Trojans Come To Husky Ballpark This Weekend
March 31, 2005
THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team (17-10 overall, 1-2 in the Pac-10), continues a seven-game homestand this weekend with their first home Pac-10 series of the season. This Friday through Sunday, USC (15-8, 1-2 Pac-10) visits for a weekend set. Friday's series opener, a 6:30 p.m. game, will air live on KKNW AM-1150. Saturday's 1:00 p.m. game is slated for a live broadcast on Fox Sports Net. Sunday's series finale is also a 1:00 p.m. game. Live audio for the last two games is available at gohuskies.com. The homestand concludes next Tuesday when Portland comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. game. Here's this weekend's schedule, with the Huskies' probable starting pitchers (Fri. through Sun. still tentative):
Fri., Apr. 1: USC at UW, 6:30 p.m. PST, KKNW AM-1150 - RHP Tim Lincecum (4-3, 3.89)
Sat., Apr. 2: USC at UW, 1:00 p.m., Fox Sports TV - RHP Kyle Parker (4-3, 4.65)
Sun., Apr. 3: USC at UW, 1:00 p.m. - RHP Matt Kasser (2-2, 5.05)
SERIES HISTORY: USC holds a 25-11 series advantage all-time against the Huskies. Washington, however, has posted 10 of its 11 of its wins in the series under Coach Ken Knutson, who is 10-11 against the Trojans. Last year in Los Angeles, the Huskies won two of three at Dedeaux Field, beating USC 8-6 and 13-4 before dropping the series finale, 10-8. Two seasons ago in a regular season-ending series at Husky Ballpark, the Dawgs swept the Trojans, 26-2, 5-1 and 10-8. Since the Pac-10 merged its two divisions prior to the 1999 season, the series is even at 9-9 and, during that span, the Huskies are 5-4 against the Trojans at Husky Ballpark, winning the last five.
COACH 'K': Last season, Husky baseball coach Ken Knutson became the winningest baseball coach in the history of the program. That accomplishment is just one item on Knutson's impressive resume. In his 12-plus seasons at the helm of his alma mater's baseball team, Knutson has led the Dawgs to two Pac-10 championships, four Pac-10 Northern Division titles, two other second-place finishes and six NCAA Regionals. His career overall record now stands at 445-283-2 (.611). Before becoming the Husky head man prior to the 1993 season, 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 220-90-2 (.708) record in home games. He is 183-126 (.592) in Pac-10 games. Knutson has coached 44 first-team All-Pac-10 selections in 12 seasons, and has been named league coach of the year three times. A 1981 All-Pac-10 left-handed pitcher at the UW, he is joined by assistants Joe Ross, Donny Harrel, and Gregg Swenson.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Here's a look at the probable starters at each position, with stats and notes:
Pos. Player, Year Avg.-HR-RBI Notes C - Matt Lane, So. .250-3-19 Sat. at Ariz.: 2-for-5, 2 HRs, 7 RBI, grand slam Joey Dunn, Fr. .400-0-1 Has started 6 games at C; 6-for-15 at the plate1B - Kyle Larsen, Sr. .326-5-24 Has 4 homers, 16 RBI in 10 home games this season2B - Mike Rundle, Sr. .194-1-4 6-for-21 (.286) in 9 home games this seasonSS - Brent Lillibridge, Jr. .311-6-28 30 career HRs tied for third in UW history3B - Nick Batkoski, Sr. .319-2-17 Has started 26 of 27 at 3B; only 3 Es in 65 chancesOF - Zach Clem, Jr. .317-4-16 Home games this year: 16-for-40, 4 HRs, 14 RBIOF - Taylor Johnson, Sr. .350-6-25 Home games this year: 17-for-37, 3 HRs, 15 RBIOF - Nick Burnham, Jr. .179-0-5 Has started 19 of 24 games; 4-4 SBOF - Cory Rickard, Jr. .150-1-1 5 starts as LF, CF and DH; 1st career HR Mar. 6OF - Michael Burgher, Fr. .182-0-1 Has started 3 of the last 4 in center fieldOF - Andy Lentz, Fr. (2B) .179-1-1 Has started 7 games at 2B, 3 in LF, one in CFDH - Curt Rindal, So. .235-1-8 Has started 20 of 27 at DH; all-tournament at Texas A&M Matt Hague, Fr. .250-2-5 Started 3 of last 4 at DH; two HRs in first start Mar. 26
