Huskies Prepare For Showdown At No. 20 USC
May 7, 2002
COMING UP: The Washington baseball team (10-5 in the Pac-10, 22-20-1 overall) heads into a showdown with first-place and 20th-ranked USC (11-4, 28-18) this weekend after a pair of non-conference games vs. Portland (21-23). Tuesday, the Dawgs take on the Pilots at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday's game is set for 4:00 p.m. Then, the second-place Huskies, who picked up six votes in this week's USA Today coaches' poll, travel to Dedeaux Field for three games against the Trojans, who sit one game ahead of the UW in the Pac-10 standings. Friday night's game time is 6:00 p.m., Saturday is a 3:00 p.m. start and Sunday's finale goes off at 1:00 p.m. All three USC games, as well as Tuesday's game vs. Portland, will air live on KKNW AM-1150. Here's a rundown of this week's slate, with probable UW starting pitchers:
Tue., May 7 -- Portland at UW, 6:30 p.m. -- LHP David Dowling (1-3, 6.90)
Wed., May 8 -- Portland at UW, 4:00 p.m. -- LHP Zack Daniels (0-0, 9.95)
Fri., May 10 -- UW at USC, 6:00 p.m. -- RHP Shawn Kohn (9-3, 3.07)
Sat., May 11 -- UW at USC, 3:00 p.m. -- RHP Sean White (3-2, 5.25)
Sun., May 12 -- UW at USC, 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Clay Johnson (2-1, 6.87)
Pac-10 GB OverallUSC 11-4 -- 28-18Washington 9-5 1 22-21-1Arizona St. 9-6 2 27-16Stanford 9-6 2 32-13Oregon State 9-6 2 30-15UCLA 6-8 4 1/2 21-28Arizona 6-9 5 28-18California 8-13 6 26-26Washington St. 4-14 8 1/2 18-27
SERIES HISTORY: Washington is 64-39-1 all-time against former Pac-10 North opponent Portland, as the two teams split a pair of games in the Rose City earlier this season. February 26 at Pilot Stadium, the Huskies scored five in the first, but gave up nine in the second before losing, 11-10. Michael Done lined out to a diving Jared Mora at second base with two runners on to end the game and Bryan Johnson belted two homers for the UW. Exactly one week later, Jeff Petersen, Trevor Gibson and Scott Robertson combined for a four-hit shutout as the Dawgs won, 10-0. The Huskies are only 4-22 all-time vs. USC despite taking two of three games from the Trojans last season 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 336-227-1 (.597). With those 336 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 163-74-1 (.687) record in home games. He is 147-102 (.590) 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. .336-2-23 Has caught every inning of the last 15 games Ben Johnson, So. .219-1-4 Started 2 of 3 games in Missouri & ASU series John Otness, So. .338-1-12 Has hit safely in 16 of 17 starts in 20021B -- Kyle Larsen, Fr. .323-5-26 Game winning hits 4/21 vs. Stan. & 4/27 at Cal2B -- Greg Isaacson, So. .349-1-19 Only 4 Es in 137 chances; .364 BA in league Nick Batkoski, Fr. .147-0-3 Last started at 2B April 13 vs. WSUSS -- Tila Reynolds, Jr. .337-1-23 Has played all but 2 innings this season at SS3B -- Michael Done, Sr. .267-7-20 Already met last year's team-leading HR totalOF -- Tyler Davidson, Jr. .324-7-28 Had all 3 hits in Friday's 3-hit loss to UCLAOF -- Jay Garthwaite, Jr. .311-11-51 Ranks No. 3 in UW history in HR, No. 8 in RBIOF -- Brandon Jacobson, Jr. .259-1-9 Returned Sat. after two weeks off with inj.OF -- Taylor Johnson, Fr. .255-1-4 Has started six of last nine in right fieldOF -- Steve Ramsey, So. .256-2-10 As a PH in 2002: 5-for-10, one HR, five RBIOF -- Mike Wagner, So. .287-2-13 Drove in game-winner with 1B in the ninth Sat.DH -- Bryan Johnson, Jr. .267-7-32 Hit HRs from both sides Apr. 13 vs. WSU
LAST WEEKEND: Washington picked up two wins in its three-game series against UCLA at Husky Ballpark, retaining its spot in second place in the Pac-10. Friday, Bruins starter Mike Kunes stymied the Husky bats as Tyler Davidson accounted for all three Husky hits in an 8-1 loss. Davidson's solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth broke up Kunes' shutout bid. Saturday, the two teams traded single runs throughout, including both the eighth and ninth innings. Kyle Larsen walked and scored on a double by Greg Isaacson in the eighth to give the Huskies a 4-3 lead, but Adam Berry homered in the ninth for UCLA. In the bottom of the ninth, a one-out single from Mike Wagner sent home Jay Garthwaite with the winning run as the Huskies took game two, 5-4. Sunday, Isaacson and Garthwaite both belted three-run homers during a seven-run fifth inning as the UW won, 9-5. Clay Johnson went the distance for his second complete-game win of the season while both Isaacson and Garthwaite finished with four RBI on the day.
