Spring Breaks Sends Dawgs On Tour Of Northwest
March 19, 2007
THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team (10-8) capped a 12-game homestand with eight straight victories and this week, the Diamond Dawgs take that win streak on the road for a spring break trip around the Northwest. Tuesday, the Dawgs take on Portland (10-9) at 2:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field. Sophomore RHP Bryce Mooney will start for the UW. Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., the Huskies face Gonzaga (14-10) with sophomore RHP Geoff Nichols scheduled to start. Then, this weekend in Pullman, the Huskies open Pac-10 Conference play vs. cross-state rival Washington State (12-7) in a three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Huskies will give sophomore LHP Nick Haughian the ball for Friday's 5:30 p.m. game. Saturday at 2:00 p.m., sophomore RHP Jorden Merry will start for the Huskies and the week wraps up Sunday with a noon game as sophomore LHP Tyler Cheney is slated to start. The following weekend, the Huskies play host to Arizona State in their first home conference series of the season. Here's a look at this week's games:
Tue., March 20: UW at Portland, 2:00 p.m. PDT - live audio at gohuskies.com
Wed., March 21: UW at Gonzaga, 3:00 p.m. PDT - live audio at gohuskies.com
Fri., March 23: UW at WSU, 5:30 p.m. PDT - live radio: KKNW AM-1150
Sat., March 24: UW at WSU, 2:00 p.m. PDT - live radio: KKNW AM-1150
Sun., March 25: UW at WSU, 12:00 p.m. PDT - live radio: KKNW AM-1150
SERIES HISTORY: Washington, obviously, has a long history against all three of this week's opponents. The Huskies are 81-43-1 all-time vs. Portland, including a 13-11 loss to the Pilots earlier this season (Feb. 27) at Husky Ballpark. Last season, the UW went 4-2 vs. the Pilots. The Huskies hold a 67-50 all-time series advantage over Gonzaga. Last year, the Huskies swept a three-game series from the Bulldogs at Husky Ballpark (14-4, 8-6, 7-5). The Huskies and Cougars have played exactly 400 times, with Washington State leading the series, 226-174. Last year, on the final weekend of the regular season, the Huskies won two of three, losing 3-2 in game one before taking the next two, 5-4 and 5-3.
COACH 'K': In 2004, 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 14-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. He recently became the 17th Pac-10 coach to reach 500 wins and his career record now stands at 507-328-2 (.607). 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 255-112-2 (.694) record in home games. He is 205-149 (.579) in Pac-10 games. He's coached 50 first-team All-Pac-10 selections in 14 seasons, 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 Jeff James.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Here's a look at the probable starters at each position, with 2007 stats and notes:
Pos. Player, Year Avg.-HR-RBI Notes C - Joey Dunn, Jr. .190-2-4 Has caught all but four innings for the UW this year1B - Curt Rindal, Sr. .318-4-14 Lone senior on roster; career vs. WSU: 10-for-28, 13 RBI2B - Bradley Boyer, So. .345-1-5 Career vs. Portland: 9-for-26 (.346), 6 runs, 4-4 SBs3B - Matt Hague, Jr. .318-1-10 Last weekend vs. Northridge: 3-for-10, 3 walks, 3-3 SBsSS - Brian Pearl, Fr. .229-2-12 8 of 11 hits this season for extra bases (5 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs) Danny Cox, So. .222-1-3 Regular SS as freshman, started 52 of 61 games in '06OF - Michael Burgher, So. .250-0-1 During current winning streak: 4-for-10 in 4 startsOF - Kyle Conley, So. .267-0-5 Last season vs. Gonzaga: 3-for-5, 3 homers, 6 RBIOF - Brett Kaluza, So. .364-0-2 Has started 3 of last 6 in OF; 4-for-9 in that spanOF - Andy Lentz, So. .333-0-3 Last year vs. Gonzaga: 5-for-8, 1 2B, 3 HRs, 6 runsOF - Jake Rife, Fr. .241-0-2 Started all 3 vs. Northridge: 4-for-11, 3 doublesOF - Matt Stevens, Jr. .094-0-2 Currently limited by elbow inj.; 17 HRs 2nd in Pac-10 in '06DH - Ty Rasmussen, RS-Fr. .283-3-7 Feb. 27 vs. Portland: 2-for-4, 2 walks, homer, 3 RBI
KNUTSON PASSES #500: Husky head coach Ken Knutson is already the winningest baseball coach in UW history, but he reached another milestone on March 5. Knutson, who enters the week with a career record of 507-328-2, won his 500th career game on March 5 vs. Southern Utah. Entering this season, only 16 Pac-10 coaches had ever reached 500 career victories, a group than includes legends like USC's Rod Dedeaux, Arizona's Jerry Kindall and Jim Brock and Bobby Winkles of Arizona State. Knutson took over at his alma mater prior to the 1993 season and is in his 15th year in charge. Only Stanford's Mark Marquess has more seniority or more wins among current Pac-10 coaches.
