Apple Cup Of Baseball Set For Weekend
April 11, 2002
COMING UP: The Washington baseball team (13-16-1 overall, 1-2 Pac-10), which split a two-game midweek series with UC Irvine Tuesday and Wednesday, continues a homestand that will see the Huskies play nine home games in 14 days. This weekend, the Huskies return to Pac-10 Conference play against cross-state rival Washington State in a a three-game series at Husky Ballpark. Friday's game starts at 6:30 and Saturday and Sunday are scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. first pitch. Saturday's game will air on tape-delay on Fox Sports Northwest later that day at 5:00 p.m. All three games against Washington State will air live on KKNW AM-1150 and also via the internet at www.newschannel1150.com. Here's a rundown of this week's slate:
Fri., April 12 -- WSU at UW, 6:30 p.m. -- Radio: KKNW AM-1150
Sat., April 13 -- WSU at UW, 1:00 p.m. -- Radio: KKNW AM-1150
Sun., April 14 -- WSU at UW, 1:00 p.m. -- Radio: KKNW AM-1150
SERIES HISTORY: The Cougars hold a 219-160 series advantage over the Huskies, though Washington is 48-20 against WSU since 1991 and has won 11 of the last 12 against its cross-state rival. March 25 and 26, the Huskies swept a pair of non-league games from the Cougars in a series played in Lewiston, Idaho. In the first game, Shawn Kohn and Trevor Gibson combined on a four-hitter while Jay Garthwaite and Kyle Larsen homered in a 7-3 UW win. In game two, the Huskies overcame a 7-2 deficit to win, 18-12. Garthwaite was 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBI while Larsen went 3-for-6 with four RBI.
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 327-223-1 (.594). 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 157-70-1 (.691) 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. .323-0-13 Went 3-for-6 in the UC Irvine series Ben Johnson, So. .219-1-4 Started 2 of 3 in each of last two weekends John Otness, So. .380-0-9 Has hit safely in all 13 starts1B -- Kyle Larsen, Fr. .344-3-19 5-for-11 with six RBI earlier vs. WSU2B -- Greg Isaacson, So. .298-0-8 Started 13 of last 14 at 2BSS -- Tila Reynolds, Jr. .383-1-17 Has hit in 28 of 30 games3B -- Michael Done, Sr. .265-6-17 Six HR after leading team with 7 last yearOF -- Tyler Davidson, Jr. .300-5-19 Career vs. WSU: 21-for-42 (.500), 16 RBIOF -- Jay Garthwaite, Jr. .355-10-47 Eight home runs in 11 career games vs. WSUOF -- Brandon Jacobson, Jr. .282-1-6 Regularly hits leadoff, .407 on-baseOF -- Steve Ramsey, So. .263-2-10 As PH in 2002: 5-for-9, one HR, five RBIOF -- Mike Wagner, So. .309-1-8 10-for-23 (.435) in last six starts in LFDH -- Bryan Johnson, Jr. .297-5-29 Has at least one RBI in 20 of 27 starts Nick Batkoski, Fr. .133-0-3 Started at DH once vs. Missouri
AMONG THE LEADERS: Several Husky players enter the week among the top of several various Pac-10 statistical rankings entering the week, mostly on the offensive side of things. Junior SS Tila Reynolds leads the league in batting with his .395 average and also ranks in the top three in five other offensive categories: second in triples, second in steals, second in hit by pitch, third in on-base pct., and third in hits. Junior OF Jay Garthwaite is second in the Pac-10 in both RBI and triples, third in slugging and fourth in both homers and RBI. Junior OF Tyler Davidson is sixth in steals and 10th in runs while freshman 1B Kyle Larsen rates No. 9 in the league on on-base average, despite being a cleanup hitter. The other two Huskies that rank in the hitting categories are sophomore 2B Greg Isaacson, who's fifth in sacrifice hits despite having played in only 12 games while senior 3B Michael Done is fourth in hit by pitches. Senior RHP Shawn Kohn is first in the league in called strikeouts, second in victories, fifth in opponent batting average and eighth in ERA while junior closer Tyler Shepple's four saves ranks third in the conference.
