports, swimming and snowboarding...had a 4.273 GPA in high school and has maintained a 4.0 GPA in junior college...interested in a Spanish major at WSU.

STEVE MARQUARDTRHP6-2/205Kennewick, Wash.Kennewick High '04


GENERAL: Prepped at Kennewick High, earning four varsity baseball letters as a pitcher and shortstop for head coach A. J. Marquardt, his brother. FRESHMAN: team posted a 9-11 record...previous summer his Babe Ruth team won the BR World Series. SOPHOMORE: team finished 8-12...the following summer played on the 2002 Youth National USA team in Venezuela, where they won the Pan American Championship. JUNIOR: team won league title and district championship and finished 17-3...named Big 9 Pitcher of the Year...hit .517 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI...on the mound was 7-0 with a 1.17 ERA. SENIOR (2003-04): . Named by Baseball America to their pre-season All-America second finished 17-3 and won the league and district titles for a second straight year...named the Big 9 Player of the Year and a first team A.J. Marquardt also won league coaching honors for a second straight year...hit .530 with five home runs, while on the mound posted an 0.81 ERA with a 6-1 reocrd...played for Baseball Washington three straight years in the Peoria Wood Bat Tournament...also a four-year member of the Kennewick Bandits American Legion team...ranked by Baseball America the number five draft prospect in Washington prior to the 2004 MLB draft.MLB Draft: Selected by Philadelphia in the 37th round June 8, 2004.


Steven Reid Marquardt...born 6-11-86 at Richland...parents Richard and Nancy Marquardt...has three older brothers, Ryan, Tyler and A.J., who played two varsity baseball seasons at Oregon State, 1993-94, then transferred to WSU to complete his academic work older sister Jen...Ryan also played college baseball and Jen college basketball...enjoys fishing, hunting and camping.

JAYSON MILLERRHP5-11/155Richland, Wash.Richland High '04


General: A standout pitcher, outfielder and first baseman for baseball coach Ben Jacobs, earning three varsity letters...also lettered one year in basketball. SOPHOMORE: Team finished 18-6...posted a 10-2 record with a 2.26 ERA while earning All-Big 9 and All-Valley first team rookie of the finished third in the State. JUNIOR: Earned team MVP honors and a repeat first-team pick to the league and area teams...finished 6-2 with a 1.80 ERA...also a league second team outfielder. SENIOR (2003-04): Posted an 8-1 record with a 0.97 ERA while earning all-league and all-area first team honors for a third MVP...won the Richland High and Big 9 Scholar-Athlete finished 16-8 and second in the league...played American Legion baseball with the Richland Knights (Junior level) in won State title and he was 10-0 with a 1.78 ERA while capturing State MVP honors...played with the Twin City Titans (Senior level) the past three 2003 led the team with a .426 batting average and was 9-2 with a 1.80 ERA on the mound.


Jayson Daniel Edward Miller...born 11-25-85 at Yakima...parents Jay and Dianne Miller...two older sisters Amber and Alissa...Amber is a graduate of Angelo State College in Texas and Alissa will be a senior at ASC next year...Amber, a national NCAA D-II javelin champion, is slated to compete in this summer's Olympic Trials in the hepthalon...Alissa was runner-up in the 2004 NCAA D-II heptathlon...maintained a 3.9-plus GPA in thigh school and was named the school and Big 9 Scholar Athlete winner...enjoys playing tennis and ping pong...interested in a business major at WSU.

DUSTIN WILLISRHP6-3/210Richland, Wash.Kamiakin High '04


GENERAL: Attended Kamiakin High, where he played baseball, basketball and football...forward with two varsity letters in basketball and three letters in football as a quarterback, tight end and defensive end...earned three letters for baseball coach Rex Easley as a pitcher and outfielder...captained all three teams as a senior. JUNIOR: received All-Big 9 second team honors as an outfielder. SENIOR (2003-04): named to the all-conference and all-area first team as a tight end...received the Mr. Hustle award in basketball...named the Big 9 Pitcher of the Year and was an all-conference second team pick as an outfielder...selected to play in the State 3A/4A Feeder Game.


Dustin Martin Willis...born 6-10-86 at Richland...parents Martin and JoEllen younger brother Devan and one younger sister Meghan...enjoys playing ping pong and video games...received scholar-athlete recognition every quarter during high school...interested in a marketing degree from WSU.

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