Diamond Dawgs Open Eight-Game Homestand

March 7, 2006

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THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team, 12-4 after a 4-2 trip to Hawaii last week, returns home to begin an eight-game homestand. First up, the Huskies play host to San Diego (8-8) Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (2:00 p.m.) before Santa Clara (9-7) visits this Friday through Sunday for a three-game series. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast and view live stats of each game via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com. The UW is expected to start RHP Tim Lincecum on Tuesday and RHP Kyle Parker on Wednesday while at this time, the weekend starters are yet to be determined. This current string of games comes in a middle of a stretch that sees the Huskies play 11 games in 13 days and 14 games in 17 days. The following Saturday through Monday (March 18-20), Washington hosts Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo before opening Pac-10 play at California March 24-26.

Tue., March 7: San Diego at UW, 6:30 p.m. - live audio at gohuskies.com
Wed., March 8: San Diego at UW, 2:00 p.m. - live audio at gohuskies.com
Fri., March 10: Santa Clara at UW, 6:30 p.m. - live audio at gohuskies.com
Sat., March 11: Santa Clara at UW, 2:00 p.m. - live audio at gohuskies.com
Sun., March 12: Santa Clara at UW, 1:00 p.m. - live audio at gohuskies.com

SERIES HISTORY: Washington leads the all-time series with San Diego, five wins to four. Last year, the Toreros and Dawgs met twice in a tournament at Texas A&M. Washington won the first game, 4-1, and USD took the second, 3-0. Prior to that, in 2004, the Huskies won two of three in a season-opening series at USD and lost to the Toreros, 5-0, in a tournament game in Lancaster, Calif., in 2003. The series between the Huskies and Santa Clara is tied at 7-7. Last year, the UW played a three-game series at Santa Clara in the season's second weekend, winning two of three. After a 5-2 loss in game one, Washington won, 13-2 and 3-2. Prior to the 2005 series, the Huskies hadn't played the Broncos since the 1994 NCAA Midwest II Regionals in Wichita, where the UW won the lone meeting, 11-7.

COACH 'K': Two seasons ago, Husky 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 13-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 and six NCAA Regionals. His career record now stands at 473-299-2 (.612). Before becoming the head man in 1993, Knutson served as the UW pitching coach for eight seasons. In 1985, his staff led the NCAA with a 2.80 ERA. Knutson holds a 230-97-2 (.702) record in home games. He is 194-136 (.588) in Pac-10 games. He's coached 46 first-team All-Pac-10 selections and has been named league coach of the year three times. A 1981 All-Pac-10 pitcher at the UW, he is joined by assistants Joe Ross, Donny Harrel, Tighe Dickinson and undergrad assistant Mike Rundle.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Here's a look at the probable starters at each position, with 2006 stats and notes:

Pos. Player, Year     2006 Avg.-HR-RBI Notes C - Matt Lane, Jr.         .364-3-19  Team leader wtih 19 RBI, including 10 last week in Hawaii     Joey Dunn, So.          .211-0-4  Started three of six at catcher last week in Hawaii     D.J. Neyens, Sr.        .200-0-1  Got first start of 2006 Feb. 20 at CS Northridgel1B - Curt Rindal, Jr.       .327-2-14  Made all-tournament team in Hawaii (8-for-23, .348)2B - Ryan Anderson, So.      .311-1-3  Has started 11 of 16 at 2B, 3 SBs leads team     Bradley Boyer, Fr. (SS) .300-1-6  Pinch-hit RBI triple in the ninth Sun. at Hawaii was winner3B - Matt Stevens, So.       .250-4-9  First Husky since `94 to hit for the cycle Feb. 18 at CSUNSS - Danny Cox, Fr.          .205-0-1  Stated 14 of 16 so far at SS; 4-10 in series at NMSUOF -  Zach Clem, Sr.        .233-6-15  Six HRs in 16 games in `06; 27 HRs ranks 7th in UW historyOF - Matt Hague, So.        .455-0-13  Career .430 batting average; 11 walks, 17 runs lead teamOF -  Michael Burgher, So.   .185-0-2  Has started seven of Huskies' 16 games in center fieldOF - Brett Kaluza, Fr.       .278-0-5  Started three games in center field last week in HawaiiUT - Andy Lentz, So.         .306-4-8  5-for-8, 3 HRs in Gonzaga series for Pac-10 Player of the WeekDH - Jake Rife, Fr.          .216-1-3  Has become regular starter at DH vs. rightiesDH - Kyle Conley, Fr.        .250-3-7  Hit three homers in two games in Gonzaga series

