Diamond Dawgs Open Home Schedule

Feb. 27, 2002

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THIS WEEKEND: The Washington baseball team, off to a 5-3 start, opens the home slate this weekend when Utah (8-7) comes to Husky Ballpark for a three-game series. The games are the first of three straight home weekends for the Dawgs, a stretch that will see the UW play nine of the next 11 at home. The Huskies went 3-1 in their opening weekend at a tournament in Phoenix, took two out of three last weekend at Fresno State and then lost at Portland, 11-10, Tuesday. Friday's home opener starts at 6:30 p.m. while on Saturday and Sunday, first pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. Next Tuesday, the Huskies travel to Portland for the second straight week before returning to Seattle to play UC Riverside in a three-game series. A three-game set with Brigham Young follows. Here's a look at this weekend's games vs. Utah, with probable UW starting pitchers:

Fri., Mar. 1 -- Utah at UW, 6:30 p.m. -- RHP Shawn Kohn (2-0, 0.64)
Sat., Mar. 2 -- Utah at UW, 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Clay Johnson (0-0, 10.00)
Sun., Mar. 3 -- Utah at UW, 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Sean White (1-0, 0.90)

SERIES HISTORY: Washington has only a brief history of play against Utah, with the Utes winning both all-time meetings, both at neutral sites. In 1974 in San Diego, Utah beat the Huskies, 10-2. The last time the two teams met was at a tournament in Las Vegas in 1995, with Utah hanging on for a 7-5 win after being ahead, 7-1. Derek Carpenter suffered the loss and the Huskies had the tying runs at first and second base with one out when Shawn Mahle hit into a double play to end the game.

COACH 'K': In nine seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Ken Knutson has led the Dawgs to two Pac-10 championships, four Pac-10 Northern Division titles, two second-place finishes and three NCAA Regionals. His career overall record stands at 319-211 (.602). With those 319 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 coach for eight seasons. In 1985, his UW pitching staff led the nation with a 2.80 ERA. Knutson holds a 153-62 (.712) record in home games. He is 137-97 (.585) in conference games. Knutson has coached 35 first-team All-Pac-10 selections in nine seasons, and has been named league coach of the year three times. A 1981 All-Pac-10 left-handed pitcher at the UW, he is joined by assistant coaches Joe Ross, Travis Jewett, and Gregg Swenson and undergraduate assistants Daniel Jahn and Duggan Moran.

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

Pos.  Player, Year         Avg.-HR-RBI  Notes C -- Aaron Hathaway, Fr.    .238-0-2   Starter at catcher in five of eight games      Ben Johnson, So.       .125-0-2   Started 19 behind the plate as a freshman in 20011B -- Bryan Johnson, Jr.     .387-3-13  Leads team with 13 RBI, 2 homers Tuesday at Portland      Kyle Larsen, Fr.       .455-0-1   Four walks and five hits in 15 plate appearances2B -- Michael Done, Sr.      .273-4-6   Moves to second after starting at 3B last two yearsSS -- Tila Reynolds, Jr.     .371-1-4   Has hit safely in all eight games so far in 20023B -- John Otness, So.       .389-0-3   Took two stitches after getting HBP in head last Friday      Mike Wagner, So.       .143-0-3   Started Saturday and Sunday at Fresno StateOF -- Tyler Davidson, Jr.    .424-4-10  Hit HRs in first two at bats of 2002, 14 runs in 8 gamesOF -- Jay Garthwaite, Jr.    .265-1-10  Three doubles last Sunday at Fresno StateOF -- Brandon Jacobson, Jr.  .250-0-1   Starter in center field and leadoff spot in six of eightOF -- Steve Ramsey, So.      .500-1-4   6-for-12 as DH, left fielder and pinch hitterOF -- Taylor Johnson, Fr.    .167-1-1   First career hit was a home run Tuesday at PortlandDH -- Nick Batkoski, Fr.     .250-0-0   Top player on state champ Federal Way HS last year

