UW Baseball Set For Seven Non-League Games

April 2, 2002

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COMING UP: The Washington baseball team (1-2 Pac-10, 12-10-1 overall), coming off a 1-2 start to conference play after a three-game series last weekend at Arizona State, plays its next seven games against non-league foes. First up is a pair of games at Husky Ballpark Tuesday and Wednesday vs. Gonzaga (14-14). Both games are set for 6:30 p.m. starts and neither will air on radio. Friday through Sunday, the Dawgs travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri (11-15) in a three-game series. None of those games will air on radio in Seattle, but fans can get the Missouri broadcast over the internet at www.mutigers.com. Game time Friday is 6:30 p.m. (4:30 PST). Saturday's game starts at 2:00 p.m. (noon PST) and Sunday's finale is slated to begin at noon (10 a.m. PST). The Huskies return to Husky Ballpark next Tuesday and Wednesday to take on UC Irvine. Here's a look at this week's schedule:

Tuesday, April 2 -- Gonzaga at Washington, Husky Ballpark, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3 -- Gonzaga at Washington, Husky Ballpark, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 5 -- Washington at Missouri, Taylor Stadium, Columbia, Mo., 6:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. PST)
Saturday, April 6 -- Washington at Missouri, Taylor Stadium, Columbia, Mo., 2:00 p.m. (12:00 p.m. PST)
Sunday, April 7 -- Washington at Missouri, Taylor Stadium, Columbia, Mo., 12:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. PST)

SERIES HISTORY: Washington is 57-45 all-time vs. Gonzaga, a former fellow member of the Pac-10 Northern Division. Since the Zags left the Pac-10 to join the West Coast Conference, the two teams have continued to play one another every season. Last year, they played only twice, with the Huskies win 11-6 in Spokane and the Bulldogs winning 3-2 in Seattle. The Huskies had never played Missouri until the opening week of this season, when they split a pair of games played at a tournament in Phoenix. The Huskies won the season opener, 10-6, then lost three days later, 10-9.

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 326-217-1 (.600). With those 326 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 138-99 (.582) 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.   .239-0-9   Starter at catcher in 14 of 23 games      Ben Johnson, So.      .185-1-4   Started games one and two at Arizona State      John Otness, So.      .357-0-4   Has hit safely in all 11 he's started in 20021B -- Kyle Larsen, Fr.      .343-3-15  5-for-11 with six RBI last Tues. & Wed. at WSU2B -- Greg Isaacson, So.    .345-0-6   Started last 8 after no previous '02 actionSS -- Tila Reynolds, Jr.    .408-1-13  Has hit safely in 22 of 23 games so far in 20023B -- Michael Done, Sr.     .242-6-14  Six HRs after leading team with 7 last yearOF -- Tyler Davidson, Jr.   .310-4-15  Hit HRs in first two ABs of season vs. MissouriOF -- Jay Garthwaite, Jr.   .370-9-42  Pac-10 Player of the Week 2 of last 3 weeksOF -- Brandon Jacobson, Jr. .277-1-6   Has started four of the last five in left fieldOF -- Steve Ramsey, So.     .294-2-8   As a pinch hitter in 2002: 5-for-8OF -- Mike Wagner, So.      .235-1-6   Started Sunday at ASU as LF, HR and 2BDH -- Bryan Johnson, Jr.    .295-4-23  Starter at DH in seven of last eight games      Nick Batkoski, Fr.    .200-0-3   Top player on state champ Federal Way HS

LAST WEEK: After winning a pair of non-conference games at Washington State last Monday and Tuesday (7-3 and 18-12), the Huskies travelled to Arizona State to open the Pac-10 season. In game one, the Huskies found themselves trailing 8-1 before storming back with an eight-run seventh inning to win, 14-11. Sean White picked up his first victory since the opening weekend of the season and Jay Garthwaite drove in five runs with a homer and a double. In Friday's game two, ASU's Mike Esposito struck out 17 Huskies as the Devils won, 8-3, despite trailing 3-0 after three and a half innings. Saturday, the Huskies trailed 7-1, but drew to within a run at 7-6 before the Devils pulled away for a 13-6 win. Shawn Kohn suffered his first loss of the year after six straight wins. Mike Wagner belted a double and a homer for the Huskies while Garthwaite went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.

