UW Baseball Hits Road For Spring Break

March 22, 2002

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COMING UP: The Washington baseball team (9-8-1), fresh from a 10-day respite for final exams, returns to the field with five road games next week. First up, the Dawgs travel across the state to face Washington State (10-10 prior to the weekend) in a pair of non-conference games (the three UW-WSU games that count in the Pac-10 standings will take place April 12-14 in Seattle). Both games - Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 25 - are set to begin at 2:00 p.m., and could be moved to Harris Field at Lewiston, Idaho, depending on weather in Pullman. That decision will be made Sunday. After a quick return to Seattle, the Dawgs head off to the desert to open the Pac-10 season in a three-game set vs. No. 23 Arizona State at Hohokam Park in Mesa, Ariz. The ASU series also marks the first radio games of the season as Eric Radovich will call all the action on KKNW AM-1150. Here's a look at the upcoming Husky baseball games:

Monday, March 25 - Washington at Washington St., at Pullman, Wash., or Lewiston, Idaho, 2:00 p.m. (no radio)
Tuesday, March 26 - Washington at Washington St., at Pullman, Wash., or Lewiston, Idaho, 2:00 p.m. (no radio)
Thursday, March 28 -- Washington at Arizona State, Hohokam Park, Mesa, 5:00 p.m. (PST), KKNW AM-1150
Friday, March 29 -- Washington at Arizona State, Hohokam Park, Mesa, 5:00 p.m. (PST), KKNW AM-1150
Saturday, March 30 -- Washington at Arizona State, Hohokam Park, Mesa, noon (PST), KKNW AM-1150

SERIES HISTORY: While Washington State still holds a big edge (219-158) in its all-time series with UW, the Huskies have been the dominant team in recent years, posting a 46-20 mark over the last decade and a 41-19 record vs. WSU in Ken Knutson's nine-year tenure. The Huskies have lost the season series to the Cougars only twice in the last 10 seasons and have swept the games in Pullman five times in that span. Last year, the Huskies went 4-1 in five games vs. WSU after going 5-0 in 2000. The Huskies have had much less recent success vs. Arizona State (3-9) in a series that dates back only to 1998, when the Huskies took two of three from the Devils at Husky Ballpark. However, the UW went 1-2 the following year (also in Seattle) before being swept the last two seasons (2000 at Tempe, 2001 at Husky Ballpark).

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 323-215-1 (.600). With those 323 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 156-67-1 (.699) 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.    .263-0-7   Starter at catcher in 12 of 18 games      Ben Johnson, So.       .176-1-3   Came off bench to homer March 5 at Portland1B -- Bryan Johnson, Jr.     .308-4-21  Starter at DH in all three vs. BYU      Kyle Larsen, Fr.       .302-2-8   Started all three games at DH and cleanup vs. BYU2B -- Greg Isaacson, So.     .500-0-5   3 starts vs. BYU after no previous action in '02SS -- Tila Reynolds, Jr.     .377-1-9   Has hit safely in 17 of 18 games so far in 20023B -- Michael Done, Sr.      .250-6-12  Six home runs leads team, hit seven all of last seasonOF -- Tyler Davidson, Jr.    .318-4-14  Career vs. WSU: 19-for-36 (.528), 3 HR, 15OF -- Jay Garthwaite, Jr.    .329-5-26  Six home runs in nine career games vs. WSUOF -- Brandon Jacobson, Jr.  .275-0-3   Starter in center and leadoff hitter in 11 of 18 gamesOF -- Steve Ramsey, So. .     357-2-7   As a pinch hitter in 2002: 5-for-7, one HR, four RBIOF -- Mike Wagner, So.       .222-0-4   Moved to OF from 3B, first two starts in LF vs. BYUDH -- John Otness, So.       .366-0-4   Has hit safely in all 11 games he's played in 2002      Nick Batkoski, Fr.     .211-0-3   Top player on state AAAA champ Federal Way HS last year

LAST WEEK: The Huskies took the last week off for winter quarter final exams, but took on Brigham Young in a three-game series at Husky Ballpark last time out. The Huskies and Cougars split the series in the truest since, with each team winning one, losing one and tying one. In the series opener (March 14), UW ace Shawn Kohn struggled through the roughest start of his career but still got the win to go to 5-0 on the season. Kohn allowed eight runs (seven earned) over eight innings, but walked none whiel the Huskies got a homer and two triples from Jay Garthwaite. After surrendering five runs in the fourth to fall behind 5-4, the Huskies posted seven in the bottom of the fourth and never looked back. Friday, the Huskies allowed five in the third and never caught up in a 7-5 loss. Michael Done hit his sixth homer of the year and Jeff Petersen suffered the loss, thanks in part to having his pitching hand hit by a sharp grounder back to the mound. In Saturday's finale, the Huskies scored a run in the eighth to forge a 12-12 tie as BYU had to leave to make its flight home. The Huskies had gone ahead 10-9 on Garthwaite's three-run homer in the sixth, and after scoring one more in the seventh, allowed three in the top of eighth. Steve Ramsey's pinch-hit single drove in the tying run.