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 an abundance of 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 10 of 15 since then. In those 15 games, the Huskies' team ERA is a very respectable 4.83 and Husky pitchers have walked only 25 while striking out 79 in 138.0 innings of work. Defensively, the improvement is even more stark as the Huskies have committed only 10 errors over the 15 games, good for a very tremendous .984 fielding percentage. The UW's weekend starting trio of Shawn Kohn, Sean White and Clay Johnson have combined for 96.1 innings in 13 starts during that time, allowing 45 earned runs and only 17 walks, good for a 4.20 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 34 games in right field and eight in left ... leads the team with his 44 runs scored and is second with 10 stolen bases ... has collected two or more hits in 11 of the last 17 games ... had all three Husky hits in Friday's loss to UCLA, including a homer in the ninth ... 2-for-4 in Sunday's 9-5 win over the Bruins ... drove in go-ahead run in the 11th inning April 28 at Cal, finishing 3-for-3 on the day ... vs. Stanford, drove in the tying run in the eighth April 21... 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 ... 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 28 at third base ... only one error the last 17 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 fourht in the Pac-10 this season ... 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 ... named 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 third in the Pac-10 in RBI, third in homers, seventh in triples and 10th in total bases ... led the Huskies in RBI with 46 last year and already has 51 this season ... however, went 12 games without an RBI before getting four Sunday vs. UCLA ... hit a three-run homer in that one and also had a sac fly ... 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 and had eight homers over 12 games ... leads the UW with four outfield assists ... 28 career HRs is third most in UW history ... also ranks No. 8 in UW career history with 133 RBI ... a 12th-round draft pick in 1999.
Aaron Hathaway, Fr. C: Has become a solid freshman All-America candidate ... has started the last 15 straight games behind the plate and has played every inning of every one of those games ... 2-for-9 in UCLA series, but allowed only one stolen base to the Bruins ... 3-for-12 in Cal series, but drove in the winning run in Friday night's 2-0 win ... 6-for-11 with a homer, a double and six RBI in Stanford series ... had all four UW RBI in April 20 loss to the Cardinal and hit a solo homer to start an eighth-inning rally in April 21 win .. 5-for-10 in the previous weekend's league series vs. WSU ... first career homer April 13 vs. the Cougars ... 16-for-46 (.348) in 13 Pac-10 games ... second on the team with 10 RBI in 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 four bases in the last 11 games ... has thrown out 17-of-51 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 26 of 28 since then and has played very well ... 4-for-11 with six RBI in three games vs. UCLA ... first career homer in Sunday's win over the Bruins, a three-run bomb into Lake Washington ... 4-for-10 with two RBI, two doubles and two steals in Cal series ... doubled and scored tying run in the ninth of April 27's 5-4 win ... 4-for-9 in series vs. Stanford ... batting a team-high.364 (16-for-44) with nine walks and six steals, and has made only one error, 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 137 chances and none in his last 14 games (75 chances) ... went 0-for-4 all of last season.
Brandon Jacobson, Jr. OF: Missed Stanford and Cal series with a wrist injury but returned as pinch runner Sat. vs. UCLA ... had been starting in left field and at leadoff vs. righties ... has made 18 starts this year, all in left or center ... 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 WSU ... 3-for-5 March 5 at Portland.
Ben Johnson, Soph. C: Has started 10 games behind the plate this season ... hasn't seen any action, however, over the last 15 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 regular starter at either 1B or DH ... can also play 2B or 3B if need be ... only started one game vs. UCLA ... 2-for-6 with three walks in two starts at DH vs. Cal ... 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 March 5 at Portland ... second on the team with 32 runs batted in ... has at least one RBI in 21 of 36 starts ... 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 seven of the Huskies' last 10 games ... 2-for-3 Sunday in lone UCLA start ... started all three in RF and leadoff vs. Cal, going 3-for-12 with two RBI and two assists ... 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 26 of the last 31 games ... has yet to make an error in 320 chances at first base ... has a solid .417 on-base average, thanks to 19 walks ... .511 slugging mark is third on the team ... 3-for-6 with four runs over last two UCLA games ... 3-for-5 in April 26's 2-0 win at Cal, including a solo HR in the ninth to make it 2-0 ... singled in the game-winner in the ninth inning of 5-4 win April 27 at Cal ... drove in the winning run in the 10th inning of the April 21, 4-3 win over Stanford... also hit a homer earlier in that game ... .321 hitter in 13 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 twice at DH vs. UCLA, going 2-for-9 with an RBI ... started April 20 vs. Stanford at DH, going 1-for-5 ... has a hit in 16 of 17 starts this season and once had an 11-game hit streak before breaking it in a pinch-hit role ... has hit safely in 18 of 20 games overall ... two RBI in three straight games prior to Stanford start ... first career homer April 13 vs. WSU ... 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.
