Baseball Closes Out Eight-Game Homestand
March 14, 2006
THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team, 15-5 after a three-game sweep of Santa Clara last weekend, takes a bit of a break from play this week during final exams before getting back to the action Saturday with the first of three games against Cal Poly (13-8). The Huskies broke into the national rankings this week, earning the No. 19 spot in the Baseball America top 25, the No. 25 position in the Collegiate Baseball poll and the No. 24 ranking in the Rosenblatt Report rankings. The series opens Saturday with a 3 p.m. game, followed by a 2 p.m. game Saturday and a noon first pitch Monday. Next Wed., March 22, the UW will host Puget Sound at 6 p.m. in a game that was added to the schedule last week. The UW is expected to start RHP Tim Lincecum (Saturday), LHP Tyler Cheney (Sunday) and RHP Kyle Parker (Monday). After the four upcoming home games, the UW opens the Pac-10 slate March 24-26 at California.
Sat., March 18: Cal Poly at UW, 3:00 p.m. - live audio at gohuskies.com
Sun., March 19: Cal Poly at UW, 2:00 p.m. - live audio at gohuskies.com
Mon., March 20: Cal Poly at UW, 12:00 p.m. - live audio at gohuskies.com
Wed., March 22: Puget Sound at UW, 6:00 p.m. - live audio at gohuskies.com
SERIES HISTORY: Washington and Cal Poly have squared off only six times in their histories, with a three-game series in San Luis Obispo in 1995 and again last season. In '95, in a season-opening series for the UW, the Mustangs took two of three, winning 9-8 and 9-6 before the Huskies took game three, 11-9. Last year, March 18-20, the Dawgs won games one (7-4) and three (9-8) while the Mustangs one the middle game, 6-0, on a one-hit shutout from Gary Daley. In the opener, UW starter Tim Lincecum beat Poly ace Garrett Olson as the UW came back from a 3-0 deficit in the sixth to win. In the third game of the series, Washington built a 9-4 lead on homers from Matt Stevens, Taylor Johnson and Brent Lillibridge, but had to fend off a Cal Poly rally for the 9-8 win. Husky starter Matt Kasser allowed only two hits over six innings for the victory. The UW leads the all-time series with Puget Sound, 59-8, winning the last 15 in a row.
COACH 'K': In 2004, 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. Now in his 14th season 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 476-299-2 (.613). 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 233-97-2 (.705) 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. .370-3-22 Team leader with 22 RBI, including 10 in week in Hawaii Joey Dunn, So. .211-0-4 Started 3 of 7 at catcher on Hawaii trip D.J. Neyens, Sr. .200-0-1 Got 1st start of 2006 Feb. 20 at CS Northridge1B - Curt Rindal, Jr. .338-4-17 Two-out HR in 8th was game winner Sat. vs. SCU2B - Ryan Anderson, So. .259-1-4 Started 13 of 20 at 2B, fielding a solid .948 Bradley Boyer, Fr. (SS) .326-2-9 Pinch-hit RBI 3B in the 9th Mar. 4 at Hawaii was winner3B - Matt Stevens, So. .303-8-20 Hit for the cycle Feb. 18 at CSUN; 8 homers leads Pac-10SS - Danny Cox, Fr. .241-0-2 Stated 17 of 20 so far at SS; 4-10 in 3 games last weekOF - Zach Clem, Sr. .230-6-17 6 HRs in 20 games in `06; 27 HRs ranks 7th in UW historyOF - Matt Hague, So. .438-1-20 Career .426 average; 2nd in Pac-10 in avg.OF - Michael Burgher, So. .172-0-2 Has started 8 of Huskies' 20 games in CFOF - Brett Kaluza, Fr. .318-0-7 Has started 5 games in CF; 2-for-4, 2 RBI last weekUT - Andy Lentz, So. .310-4-8 5-for-8, 3 HRs vs. Gonzaga for Pac-10 Player of the WeekDH - Jake Rife, Fr. .256-1-6 Regular starter at DH vs. rightiesDH - Kyle Conley, Fr. .400-3-10 In 3 games last week: 6-for-9, 4 runs, 3 RBI
NO-HITTER & THE CYCLE: Husky players have already pulled off two of the rarest feats in baseball this season as sophomore third baseman Matt Stevens hit for the cycle Feb. 18 and Tim Lincecum and Nick Hagadone combined for a no-hitter Mar. 12. Stevens went 5-for-6 with a single, a double, a triple and two home runs Feb. 18 at Cal State Northridge to become the first Husky to hit for the cycle since Jon Vander Griend in 1994. March 12 vs. Santa Clara, Lincecum threw six innings and Hagadone three in a 9-0 no-hitter over Santa Clara, the first no-hit game by the Huskies since April 3, 1985, when Bob Goucher and Pete Tjaarda combined for a rain-shortened, five-inning no-hitter over Seattle U. (10-0).
