Baseball Signs Eight To Letters Of Intent
Nov. 20, 2003
SEATTLE - The University of Washington baseball team has received National Letters of Intent fromeight high school seniors who will join the Huskies for the 2005 season, 12th-year headcoach Ken Knutson announced today. The eight players that signed letters did so duringthe early signing period, which ended yesterday. The late signing period begins next April 16.
All eight Husky signees come from the state of Washington. They are: SS Ryan Anderson(Kennewick/Kamiakin HS), LHP Kyle Carson (Longview/Mark Morris HS), C JoeyDunn (Bothell/Ingelmoor HS), RHP/OF Matt Hague (Kent/Kentwood HS), IF/OF AndyLentz (Woodinville HS), IF Kiel Lillibridge (Everett/Jackson HS), LHP Josh Scofield(Bellevue/Newport HS), IF/OF Matt Stevens (Lake Stevens HS).
'As always, we looked at the top in-state players that we believe will go to college and notsign pro contracts, and then we made a list of priorities,' Coach Knutson said.'Fortunately, we were able to go out and get those players.
'We're happy to say that we signed essentially every player we went after,' Knutsoncontinued. 'We got our guys.
Two members of the UW signing class will join brothers on the team. Andy Lentz's olderbrother Richie will be freshman pitcher on the 2004 squad and their oldest brother Ryanwas a three-year starter at third base for the Huskies in the late 1990s and still holds theschool record for career doubles.
Kiel Lillibridge is the younger brother of current Husky shortstop Brent Lillibridge, who isa sophomore this year. The elder Lillibridge posted perhaps the best freshman year inschool history this past spring before spending the summer as a starter on the US NationalTeam.
All of the UW signees have been part of many of the nation's top prospect showcases andmany come from traditionally strong high school programs with traditions of groomingcollege players. Schofield follows fellow Newport High alums like Marc Rittenhouse andTravis Anderson (who both went on to play professionally) to the UW. NumerousWoodinville players, like all three Lentz brothers and 2003 All-Pac-10 oufielder MikeWagner, have played at Husky Ballpark.
Lake Stevens High, where Matt Stevens goes to school, is the alma mater of former UWstandout catcher Ryan Bundy and Kamiakin, one of eastern Washington's traditionallystrong programs, has produced former UW starters like Ryan Rutz, Bryan Williamson andChris Whitemarsh. Matt Hague follows former Kentwood ace Jeff Petersen, who finishedhis UW career last spring after being drafted.
'This is a tremendous start to our class for the 2005 team,' Knutson said. 'This is a groupof great athletes who all have tremendous character. Plus, I'm happy with how we'vemanaged to cover a lot of positions with this group. There's a catcher, a few pitchers, someinfielders and some outfielders. And they're all good.'
The Huskies open the 2004 season next Feb. 13 with a three-game series at the Universityof San Diego.
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