Diamond Dawgs Set To Start Busy Slate

March 13, 2001

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THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team (9-3), after a week off for finals, returns tothe field this weekend, opening the Pac-10 Conference schedule against No. 10 USC (12-8) atHusky Ballpark. The series begins Saturday and runs through Monday, with each day's gamebeginning at 1:00 p.m. Sunday's game will air live in the Seattle area on KSRB AM-1150, withEric Radovich calling the action. Out-of-towners can catch the game on the internet at KSRB'swebsite: www.1150ksrb.com. Also, all three games will air live on USC's website atwww.usctrojans.com. The Trojans take on UC Santa Barbara (Tuesday) and San Diego (Wednesday)before travelling to Seattle. The Huskies continue the busy stretch next Tuesday and Wednesdaywhen Washington State comes to Husky Ballpark for a pair of non-conference games (both at 6:30p.m., both on KSRB radio). Thursday, the Dawgs return to the road after eight straight at hometo take on No. 1 Stanford in another Pac-10 series. Here's a look at this weekend's games (theHuskies' starting pitchers are yet to be determined):

Saturday, March 17: USC at Washington, Husky Ballpark, 1:00 p.m. -- broadcast onwww.usctrojans.com
Sunday, March 18: USC at Washington, Husky Ballpark, 1:00 p.m. -- KSRB AM-1150 radio
Monday, March 19: USC at Washington, Husky Ballpark, 1:00 p.m. -- broadcast onwww.usctrojans.com

SERIES HISTORY: Washington has had relatively minimal success against USC over theyears, though the two teams didn't play one another regularly during most of the 1970s, 1980sand 1990s. USC leads the all-time series 21-2. The Trojans led the series 14-0 prior to the1996 Pac-10 Conference championship series at Dedeaux Field, when the Huskies won game one of athree-game set, 6-2. The Trojans took games two (7-3) and three (5-0) of that series to takethe title. In 1999, the Trojans took two of three games in a regular-season series after there-unification of the Pac-10. The Huskies won the middle game of that series, 8-7, as JeffCarlsen threw seven innings for the victory. Last year, the UW closed out its season with ahome series vs. USC, and were swept by the Trojans, 6-1, 13-3 and 4-3. Among current Huskyhitters, only Jay Garthwaite had a decent weekend, batting .333 (4-for-12) with a double and ahome run.

COACH 'K': In eight seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Ken Knutson has led theDawgs to two Pac-10 championships, four Pac-10 Northern Division titles, two second-placefinishes and three NCAA Regionals. His career overall record stands at 294-188 (.610). Withthose 294 wins, he is the second-winningest coach in UW history, trailing only Bob MacDonald(422). Before becoming the Husky head man in 1993, Knutson served as the Husky pitching coachfor eight seasons. In 1985, his UW pitching staff led the nation with a 2.80 ERA. Knutson holdsa 139-52 (.728) record in home games. He is 130-80 (.619) in conference games. Knutson hascoached 35 first-team All-Pac-10 selections in eight seasons, and has been named league caochof the year three times. A 1981 All-Pac-10 left-handed pitcher at the UW, he is joined byassistant coaches Joe Ross, Ed Gustafson, and Joe Weis and undergraduate assistant Daniel Jahn.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Here's a look at the probable starters at each position, with 2001 stats and notes:

Pos.  Player, Year          Avg.-HR-RBI Notes C -- Jefferson Thiel, So.   .447-2-12  .467 with 2 HR last week, started 11 of 121B -- Bryan Johnson, So.     .347-2-17  Last week, hit .364 with eight RBI2B -- Marc Rittenhouse, Sr.  .318-0-4   9-for-17 with 4 doubles, 7 runs last weekSS -- Tila Reynolds, So.     .400-2-9   Has hit safely in all 10 games3B -- Michael Done, Jr.      .450-1-12  Leads team with .450 average and 18 hitsRF -- Tyler Davidson, So.    .313-0-5   10-for-24 (.417) after starting 0-for-8LF -- Jay Garthwaite, So.    .347-2-18  Leads team with six doubles, 18 RBICF -- Ben Miller, Jr.        .333-1-4   13-for-31 (.419) since 0-for-first-23CF -- Justin Drake, So.      .222-0-1   Made 20 starts in center field in 2000CF -- Brandon Jacobson, So.  .400-1-4   6-for-10 with HR in two starts at UCRCF -- Andre Marshall, Jr.    .167-0-3   5 starts in CF, 2 of 3 hits are extra baseDH -- Duggan Moran, Sr.      .296-1-3   Already quadrupled '00 hit total