LAST WEEK: Washington has gone 2-2 over the last week, winning two of three games at Fresno State before falling to Portland, 11-10, on Tuesday. Friday, the Huskies got another stellar performance from starter Shawn Kohn, who carried a no-hitter through five and one-third innings and finished with a three-hit complete game. The Huskies scored all five of their runs in the first inning and were two-hit the rest of the way by FSU starter Bob Runyon, who went the distance as well. A three-run homer from Jay Garthwaite was the big hit in the first. Saturday, Washington scored three in the first and three more in the second to take a 6-0 lead, but the Bulldogs quickly erased it and broke a 9-9 tie in the seventh before winning, 13-9. Tyler Davidson's home run in the sixth gave the Huskies back a 9-8 lead, but it wasn't enough. Sunday, the Dawgs posted four in the first before the Bulldogs eventually tied it at 7-7 with home runs on three consecutive pitches in the seventh. Michael Done, however, led off the top of the eighth with a home run and the Huskies posted two more in the inning to win, 10-7. Tyler Shepple got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save. Tuesday at Portland, the Huskies' first-inning prowess continued as Washington scored five runs. Davidson belted a two-run homer and Bryan Johnson followed with a solo shot, his first of two HRs on the day. The Pilots, however, scored nine in the second as the first 11 batters reached base in the inning. Washington came close to coming all the way back. A solo homer from Taylor Johnson in the eighth made it 11-10 and the Huskies left the bases loaded in the inning. In the ninth, with the tying and go-ahead runs aboard, Done lined out to a diving Portland second baseman and the game ended, 11-10 Portland.

WHAT'S YOUR NAME, SON?: Not only does the Husky roster include four players named Johnson (Ben, Bryan, Clay and Taylor), but there are a total of 11 players and two coaches whose names end in 'son' or 'sen' -- the four Johnsons, Tyler Davidson, Trevor Gibson, Greg Isaacson, Brandon Jacobson, Kyle Larsen, Jeff Petersen, Scott Robertson, assistant coach Gregg Swenson and head coach Ken Knutson. Must be that Scandanavian influence around the Puget Sound area.

FIRST-INNING BARRAGE: Washington has been the first team to score a run in all of its eight games this season, and in the last five straight games, the Huskies have scored in the first inning. Feb. 17 vs. Missouri, the Huskies scored a lone run in the first. In the Fresno State series, Washington posted five, three and four runs in the first inning of each game, respectively. Tuesday at Portland, the UW notched a five-run first. Unfortunately, the Huskies have lost three of those five games despite the early lead. On the season, the UW has out-scored its opponents in the first inning, 18-0.

VETERAN SQUAD: After fielding rather youthful squads in each of the last two seasons, the 2002 Husky team is all grown up. Offensively, Washington returns players that made a total of 378 individual starts last year, 80.8 percent of the possible total of 468 (nine players times 52 games). Returning hitters accounted for 429 of last seasons' 531 total hits (also 80.8 percent) and 39 of the Huskies' 46 home runs (84.8 percent). On the mound, returning pitchers accounted for 359.2 of the Huskies' 455.2 innings pitched last year (78.9 percent) and started 44 of last season's 52 games (84.6 percent). In all, current members of the Washington baseball team had earned a total of 43 varsity letters and had started a total of 742 college games prior to the start of the 2002 season.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES: College baseball's preseason publications predicted a solid season for the 2002 Huskies. Baseball America ranked the Dawgs No. 24 in their preseason issue and counted the Huskies among the five Pac-10 teams it predicts will make it into the NCAA tournament. Shortstop Tila Reynolds was tabbed the preseason All-Pac-10 shortstop and was ranked the best defensive SS in the league. RHP Shawn Kohn was listed as the league's No. 1 control pitcher. Baseball America also listed Reynolds as the No. 48 junior prospect in the country and 1B Kyle Larsen as the nation's No. 42 freshman prospect. Neither Collegiate Baseball nor USA Today Baseball Weekly ranked the Huskies in the preseason, though the Huskies were among those receiving votes in USA Today's preseason coaches' poll (ranked No. 38, counting past the 25 ranked teams).

POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):

Nick Batkoski, Fr. IF/DH: Started Sun. at Fresno State as the DH, going 1-for-2 ... started two games at DH in Phoenix, going 1-for-6 ... backs up at second base and shortstop ... started at second base in exhibition win over British Columbia, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam home run ... top player and pitcher on the Federal Way HS team that won the state AAAA (highest level) championship last spring.