BROADCASTS ON THE WEB: Live audio of all of Washington's games this year will be available either over the radio, on the internet or both. For information on how to listen to the games, go to gohuskies.com, and click on the audio/video link. Additionally, 20 regular season games will air live on KKNW 1150-AM. Those broadcasts will also be available via the internet. The next radio broadcast is this Friday's game vs. USC. Go to the baseball page at gohuskies.com and click on 'Radio Schedule' under Husky Hits for the complete KKNW schedule.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: Counting those in the 'others receiving votes' category, the preseason Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches' poll ranked 66 teams this season. Washington, which tied with Pac-10 foe Arizona for the No. 12 spot in that poll, will play a total of 31 games against teams that received votes in the preseason ranking. Those 31 games come against 11 different teams, including six conference opponents. The Huskies will play a total of 11 games against four teams ranked in the top 12 in the preseason poll - three each against No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 12 Arizona, plus two at No. 10 Texas A&M. Well-respected baseball website boydsworld.com ranks the Huskies' schedule as the ninth-toughest in the nation.
NORTHWEST FLAVOR: As is usually the case, the Husky baseball roster is made up primarily of players from the state of Washington. This year, however, it's nearly unanimous as 35 of the 36 players on the team are from the state of Washington. The only non-Washingtonian on the team is senior second baseman Mike Rundle, from Bend, Oregon. However, Rundle, in his first season with the Huskies, played last season at Gonzaga, which is located in Spokane, Wash. Of the 35 in-state players, 29 are from the western part of the state (west of the Cascades).
HOME, SWEET HOME: After opening the 2005 season with 11 straight games away from home, the Huskies' return to the new FieldTurf surface at Husky Ballpark was evidently very comforting. The Huskies won all seven games of the first homestand of the season, beating St. Martin's 10-1, sweeping a three-game series from UC Santa Barbara (6-1, 6-5, 17-4), beating Portland 8-1 and closing with two wins over Pacific, 15-2 and 19-12. The Huskies then got their second seven-game homestand off to a good start with three wins over Utah Valley State, running their home record to 10-0 on the year. In those 10 games, the Huskies have batted .356 with 30 doubles and 25 home runs. By contrast, the Dawgs allowed opponents to hit only .201 with five doubles and 13 homers. The UW pitching staff compiled a 3.00 team earned run average over the 10 games while opponents pitched at an 9.60 rate. Finally, the UW made only four errors in 10 games on the new surface, good for a .989 fielding percentage. Individually, the Huskies have been led by right fielder Taylor Johnson, who has hit .459 (17-for-37) with 15 RBI over the 10 games while shortstop Brent Lillibridge is 17-for-38 (.447) with four homers and 12 RBI and Zach Clem is 16-for-40 (.400) with four home runs and 14 runs batted in. Finally, first baseman Kyle Larsen has hit .324 (12-for-37) with four homers and 16 RBI.
POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
Ryan Anderson, Freshman IF: Notched first career hit (a single) in Mar. 6 win over UCSB ... has played in five games ... walked and scored in Mar. 9 win over Pacific ... 1-for-1 with run, RBI, Mar. 28 vs. Utah Valley State.
Nick Batkoski, Senior 3B: For the first time in his career, entered the season as a starter ... has played 2B, 3B, SS, OF and DH during his career ... 4-for-13, 2 RBI in Arizona series ... hit two homers in win over Portland Mar. 8 ... hit .500 (6-for-12) in the series at UC Irvine, scoring three of the UW's six runs on the weekend ... 5-for-14 in Santa Clara series ... has made only two errors in 20 games this year ... named the Pac-10's top defensive third baseman by Baseball America.
Michael Burgher, Freshman OF: Has played in 10 games total, going 2-for-11 ... started both ends of doubleheader vs. Utah Valley State Mar. 28 ... singled in two ABs vs. UCSB Mar. 6 ... had four ABs off bench at Arizona Mar. 26 and scored two runs despite going 0-for-4 ... drafted by the Dodgers in the 36th round of the 2004 draft.
