UW Baseball Returns To Husky Ballpark
March 6, 2002
THIS WEEKEND: The Washington baseball team (7-5) returns to Husky Ballpark for its next six games. This weekend, UC Riverside (13-6) comes to Seattle for a three-game non-conference series. Tuesday, the Huskies travelled to Pilot Stadium and three pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout of Portland as the UW won, 10-0. Friday night's game begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's games are both scheduled for 1:00 p.m. starts. The following Thursday through Sunday, Brigham Young visits Husky Ballpark for a three-game set before the Huskies play two non-conference games at Washington State and then opens the Pac-10 season with three games at Arizona State. Here's a look at this weekend's games vs. UC Riverside, with probable UW starting pitchers:
Fri., March 8 -- UC Riverside at UW, 6:30 p.m. -- RHP Shawn Kohn (3-0, 0.86)
Sat., March 9 -- UC Riverside at UW, 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Sean White (1-1, 3.24)
Sun., March 10 -- UC Riverside at UW, 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Jeff Petersen (1-0, 2.61)
SERIES HISTORY: UC Riverside and Washington's all-time series dates back to the 1970s and 80s, when the UW was a semi-regular participant in the annual Riverside tournament. The Highlanders, despite losing three of four to the Huskies last season, hold a 6-5 series advantage. Last year, Washington travelled to UCR for a four-game series, winning three. Down 5-4 in the opener, the Huskies scored three in the eighth and one in the ninth to win, 8-5 as Michael Done notched four RBI. The Huskies never trailed in game two as they notched 19 hits in a 12-5 win. Jay Garthwaite contributed three hits and four runs batted in. The UW posted seven runs in the last inning of a seven-inning game in game three while both Bryan Johnson and Garthwaite went deep in a 12-2 win. Clay Johnson and Mike Bomar combined on a four-hitter. UCR salvaged a game in the series finale, notched seven runs in the second inning in an 11-6 victory. Garthwaite's three-run homer in the first had put the UW ahead.
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 321-212 (.602). With those 321 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 154-64 (.706) 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 caoch 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. .200-0-5 Starter at catcher in 8 of 12 games Ben Johnson, So. .167-1-3 Came off bench to homer Tue. at Portland1B -- Bryan Johnson, Jr. .356-4-17 Team leader with 17 RBI and five doubles Kyle Larsen, Fr. .375-2-4 Homers in consecutive games vs. Utah2B -- Michael Done, Sr. .280-5-9 Five HRs leads team, hit seven last yearSS -- Tila Reynolds, Jr. .434-1-7 Has hit safely in all 12 games in 20023B -- John Otness, So. .364-0-3 Has started last 5 games at 3B Mike Wagner, So. .188-0-3 Has also started working out in the outfieldOF -- Tyler Davidson, Jr. .391-4-11 Hit HRs in first two ABs of 2002OF -- Jay Garthwaite, Jr. .261-2-15 Three-run HR in first Tue. at PortlandOF -- Brandon Jacobson, Jr. .316-0-3 Starter in CF and leadoff in 8 of 12OF -- Steve Ramsey, So. .348-2-5 Started one game in LF last weekend vs. UtahOF -- Taylor Johnson, Fr. .286-1-8 First career hit was a HR Feb. 26 at PortlandDH -- Nick Batkoski, Fr. .200-0-1 Top player on state champ Federal Way HS
LAST WEEK: Washington posted a 2-2 record over the last week, dropping two of three to Utah before beating Portland this past Tuesday. Friday night, the Huskies got seven strong innings from Shawn Kohn in an 11-2 win over Utah. Kohn tied a career-high with 11 Ks and allowed only one run and five hits. The Huskies got a hit from every starter and a two-run homer from Bryan Johnson. Satruday, the Huskies took a 3-2 lead on Michael Done's three-run homer in the first, but then allowed six in the second as the Utes rolled to a 17-8 win behind 21 hits. Steve Ramsey and Kyle Larsen hit back-to-back homers in the eighth. Sunday, the UW came back to be down 4-3 after trailing 4-0, but Utah pulled away to an 8-3 win. Larsen homered twice and Tila Reynolds collected three hits. Tuesday, Jeff Petersen, Trevor Gibson and Scott Robertson combined for a four-hit shutout at Portland as the Huskies won, 10-0. Petersen allowed three singles and struck out five over five innings before Gibson gave up only a bunt single and fanned seven in three innings. Robertson pitched a no-hit ninth to close it out. Jay Garthwaite's three-run homer highlighted a six-run first inning for the Huskies and Ben Johnson added a solo homer in the ninth.