Tyler Davidson, Jr. OF: Started all eight in right field so far ... 2-for-5 with a two-run homer at Portland Tuesday ... homered in Saturday's loss at Fresno State ... 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs in that game ... leads team in hits, runs, slugging percentage home runs and doubles ... despite batting in the cleanup spot in all eight games, easily leads the team in runs scored with 14 ... had struck out only twice prior to K-ing three times Tuesday at Portland ... hit home runs in first two at bats of the season vs. Missouri ... finished that game 4-for-5 with two solo homers, two run-scoring singles and a stolen base ... 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs the following day vs. Northwestern ... Baseball America's No. 59 college prospect for the 2002 draft.

Michael Done, Sr. 2B: Started the last two seasons at third base, but moves to second base this year ... team co-leader in homers with four ... led off the seventh last Sunday at Fresno with a solo homer to break a 7-7 tie ... 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBI in Fresno loss ... four of his nine hits this year have been homers ... two homers from right side of plate and two lefty ... hit second and third homers in loss to Missouri ... went 3-for-5 in that game ... tabbed the Pac-10's top infield arm by Baseball America prior to last season ... drafted by Baltimore in the 40th round of last June's draft, but elected to return to college.

Jay Garthwaite, Jr. OF: Belted a three-run homer in the first inning of last Friday's win over Fresno State ... three doubles and three RBI in five at bats Sunday at Fresno ... 6-for-14 with seven RBI in FSU series ... struggled at the plate in opening weekend, but still managed three RBI in three starts ... had a two-run single in the loss to Missouri ... went 3-for-4 with a home run in the exhibition win over UBC ... led the team in RBI last season ... a 12th-round draft pick in the 1999 draft.

Aaron Hathaway, Fr. C: Has started five of eight games behind the plate ... didnt' allow a stolen base until the game at Portland Tuesday when the Pilots pulled a double steal of second and third and Hathaway dropped the ball on the exchange ... has thrown out three runners trying to steal ... had a tremendous debut Feb. 15 vs. Northwestern, going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple ... also threw out a would-be basestealer and picked off a runner at first base in that game ... 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI Feb. 17 vs. Missouri ... also threw out a basestealer in that game.

Brandon Jacobson, Jr. OF: Has started six of the Huskies' eight games as the center fielder and leadoff man ... hit safely in all three of the Fresno State games, but didn't play Tuesday at Portland .. doubled and scored to lead off the game Sunday at Fresno ... hit safely in each of the games at Fresno State ... has the Huskies' only outfield assist of the season so far as he threw out a Northwestern runner at the plate.

Ben Johnson, Soph. C: Has started three of eight games behind the plate ... 1-for-3 with a two-RBI double opening day ... has only allowed one stolen base ... started 19 games behind the plate as a freshman in 2001.

Bryan Johnson, Jr. 1B/DH: Team's leader with 13 runs batted in over eight games ... has started all eight at either first base or DH ... could also play third base if needed ... two homers and three RBI at Portland ... four RBI in the loss at Fresno State, driving in three with a bases-loaded double ... scored three runs in the Feb. 24 win at Fresno ... 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI opening day ... 2-for-3 Feb. 15 vs. Northwestern, driving in the winning run with a two-out double in the bottom of the eighth ... also tripled in that game ... solo homer in the second inning Feb. 16 vs. Northwestern proved the winning run in a 2-0 win.

Taylor Johnson, Fr. OF: Started in center at Portland and got a solo homer in the eighth for his first career hit ... saw action in two games during the opening weekend in Phoenix, pinch running in game three and starting in center in game four ... stole a base and scored as pinch runner Feb. 16 vs. Northwestern ... 0-for-2 with a walk and a run Feb. 17 vs. Missouri ... also started exhibition vs. British Columbia, going 1-for-2 with three walks, two runs and two steals.

Kyle Larsen, Fr. 1B/DH: Started at first base at Portland, going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI ... pinch-hit sacrifice fly for the 10th run in the 10-7 win at Fresno ... 1-for-2 with two walks as starter at first base in the Fresno State loss ... saw action in three games opening weekend, starting at first base in the 8-7 win over Northwestern ... went 1-for-3 with a walk in that one ... singled and walked coming off the bench in the loss to Missouri ... 2-for-5 with two singles in the exhibition win over British Columbia ... 14th round draft pick out of high school last June.