SQUAD BREAKDOWN: UW's 36-man opening day roster was relatively young this year. The team includes six seniors, six juniors, 11 sophomores and 13 freshmen, meaning 24 of 36 are freshmen or sophomores. Twenty players are returners while 16 are new (13 of those 16 are true freshmen). The UW's returning players have competed in a total of 699 Husky baseball games, and have combined for 1,326 career at bats and 642.1 career innings pitched in a UW uniform.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Counting those in the 'others receiving votes' category, the preseason Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches' poll ranked 54 teams this season. Washington, which tied with Oklahoma for the No. 38 spot in that poll (if you count into the 'others receiving votes), will play at least 24 games against teams that received votes in the preseason ranking. Those 24 games come against nine different teams, including six conference opponents. The Huskies will play a total of 10 games against four teams ranked in the top 25 in the preseason poll - three each against No. 6 Oregon State, No. 11 Arizona State and No. 18 USC, plus at least one against No. 23 Arkansas. Well-respected baseball web site boydsworld.com ranks the Huskies' schedule as the 20th-toughest in the nation. Also as regards the schedule, the Huskies will play 31 home games this season and 30 on the road. Thirteen of the first 17 games will be on the road.

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 33 of the 35 players on the preseason roster are from the state of Washington. The only non-Washingtonians on the team is are freshman pitchers Bryce Mooney (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Geoff Nichols (Portland, Ore.). For those unfamiliar with Northwest geography, both Lake Oswego and Portland are within a few miles of the border with Washington. Of the 33 in-state players, 28 are from the western part of the state (west of the Cascades).

PRESEASON ACCOLADES: The preseason publications offered a mixed forecast for the 2006 Husky Baseball season, but that's not all bad. After all, the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll, which selected the Dawgs to finish seventh in the conference, made the same prognositcation in 2003, when the Dawgs took third. In 2004, the preseason poll slotted the UW fifth, but the Huskies took second. The Huskies earned 10 points in the Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches' poll, good for a No. 37 ranking. Washington was ranked No. 38 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top-40. Collegiate Baseball also selected Tim Lincecum a third-team preseason All-American. The NCBWA chose Lincecum as a second-team All-American, while Baseball American put him on the third time. Lincecum also made the Roger Clemens Award watch list. Baseball America, in its lengthy season preview, had a lot to say about the Huskies. Lincecum, along with the All-America recognition, was a preseason-All-Conference pick, the league's No. 9 2006 draft prospect in the Pac-10 and the No. 31 college draft prospect in the nation. Lincecum's breaking ball was also recognized as the best in both the conference and the nation. Fellow junior pitcher Kyle Parker was chosen as the No. 92 draft prospect in the nation while sophomore OF/P Matt Hague was tabbed a preseason All-Pac-10 first-teamer and the No. 39 sophomore player in the country. Finally, SS Danny Cox was listed as the nation's 42nd-best freshman.

POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
Ryan Anderson, Sophomore IF:
Started 4 of 6 games on Hawaii trip, going 6-for-18 (.333) at the plate ... went 6-for-11 with five runs during NMSU weekend ... hit first career homer opening day at NMSU ... played in 13 games last season and went 5-for-12 at the plate ... batted .390 with the Everett (Wash.) Merchants during summer ball.

Brian Bauer, Senior IF: Returned to the team after taking last year off ... made two appearances off bench at 3B at NMSU and at CSUN ... 4-for-14 combined in two previous UW seasons ... played at San Diego State in 2002.