Nick Burnham, Junior OF: Entered the year as the starting center fielder after a strong fall and spring practice season ... has started 19 of 24 in CF ... 3-for-10 in series at Cal Poly ... started two of three at Santa Clara, going 4-for-9 with a double and three RBI ... started all five at Texas A&M tourney ... four steals in four tries ... started on opening day last year, but made only two more starts during the season ... played in 24 games in 2004.
Zach Clem, Junior OF: Had a seven-game hit streak broken Mar. 18 at Cal Poly ... over those seven, was 14-for-28 (.500) with four doubles, four homers and 12 RBI ... last year vs. USC: 6-for-16, two homers, six RBI ... 5-for-15 at Arizona ... the UW's starting left fielder saw only one pinch hit at UC Irvine due to a groin pull ... started all three at Santa Clara, two in LF, one at DH ... 3-for-11 with a double in Santa Clara series ... started 3 of 5 at Texas A&M tourney ... homered in back-to-back games Mar. 2 and Mar. 4, and hit two homers vs. Pacific on Mar. 10 when he was 4-for-6 with three RBI, a double and two homers ... after only three at bats as a freshman in 2003, became an everyday starter in left field last year and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors after batting .336 with a team-high 13 home runs ... played on the Aloha (Ore.) team that won the NBC World Series title over the summer.
Joey Dunn, Freshman C: One of three new catchers on the Husky rosters ... 2-for-3 in start Mar. 28 vs. Utah Valley State ... started third game at Arizona (1-for-1) ... started game two at UC Irvine ... also played in game two (off the bench) of the Santa Clara series and got first career hit, a single ... singled Mar. 6 vs. UC Santa Barbara.
Matt Hague, Freshman P/IF/OF: After only one previous plate appearance, has started three of last four at DH ... got first career start in batting order at DH Mar. 26 at Arizona and went 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBI ... only prior plate appearance off bench vs. Pacific Mar. 9, when he walked and scored.
Taylor Johnson, Senior OF/P: Started all 27 so far ... had an eight-game hit streak broken Mar. 19 at Cal Poly ... over those eight, was 15-for-30, .500, 12 runs, 11 RBI ... has hit leadoff in last 16 games (UW is 13-3 in those) ... leads team with 11 stolen bases ... 4-for-12, 5 RBI in Utah Valley State series ... 4-for-12 with a homer and four RBI in Cal Poly series ... 4-for-12 with two homers, 5 RBI in Portland and Pacific games Mar. 8-10 ... named Pac-10 Player of the Week when he went 8-for-9 with five walks in three games vs. UC Santa Barbara ... reached base his first 12 plate appearances vs. UCSB ... went 7-for-15 (.467) in Santa Clara series with mulitple hits in each game ... homered and drove in two runs in the 3-2 win Feb. 28 at Santa Clara ... hit an eighth-inning solo shot on opening day at UC Irvine ... saw first mound action (1 inning) at Texas A&M Feb. 25 ... taken in 39th round of 2001 draft (Pittsburgh).
Matt Lane, Soph. C: Starts at catcher in 2005 after having backed up there last season ... had a career day Mar. 26 at Arizona despite not even starting ... came on in the third as a pinch hitter and hit a grand slam and later hit a three-run homer, finishing 2-for-5 with seven RBI ... game-winning RBI single in ninth Mar. 29 vs. Utah Valley State ... 2-for-10 with a two-run triple in series at Cal Poly ... started six of seven during first homestand, going 9-for-22 (.409) at the plate ... 3-for-4 with homer, 3 RBI Mar. 10 vs. Pacific ... started two of three at UC Irvine and all three at Santa Clara ... 3-for-11 at Santa Clara ... made only one start behind the plate last year, but made 36 starts at DH ... hit .301 with six homers as a freshman ... was a member of the NBC World Series champion Aloha (Ore.) team over the summer.