Steve Ramsey, Soph. OF/DH: Has started only two games in the last six weeks, but is usually a first-choice pinch hitter ... 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 ... 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 ... average hasn't dipped below .337 all season ... has had hitting streaks of 13 and 14 games this season, but went hitless in UCLA series ... has hit safely in 34 of 43 games and has reached base in all but three ... April 27 at Cal, hit a two-run triple in the ninth to tie the game at 4-4, then scored the winning run on a Larsen single ... started the April 28, 11-inning rally with a single ... broke out of a mini-slump (two games) April 21 vs. Stanford, going 2-for-5 with singles in the UW's eighth- and 10th-inning rallies ... only two errors in 15 league games this season ... enters the week ranked third in the Pac-10 in steals, 10th in hits an third in triples ... 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 12 starts in left and four at DH ... singled in the game winner in the ninth Saturday vs. UCLA ... started at DH April 28 at Cal, going 3-for-5 with a two-run homers and three RBI ... 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 ... first homer of the year came March 30 at Arizona State in a Husky win ... 3-for-5 with a triple April 2 vs. Gonzaga.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:TUESDAY -- David Dowling, Fr. LHP: Got his first career win with 3.1 great innings April 14 vs. WSU, retiring 10 of 11 batters ... last time out was April 27 at Cal, allowing 2 runs over 1.1 IP .. struck out six in four IP in first career outing, Feb. 26 at Portland ... started March 8 vs. UC Riverside, March 29 at ASU and April 5 at Missouri.
WEDNESDAY -- Zack Daniels, Sr., LHP: Will be making first start this season after starting seven times last year ... threw two shutout innings in his last outing, April 16 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.
FRIDAY -- Shawn Kohn, Sr. RHP: Took the loss last Friday as the Huskies were three-hit by UCLA's Mike Kunes ... in previous start threw a three-hit shutout to beat California April 26, 2-0 ... allowed two singles and a bloop double, walking one and fanning two in the win, his fifth CG of the year ...earned his first-ever Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor three weeks ago after picking up two wins over No. 2 Stanford ... threw a six-hit CG April 19 in a 3-1 win and then pitched the final two innings April 21 in a 10-inning win ... for the weekend, allowed eight hits and no walks over 11 innings ... leads the Pac-10 with nine victories ... second in the league in ERA (3.07) , third in opponent BA (.241), second in innings (96.2), and first in called strikeouts (31) ... 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 ... 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: 20 starts, 147.0 IP, 126 hits, 50 earned runs, 27 walks, 106 strikeouts, 12-4 record, 3.06 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 Mark Prior of USC ... 61 career appearances are third in UW history, 156 career Ks are ninth 17 wins are eighth and 217.1 innings are 10th.
SATURDAY -- Sean White, Jr. RHP: Another no decision despite a good outing Sat. vs. UCLA ... 7 Ks, five hits, 3 ERs over 7.1 IP in that one ... no decision April 27 at Cal, despite allowing only two runs over 5.1 innings ... also no decision in a solid start April 20 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 ... 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 nine starts and one relief outing ... threw second complete game to beat UCLA Sunday, allowing four runs while fanning six ... left with a 7-3 lead April 28 at Cal, but got no decision as Cal sent it to extra innings ... at Cal: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K ... eight very good innings April 21 vs. Stanford, allowing three runs on five hits with one walk ... threw first career CG 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.
BULLPEN NOTES: Brian Carter (So. LHP) got win April 28at Cal as he struck out the only batter he faced with a runner at second base in the 10th inning ... made first career start April 16 vs. L-C State, allowing only one run (unearned), 3 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Will Fenton (Fr. RHP) picked up the win Sat. vs. UCLA with 1.2 innings ... got the save April 27 at Cal after fanning the last two batters of the game with the bases loaded ... worked 4.2 relief innings vs. Cal over two outings, allowing only one run ... earned his first start April 2 vs. Gonzaga ... allowed three runs on five hits over four innings in a no-decision ... has thrown 11.1 innings in Pac-10 play, allowing only three ERs while fanning 10 (2.38 ERA) ... six of 10 earned runs he's allowed in relief came in one outing -- March 2 vs. Utah ... outside of that one outing, has thrown 16.1 innings of relief, allowing 16 hits, six runs (three earned) and six walks while striking out 15 ... Trevor Gibson (So. RHP) got the win April 27 at Cal, fanning one in 0.1 IP ... hadn't thrown since April 2 due to soreness ... 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 three 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) worked 1.2 scoreless relief innings last Friday vs. UCLA, allowing one hit and noe walks ... 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) is third in the Pac-10 with five save ... got his fifth Sunday at Cal, throwing a one-hit 11th ... 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 ... seven career saves are tied for seventh in Husky history.