DURING THE WIN STREAK: During its current eight-game winning streak, the Washington baseball team has put together some very good statistics, not surprisingly. As a team, the Huskies have batted .313 over the last eight games while holding opponents to a .209 average. UW pitchers have combined for a 1.46 earned run average, allowing only 52 hits in 74.0 innings. The Huskies have 19 doubles, two triples and nine homers during the streak while opponents have collected only nine total extra base hits. UW has stolen 13 bases in 14 attempts while giving up only seven in 12 tries. And, defensively, the Huskies have made just six errors, good for a .982 fielding mark over the streak.
HUSKIES AT SAFECO FIELD: Washington's home game against Oregon State on Friday, May 4, will be played at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. The Huskies and Beavers will square off in the first game of a three-game Pac-10 series at 7:30 p.m. that night, and the game will air live on FSN television. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors and all UW home game ticket policies will apply (i.e., family plan, group tickets are available and UW students and Olympic Sports Pass holders will be admitted free). Washington last played on a big-league field in 1997, when the Huskies playing a tournament at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The Huskies also used to host a tournament in the Kingdome, the Mariners' former home, and played an exhibition vs. the Mariners in the Kingdome in 1986.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: Counting those in the 'others receiving votes' category, the preseason Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches' poll ranked 55 teams this season. Washington will play at least 24 games against teams that received votes in the preseason ranking. Those 24 games come against eight different teams, including six conference opponents. The Huskies will play a total of 12 games against four teams ranked in the top 25 in the preseason poll - three each against No. 14 Arizona State, No. 15 Oregon State, No. 21 UCLA and No. 25 Stanford. Well-respected baseball web site boydsworld.com ranks the Huskies' schedule as the 22nd-toughest in the nation (among 291 Division I programs), which is in the middle of the Pac-10 (fifth, to be precise). All nine Pac-10 teams' schedules rank in the top 30, according to boydsworld.com.
NORTHWEST FLAVOR: As is usually the case, the Husky baseball roster is made up primarily of players from the state of Washington. This year, 34 of the 37 players on the current roster are from the state of Washington. The only non-Washingtonians on the team is are sophomore pitchers Bryce Mooney (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Geoff Nichols (Portland, Ore.) and freshman infielder Travis Nishioka (Honolulu, Hawaii). For those unfamiliar with Northwest geography, both Lake Oswego and Portland are within a few miles of the border with Washington. Of the 34 in-state players, 31 are from the western part of the state (west of the Cascades) and 17 are from King County, where the UW is located.
POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
#10 Bryce Anderson, Fr. C: Saw first action as PH Feb. 27 vs. Portland then action behind the plate March 3, March 10 and March 18 ... captain as an IF at Redmond HS last season ... hit 12 HRs and batted .327 in summer ball.
#2 Bradley Boyer, So. IF: Started 14 at 2B, 1 at 3B ... 3-for-9 in CSUN series (didn't play Sun. game) ... 4-for-13 (.308) with 2 2Bs, 2 RBI in Pacific series ... 3-for-5 with 2B, 3B Mar. 5 vs. UC Irvine ... first HR Mar. 6 vs. Southern Utah ... started 2 of 3 at ECU Invitational (1 at 2B, 1 at 3B), going 5-for-7 with 4 doubles, 2 runs, 1 RBI ... started 2 of 3 at Cal Poly (1-for-6 for series) ... started 37 games last year at 2B, SS and 3B ... first career hit was a solo HR at CS Northridge last season ... .253 with two homers and 12 RBI as a freshman in 2006.
#4 Michael Burgher, Jr. OF: Started 7 of last 11 in CF ... 1-for-5 with 3 walks in CSUN series ... 3-for-3 with a BB, SB and a run Mar. 9 vs. Pacific ... started in CF vs. ECU (1-for-5) ... played in 26 games last season, starting 12, all in center field ... saw action only as PR at Cal Poly due to infection in arm ... UW went 8-4 in his starts last season.
#3 Doug Cherry, Fr. IF: RBI double in first AB Mar. 3 vs. UC Irvine ... played in 2 games vs. CSUN (0-for-2)... captained Inglemoor HS last year ... named to his summer team's (Taylor Baseball) all-time team at shortstop.