Kyle Larsen, Senior 1B: In his fourth year as the everyday starting first baseman ... has made only five errors in 1,751 career chances ... 4-for-10, 3 doubles, homer, 4 RBI in Utah Valley State series ... 5-for-12 with two doubles, a homer, six runs and four RBI in Arizona series ... 5-for-12 in series in Cal Poly series ... 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Mar. 10 vs. Pacific ... big day March 6 vs. UCSB, when he went 3-for-5 with two homers (including a grand slam) and six RBI ... ranks fourth in UW history in hits (234), tied-fourth in RBI (157) and fifth in home runs (29) ... for the third straight year, named top defensive 1B in the Pac-10 by Baseball America ... also made Baseball America's all-Gold Glove team and was tabbed as the No. 14 senior prospect in the nation ... started all 60 last season, 59 of 60 in 2003, and 47 of 61 as a freshman ... drafted by the Mets in the 14th round of the 2001 draft.
Andy Lentz, Freshman OF/IF: Younger brother of UW sophomore P Richie Lentz and former third baseman Ryan Lentz ... started in CF Mar. 29 vs. Utah Valley State and went 3-for-4 with double and first career homer ... started in LF Mar. 19 at Cal Poly and had UW's only hit ... started in LF Feb. 13 at UC Irvine, going 0-for-3 with an HBP ... started last three games at Texas A&M tournament, all at second base and No. 1 in the batting order ... also started at 2B vs. St. Martin's and twice in three games vs. UC Santa Barbara ... four walks in lone start at Santa Clara.
Brent Lillibridge, Junior SS: Has earned first-team All-Pac-10 in each of his two previous seasons ... a preseason third-team All-American (Collegiate Baseball) ... preseason All-Pac-10 and the No. 36 junior in the nation by Baseball America ... has started all 27 at SS and has made only four errors ... 5-for-11 (.455) vs. Utah Valley State ... last year vs. USC: 7-for-16, two doubles, three RBI ... during season's first homestand, went 12-for-27 (.444) with 15 runs, 11 RBI and four homers ... hit four HRs in three games in week vs. Portland and Pacific (Mar. 8-10), including a grand slam Mar. 9 vs. Pacific and two homers Mar. 10 vs. the Tigers ... 5-for-5 in March 6 win over UC Santa Barbara ... started all three at SS at UC Irvine, going 4-for-11 with a triple ... had another triple in the 13-2 win over Santa Clara, when he drove in five runs ... made all-tournament team at Texas A&M, going 5-for-15 with five RBI ... had a three-run double vs. Evansville and a two-run homer vs. San Diego ... .347 career average entering the season ranked sixth in UW history ... currently tied for third in UW history with 30 home runs ... started all 60 games last year at either SS or CF ... started in center for the U.S. National Team in 2003 ... all-tournament at the NCAA Regional the last two years ... .388 average in 2003 was No. 2 in the nation among freshmen and his .699 slugging mark was best among Division I frosh.
Kiel Lillibridge, Freshman IF: Started at second base in game two Mar. 28 vs. Utah Valley State and went 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs, two RBI ... went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer off bench Mar. 9 vs. Pacific ... first career hit was an RBI single vs. St. Martin's Mar. 2 when he pinch hit for his brother ... backs up Brent at shortstop.
D.J. Neyens, Junior C: Had first AB in loss at Texas A&M Feb. 25 ... first UW hit was a single vs. St. Martin's March 2 ... hit a solo home run in Mar. 9 win over Pacific and then had a single the following day ... played last two seasons at nearby Edmonds CC, helping Tritons to the NWAACC title his freshman year.
Cory Rickard, Junior OF: Started the season opener in LF (0-for-4) ... most recently started at DH in Mar. 25 loss at Arizona ... started Feb. 20 at Santa Clara ...1-for-2 in start Feb. 28 vs. San Diego ... started one vs. UCSB and hit first homer March 6 ... transfer from Spokane Falls CC.
Curt Rindal, Soph. 1B/DH: Has started 20 of 27 at DH ... hit first career homer Mar. 9 vs. Pacific ... at UC Irvine, went 4-for-11 with three of the UW's six RBI ... started two of three at Santa Clara (2-for-9) ... made all-tournament team at Texas A&M, going 5-for-15 in five starts ... got a medical redshirt season last year after dislocating his left elbow in a practice.
