Diamond Dawgs Head For Berkeley
April 23, 2002
COMING UP: The Washington baseball team (17-19-1 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-10) enters the week tied for third in the Pac-10 Conference along with Stanford and California (in terms of games behind first). The Huskies are two-and-a-half back of first-place USC (9-3) and one back of second-place Arizona State (9-6). The Dawgs will get a chance to go head-to-head with one of their closest competitors this weekend when they travel to Evans Diamond for a three-game series vs. California (26-19, 8-7). Friday's first game is slated for a 2:30 p.m. start while Saturday and Sunday, first pitch is at 1:00 p.m. None of the Cal games will air on radio. Next weekend, the Huskies return to Seattle for a three-game series vs. UCLA. Each of those will air on KKNW AM-1150 and the May 4 game will be shown live on Fox Sports Network. Here's a rundown of this weekend's slate, with probable UW starting pitchers:
Fri., April 26 -- UW at California, 2:30 p.m. -- RHP Shawn Kohn (8-2, 2.81)
Sat., April 27 -- UW at California, 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Sean White (3-2, 5.69)
Sun., April 28 -- UW at California, 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Clay Johnson (1-1, 7.65)
SERIES HISTORY: California has won 23 of its 35 meetings all-time against Washington, helped along by a three-game sweep of the Huskies last season in Seattle. That series was a watershed weekend for the Huskies, who had once looked like a conference contender after taking two of three from USC to open the season. But, the Bears scored five in the eighth in game one to win, 8-6, despite a strong showing from UW's Shawn Kohn, who allowed only one unearned run over six innings in his first career start. In game two, Jason Dennis was strong over 7.0 innings for the win in a 5-2 Cal victory. The Bears took the sweep with a 16-7 blowout in game three. Carson White homered twice and drove in six while Connor Jackson and Rob Meyer each collected four hits.
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 331-226-1 (.594). With those 331 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 161-73-1 (.687) record in home games. He is 142-101 (.584) 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. .360-2-22 .440 in Pac-10 play is 4th-highest in league Ben Johnson, So. .219-1-4 Started 2 of 3 games in Missouri & ASU series John Otness, So. .356-1-11 Has hit in all 15 games he's started in 20021B -- Kyle Larsen, Fr. .333-4-23 Game-winning hit in the 10th Sun. vs. Stanford2B -- Greg Isaacson, So. .338-0-11 Only 4 errors in 103 chances, .348 Pac-10 avg. Nick Batkoski, Fr. .147-0-3 Last started at 2B April 13 vs. WSUSS -- Tila Reynolds, Jr. .371-1-20 Career vs. Cal: 12-for-22 (.545) six games3B -- Michael Done, Sr. .273-7-19 Has equalled last year's team-leading HR totalOF -- Tyler Davidson, Jr. .304-5-23 Drove in gtying run in Sunday's Stanford gameOF -- Jay Garthwaite, Jr. .316-10-47 Ranks No. 4 in UW history in HR, No. 9 in RBIOF -- Brandon Jacobson, Jr. .259-1-9 Missed Stanford series with wrist injuryOF -- Taylor Johnson, Fr. .219-1-2 Started in both of the UW's wins vs. StanfordOF -- Steve Ramsey, So. .256-2-10 As a pinch hitter in 2002: 5-for-10, one HROF -- Mike Wagner, So. .265-1-9 11-for-32 (.344) in last eight starts in LFDH -- Bryan Johnson, Jr. .270-7-32 Hit HR from both sides of the plate Apr. 13
LAST WEEKEND: The Huskies kept themselves in the Pac-10 race last weekend by upsetting No. 2 Stanford twice in a three-game series at Husky Ballpark. Friday night, Shawn Kohn twirled a six-hit complete game to lead the Huskies to a 3-1 win. The UW trailed 1-0 until the seventh, when RBI singles by Aaron Hathaway and Greg Isaacson gave them a lead. The Huskies added another in the eighth thanks to a Stanford error as Kohn didn't walk a batter over his nine innings. Saturday, starter Sean White left the game with a 4-2 lead through six innings, but the Cardinal scored twice in the seventh, once in the eighth and four times in the ninth to win, 9-4. Hathaway drove in all four of the Huskies' runs, going 3-for-4. Sunday, with the game tied at 1-1 going into the eighth, Stanford posted two runs to take a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Hathaway led off with a homer and then the Huskies' scored the tying run on a Tyler Davidson groundout. In the 10th, the Huskies' won it on a one-out single from freshman Kyle Larsen. Kohn pitched the ninth and 10th innings for his second win of the weekend while Clay Johnson allowed only three runs on five hits over eight innings in the start.