John Otness, Soph. 3B: Started only once at Fresno State after taking a fastball in the head in Friday's win ... took two stitches behind his left ear but finished the game ... 2-for-4 with two RBI Tuesday at Portland ... started three games at third base opening weekend after moving from second base, where he started about half the season last year ... only three errors in 128 career fielding chances (.977) ...hit safely in all three games he started opening weekend ... 2-for-4 with two runs and a steal opening day vs. Missouri ... doubled to drive in second run of 2-0 win over Northwestern.

Steve Ramsey, Soph. OF/DH: Pinch hitter Sunday at Fresno, driving in a run with a single to make it 9-7 in the eighth ... also singled as a pinch hitter Saturday at Fresno ... started at DH last Friday at Fresno and contributed a first-inning RBI single ... 1-for-3 in his lone start opening weekend in Arizona ... solo home run as a pinch hitter led off the sixth inning in Missouri loss ... also singled to drive in a run later in that game ... can also play first base.

Tila Reynolds, Jr. SS: Has hit safely in all eight games so far this season ... has started all eight at shortstop ... usually bats second ... second on the team with 13 hits and leads the team with four walks, two HBPs and three stolen bases ... 3-for-6 with a double and a steal in Tuesday's loss at Portland ... 2-for-5 in Saturday's loss at Fresno State ... had a solid opening weekend, starting all four games at shorstop while going 6-for-15 (.400) a the plate ... belted a two-run homer in the loss to Missouri ... tripled and scored two runs in three at bats opening day ... 2-for-5 with two singles Feb. 15 vs. Northwestern ... 2-for-3 with a double in 2-0 win over Northwestern ... named Baseball America's No. 53 college prospect and one of two players noted as 'Top Defensive Player.'

Tim Rice, Sr. C: Started 12 games at catcher in 2000 and eight games behind the plate last year ... has yet to appear in a regular game this season, but started in the exhibition win over British Columbia ... transfer from Tacoma CC, where he played for current UW assistant coach Gregg Swenson.

Mike Wagner, Soph. 3B/DH: Started at third base Saturday and Sunday at Fresno State ... hit a two-run double in Sunday's win at FSU ... started once at third base and once at designated hitter in the opening weekend ... expected to split time with Otness at third ... 1-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a walk opening day vs. Missouri ... doubled, was hit by a pitch and scored in exhibition win over British Columbia.

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:

FRIDAY -- Shawn Kohn, Sr. RHP: Has picked up where he left off last season with two solid starts ... had a no-hitter through five and one-third last Friday at Fresno State ... finished with a three-hitter, allowing an eighth-inning solo home run in a 5-1 win ... struck out eight and walked one ... worked five innings, allowing three hits, no runs and no walks while fanning three opening day vs. Missouri ... opponents are batting only .128 off him this year and right-handed hitters are only 2-for-28 (.071) against him ... with runners on base, opposing hitter are only 1-for-13 (.077) ... led the 2001 Huskies in earned run average (2.57) and opponent batting average (.204) ... both of those marks were second in the Pac-10, trailing only national player of the year Mark Prior of USC ... first 40 appearances of his career came in relief before earning a start in midseason last year ... went on to lead the nation in earned run average for a week during the middle of last season ... threw two complete-game shutouts last year vs. UCLA (four-hitter) and Hawaii-Hilo (two-hitter).

SATURDAY -- Clay Johnson, Soph. RHP: Allowed eight runs on eight hits over four innings last time out at Fresno State last Saturday, but didn't get a decision ... started in the No. 2 spot opening weekend and performed well in a win over Northwestern ... didn't get the decision as the Huskies surrendered their lead before winning it late ... allowed five hits (four singles, one triple) over five innings while walking one and fanning five ... retired the first eight batters in order and struck out four of the first six ... started 10 games as a freshman in 2001 ... wins vs. Southern Utah, UC Riverside, Southern California and Hawaii-Hilo.