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 10 of its 12 games this season, and in seven of the last nine 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. Feb. 26 at Portland, the UW notched a five-run first. The Huskies had a three-run first Saturday vs. Utah and then scored six in the first Tuesday at Portland. Unfortunately, the Huskies have lost four of those seven games despite the early lead. On the season, the UW has out-scored its opponents in the first inning, 27-2.
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 Feb. 24 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 12 in right field so far ... leads team with 18 runs and is second 18 hits, three doubles, four homers and six walks ... 2-for-4 Tuesday at Portland ... 6-for-17 (.353) with four RBI in UCR series last year ... 2-for-5 with a two-run homer at Portland Feb. 26... homered in Feb. 23 loss at Fresno State ... 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs in that game ... 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 five ... three-run homer in first inning of March 2 game vs. Utah ... led off the seventh last Feb. 24 at Fresno with a solo homer to break a 7-7 tie ... 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBI in Fresno loss ... two homers from right side of plate and three 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: Three-run homer in the first inning of Tuesday's win at Portland ... 2-for-4 in the game ... belted a three-run homer in the first inning of last Feb. 22 win at Fresno State ... three doubles and three RBI in five at bats Feb. 24 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 eight of 12 games behind the plate ... 1-for-3 with two RBI Mlast Friday vs. Utah ... didn't allow a stolen base until the game at Portland Feb. 26 when the Pilots pulled a double steal of second and third and Hathaway dropped the ball on the exchange ... has thrown out four of six 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 eight of the Huskies' 12 games as the center fielder and leadoff man ... UW is 7-1 when he starts ... 2-for-5 with two RBI and two steals March 1 vs. Utah ... 3-for-5 with two runs in Tuesday's win at Portland ... hit safely in all three of the Fresno State games ... currently on a five-game hit streak ... doubled and scored to lead off the game Feb. 24 at Fresno ... 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 four of 12 games behind the plate ... belted a solo homer in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win at Portland ... 1-for-3 with a two-RBI double opening day ... has only allowed two stolen bases ... started 19 games behind the plate as a freshman in 2001.
Bryan Johnson, Jr. 1B/DH: Team's leader with 17 runs batted in over 12 games ... has an RBI in nine of 12 games ... two-run homer last Friday vs. Utah ... two doubles Sunday vs. Utah ... has started all 12 at either first base or DH ... could also play third base if needed ... two homers and three RBI at Portland Feb. 26 ... 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 ... 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 Feb. 26 and got a solo homer in the eighth for his first career hit ... has a hit in his last four games, including a double in a start Saturday vs. Utah ... saw action in two games during the opening weekend in Phoenix, pinch running in game three and starting in center in game four ... also started exhibition vs. British Columbia, going 1-for-2 with three walks, two runs and two steals.
Kyle Larsen, Fr. 1B/DH: Hit home runs in back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday vs. Utah, the first two HRs of his career ... started at first base in both of those games as well as at Portland Tuesday ... has hit safely in every game in which he's started and in all but one game in which he's played (the only break in the streak is a pinch-hit sacrifice fly Feb. 24 at Fresno) ... started at first base at Portland Feb. 26, 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: Has hit safely in all nine games in which he's played the year ... a starter at third base in nine of 12 games ... 3-for-10 in Utah series and 2-for-5 at Portland on Tuesday ... started only once at Fresno State after taking a fastball in the head in the Feb. 22 win ... took two stitches behind his left ear but finished the game ... 2-for-4 with two RBI Feb. 26 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 133 career fielding chances (.977) ...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: Started two games last weekend vs. Utah, one at DH and one in left field ... 2-for-5 with a homer March 2 vs. the Utes ... pinch hitter Feb. 24 at Fresno, driving in a run with a single to make it 9-7 in the eighth ... also singled as a pinch hitter Feb. 23 at Fresno ... 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.