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: Played in two of the three games at Missouri, going 0-for-3 on the weekend ... started at third base in game two of UC Riverside 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 at the tournament 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 29 of 30 in right field so far ... leads team with 34 runs scored and third with five homers ... nine steals is second on team and sixth in the Pac-10 ... 4-for-9 in two games vs. UC Irvine ... 2-for-5 with a run in April 6 loss at Missouri and 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBI the following day vs. the Tigers ... 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-4 with a double, an RBI and three runs last Friday at Missouri ... 2-for-4 with a double and two walks Sunday at Missouri ... 2-for-6 with two RBI in Gonzaga series ... leads the team with 17 BBs ... walked only 28 times over last two seasons combined ... 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 on Feb. 27 ... 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 four weeks ... named the NCBWA national player of the week last 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 were more than all but one of his teammates has compiled all season to that point ... 6-for-20 with three RBI in five games last week ... homered in the Saturday game at Missouri, his 10th of the year .. currently ranks fourth in UW history with 27 career homers ... also ranks ninth on the UW career RBI chart ... leads the Pac-10 with 47 RBI ... eight homers in 11 career games vs. WSU ... career vs. WSU: 18-for-46 (.391) with 16 runs and 20 RBI ... went 6-for-7 with a double, two homers and seven RBI in two games vs. WSU earlier this year ... over last 13 games: 25-for-62 (.403) with six homers and 27 RBI ... over last 19 games: 35-for-86 (.407) with nine homers and 36 RBI ... raised average from .238 to .355 over the last 19 ... 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 ... led the team in RBI last season ... a 12th-round draft pick in 1999.
Aaron Hathaway, Fr. C: Has started 19 of 30 games behind the plate ... 0-for-3 with an RBI last time out April 6 in lone start Missouri ... 3-for-6 in UC Irvine series, starting both ... 5-for-5 with two doubles April 2 vs. Gonzaga and 2-for-4 on April 3... 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 ... 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 14 of the last 15 games at second base ... 2-for-4 with an RBI in Tuesday's win over UC Irvine... despite lack of playing time, already ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with four sacrifice hits ... 2-for-3 with a run, a steal and an RBI April 5 at Missouri ... 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.
Brandon Jacobson, Jr. OF: Has started 16 of the UW's 25 games as leadoff hitter... UW is 11-5 when he starts ... earned a walk in each of the games at Missouri despite starting only one ... 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 10 of 28 games behind the plate including two of three in each of the last two weekend series ... 2-for-3 with a walk and a steal last Friday at Missouri ... 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 29 runs batted in over 30 games ... has an RBI in 20 of his 28 games ... 2-for-11 with two RBI in Missouri series ... pinch-hit, two-run HR April 2 vs. Gonzaga gave UW 6-5 lead ... 2-for-4 with an RBI March 29 at ASU ... two-run homer March 1 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 ... 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 ... has come off the bench in two games since, March 26 at WSU and April 5 at Missouri ... 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 13 of last 15 as first baseman and cleanup hitter ... a remarkable .439 on-base average thanks to 14 walks ... entered the week ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in on-base pct. ... had two hits in each of the Missouri games ... currently riding an 11-game hit streak ... 2-for-4 with three RBI in the opener ... in two games at WSU earlier this year: 5-for-11 (.455) with two doubles, a homer and six RBI ... hit safely in all three ASU games ... hit HRs in back-to-back games March 2 & 3 vs. Utah, the first two 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 Feb. 17 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 13 games he's started this year ... started at DH Tuesday vs. UC Irvine, going 2-for-3 with a two-run double ... two-run pinch-hit double April 7 at Missouri ... 1-for-4 with a double as DH in the April 3 Gonzaga game ... 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: Hast started only two games in the last two weeks, but is usually the first-choice pinch hitter ... started April 7 at Missouri and went 0-for-3 with a run batted in ... 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-9 with two-HBPs 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 on Feb. 17.
Tila Reynolds, Jr. SS: Started the year on a 13-game hit streak, then had a 14-game streak snapped Tuesday vs. UC Irvine ... has hit safely in 28 of 30 and has sat out only two innings all year ... in two games earlier this year vs. WSU: 6-for-8 with two doubles and five runs scored ... drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth Sunday at Missouri before the Tigers won it in the bottom of the inning ... 6-for-15 with two doubles and a triple in the Missouri series ...12 stolen bases in 14 tries leads the team and is No. 2 in the Pac-10 ... also leads team with 51 hits, .383 average and 11 HBPs ... entered the week leading the Pac-10 in average and is second in triples, HBPs and steals ... 3-for-11 in two games vs. Gonzaga ... had a solid opening weekend, starting all four games at shorstop while going 6-for-15 (.400) a the plate ... 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 ... transfer from Tacoma CC, where he played for current UW assistant coach Gregg Swenson.