GRAND LARCENY: Washington is well on its way to surpassing last year's total of 61 stolen bases as the Huskies lead the Pac-10 in steals this year with 38. With an average of 2.2 steals per game, the Huskies are on a pace to steal 120 bases this year. That total would rank second in UW history, trailing the 150 steals in 1994. Tila Reynolds leads the squad with 10 stolen bases in 11 tries while Tyler Davidson is 9-for-10. Husky runners have been caught only six times and no player has been thrown out more than once.

FIRST-INNING BARRAGE: Washington has been the first team to score a run in 13 of its 18 games this season and the Huskies have made a habit of scoring in the first inning, doing so in eight games. The UW has scored 28 first-inning runs this year while only allowing five runs in the opening stanza. However, the Huskies have been surprisingly unsuccessful when getting on the board in the first inning as they're only 3-5 in those games. Washington is 9-4 when it scores the first runs of the game, whether in the first inning or not.

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 at DH and in the No. 3 spot in the order in the 12-12 tie with BYU, going 1-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI ... started at third base in game two of UCR series, going 1-for-4 with an RBI ... started Feb. 24 at Fresno State as the DH, going 1-for-2 ... started two games at DH in Phoenix, going 1-for-6 ... started at second base in exhibition win over British Columbia, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam home run.

Tyler Davidson, Jr. OF: Started 17 of 18 in right field so far ... leads team with 23 runs scored and third with four homers ... in game one of BYU series, went 1-for-5, but stole four bases in four tries and scored twice ... nine steals is second on team ... went 9-for-21 (.429) with a homer and seven RBI vs. WSU last year after going 10-for-15 with two homers and eight RBI in four games vs. the Cougars in 2000 ... totalled up, that's 19-for-36 (.528) with 15 RBI in nine career games vs. WSU ... 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. 3B: After starting the year at second base for the first 15 games, has returned to third, where he started the last two years ... leads team with six homers after leading the UW with seven HRs last year ... career vs. WSU (10 games): 14-for-37 (.378) with five doubles, three homers, 11 runs and 11 RBI ... 2-for-4 with two RBI and a homer in game two of BYU series ... walked four times in series opener vs. UCR and is second on the team with 10 free bases ... walked only 28 times over last two seasons ... three-run homer in first inning of March 2 game vs. Utah ... led off the seventh 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 last June, but elected to return to college.

Jay Garthwaite, Jr. OF: Named the Pac-10 Player of the Week last week after going 7-for-13 (.538) with five runs, seven RBI, three triples and two homers in BYU series ... twice fell a double short of the cycle in the series, hitting two triples to go with a homer and a single in game one ... over the last seven games, has gone 13-for-28 (.464) with 14 RBI and 11 runs ... career vs. WSU (nine games): 12-for-39 with six homers, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored ... 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 1999.

Aaron Hathaway, Fr. C: Has started 12 of 18 games behind the plate ... didn't get a hit in two games vs. BYU, but walked five times and scored four runs ... 3-for-4 in game one of UCR series, driving in two runs ... got first two steals and first two walks of his career in UCR series ... 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 six of 16 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.

Greg Isaacson, So. 2B: After not even appearing in a game all year, started all three games of BYU series at second base, going 6-for-12 with three runs, two doubles and five RBI in the series ... in first at bat of the year, belted a two-run, two-out double vs. BYU for his first career hit ... had at least one run, one hit, and one RBI in each of the three BYU games ... went 0-for-4 all of last season ...

Brandon Jacobson, Jr. OF: Has started 11 of the UW's 18 games as the center fielder and leadoff man ... UW is 8-3 when he starts ... 2-for-5 with two RBI and two steals March 1 vs. Utah ... 3-for-5 with two runs in the March 5 win at Portland ... hit safely in all three of the Fresno State games ... doubled and scored to lead off the game Feb. 24 at Fresno ... has one of the UW's two outfield assists of the season so far as he threw out a Northwestern runner at the plate.