Mike Rundle, Senior 2B: Transfer from Gonzaga starts at second base ... has started 19 of 27 at second base ... in his last 16 games (11 starts), is 11-for-41 (.268) with 11 runs ... 4-for-13 with a double and thre runs in Arizona series ... 2-for-6 in two games vs. Pacific ... after missing five straight starts, got back in the order March 6 vs. UCSB and went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer ... hit .221 with an HR and 16 RBI last season at Gonzaga ... played previously at Citrus JC in Glendora, Calif., where he batted .390 as a freshman and .373 as a sophomore ... summer all-league first-teamer, playing for his hometown Bend Elks.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
Fri. - Tim Lincecum, Sophomore RHP: A preseason All-American after having been named the Pac-10 Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in 2004 ... struck out 161 batters in 112.1 innings last year, breaking the school record for Ks ... also second in the NCAA in strikeouts, behind only Long Beach State's Jered Weaver ... Collegiate Baseball's National Freshman of the Year ... took a loss Mar. 24 at Arizona, allowing six ERs over 5.1 innings ... picked up fourth straight win Mar. 18 at Cal Poly, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks over eight innings ... struck out nine ... beat Pacific for third straight win Mar. 9: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 14 SO ... struck out 10 over the first three innings of that game, including four Ks in the third inning ... 14 strikeouts was season high and one short of career best ... picked up second straight win Mar. 4 vs. UCSB, allowing no runs on only one hit over 6.0 innings ... struck out 11 vs. UCSB and took no-hitter into sixth inning ... brilliant in 1-0 win at Texas A&M Feb. 27, throwing a two-hit, complete-game (seven innings) shutout ... allowed only one walk while fanning eight and made all-tourney ... over his last four starts: 4-0, 1.29 ERA, 28 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 15 BB, 42 Ks ... suffered second loss Feb. 20 at Santa Clara (5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO) ... took a loss on opening day of this season at UC Irvine, allowing four runs over 5.2 ... No. 9 sophomore prospect in the nation and No. 35 college prospect for the 2005 draft by Baseball America ... tabbed as having the best breaking ball in the league by BA ... named the national player of the week twice last year ... career-high 15 Ks came in a six-inning outing Mar. 12, 2004 vs. Loyola Marymount.
Sat. - Kyle Parker, Sophomore RHP: Went nine innings but didn't get decision in Mar. 25's 12-inning loss at Arizona ... was an out away from a win, but gave up tying runs in ninth ... Mar. 25 at AZ: 9.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K ... was on the wrong end of a one-hit shutout to take loss Mar. 19 at Cal Poly ... gave up four runs on eight hits over 6.0 IP in that loss ... got a win in relief Mar. 10 vs. Pacific as UW won in a slugfest, 19-12 ... allowed three runs on three htis over 3.2 innings in that one ... won two straight starts, beating St. Martin's Mar. 2 and UCSB Mar. 6 ... vs. St. Martin's, threw four perfect innings for a win (pre-determined four-inning start) ... didn't allow a base runner and fanned five vs. St. Martin's ... got Mar. 6 win over UC Santa Barbara, allowing two runs on four hits over 6.0 innings ... six shutout innings Feb. 20 vs. Santa Clara for first win ... allowed no runs on two hits over 6.0 in that one ... threw the UW's only complete game last year in a win over Ole Miss in the NCAA Oxford Regional last year ... led Aloha (Ore.) to the National Baseball Congress World Series championship over the summer ... threw a five-hit shutout in the championship game ... Baseball America named him the No. 2 prospect in the Pacific International League (summer) and the No. 18 sophomore in the nation.
Sun. - Matt Kasser, Junior RHP: No decision in start Mar. 26 at Arizona in UW win ... got the win Mar. 20 at Cal Poly, allowing three runs on only two hits over six innings ... threw seven solid innings for no decision Mar. 5 vs. UCSB (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) ... left UCSB game with 5-2 lead ... no decision Mar. 10 vs. Pacific: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K ... suffered loss to Evansville on Feb. 27: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2BB, 2 K ... got a win Feb. 21 at Santa Clara: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks ... started Feb. 13 at UC Irvine, and took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits, two walks and one K over 5.2 innings ... held the Anteaters scoreless through the first five innings before giving up three in the sixth ... won the National Baseball Congress World Series title with the Aloha (Ore.) Knights.