Bradley Boyer, Freshman 2B: Pinch-hit, two-out RBI triple in the ninth Mar. 4 at Hawaii broke a 7-7 tie in 8-7 win ... started two games at Northridge at 2B, going 4-for-9 with a homer and 4 RBI ... first college hit was a homer Feb. 18 at CSUN ... tripled in next AB that game ... started at SS twice ... three-time all-area selection at Enumclaw High.

Michael Burgher, Sophomore OF: Started all 3 games at NMSU, 2 more at CSUN and 1 vs. Gonzaga ... had two-run single to tie the game at 3-3 in the fifth Feb. 10 at New Mexico State ... played in 26 games, starting seven, as a freshman last year, seeing time in CF and as a pinch runner.

Nick Burnham, Senior OF: Made two starts during Hawaii trip, in LF vs. HPU and in CF vs. Hawaii ... 2-for-4 with 2 runs, 1 RBI Mar. 1 at Hawaii Pacific ... 1-for-4 with an RBI in 8-7 over Hawaii on March 4 ... went 6-for-20 over the first three weekends of last season.

Zach Clem, Senior OF: Belted sixth homer Feb. 24 vs. Gonzaga ... 27 career HRs tied for 7th in UW history ... hit HRs Feb. 19 and 20 at Northridge, including a ninth-inning, two-run shot Feb. 20, which gave UW a 7-6 lead ... had a big weekend at New Mexico State, hitting three homers and driving in nine runs ... hit a grand slam and a three-run homer opening day (Feb. 11) ... provided the winning run with an RBI single Feb. 11 and the winning run with a solo homer Feb. 12 ... the most veteran offensive player on the team, Clem will start in left field again this season ... batted .332 with team-high (tied) eight homers last year despite battling injuries ... started 107 of a possible 118 games the last two-plus years (2004-06) ... holds UW single-season and career records for hit by pitch with 24 and 40, respectively ... an All-Pac-10 first-teamer in 2004 and an honorable mention selection last year.

Kyle Conley, Freshman OF: Hit two homers Feb. 26 in win over Gonzaga, including one in the seventh that broke a 5-5 tie ... homered off bench Feb. 24 vs. Gonzaga ... started at DH Feb. 12 at NMSU ...first hit was a single Feb. 20 ... along with fellow freshman Tyler Cheney, led Richland High to the 4A state title last year ... all-state first-teamer as a senior outfielder and pitcher ... national runner-up in summer ball.

Danny Cox, Freshman SS: Started 14 of 16 at shortstop ... went 4-for-10 in the NMSU series and played error-free defense ... hit .438 with 28 RBI and 10 doubles as a senior at W.F. West High ... drafted by Minnesota in the 34th round of the 2005 draft.

Joey Dunn, Soph. C: Started Feb. 12 game at New Mexico State and Feb. 26 vs. Gonzaga ... started three games on Hawaii trip ... tripled March 1 at Hawaii Pacific ... doubled in four at bats on Feb. 12 ... started 29 games last year, all at C ... due to an injury to Matt Lane, started 21 of the season's last 22 games, including 19 Pac-10 games.

Jesse Ferguson, Junior OF: Saw first action as PH Mar. 1 at Hawaii Pacific ... spent last two years at Clemson after one season at Bellevue (Wash.) CC ... helped Clemson to NCAA Super Regionals last year.

Matt Hague, Freshman OF/P/1B: Enters week with a .430 career batting average (77-for-179) ... has started at RF and DH and also played 1B and pitched ... went 9-for-19 with five walks, two steals and eight runs during Hawaii trip, making all-tournament team ... 5-for-13, 3 RBI in NMSU series; 5-13, 4 RBI at CSUN; 6-for-10 vs. Gonzaga ... moved into the starting lineup at midseason last year and caught fire, batting .419 with eight homers and 34 RBI in 124 at bats ... needed 138 at bats to qualify for the Pac-10 batting rankings, but even with the requisite number of at bats (and no more hits), would have batted .377 (would have been fifth in Pac-10) ... a preseason All-Pac-10 selection by Baseball America ... a second-team freshman All-America and honorable mention All-Pac-10 last year.