TURNING IT AROUND?: There is little debate that the Husky season hit its low point in an error-filled three-game sweep at Missouri April 5-7, but there's also evidence to suggest that the Huskies have played much, much better since that time. Those three losses were the last three of a seven-game losing streak and the Huskies have won five of nine since then. In those nine games, the Huskies' team ERA is a respectable 5.16 and Husky pitchers have walked only 14 while striking out 42 in 82.0 innings of work. Defensively, the improvement is even more stark as the Huskies have committed only seven errors over the nine games, good for a very solid .981 fielding percentage. The UW's weekend starting trio of Shawn Kohn, Sean White and Clay Johnson have combined for 53.1 innings in seven starts during that time, allowing 25 earned runs and only nine walks, good for a 4.22 earned run average.
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: Has started eight games this year, two at seocnd base, one at third base and five at DH ... last start was April 13 vs. WSU, when he went 1-for-4 as the second baseman ... first hit came in his second game, when he singled vs. Missouri Feb. 17 ... went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI double March. 16 vs. BYU.
Tyler Davidson, Jr. OF: Has started 33 games in right field and three in left ... leads the team with his 38 runs scored and is second with nine stolen bases ... has collected two or more hits in seven of the last 11 games ... 2-for-4 last Saturday vs. Stanford and drove in the tying run in the eighth Sunday ... had four stolen bases in a game vs. BYU (March 14), the first time since 1995 (Joe Trippy) that a Husky had nabbed four sacks in one game ... opened the season with a 4-for-5, two-homer, four-RBI day vs. Missouri ... homered in first two at bats of the season ... 3-fro-4 with a homer and two RBI Feb. 23 at Fresno State ... three RBI and 2-for-5 April 7 at Missouri ... had three hits in the next game as well, April 9 vs. UC Irvine ... Baseball America's No. 59 preseason college prospect for the 2002 draft.
Michael Done, Sr. 3B: Began the year by starting the first 15 games at second base, but has started the last 22 at third base ... has played error-free at third for the last 11 games ... 21 career homers are 10th-most in Washington history ... has hit exactly seven homers each season so far ... 12 HBPs this season is seventh most in UW history and third in the Pac-10 ... 3-for-4 with a homer and a double April 13 vs. WSU and 2-for-3 the following day ... hit two homers while going 3-for-5 Feb. 17 vs. Missouri ... also had three hits March 2 vs. Utah and April 5 at Missouri ... 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: Has become the regular starter in center field after beginning the year playing primarily left field ... amed Pac-10 Player of the Week twice this season ... named the NCBWA national player of the March 31 after going 11-for-22 with four homers and 16 RBI vs. WSU and ASU ... ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in RBI, fourth in homers, fourth in triples and eighth in both slugging and total bases ... led the team with 46 RBI last year and already has 46 in 2002 .. hasn't had an RBI, however, in his last seven games ... had three doubles in a game Feb. 24 at Fresno State ... went 4-for-5 with two triples and a home run March 14 vs. BYU, falling a double short of the cycle ... 3-for-4 with a triple, a homer and five RBI two days later vs. the Cougars, wrapping up his first player of the week award ... had a stretch in which he homered in four straight games and had eight homers over 12 games ... leads the Huskies with four outfield assists ... 27 career homers is fourth most in UW history ... also ranks No. 9 in UW career history with 129 RBI ... a 12th-round draft pick in 1999.
Aaron Hathaway, Fr. C: Has been the hottest Husky of late and has started the last nine straight games behind the plate ... 6-for-11 with a homer, a double and six RBI vs. Stanford ... had all four UW RBI in Saturday's loss to the Cardinal and hit a solo homer to start an eighth-inning rally in Sunday's win .. 5-for-10 in the previous weekend's league series vs. WSU ... first career homer April 13 vs. the Cougars ... 11-for-25 (.440) in seven Pac-10 games, which is the fourth-highest league-only average in the conference ... also has nine RBI in seven Pac-10 games ... has the Huskies' only five-hit game this season, going 5-for-5 with two doubles April 2 vs. Gonzaga ... has stolen three bases in the last five games ... has thrown out 14 of 42 would-be basestealers this season, a solid .333 pct. ... 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: Was a redshirt candidate for this season before moving into the starting lineup March 14 vs. BYU ... has started 20 of 22 since then and has played very well ... 4-for-9 with a run and an RBI in last weekend's series vs. Stanford ... batting .348 (8-for-23) with six walks and three steals in Pac-10 play ... first career hit was a two-run double March 14 vs. BYU ... went 3-for-4 the following day and 2-for-5 the day after that ... four doubles in his first five games ... 3-for-4 April 14 vs. WSU ... hasn't let his average dip below .300 all season ... only four errors in 103 chances and none in his last eight games (41 chances) ... went 0-for-4 all of last season.