BULLPEN NOTES: Josh Conover (Jr. RHP) pitched twice in Utah Valley State series, earning a save in the opener and combining for six innings of shutout relief (three hits, one walk, six Ks) ... got a save Mar. 20 at Cal Poly, entering the game in the ninth with two down and the tying run at third ... got a routine flyout to end the game ... fanned two in a scoreless inning to close out Mar. 10 win over Pacific ... didn't allow a run in first 5.0 innings over first five outings in 2005 ... eigth appearances leads team ... got a save by getting the final out Feb. 21 at Santa Clara (3-2 win) ... pitched twice at UC Irvine, allowing no hits or runs over two innings ... David Dowling (Sr. LHP) started and won in Mar. 28 game one vs. Utah Valley State ... went six and two-thirds, allowing one unearned run on three hits and no walks ... got a save Mar. 18 at Cal Poly, throwing a scoreless ninth ... allowed a run on four hits over six innings in a winning start Mar. 8 vs. Portland ... threw complete-game three-hitter to beat San Diego on Feb. 28, making all tournament at Texas A&M tourney ... got a save Mar. 4 vs. UCSB with three innings (2 hits, 1 run) ... pitched in 3-2 win at Santa Clara (Feb. 21) ... Keaton Everitt (Jr. RHP) was suberb in 5.2 relief innings Mar. 26 at Arizona ... got a win, allowing two runs on six hits ... struck out two in a perfect inning of relief Mar. 9 vs. Pacific ... got no decision in first action this year, a four-innings start in the UW's 3-0 loss to San Diego ... allowed two runs and no hits in that one ... only managed a third of an inning in Mar. 5 win over UCSB, allowing a run on three hits ... started 10 games and appeared in relief once last year ... Nick Hagadone (Fr. LHP) earned a save with three innings of one-run relief Mar. 28 vs. Utah Valley State ... got first action in Mar. 2 win over St. Martin's ... gave up a leadoff homer, but then finished the rest of the inning hitless ... drafted by the Mariners in the 36th round of the 2004 draft ... Matt Hague (Fr. RHP) took tough loss Mar. 26 at Arizona, allowing a 12th-inning homer after retiring first six batters ... got two big outs with the bases loaded and one out in the Mar. 5 win over UCSB ... pitched twice at Texas A&M tourney and suffered the defeat in the 3-0 loss to San Diego ... plays third base and outfield besides pitching ... should see action as a late-innings reliever ... worked 2.2 scoreless in 5-2 loss at Santa Clara (Feb. 20) ... threw two innings of relief Feb. 12 (game two) at UC Irvine, allowing no hits or runs while striking out two and walking none ... led Kentwood High to a second-place state finish last year ... first-team all-state pitcher and second-team all-state infielder in high school ... Taylor Johnson (Sr. LHP) has been a starting OF for most of his career and starts in RF ... got lone inning thusfar in Feb. 25 loss at Texas A&M, allowing a single but facing the minimum ... walked in the tying run in the ninth Mar. 5 vs. UCSB, but scored the winning run in the bottom of that inning ... had never previously appeared on the mound ... Brandon McKerney (Fr. RHP) got first career start Mar. 28 vs. Utah Valley State and earned a win with six innings of one-hit baseball (no runs, no walks, five Ks) ... has pitched in nine games, allowing 11 hits and six earned runs over 14.0 innings ... struck out two in an inning Mar. 9 vs. Pacific ... got a win Mar. 5 vs. UCSB, getting final out of top-ninth before UW won in the bottom.Emmanuel Pedroza (Jr. LHP) got first career appearance in a start Mar. 29 vs. Utah Valley State ... pitched well, but didn't get a decision, allowing two his and one run over 3.1 IP ... walked on to the UW team last year in his third year in college ... did not pitch in any varsity games but should get a shot out of the bullpen this season ... all-state at Mabton High in 2001.