Jeff James, Junior 1B: Expected backup at 1B and pinch hit in first season at UW ... originally attended Cal Baptist (redshirted) before two seasons at Bellevue (Wash.) CC ... grandson of former UW football coach Don James.

Brett Kaluza, Freshman OF: Started three games in Hawaii in CF (3-for-12, 3 RBI) ... 1-for-2, 2 runs, 1 RBI off bench in 2 games vs. Gonzaga ... started in CF Feb. 19 at CSUN and drove in one of two UW runs in a 2-1 win ... named Seattle Times' Eastside Athlete of the Year as a HS senior ... runner-up in state in football and baseball as a senior.

Matt Lane, Junior C: Had a good week at Hawaii last week, going 10-for-24 with 10 RBI in six games (five starts) ... RBI double in win over #11 Arkansas ... two doubles, a triple and 3 RBI in win over Hawaii Pacific ... 3-for-5 with four RBI in Mar. 4 loss at Hawaii ... started 2 of 3 games at NMSU and all four at CSUN (3 at C, 1 at 1B) ... 4-for-15, 2 HRs, 8 RBI in CSUN series ... five RBI in 7-3 win at CSUN Feb. 17 ... solo homer in first AB of the season ... 4-for-10 in NMSU series ... No. 1 catcher last year before a knee injury April 8 ... didn't return to lineup until May 14, and then as DH only.

Andy Lentz, Soph. IF/OF: Has already seen action at 3B, CF, RF, 1B and DH ... hit a game-tying, three-run, pinch-hit homer in March 4 loss to Hawaii ... 5-for-8 with 6 runs, 1 double, 3 homers, 3 RBI, 2 steals in Gonzaga series, earning Pac-10 Player of the Week ... hit first homer Feb. 24 vs. Gonzaga and then went 3-for-4 with 2 HRs and a double Feb. 25 ... could play anywhere but C or P ... brother of UW P Richie Lentz and former third baseman Ryan Lentz.

Matt Miller, Freshman OF: Freshman will push for time in crowded outfield ... drafted by Atlanta in 25th round in 2005 ... batted .450 with six homers, 21 RBI and 20 runs in 20 games as a senior at Redmond High.

D.J. Neyens, Senior C: Got first start of '06 Feb. 20 at CSUN ... played in 16 games with one start last year, going 3-for-8 at the plate ... played previous two seasons at nearby Edmonds CC, helping Tritons to the NWAACC title in '03.

Trevor Petersen, Freshman 1B: First UW action was pinch-hit appearance Feb. 25 vs. Gonzaga ... started at 1B vs. Hawaii Pacific (2-for-3) ... state 1A co-MVP as a senior, when he batted .609 with 11 HRs in 17 games.

Cory Rickard, Senior OF: Saw action off the bench Feb. 10 at NMSU and in 3 of 4 at CS Northridge ... 2 ABs on Hawaii trip ... played in 21 games, starting 10, last season ... top day was a 4-for-6 outing April 9 at UC Riverside.

Jake Rife, Freshman OF: Regular DH/leadoff hitter vs. RHPs ... drove in game-winning run in ninth with a pinch-hit single Mar. 2 vs. UT-Arlington .... homered Feb. 24 vs. Gonzaga... batted over .450 in each of his seasons at Lakewood High ... 2A state MVP as a senior.

Curt Rindal, Junior 1B: Made all-tourney team at Hawaii, going 8-for-23 (.348) on the trip ... hit an 0-2 pitch for a two-out RBI single in the ninth to tie the Mar. 2 game vs. UT-Arlington ... four RBI in Feb. 24 win over Zags ... started all 3 at NMSU and 3 of 4 at CSUN at 1B ... 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Feb. 11 win.