Ben Johnson, Soph. C: Has started five of 18 games behind the plate ... belted a solo homer in the ninth inning of the March 5 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: Second on the team with 21 runs batted in over 17 games ... has an RBI in 13 of 17 games ... 2-for-5 with a triple in game one vs. BYU ... two-run homer March 1 vs. Utah ... two doubles March 3 vs. Utah ... 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: Most recent start in game three of BYU series, when he walked twice and scored twice ... started in center at Portland Feb. 26 and got a solo homer in the eighth for his first career hit ... singled as PH March 5 at Portland ... 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: Started all three vs. BYU as first baseman and cleanup hitter ... a remarkable .436 on-base average thanks to a team-high 11 walks ... four walks in last two games ... hit home runs in back-to-back games March 2 & 3 vs. Utah, the first two HRs of his career ... has hit safely in all but two of 11 games in which he's started ... two doubles in four ABs in game one of UC Riverside series ... started at first base at Portland Feb. 26, going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI ... 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. C/3B: Is in the midst of moving to catcher after starting 11 at third base ... has hit safely in all 11 games he's played this year ... didn't play in BYU series ... 3-for-8 over two games vs. UC Riverside ... 3-for-10 in Utah series and 2-for-5 at Portland March 5 ... 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 ... only four errors in 140 career fielding chances (.971) ...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: Played in all three games vs. BYU, starting once ... hit game-tying single in eighth inning of the 12-12 tie with BYU ... 5-for-7 with a hit-by-pitch as a pinch hitter this season ... started two games vs. Utah, one at DH and one in left field ... 2-for-5 with a homer March 2 vs. Utah ... 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 PH led off the sixth inning in Missouri loss ... also singled to drive in a run later in that game.

Tila Reynolds, Jr. SS: Hit safely in first 13 games of the season before going hitless in game two of the UC Riverside series ... has hit safely in 17 of 18 and has yet to sit out even an inning this season ... 10 stolen bases in 11 tries leads the team and is No. 2 in the Pac-10 ... leads team with 29 hits, .377 average and eight HBPs ... 8-for-14 in Utah series ... 2-for-4 with two HBPs March 5 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 three games this year, starting game three vs. BYU and 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 ... transfer from Tacoma CC, where he played for current UW assistant coach Gregg Swenson.

Mike Wagner, Soph. OF: Has moved to become primarily and outfielder and DH ... started in left twice in BYU series, going 2-for-4 in game one ... started one game at DH in UCR series, going 1-for-4 on March 10 ... started at third base Feb. 23 and 24 at Fresno State ... hit a two-run double in Feb. 24 win at FSU ... 1-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a walk opening day vs. Missouri.

POSSIBLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
David Dowling, Fr. LHP: Has made one start and three relief appearances thusfar ... threw five innings in a start March 8 vs. UC Riverside, taking the loss whle allowing four runs (two earned) over the five frames ... struck out six over four relief innings Feb. 26 at Portland ... threw 2.1 scoreless innings March 3 vs. Utah ... worked 2.1 frames March 15 vs. BYU, allowing two runs (both unearned).

Shawn Kohn, Sr. RHP: Having an outstanding season thusfar with a 5-0 record, a 2.37 ERA and a .191 opponent batting average ... roughest start of career in win over BYU, allowing eight runs (seven earned) over eight innings, but didn't walk a batter and fanned four ... threw a nine-inning CG to beat UC Riverside March 8 (9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks) ... threw seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, for the win March 1 vs. Utah ... tied a career high with 11 strikeouts ... career as a starter: 13 starts, 90.2 IP, 66 hits, 27 earned runs, 15 walks, 78 strikeouts, 9-1 record, 2.68 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 shutouts last year vs. UCLA (four-hitter) and Hawaii-Hilo (two-hitter).

Jeff Petersen, Soph. RHP: Tough-luck loss last time out, March 15 vs. BYU ... was struck on his pitching hand with a sharp ground ball and struggled with control afterward ... allowed five runs over 2.2 innings in the loss ... made his first start and got the win March 5 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.

Sean White, Jr. RHP: No decision March 16 vs. BYU after allowing six runs (only two earned) over 1.2 innings ... has suffered losses despite decent outings the previous two times out ... allowed three earned runs (six total) over six innings March 10 vs. UC Riverside in a loss ... took the loss 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.

BULLPEN NOTES: Brian Carter (Soph. LHP) has yet to allow a hit in five outings (six innings) ... threw a total of two innings over two outings vs. UC Riverside ... threw three no-hit innings in the combined two-hit shutout of Northwestern Feb. 16 ... Greg Colburn (Sr. RHP) has switched to a sidearm delivery ... since the change, he's thrown in two games, striking out the only batter he faced March 8 vs. UC Riverside and striking out one in a no-hit inning March 10 vs. UCR ... 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 and had a no-hit inning to close out the March 14 win over BYU, fanning two again ... 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 ... Will Fenton (Fr. RHP) has pitched in three games, throwing 1.1 relief innings Feb. 23 at Fresno State, five innings of relief March 2 vs. Utah and two no-hit innings March 15 vs. BYU ... 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 March 5 at Portland ... two no-hit relief innings March 16 vs. BYU ... 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 and one relief outing ... 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 March 5 ... worked two-thirds scoreless March 8 vs. UCR (game two) ... 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 ... 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.

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