HOT START: With its 9-3 start, Washington has posted its best 12-game start since the1994 season, when the Huskies were 11-1 after 12 games (after beginning the year 10-0). Thatteam went on to the NCAA Regionals, losing in the regional finals to Nomar Garciaparra andGeorgia Tech. A good early start usually bodes well for the rest of the season, as during the1990s, no team that started with a winning record over 12 games finished the year with a losingrecord. Over the last two decades, three UW teams have done better than 9-3 over the first 12(including the 1994 team). In 1990, Coach Bob MacDonald's Huskies began the year 10-2 andfinished 30-19. In 1985, Washington won each of its first 12 games, but all of those wereagainst non-Division I opposition. That team finished 25-23. Here's a look at the last 10 yearsof Husky baseball, with record after 12 games and end-of-season record:

Year  After 12   Season    Notes2000    3-9       26-301999    8-4       33-231998    8-4       41-17    Pac-10 champs, regionals1997    4-8       46-20    Pac-10 champs, regionals1996    2-10      30-28    Division champs1995    3-9       24-301994    11-1      46-18    Regionals1993    5-7       39-19    Division champs1992    9-3       39-21    Division champs, regionals1991    8-4       27-23

BUSY SLATE: Beginning this Saturday, when the Huskies take on USC in the first game of athree-game series, the Washington baseball team will begin its most hectic stretch of the year.Starting Saturday, the Huskies will play a game five days in a row, 12 games over 16 days and22 games over the next 32 days. Washington was, by at least two weeks, the last Pac-10 team tobegin its season. Of course, that means that the Huskies' have to compact the 56-game scheduleinto a shorter period of time.

ONE YEAR OLDER: Washington fielded its youngest team since 1996 last season, with fourfreshmen in the everyday starting lineup and only one senior on the roster. The Huskies arehoping that they can repeat what happened with that young '96 squad, which went on to winPac-10 Championships in 1997 and 1998. This season, Washington returns 24 players that playedlast season, plus two redshirts. Offensively, returning players started 66 percent of lastyear's games, and accounted for 64 percent of the Huskies' at bats, runs and hits. Returnershit 46 of the Dawgs' 67 home runs (69 percent) and stole 51 of 88 stolen bases (58 percent). Onthe mound, the Huskies are even more experienced. Members of the 2001 roster made 156appearances last season and accounted for 77 percent (20) of the Huskies' 26 wins and 73percent of starts (41 of 56). Returning pitchers worked 382 innings (79 percent) and fanned 300(76 percent).

STILL YOUNG PUPS: While Washington is fielding a much more experienced team than it didlast year, it's still a very young club. If you are to break down the starting players so farthis year, you'll find that freshman or sophomores have earned one-third of the starts. Goingwith the notion that 10 players start each game (pitcher and DH included), and that the Huskieshave played 12 games so far, 69 starts have gone to sophomores and 11 to freshmen, for a totalof 80, or 67 percent of the 120 total starts.

THE POWER HOUSE: History will eventually be the judge of whether the new Husky Ballparkfavors the hitters or the pitchers. So far, however, it definitely has been advantageous to theoffense. Through 63 games at Husky Ballpark, the Huskies have belted 114 home runs, an averageof 1.8 per game, while visitors have hit 74 home runs, or 1.2 per game. In 63 games, a total of906 runs have been scored (both teams combined), an average of 14.4 per game.

CUBA TRIP: Last September, the Husky baseball team travelled to Cuba for a week ofbaseball. The Dawgs were to play four games against the Cubans, with a fifth game pitting twomixed teams (half Huskies, half Cubans) against one another. Washington went 2-2 against teamsmade up of Cuban pros and the mixed game was rained out. Washington was the first major collegeteam to play in Cuba.

POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):

Tyler Davidson, Soph. OF: After a slow start (0-for-8 at Tucson), Davidson got it goingduring the UC Riverside series, going 6-for-17 (.353) with four RBI ... 4-for-5 in two games atOregon State, making him 10-for-24 (.415) since the 0-for-8 start ... only got two ABs inSouthern Utah series while recovering from a bruised ankle ... has started seven times in rightfield and one at DH ... began his freshman year last season on the bench, but ended up starting28 of the last 30 ... cracked the starting lineup April 5 at Washington State, when he went3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a home run, and an intentional walk in his last at bat ... topbatting average (.345) among returning players ... 17 of 38 hits last year were for extra bases... named honorable mention freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball.