GRAND LARCENY: Washington is well on its way to surpassing last year's total of 61 stolen bases as the Huskies have already nabbed 45 bases in 23 games. With an average of 2.0 steals per game (the best per-game average in the Pac-10 Conference), the Huskies are on a pace to steal 110 bases this year. That total would rank in fifth in UW history, trailing the school record of 150 steals in 1994. Tila Reynolds leads the squad with 11 stolen bases in 13 tries while Tyler Davidson is 9-for-11.

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 ... one pinch-hit AB since... 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 22 of 23 in right field so far ... leads team with 27 runs scored and third with four homers ... nine steals is second on team and fourth in the Pac-10 ... 2-for-6 last Thursday at ASU and 2-for-5 in Saturday's ASU game ... 2-for-6 with three runs in WSU series ... in game one of BYU series, went 1-for-5, but stole four bases in four tries and scored twice ... 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 ... second on the team with six homers after leading the UW with seven HRs last year ... 3-for-11 in ASU series ... 1-for-8 with an RBI in the two games at WSU ... walked four times in series opener vs. UCR and is third on the team with 10 BBs ... 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 ... 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.?

Jay Garthwaite, Jr. OF: Named Pac-10 Player of the Week two of the last three weeks (and the Huskies didn't play any games the week he didn't get it) ... named the NCBWA national player of the week after going 11-for-22 with four homers and 16 RBI last week vs. WSU and ASU ... 16 RBI in the one week alone are more than all but one of his teammates has compiled all season ... shares the Pac-10 lead with 42 RBI and with three triples ... leads the league with his .804 slugging mark and also ranks in the top 10 in homers (3rd), total bases (4th), strikeouts (7th) and batting average (10th) ... has homered in four of the last five and six of the last eight games ... over last six games: 14-for-26 (.538) with five homers and 21 RBI ... over last 12 games: 24-for-50 (.480) with eight homers and 30 RBI ... raised average from .238 to .370 over the last 12 ... earned first Pac-10 Player of the Week award 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 ... continued the hot hitting at WSU, going 6-for-7 with two homers and seven RBI in two games ... 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 ... went only 2-for-15 with 10 Ks over first five games and is 32-for-77 (.416) since ... 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 14 of 23 games behind the plate ... 1-for-4 with two RBI last Tuesday at WSU ... 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, has started each of the last eight games at second base and his hit safely in six of them ... 3-for-9 with two doubles and four runs scored in two games at WSU ... 6-for-12 with three runs, two doubles and five RBI in the BYU series ... in first at bat of the year, belted a two-run, two-out double vs. BYU for his first career hit ... went 0-for-4 all of last season, playing four games and starting one.