Matt Stevens, Soph. 3B: Became first Husky since Jon Vander Griend (1994) to hit for the cycle Feb. 18 at CS Northridge ... went 5-for-6 with a single, double, triple, two home runs and four RBI in the game ... was 1-for-11 oon the season prior to that breakout day ... also homered Feb. 20 at Northridge and Feb. 24 vs. Gonzaga ... Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 21) ... 4-for-15 with 6 walks during Hawaii trip ... has started 14 of 16 at 3B ... played in 14 games, starting 7, last year ... was just starting to become a regular when he broke a bone in his hand in March.

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES (in no particular order):
Tim Lincecum, Junior RHP:
Broke the UW career strikeouts record Feb. 17 at CS Northridge when he fanned a career-high-tying 15 in 6.0 IP ... now has 333 career Ks, breaking the old mark of 303 (Jeff Heaverlo, 1997-99) ... got the win at CSUN, allowing one run on three hits ... named National Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after performance at CSUN ... won Feb. 24 vs. Gonzaga: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 13 Ks to earn second straight National Player of the Week honor ... got the win over #11 Arkansas Feb. 28: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 Ks, earning Most Outstanding Pitcher in Hawaii tournament ... didn't figure in the decision opening day at New Mexico State: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K ... named either a second or third-team All-American by all the preseason publications heading into the 2006 season ... currently 21-9 with a 3.33 ERA for his career ... in his career, has struck out 333 and allowed only 159 hits in 240.2 career innings ... already has the top two single-season totals in Husky history: 161 in 2004 and 131 last year ... also could break several other UW career marks this season as he ranks sixth in wins with 21 (record is 27), sixth in career starts with 38 (record is 49) and 9th in career innings with 240.2 (record is 283.1) ... drafted by the Cubs in 2003 and by the Indians last season ... led the Pac-10 last season with a .179 opponent batting average ... over the summer, led the Cape Cod League with a 0.69 ERA and a .104 opponent batting average ... allowed only 14 hits and 11 walks while fanning 68 in 39.1 innings for the Harwich (Mass.) Mariners ... All-Pac-10 first-team selection last year when he was 8-6 with 3.11 ERA ... Pac-10 Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in 2004 ... Collegiate Baseball's National Freshman of the Year in 2004 ... has the best breaking pitch in the nation, according to Baseball America's season preview ... career-high 15 strikeouts came in a six-inning outing Mar. 12, 2004 vs. Loyola Marymount ... had a 14-K outing last season vs. Pacific in which he fanned 10 in the first three innings ... led Liberty High to the 3A state title and was the state's 3A MVP and first-team all-state pitcher ... as a HS senior, posted a 12-1 record and a 0.70 ERA while striking out 183 batters in 91.2 innings.

Kyle Parker, Junior RHP: No decision Mar. 2 vs. Texas Arlington (6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 1 K) ... won Feb. 25 vs. Gonzaga, allowing five runs on six hits over 5.2 IP ... won Feb. 11 at New Mexico State: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K ... no decision in UW win at CS Northridge Feb. 18, when he went only 1.2 ... has spent the better part of the last two seasons as a regular in the starting rotation ... has made 29 career starts and as a 14-10 career won-lost record ... 8-7 last year after a 4-3 freshman season ... named the nation's No. 92 college draft prospect by Baseball America magazine ... in summer, 2004, pitched a five-hit shutout in the championship game of the National Baseball Congress World Series to lift Aloha (Ore.) to the title.

Tyler Cheney, Freshman LHP: Threw 7.2 shutout innings for win at CS Northridge Feb. 19, allowing five hits and no walks with two Ks ... pitched well in first career start Feb. 12 at NMSU, but no decision: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K ... no decision Feb. 26 vs. Gonzaga (4.0 IP) ... took the loss Mar. 4 vs. Hawaii (6.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2K) ... teamed with Husky classmate Kyle Conley to lead Richland High to the 4A state championship last year ... in the state tournament, threw a two-hit shutout in the semifinal before hitting a two-run homer in the championship, a 2-1 win ... named the state's 4A MVP and was a first-team all-state pick as both a first baseman and pitcher.