SUNDAY -- Sean White, Jr. RHP: No decision despite a second strong start Feb. 24 at Fresno State ... allowed four hits and three runs (only one earned) while fanning three in five innings in that one ... started the third game of the year, combining with two others for a two-hit shutout of Northwestern in a 2-0 UW win ... no-hit the Wildcats through the first four and one-third before giving up a ground ball single through the right side ... finished having worked five innings, allowing one hit, no runs and two walks while striking out two for the win ... opponents are batting only .132 off him this year ... opponents are 0-for-15 against him with runners on base this season ... emerged as a top starter last year before shoulder problems limited his action through the second half of the season.

BULLPEN NOTES: Brian Carter (Soph. LHP) threw three no-hit innings in the combined two-hit shutout of Northwestern Feb. 16 ... allowed only two baserunners in that outing, both reaching on errors ... threw a no-hit, scoreless inning Feb. 23 at Fresno State ... Greg Colburn (Sr. RHP) appeared in the Feb. 15 win over Northwestern, allowing a run on four hits over one and one-third innings ... got the win Feb. 24 at Fresno State ... Zack Daniels (Sr. LHP) threw two innings in the season-opener vs. Missouri, allowing five runs (four earned) over two innings ... also threw in relief in the loss to Missouri and struck out two in a shutout inning in the exhibition victory over British Columbia ... David Dowling (Fr. LHP) performed well in long relief Tuesday at Portland in first career outing ... allowed five hits and two runs while fanning six over four innings ... also started the exhibition win over British Columbia and got the victory ... Trevor Gibson (Soph. RHP) got two appearances in the opening weekend ... in the 8-7 win over Northwestern, threw a 1-2-3 inning before struggling with control in his second inning, allowing four runs on three walks and a hit batter ... gave up two runs without allowing a hit over 1.1 frames Feb. 23 at Fresno State ... Jeff Petersen (Soph. RHP) ... threw three shutout innings Tuesday at Portland, allowing two hits and striking out one ... threw two and one-third innings in the loss to Missouri, allowing three runs while striking out three in two and one-third innings ... Scott Robertson (Jr. RHP) was excellent over 1.2 innings in Sunday's win at Fresno State ... allowed a single to his first batter then struck out the next three in order in the eighth ... picked up a win and a loss in the opening weekend ... allowed a run in an inning of work opening day vs. Missouri ... got a popup and a strikeout with the go-ahead run at second base in the eighth inning Feb. 15 in the 8-7 win over Northwestern ... earned the victory as the UW went ahead in the bottom of the eighth ... solid in an inning and two-thirds Feb. 24 at Fresno State ... after allowing a single to the leadoff batter in the seventh, struck out the side ... went 1.2 innings in that game ... Tyler Shepple (Jr. RHP) got his third save Sunday at Fresno State ... worked out of a bases-loaded jam with a groundout in the eighth before fanning two in a perfect ninth ... earned two saves in three outings in the opening weekend ... pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in the opener, but didn't get a save in a 10-6 win ... pitched a perfect ninth with two Ks for the save in game two's 8-7 win over Northwestern ... gave up a bloop single, but faced the minimum in the ninth thanks to a double play for a save in the 2-0 win over Northwestern Feb. 16, combining with White and Carter on a two-hitter ... got the last four outs Feb. 24 at Fresno State for third save, getting a groundout with the bases loaded to end the eighth before a 1-2-3 ninth ... Randy Vanderplow (Sr. RHP) has two starts -- at Portland and vs. Missouri (Feb. 17) ... took a loss in the Portland start ... left the game with the Huskies ahead, 7-3, and got no decision as Missouri came back to win.

RANDOM NOTES: Washington is 11-for-13 stealing bases so far this year while opponents have stolen only three bases in six tries ... the Huskies' two Seans (or Shawns) -- starting pitchers Shawn Kohn and Sean White -- have combined to allow only 11 hits and two earned runs over 25 innings of work, good for a combined ERA of 0.72 ... opponents are batting only 11-for-85 against the duo, a paltry .129 batting average ... it's too early for this sort of thing, but the Huskies are on pace to hit 105 home runs this season, well ahead of last year's total of 46 ... last season, Michael Done led the Huskies with seven home runs ... both he and Tyler Davidson already have four home runs through only eight games, while Bryan Johnson already has three ... the trio of Davidson, Bryan Johnson and Jay Garthwaite has accounted for 33 of Washington's 60 total runs batted in (55 percent) this season.

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