Michael Done, Junior 3B: Has become a hot hitter of late ... leads his team in battingwith a .450 mark ... has started 11 of 12 games, 10 at third base and once at second ... lastSaturday vs. Southern Utah, went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and foru RBI ... 2-for-4 lastFriday night vs. the T-Birds ... went 7-for-13 (.538) at the Illini Desert Classic in Tucson... drove in the tying run in the ninth vs. BYU in the season opener ... started all but twogames at third base last season ... stole 10 bases on 11 tries last year ... made only 14errors in 54 games last year.

Justin Drake, Soph. OF: One of several candidates for the starting spot in center field... started Sunday vs. SUU in left, going 2-for-4 with a double ... started in left vs.Illinois ... scored winning run in 6-5 win over BYU, appearing as a pinch runner ... perhapsthe fastest runner on the team ... spent a good portion of last season as the starter incenter, starting a total of 20 games.

Jay Garthwaite, Soph. OF: Has emerged as the Huskies' top slugger with his 18 RBI inonly 12 games ... also leads the team with his six doubles and two homers (tied for lead) ...batted only 5-for-20 (.250), but had three doubles and six RBI in five games last week ... theHuskies' starter in left in nine games, in right twice, and at DH in the other ... one of onlytwo Huskies to have started all 12 games ... had a great weekend at UC Riverside, going7-for-16 with two homers and 10 runs batted in ... dating back to last season, has hit safelyin 19 of the last 21, hitting .370 (30-for-81) over that stretch ... broke the UW freshman homeruns record with 12 last season ... had off-season surgery to repair the shoulder that hadrelegated him to DH duties in 2000 ... honorable mention Freshman All-America.

Bryan Johnson, Soph. 1B: One of only two Huskies to have started in all 12 games thisseason ... has started one game at third and 11 at first base, but has also played second base... went 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBI last week (fivegames) ... 3-for-5, and a homer short of a cycle, with four RBI Sunday vs. Southern Utah ...three-run homer at Oregon State last Tuesday ... good weekend at Riverside, going 7-for-16(.412) with two doubles, six RBI and a grand slam (in Saturday's game two) ... had anoutstanding summer with Athletes in Action, batting .327 with a wood bat and leading his teamto a fourth-place finish at the NBC World Series.

Brandon Jacobson, Soph. OF: Has made six starts in center field and one in right ...either bats leadoff or ninth ... in five games last week, went 5-for-14 (.357) with five runsand three steals in four games ... made two starts in center field at Riverside, going 6-for-10with a home run and three runs scored ... hit a solo homer at UC Riverside -- the first Huskyhome run of the season ... batted .393 and led the league in runs and stolen bases last year atBellevue (Wash.) CC, playing with a wood bat.

Andre Marshall, Junior OF: Has made five starts in center field so far ... two of threehits have gone for extra bases -- a double and a triple ... didn't start vs. SUU ... RBIpinch-hit single in Saturday's game vs. Southern Utah ... a transfer from Walla Walla (Wash.)CC ... tripled in the season opener vs. BYU ... known for speed and fielding ... drafted by theOakland A's in the 29th round of the 1999 draft.

Ben Miller, Junior OF: Has three starts this year -- vs. Illinois (CF), game three atRiverside (DH) and in game two vs. Southern Utah (LF) ... hit a two-run homer in four at batsSaturday vs. Southern Utah ... 1-for-1 off the bench Sunday vs. SUU ... drove in the go-aheadrun in the 10th vs. Illinois, but the Illini tied it in the bottom of the 10th ... singled andscored in pinch hit appearance at OSU last Wednesday ... closed out last season by collectingeight hits in his last 16 at bats after starting his career hitless in his first 23 ... sincethe 0-for-23 start, has gone 13-for-31 (.419) first hit was a two-run homer vs. St. Martin's.

Duggan Moran, Senior 1B/DH: Has started five games at DH and one at first base ... hitfirst career homer off the bench Sunday vs. Southern Utah ... with eight hits this season, hasalready quadrupled last year's total ... 3-for-8 at UC Riverside ... 2-for-5 Tuesday at OregonState ... first career hit (last season vs. Northern Iowa) drove in the tying and winning runs.

John Otness, Freshman IF: Has performed well in limited action as a backup infielder ...one start game in last game at UC Riverside ... last week, came off the bench in three of thefour games, going 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk ... has yet to make an error in 12chances and has been a part of four double plays ... doubled in first career at bat off thebench in Saturday's game two at UCR ... primarily a second baseman, but has played SS and 3B aswell ... missed fall practice after suffering an kidney injury during summer ball ... batted.560 as a senior and was the Tacoma player of the year.