Brandon Jacobson, Jr. OF: Has started 15 of the UW's 203 games as leadoff hitter... UW is 11-4 when he starts ... 2-for-7 with four walks, a homer and four runs in WSU games ... 2-for-4 with two walks in win at Arizona State ... 3-for-5 with two runs in the March 5 win at Portland ... hit safely in all three of the Fresno State games ... 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 eight of 23 games behind the plate ... 2-for-4 with an RBI in win at Arizona State ... 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 23 runs batted in over 23 games ... has an RBI in 15 of his 21 games ... 2-for-4 with an RBI last Friday at ASU ... 2-for-5 with a triple in game one vs. BYU ... two-run homer March 1 vs. Utah ... two doubles March 3 vs. Utah ... 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 HR in the second 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 ... 0-for-1 off the bench last Tuesday at Washington State ... 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 last eight as first baseman and cleanup hitter ... a remarkable .444 on-base average thanks to a 12 walks ... 10th in the Pac-10 in on-base pct. ... 5-for-11 with two doubles, a homer and six RBI at WSU ... hit safely in all three ASU 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 16 games in which he's started ... 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 games at third base ... has hit safely in all 11 games he's started this year ... didn't play in BYU series and came off the bench in second WSU game, but played third base ... 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 ... 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 in two of the three ASU games ... struck out and walked in those appearances ... started last Tuesday at WSU ... 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-8 with a hit-by-pitch and a walk 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 ... 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 22 of 23 and has sat out only two innings all year ... 11 stolen bases in 13 tries leads the team and is No. 2 in the Pac-10 ... also leads team with 40 hits, .408 average and nine HBPs ... third in the Pac-10 in average and second in on-base pct. ... 3-for-5 in ASU win ... 6-for-8 with two doubles and five runs in two games at WSU ... 8-for-14 in Utah series ... 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 Saturday at ASU and went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double ... started in left twice in BYU series, going 2-for-4 in game one ... came off the bench in both WSU games, going 0-for-2 ... 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 two starts and three relief appearances thusfar ... started game two at ASU and took the loss, allowing seven runs over five innings while striking out five ... 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).

Will Fenton, Fr. RHP: Likely to earn first start this week after five relief outings ... all six earned runs he's allowed came in one outing -- March 2 vs. Utah ... outside of that one outing, has throwing 8.1 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs (all unearned) and five walks while striking out 10 ... worked two no-hit relief innings March 15 vs. BYU ... took the loss despite not allowing an earned run Feb. 23 at Fresno State, his first outing ... got a win last Tuesday at WSU, throwing two shutout innings of relief, striking out four ... threw three relief innings in game two of ASU series, allowing one run (unearned) on three hits over three innings.

Shawn Kohn, Sr. RHP: Having an outstanding season thusfar with a 6-1 record, a 3.06 ERA and a .227 opponent batting average ... ranks in the Pac-10 in several categories: first in batters struck out looking (22), tied for first in wins (6), sixth in batting average against (.227) and eighth in ERA (3.06) ... after winning first six starts, took a loss last Saturday at ASU ... worked six innings March 25 in a 7-3 win at Washington State ... in win over BYU, allowed 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: 15 starts, 102.2 IP, 82 hits, 34 earned runs, 20 walks, 86 strikeouts, 10-2 record, 2.98 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.

Sean White, Jr. RHP: Got second win last Thursday at ASU with six-inning outing ... allowed eight hits and eight runs (seven earned) and took advantage of big Husky comeback ... no decision March 16 vs. BYU after allowing six runs (only two earned) over 1.2 innings ... 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 ... allowed four hits and three runs (one earned) while fanning three in five innings ... combined 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 ... back problem has kept him out of lineup last three weeks ... Greg Colburn (Sr. RHP) has switched to a sidearm delivery ... since the change, he's thrown in four games: struck out the only batter he faced March 8 vs. UC Riverside, struck out one in a no-hit inning March 10 vs. UCR, struck out two while allowing a single March 26 at WSU ... gave up two runs in 0.2 innings March 30 at ASU ... got the win Feb. 24 at Fresno State ... Josh Conover (RS-Fr. RHP) fanned two in a no-hit inning March 26 at WSU ... no runs allowed in 0.1 Sat. at ASU ... has yet to allow a run in four outings ... 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 ... Trevor Gibson (Soph. RHP) closed out the March 25 win at WSU, picking up the save with three innings ... allowed two hits and a run in that one ...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 ... 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 ... Jeff Petersen (Soph. RHP) is part-time starter with three starts and two relief outings ... no decision March 26 at WSU, allowing six earned over 1.2 innings ... 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 ... 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) picked up his fourth save with 2.2 innings March 28 at ASU ... threw a season-high 67 pitches in that outing ... got 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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