Brandon Jacobson, Jr. OF: Missed last weekend's Stanford series with a minor wrist injury ... had been starting in left field and at leadoff vs. righties ... has made 18 starts this year, all in left or center field ... seven for eight stealing bases ... in most recent start, April 14 vs. WSU, went 1-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in ... went 1-for-3 with a homer and three runs scored March 26 at Washington State ... three hits in five ABs March 5 at Portland ... no errors and one assist from the outfield.
Ben Johnson, Soph. C: Has started 10 games behind the plate this season ... hasn't seen any action, however, over the last nine games ... started two of three in the Missouri and Arizona State series ... 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI opening day vs. Missouri ... 2-for-4 March 28 at Arizona State ... also went 2-for-3 with a walk, a steal and an HBP April 5 at Missouri ... started 19 games at catcher as a freshman in 2001.
Bryan Johnson, Jr. 1B/DH: An everyday starter at either first base or DH ... can also play second or third base if need be ... a switch-hitter, he homered from both sides of the plate in the April 13 win over WSU, going 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs and three RBI ... also had a two homer game Feb. 26 at Portland ... second on the team with 32 runs batted in ... has at least one RBI in 21 of 33 starts ... started out the year hot ... after going 3-for-4 opening day, went 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: After not starting for a month, has started three of the Huskies' last four games ... got a start April 16 vs. Lewis-Clark State (2-for-5 with a double) and then started in right field and in the leadoff spot in both of the wins over Stanford ... first career hit was a solo homer Feb. 26 at Portland ... singled as PH March 5 at Portland.
Kyle Larsen, Fr. 1B: Has emerged as a regular starter at first base ... has started 20 of the last 25 games ... has yet to make an error in 260 chances at first base ... has a solid .434 on-base average, thanks to 17 walks ... .528 slugging mark is third on the team ... 3-for-7 (.429) in two starts last weekend vs. Stanford, batting in the No. 3 spot in both games (both UW wins) ... drove in the winning run in the 10th inning of Sunday's 4-3 win over the Cardinal ... also hit a homer earlier in the game ... .357 hitter in seven league games this season ... hit first two career homers in back-to-back games March 2-3 vs. Utah ... 2-for-5 with a double and a homer March 25 vs. Washington State ... 3-for-6 with four RBI the following day vs. the Cougars ... 6-for-14 in three games at Missouri ... 14th round draft pick out of high school last June.
John Otness, Soph. C/3B: Is learning the catcher position, but has made several recent starts at DH and can still play third or second ... made 11 starts at third base early in the year ... started Saturday vs. Stanford at DH, going 1-fo-5 .. has a hit in each of his 15 starts this season and once had an 11-game hit streak before breaking it in a pinch-hit role ... has hit safely in 17 of 18 games overall ... two RBI in three straight games prior to Stanford start ... first career homer April 13 vs. WSU ... 4-for-13 with three RBI in three games vs. Cal last year ... 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: Has started only two games in the last four weeks, but is usually a 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-10 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: The Huskies' top hitter for most of the season has started every game at shortstop and has sat out only two innings all season ... leads the team in batting, hits, doubles, triples and steals ... average hasn't dipped below .345 all season ... has had hitting streaks of 13 and 14 games this season ... has hit safely in 32 of 37 games and has reached base in all 37 ... broke out of a mini-slump (two games) Sunday vs. Stanford, going 2-for-5 with singles in the Huskies' eighth-inning and 10th-inning rallies ... went 6-for-11 in three games vs. Cal his freshman year and then went 6-for-11 last year against the Bears ... career vs. Cal: 12-for-22 (.545) six runs, two doubles and five RBI ... batting .371 with only one error in nine league games this season ... enters the week ranked No. 8 in the Pac-10 in batting, seventh in on-base pct., fifth in hits, fourth in triples and thrid in stolen bases ... 15 hit by pitches this year is third-most in single-season UW history and leads the Pac-10 ... also sixth in UW history in career HBPs (26) ... named Baseball America's No. 53 college prospect and one of two players in the nation noted as 'Top Defensive Player.'