Tila Reynolds, Jr. SS: Has hit safely in all 12 games so far this season ... over the last five games, has gone 13-for-24 (.542) with four stolen bases ... has started all 12 at shortstop and has played every inning so far ... usually bats second ... leads team with 23 hits, .434 average and six stolen bases ... 8-for-14 in Utah series ... 2-for-4 with two HBPs Tuesday at Portland ... 3-for-6 with a double and a steal in Feb. 26 loss at Portland ... 2-for-5 in 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 ... named Baseball America's No. 53 college prospect and one of two players noted as 'Top Defensive Player.'
Tim Rice, Sr. C: Has played in two games this year, coming off the bench March 1 and 2 vs. Utah ... started 12 games at catcher in 2000 and eight games behind the plate last year ... 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/OF: Started at third base Feb. 23 and 24 at Fresno State ... hit a two-run double in Feb. 24 win at FSU ... has begun to work out as an outfielder and has come off the bench twice to play left field ... started once at third base and once at DH in the opening weekend ... 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: Having an outstanding season thusfar with a 3-0 record, a 0.86 ERA and a .153 opponent batting average ... threw seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, for the win last Friday vs. Utah ... tied a career high with 11 strikeouts ... both runs allowed this year have been on solo homers ... career as a starter: 11 starts, 73.2 IP, 51 hits, 19 earned runs, 14 walks, 68 strikeouts, 7-1 record, 2.32 ERA ... had a no-hitter through five and one-third Feb. 22 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 ... 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 -- Sean White, Jr. RHP: Suffered a loss last time out March 3 vs. Utah, allowing eight runs (five earned) over 6.2 innings ... fanned six in that game ... 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 ... emerged as a top starter last year before shoulder problems limited his action through the second half of the season.
SUNDAY -- Jeff Petersen, Soph. RHP: Made his first start and got the win Tuesday at Portland ... combined with Trevor Gibson and Scott Robertson for a four-hit shutout in a 10-0 win ... allowed three singles, walked six and fanned four in five innings ... threw three relief innings the previous Tuesday at Portland (Feb. 26), allowing two hits and no runs ... gave up three runs over two and one-third innings of relief Feb. 17 vs. Missouri.
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) has switched to a sidearm delivery, but has yet to appear since the change ... 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 ... Josh Conover (RS-Fr. RHP) threw a no-hit inning in the March 1 win over Utah, walking one and striking out two in his lone career appearance ... 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 Feb. 26 at Portland in first career outing ... allowed five hits and two runs while fanning six over four innings ... worked two and a third scoreless innings March 3 vs. Utah ... allowed three hits, no walks and struck out two ... also started the exhibition win over British Columbia and got the victory ... Will Fenton (Fr. RHP) has pitched in two games, throwing 1.1 relief innings Feb. 23 at Fresno State and five innings of relief March 2 vs. Utah ... fanned five over five innings vs. the Utes ... Trevor Gibson (Soph. RHP) struck out seven and allowed only one hit and no runs over three relief innings Tuesday at Portland ... 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 ... Clay Johnson (Soph. RHP) has made three starts ... strong opening start Feb. 15 vs. Northwestern ... five innings, five hits, two runs and five Ks in that one ... no decision in a four-inning start Feb. 23 at Fresno State ... took a loss March 2 vs. Utah in a 1.1-inning start ... Scott Robertson (Jr. RHP) threw a no-hit inning in a combined four-hit shutout at Portland Tuesday ... was excellent over 1.2 innings in Feb. 24 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 ... 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 ... Tyler Shepple (Jr. RHP) got his third save Feb. 24 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 20-for-23 stealing bases so far this year while opponents have stolen only four bases in eight tries ... it's too early for this sort of thing, but the Huskies are on pace to hit 103 home runs this season, more than double last year's total of 46 ... last season, Michael Done led the Huskies with seven home runs ... he already has five this season while both Tyler Davidson and Bryan Johnson each have four ... the trio of Davidson, Bryan Johnson and Jay Garthwaite has accounted for 43 of Washington's 87 total runs batted in (49 percent) this season.