Mike Wagner, Soph. OF: Started last six of last eight at LF ... 1-for-3 with two RBI last Friday at Missouri ... 5-for-8 with a triple in two Gonzaga games ... 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 ... 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:
FRIDAY -- Shawn Kohn, Sr. RHP: Having an outstanding season thusfar with a 6-1 record, a 3.00 ERA and a .231 opponent batting average ... worked the first 10 innings of Saturday's 12-inning loss at Missouri, allowing three runs on nine hits ... after winning first six starts, took a loss March 30 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 ERA for a week during the middle of last season.
SATURDAY -- Sean White, Jr. RHP: No decision April 7 at Missouri, working six innings and allowing seven runs ... got second win March 28 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 ... 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 five earned over 6.2 ... fanned six in that game ... no decision despite a second strong start Feb. 24 at Fresno ... allowed four hits and 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 ... finished having worked five innings, allowing one hit, no runs and two walks while striking out two for the win.
SUNDAY -- Clay Johnson, So. RHP: Has five starts and two relief outings ... threw first career complete game for first victory of the year Tuesday vs. UC Irvine ... allowed four runs on nine hits and five strikeouts for the victory ... didn't walk a batter in that one ... only six walks all season, compared to 22 strikeouts ... started April 3 vs. Gonzaga and allowed only two earned runs on three hits over six innings ... also started vs. Northwestern (Feb. 15), at Fresno State (Feb. 23 and vs. Utah (Mar. 2) ... only relief outing was March 16 vs. BYU ...
BULLPEN NOTES: Brian Carter (Soph. LHP) finally allowed his first hit of the season in Wednesday's UCI game ... had a good outing, however, allowing four hits, but no runs or walks over 3.1 relief innings ... has allowed only one run in 9.1 relief innings ... hadn't pitched in a few weeks prior due to a minor back problem ... 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 six games, allowing four earned runs on six hits over 3.2 innings ... got the win Feb. 24 at Fresno State ... Josh Conover (RS-Fr. RHP) was solid in two relief innings Wednesday vs. UC Irvine ... allowed a hit, no runs and no walks while striking out three in two innings ... nine Ks in 5.2 innings this year ... fanned two in a no-hit inning March 26 at WSU ... no runs allowed in 0.1 March 30 at ASU ... gave up first run April 2 vs. Gonzaga, his last outing ... 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) got the only batter he faced to fly out in April 3 game vs. Gonzaga ... also threw 0.1 scoreless April 7 at Missouri ... threw two innings in the season-opener vs. Missouri, allowing five runs (four earned) over two innings ... also threw in relief in Feb. 17 vs. Missouri ... Will Fenton (Fr. RHP) earned his first start April 2 vs. Gonzaga ... allowed three runs on five hits over four innings in a no-decision ... worked three relief innings Wednesday vs. UCI, allwoing one run on two hits while striking out four ... six of seven earned runs he's allowed in relief came in one outing -- March 2 vs. Utah ... outside of that one outing, has thrown 8.1 innings of relief, allowing seven hits, three runs (all unearned) and five walks while striking out 10 ... worked two no-hit relief March 15 vs. BYU ... took the loss despite not allowing an earned run Feb. 23 at Fresno, his first outing ... got a win March 25 at WSU, throwing two shutout innings of relief, fanning four ... threw three relief innings in game two of ASU series, allowing one run (unearned) on three hits over three innings ... 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 ...threw twice vs. ASU and again April 2 vs. Gonzaga, but hasn't thrown since ... 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 ... Scott Robertson (Jr. RHP) entered the April 2 game vs. Gonzaga with the bases loaded and no out and struck out the next three in order ... one unearned run over 2.0 innings last Friday at Missouri ... threw a no-hit inning in a combined four-hit shutout at Portland March 5 ... 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 ... Tyler Shepple (Jr. RHP) suffered two tough-luck losses at Missouri despite allowing only one earned run over a total of three innings ... worked in both Gonzaga games (April 2-3), and didn't allow a run ... 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 ... inning of relief April 3 vs. Gonzaga.