Mike Wagner, Soph. OF: After starting out the year at third base, where he made three starts, has moved to the outfield, where he plays left field, mostly against lefties ... has 10 starts in left and three at DH ... after moving to OF, had a stretch of five games where he batted 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a triple and a homer ... lone homer of the year came March 30 at Arizona State in a Husky win ... 3-for-5 with a triple April 2 vs. Gonzaga.
POSSIBLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
FRIDAY -- Shawn Kohn, Sr. RHP: Earned his first-ever Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor last week after picking up two wins over No. 2 Stanford ... threw a six-hit CG Friday in a 3-1 win and then pitched the final two innings Sunday in a 10-inning win ... for the weekend, allowed eight hits and no walks over 11 innings ... leads the Pac-10 with eight victories ... second in the league in ERA (2.81) , fourth in opponent BA (.238), third in innings (80), and second in called strikeouts (24) ... threw nine innings, allowing four runs, in last April 12 loss to WSU ... worked the first 10 innings of April 6 12-inning loss at Missouri, allowing three runs on nine hits ... after winning first six starts, took first 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: 18 starts, 130.2 IP, 110 hits, 42 earned runs, 25 walks, 98 strikeouts, 11-3 record, 2.89 ERA ... had a no-hitter through five and one-third Feb. 22 at Fresno State ... finished with a three-hitter in a 5-1 win ...led the 2001 Huskies in earned run average (2.57) and opponent average (.204) ... both of those marks were second in the Pac-10, trailing only national player of the year Mark Prior of USC ... 59 career appearances are third most in UW history, 148 career Ks are nineth 16 wins are 10th and 201 innings are also 10th ... 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 in a solid start Saturday vs. Stanford, allowing two runs in six innings, leaving with a 4-2 lead ... picked up third win of the year April 13 vs. WSU, allowing four runs on 11 hits over 6.2 innings ... 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 ... allowed three earned runs over six innings 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 for the win.
SUNDAY -- Clay Johnson, So. RHP: Has seven starts and two relief outings ... eight very good innings Sunday vs. Stanford, allowing three runs on five hits with one walk ... threw first career complete game for first victory of the year April 9 vs. UC Irvine ... allowed four runs on nine hits and five strikeouts for the victory ... didn't walk a batter in that one ... came back on short rest to start April 14 vs. WSU and had to pitch in terrible weather ... no decision in a Husky win, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing seven runs on 10 hits ... only nine walks all season, compared to 28 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).
BULLPEN NOTES: Brian Carter (So. LHP) made first career start last Tuesday vs. L-C State, allowing only one run unearned), three hits and no walks over 3.0 innings ... finally allowed his first hit of the season in last April 10 UC Irvine 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 to that UCI game 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 April 10 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) threw two shutout innings Tuesday vs. L-C State, walking none and fanning one ... got the only batter he faced to fly out in April 3 game vs. Gonzaga ... 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 ... David Dowling (Fr. LHP) got his first career win with 3.1 great innings April 14 vs. WSU ... allowed only a single, retiring 10 of 11 in relief ... also has made three starts ... struck out six in four innings in first career outing, Feb. 26 at Portland ... 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 ... allowed one hit and no runs over 3.0 innings Tuesday vs. L-C State ... worked three relief innings April 10 vs. UCI, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four ... six of eight earned runs he's allowed in relief came in one outing -- March 2 vs. Utah ... outside of that one outing, has thrown 10.1 innings of relief, allowing 10 hits, four runs (one earned) and five walks while striking out 10 ... 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 (So. RHP) hasn't thrown since April 2 due to soreness, but could return immediately ... struck out seven in three innings March 5 at Portland .. got a save with three innings March 25 vs. WSU ... Jeff Petersen (So. RHP) has made four starts and two relief appearances ... five innings in first start (March 5 at Portland), allowing no runs and three hits over five innings for a win ... threw only 2.2 frames in a start March 15 vs. BYU and only 1.2 in a start March 26 at WSU ... three scoreless relief innings Feb. 26 at Portland ... 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) picked up saves in three of his first five outings -- Feb. 15 and 16 vs. Northwestern and Feb. 24 at Fresno State ... also got a save March 28 at Arizona State ... suffered back-to-back, tough-luck losses at Missouri ... four saves rank No. 3 in the Pac-10 and six career saves are tied for eighth in Husky history.