Jeremiah Porter, RS-Freshman OF: Has made five appearances and one start ... yet torecord a hit in eight at bats ... 0-for-3 in first career start Wednesday at Oregon State ...red-shirted the 2000 season due to a back injury that eventually required surgery.

Steve Ramsey, Freshman 1B/OF: Has played in five games, starting once -- last Friday inRF vs. Southern Utah ... had a big hit in that game, doubling with two outs to plate the tyingrun in the fifth inning, starting a two-out, four-run rally ... serves as a backup at firstbase and in the outfield, and also has a good shot to start at DH ... won the KingCoConfererence batting championship with a .517 average last year at Eastlake High School.

Tila Reynolds, Soph. SS: Has hit safely in all 10 games in which he's played this year... has missed a couple of starts with a sprained ankle, but is essentially healthy ...5-for-15 with a homer and three RBI in four games last week ... 2-for-4 with a homer a double,two RBI and three runs last Tuesday at OSU ... very solid weekend at UC Riverside, batting .474(9-for-19) with six runs, a double and a home run ...tripled to drive in the opening run ofKentucky game ... started 50 of 56 games at shortstop as a freshman last year ... honorablemention Freshman All-America ... over the last 35 games of 2000, batted .302 and made only sixerrors in last 32 games.

Tim Rice, Junior C: Has played in four games, starting once ... only catcher to startbesides Thiel ... lone hit so far was a single in the second game of the Riverside series ...only start this year was game four vs. UCR ... started 12 games as the backup catcher in 2000after transferring from Tacoma CC ... expected to vie for the No. 2 spot with Chad Yarbroughthis season ... singled off the bench in first at bat of 2001 ... started Sunday at UCR.

Marc Rittenhouse, Senior 2B: Has started 11 of 12 games, 10 at second base and one atshort ... after a slow start, had a great week last week, going 9-for-17 with seven runs andfour doubles over five games ... 4-for-4 with three runs and two doubles Sunday vs. SouthernUtah ... 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs last Tuesday at Oregon State ... co-captainalong with Jeff Carlsen ... has spent the season so far struggling with a thumb injury in hisleft hand ... 12 home runs in 2000 shared the team lead ... had only five homers prior to lastseason ... second on team with 13 stolen bases and first with 47 walks ... 47 walks rankedthird in the Pac-10 ... 10th in UW history in career walks and runs ... career .290 hitter.

Jefferson Thiel, Soph. C: Has started 11 of 12 games behind the plate, but did get sometime off in the late innings in three of the last four games ... off to a very solid start with.447 average and 12 RBI ... only drove in 21 runs all of last season ... this year, is 9-for-14(.643) with runners in scoring position ... 2-for-2 with a homer and three runs Sunday vs.Southern Utah in only four innings ... also homered in Saturday's win vs. Southern ... 7-for-15(.467) with two homers and five RBI last week ... caught every inning of the opening weekend,and still managed to hit .500 with four RBI ... singled home winning run with two outs in thebottom of the ninth vs. BYU ... started 44 of 56 games as the Husky catcher in 2000 ... namedfirst-team Freshman All-America by USA Today Baseball Weekly ... hit .556 (5-for-9) with twohomers during trip to Cuba.

Mike Wagner Freshman 3B: Backs up at third base and at DH ... has made three starts atDH and one at third base ... 3-for-4 with four RBI Sunday vs. Southern Utah ... hit two doublesoff of the bench in game two at UC Riverside ... went 6-for-13 (.545) in three games at UCR ...All-KingCo third baseman as a junior and senior at Woodinville High ... over the summer, oncestrung together 19 consecutive hits ... 0-for-3 in lone start.

Chad Yarbrough, Soph. C: Will compete to back up Jefferson Thiel ... grounded out inlone at bat so far this season ... has played in two games ... saw action in three games lastyear, but didn't get a plate appearance.

STARTING PITCHER NOTES (alphabetical order):

Jeff Carlsen, Senior RHP: Made first appearance of the year (after undergoingoff-season shoulder surgery) last Sunday vs. Southern Utah ... threw three perfect innings in astart, fanning six of the nine he faced ... got the win, the 23rd of his career to take oversole possession of second place in UW career wins ... also surpassed the 200-strikeout mark,only the third Husky ever to do so ... tied atop the career starts list with 41, and tied forfourth in innings pitched with 255.1 and third in strikeouts with 202 ... needs four wins totie the UW career mark of 27.