NO-HITTER UNCOVERS HISTORY: Both the Pac-10 Conference and UW baseball media guides have long listed only three no-hitters in Husky history, all during the 1950s. However, the incomplete statistical records for most years prior to the 1990s left plenty of room for other past no-no's that had been lost in history. Since Tim Lincecum and Nick Hagadone combined for their no-hitter March 12 vs. Santa Clara, the existence of three previously unacknowledged Husky no-hitters have come to light. The first was in March, 1969, when Gary Huson threw a seven-inning no-hitter in a 6-0 win over San Jose State in the Huskies' first game of the season. On April 14, 1978, Rick Anderson threw 10 innings of no-hit ball in a 0-0 tie vs. Oregon State. The game was suspended by darkness after 10 innings, never completed and went down in the books as a tie. Finally, on April 3, 1985, Bob Goucher (four innings) and Pete Tjaarda (one) combined for a rain-shortened, five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Seattle University.
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: Homered Mar. 7 vs. San Diego ... 3-for-5 with 2 RBI Mar. 10 vs. Santa Clara ... 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 ... three-time all-area selection at Enumclaw High.
Michael Burgher, Sophomore OF: Has started eight games, all in center field ... had two-run single to tie the game at 3-3 in the fifth Feb. 10 at New Mexico State ... played 26 games, starting seven, as a freshman last year.
Nick Burnham, Senior OF: Made two starts during Hawaii trip, in LF vs. HPU and in CF vs. Hawaii ... started Mar. 12 vs. Santa Clara, driving in a run in 3 at bats ... 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: Six homers is second in the Pac-10 ... 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 ... holds UW single-season and career records for hit by pitch with 24 and 43, respectively ... an All-Pac-10 first-teamer in 2004 and an honorable mention selection last year.
Kyle Conley, Freshman OF: In four games last week: 6-for-9, 4 runs, 3 RBIs ... 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 17 of 20 at shortstop ... 4-for-10 in four games last week (USD, Santa Clara) ... 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 .426 career batting average (84-for-197) ... has started at RF and DH and also played 1B and pitched ... currently on 9-game hit streak (16-for-37, .432, 10 RBI, 13 runs) ... 2-for-3, homer, 5 RBI Mar. 11 vs. Santa Clara ... 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 ... 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: In only start last week (Mar. 10 vs. Santa Clara), went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI ... started three games in Hawaii (3-for-12, 3 RBI) ... started in CF Feb. 19 at CSUN and drove in one of two UW runs in a 2-1 win ... Seattle Times' Eastside Athlete of the Year as a HS senior ... state runner-up in football and baseball as senior.
Matt Lane, Junior C: Started all four last week: 7-for-18 (.389) ... had a good week at Hawaii, 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 ... No. 1 catcher last year before a knee injury April 8 ... returned to lineup until May 14, but 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 ... doubled off bench Mar. 12 vs. Santa Clara ... 2 ABs on Hawaii trip ... played in 21 games, starting 10, last season.
Jake Rife, Freshman OF: Regular DH/leadoff hitter vs. RHPs ... 3-for-6, 3 RBI in 3 games last week (USD, Santa Clara) ... 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: Currently on nine-game hit streak: 14-for-36 (.389), 7 RBI, 10 runs, 5 doubles ... 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: Leads the Pac-10 with 8 home runs ... hit four homers over last two games of Santa Clara series, two in each game ... in four games last week: 7-for-14, 4 HRs, 11 RBI ... 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.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES (starter vs. UPS to be determined):
SAT. - Tim Lincecum, Junior RHP: Has been named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball three times this year, most recently after throwing the first six innings of a no-hitter Mar. 12 vs. Santa Clara ... in that game, walked 7, but fanned 11 for fourth win ... 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 352 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 Player of the Week 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 22-10 with a 3.29 ERA for his career ... in his career, has struck out 352 and allowed only 167 hits in 251.2 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 third in wins with 22 (record is 27), fourth in career starts with 40 (record is 49) and 7th in career innings with 251.2 (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 in 2003.
SUN. - Tyler Cheney, Freshman LHP: Left with the lead but no decision Sat. vs. Santa Clara (5.9 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K) ... 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 Kyle Conley to lead Richland High to the 4A state title last year ... threw a two-hit shutout in the state semifinal before hitting a two-run homer in the championship, a 2-1 win ... state 4A MVP and first-team all-state at 1B and P.
MON. - Kyle Parker, Junior RHP: Due to long rain delay, only threw 4.0 IP Mar. 10 vs. Santa Clara (4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K), but left with the lead ... 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 ... has made 30 career starts and as a 14-10 career won-lost record ... 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.
BULLPEN NOTES: Elliott Cribby (So. RHP) leads the Pac-10 with seven saves ... earned saves Mar. 10 and 11 vs. Santa Clara ... got two wins and a save during Hawaii trip (wins over Texas- Arlington and Hawaii, save vs. Arkansas) ... 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 ... 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) ... HS league MVP as junior and senior ... Nick Hagadone (So. LHP) threw three perfect innings in no-hitter Mar. 12 vs. Santa Clara for the save ... named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball for his part in the no-hitter ... since giving up four runs in his first outing this year, has allowed only five hits and two runs in last 16.1 innings (1.10 ERA) ... 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 ... 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 ... Matt Kasser (Sr. 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 ... 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 made seven appearances, allowing only two hits over 5.0 IP ... 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 Hawaii ... threw 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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