Matt Kasser, Senior RHP: Got the win Feb. 26 vs. Gonzaga with 3.0 IP (3 H, 1 R, 0 ER) ... no decision Mar. 4 at Hawaii (3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) ... started Feb. 20 at CSUN (no decision, 4.1 IP) ... pitched twice in relief at NMSU ... the lone senior on the UW pitching staff ... started in 12 of 15 appearances last season.

BULLPEN NOTES: Elliott Cribby (So. RHP) got two wins and a save during Hawaii trip (wins over Texas- Arlington and Hawaii, save vs. Texas-Arlington) ... earned fourth save Feb. 25 vs. Gonzaga (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K) ... got third save in 2-1 win Feb. 19 at CS Northridge ... earned a save with two no-hit innings Feb. 17 at CSUN ... took a tough-luck loss on opening day, allowing only one run in 3.1 relief innings ... picked up a save Feb. 12 at NMSU with two innings of hitless relief ... played one season (2004) at Columbia Basin CC, but missed 2005 due to injury ... Jason Erickson (Fr. RHP) threw a scoreless inning Feb. 24 vs. Gonzaga ... got the win at CSUN Feb. 18, allowing one unearned run over 2.2 IP ... Seamount League MVP as a HS senior ... two-time all-league pitcher and also an all-league SS ... drafted by the Reds in the 45th round in 2005 ... Adrian Gomez (Fr. RHP) got first start March 1 at Hawaii, taking the loss (3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) ... saw first action Feb. 18 at CSUN (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 Ks) ... four-time all-league selection at Prairie High ... league MVP as junior and senior ... Nick Hagadone (So. LHP) has eight appearances in 2006 after only two in 2005 ... got the save vs. Texas-Arlington and threw 1.0 scoreless vs. Arkansas ... 2.0 perfect IP Feb. 26 vs. Gonzaga for save ... threw 2.2 IP Feb. 20 at CSUN, allowing an unearned run on one hit ... worked 0.2 scoreless innings in Feb. 11 win at NMSU and again Feb. 17 at CSUN ... drafted by the Mariners in the 36th round of the 2004 draft ... Matt Hague (So. RHP) saw his first mound action Mar. 1 at Hawaii (2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) ... saw a lot action out of the bullpen during the first part of last year, but a hot bat moved him into the lineup and he saw little mound action in the second half of the year ... appeared in 13 games in 2005 ... first-team all-state as a pitcher in high school, when he led Kentwood to the 2004 4A state title ... Nick Haughian (Fr. LHP) appeared in three games during Hawaii trip ... threw 1.0 IP Sat. vs. Gonzaga (3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K) ... got a save Feb. 18 at CSUN with 2.1 hitless IP, 3 Ks ... pitched twice at NMSU, combining for two innings of scoreless relief ... earned the save in 5-3 win at NMSU on Feb. 11 ... posted a 20-1 career record in high school ... struck out 114 in 61.2 innings his senior year ... Richie Lentz (So. RHP) threw only two innings last year before undergoing 'Tommy John' surgery ... could return later this month ... one of the nation's hardest throwers prior to surgery ... Brandon McKerney (So. RHP) has alllowed only 1 run and 2 hits in six appearances ... led the Huskies with 25 appearances as a freshman last season ... 25 appearances tied for seventh-most in UW history ... earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention ... Bryce Mooney (Fr. RHP) threw in three games in Hawaiithrew one scoreless inning Feb. 24 vs. Gonzaga ... allowed one run in an inning Feb. 20 at CS Northridge ... got the win Feb. 12 at NMSU, fanning four in 1.2 innings ... also worked one inning Feb. 10 at NMSU ... earned first-team all-league as a pitcher and infielder last year at Lake Oswego High outside Portland, Ore. ... Geoff Nichols (Fr. RHP) got a win in a start Mar. 1 at Hawaii Pacific (5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks) ... saw his first action Feb. 20 at CS Northridge, facing one batter ... earned All-Metro first-team honors as a senior at Portland's Jesuit High last year.

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