Clay Johnson, Freshman RHP: Improved to 2-0 with the win last Friday vs. Southern Utah... fanned five in five innings in that one ... threw five strong innings for first win at UCRiverside (March 3, game two) ... no-hit the Highlanders through the first four ... finishedwith five innings, three hits, two runs and four Ks ... earned first career start vs. Illinois... threw 3.1 innings and got no decision ... had a very similar career to fellow Elma Highgrad Jake Kringen, one of the most successful pitchers in UW history ... like Kringen, led Elmato the state title as a senior and posted a 0.00 ERA as a senior.

Tyler Shepple, Sophomore RHP: Took the loss last Wednesday at Oregon State, allowing sixruns over four innings ... no decisions in first two starts ... March 2 at UC Riverside,allowed four runs on four hits over six and two-thirds ... vs. BYU, threw six innings, allowingtwo runs on four hits, no walks and five strikeouts ... gave up a two-run homer in the firstfor only runs ... 13 appearances, all in relief, in 2000.

Sean White, Sophomore RHP: So far, has emerged as the Huskies' top starter ... threewins in three starts so far ... outstanding vs. Southern Utah last Saturday ... six innings,six hits (all singles), one run (unearned), no walks and three Ks in that game ... threw seventremendous innings vs. Kentucky in first start of 2001 ... allowed no runs on three hits, threewalks and three Ks ... at UC Riverside, fanned eight in five innings ... made nine reliefappearances and three starts as a freshman in 2000 ... first career start came at Stanford.

BULLPEN NOTES: Brian Barton (Soph. RHP) led the UW with 22 appearances in 2000 ...didn't allow a home run in 28.1 innings, while striking out 30 in that span ... had elbowsurgery in off-season and made first appearance (one inning, no other stats) Sunday vs.Southern Utah ... Mike Bomar (Senior LHP) has been outstanding in four appearances so far ...has worked 10 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, a walk and seven Ks ... threw 5.2 vs.Illinois ... allowed only two hits and one walk while fanning six ... first 4.2 innings wereno-hit ... Zack Daniels (Junior LHP) is another possible starter ... fanned three in twoscoreless innings Sunday vs. Southern Utah ... earned the win last Tuesday at OSU, allowingfour earned runs on eight hits and four Ks over 5.0 innings ... started eight and made only onerelief appearance last year ... 4-2 with two wins over Portland and one each over San Franciscoand St. Martin's in 2000 ... Matt Gardner (Senior LHP) is fully healthy again after shoulderinjury ... struck out one in an inning Sunday vs. SUU ... worked 4.2 in relief March 4 at UCRiverside ... outstanding as a lefty set-up man ... Trevor Gibson (Freshman RHP) has been solidin his three outings ... threw a scoreless in last Wednesday at OSU ... allowed one run on onehit and three Ks in two innings Saturday vs. Southern Utah ... threw four innings (one run) forthe save at UC Riverside ... Taylor Grant (Junior LHP) made 16 relief appearances and fourstarts in 2000 ... led the Huskies and was third in the Pac-10 with six saves last season ...appeared in both Oregon State games ... threw 2.1 relief innings in tough-luck loss to Illnois... gave up one run (unearned) on one hit and three Ks ... gave up one run over two innings intwo outings at UCR ... Shawn Kohn (Junior RHP) threw one scoreless inning Sunday vs. SouthernUtah ... threw an inning of relief March 2 at UCR, fanned three and got the win ... threw ascoreless inning, fanning two in last Tuesday's OSU game ... Jeff Petersen (Freshman RHP) ledhis team to AAAA state title in 2000 .. all-state as a senior and a 25th-round draft choice ...worked a scoreless inning Saturday vs. Southern Utah after a rough inning at OSU ... ScottRobertson (Soph. RHP) nearly had a dream weekend in Tucson ... made only two appearances in allof 2000, but pitched in all three games at Tucson ... threw a scoreless ninth for the win overBYU ... worked out of a jam (second and third, no outs) vs. Kentucky for the save ... came inone run up in the 10th vs. Illinois, but gave up a run, ruining a shot at a two-save, one-winweekend ... got a save at UCR on Friday, throwing a perfect ninth inning ... got a save lastTuesday at OSU with one perfect inning ... fanned two in a perfect inning Sunday vs. SouthernUtah ... Randy Vanderplow (Junior RHP) is another pitcher that could start or relieve ... verygood relief outing last Friday, working four innings (3 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 3 Ks) for thesave ... started at Riverside on March and took the loss ... made eight relief outings and onestart last season.

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