#29 Kyle Conley, So. OF: Started all 13 of 18 so far ... missed most of CSUN series with shoulder injury ... 2-for-3 with double in 8-0 win over Pacific ... hit safely in the season's first 7 games ... 2-for-3 with RBI 2B Mar. 6 vs. Southern Utah ... 3-for-10 at ECU Invitational ... 4-for-10 in Cal Poly series, hitting safely in all 3 ... hit .268 with four HRs and 16 RBI in 82 at bats in '06... hit two HR in win over Gonzaga last year ... along with fellow UW freshman Tyler Cheney, led Richland High to the 4A state title last year ... all-state first-teamer as a senior OF and pitcher.
#28 Danny Cox, So. SS: Has started 9 at SS and 1 at 2B ... 1-for-4 as 2B Sun. vs. CSUN ... had a 7-game hit streak Feb. 17-Mar. 3 ... solo homer vs. Duke ... as a freshman, started 52 of the Huskies' 61 games at SS ... only 4 errors in 102 chances in Pac-10 play last year, good for .961 fielding mark ... drafted by Twins in the 34th round of the 2005 draft.
#18 Joey Dunn, Jr. C: Has caught all but 3 innings of the season so far ... solo homer in 6-5 win over Paciifc March 10 ... 3-for-3 catching would-be basestealers in Pacific series ... 3-for-5 Feb. 27 vs. Portland ... 3-for-11 at ECU tourney ... started 29 games behind the plate as a freshman in 2005 and 10 more last season ... UW went 9-1 with Dunn as starter behind the plate last season ... started 19 of UW's 24 Pac-10 games as a freshman.
#1 Matt Hague, Jr. 3B/OF: Moves to starter at 3B this season after having started mostly in the OF the last two seasons ... 3-for-10, 3 BBs, 3 SBs in CSUN series ... 4-for-8 in March 10 doubleheader sweep of Pacific ... 5-for-13, 4 RBI last year vs. CS Northridge ... 2-for-4 with 3-run HR Mar. 5 vs. SUU ... 4-for-12 with 2B, 3B at Cal Poly ... entered junior season with .394 batting average in 350 career at bats, good for the top career BA in school history ... first-team All-Pac-10 last year ... pitched in each of the last two seasons, but unlikely to do so this year ... preseason All-Pac-10 from Baseball America and preseason third-team All-America from Collegiate Baseball.
#7 Brett Kaluza, So. OF: 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI in start Sun. vs. CSUN ... started 2 vs. Pacific (in LF and CF) ... 2-for-6 vs. Pacific ... first action Mar. 3 vs. UC Irvine.. started 10 of 24 Pac-10 games last year ... Seattle Times' Eastside Athlete of the Year as a senior at Skyline ... state runner-up in football and baseball as a senior.
#8 Max Kwan, So. C: Seattle native spent last year playing at Tulane ... first AB Mar. 18 vs. CSUN after missing first five weeks with elbow injury ... started 33 games for the Green Wave, helping them to NCAA Regional ... all-state as a junior and senior at Seattle Prep ... drafted by Mariners in 36th round of 2006 draft.
#5 Andy Lentz, Jr. OF/IF: Has started 15 of 18 in CF or RF ... 3-for-12 in CSUN series ... illness held him to just one game vs. Pacific, but went 4-for-6 with 2 runs, 2B, RBI, & SB in that one (6-5 extra-innings win) ... RBI triple in ninth was UW's only hit Mar. 4 vs. UC Irvine ... started all 3 at Cal Poly, going 5-for-11 for series ... fought through injuries last year and played in 27 games, starting 15 ... has seen action at every position except SS, C and P ... missed 7 weeks of last season with groin injury ... hit .268 with 7 HRs in 127 at bats last year ... two brothers (Ryan, Richie) played at UW.
#23 Joey Lind, Fr. 1B: Has played in 5 games ... first hit was single Mar. 3 vs. UC Irvine ... along with UW teammate Cam Nobles, led Jackson HS to 27-0 record, 4A state title and No. 2 final national ranking last season ... hit .455 with a school-record 46 RBI in 27 games last season ... first-team all-state.
#32 Travis Nishioka, Fr. OF/IF: Versatile freshman can play OF or IF ... lone action so far came Mar. 3 vs. UC Irvine (game 2) ... first-team all-ILH as a senior at Iolani School in Honolulu ... also all-state football player.
#9 Brian Pearl, Fr. IF: Has started last 9 at SS ... 3-for-12, 2 2Bs, HR vs. CSUN ... homered Mar. 18 ... 4-for-12 with 4 RBI in Pacific series ... 2B and 3B in 8-0 win over Tigers ... solo HR Mar. 5 vs. Southern Utah ... started 2 games at 2B at ECU ... started at 2B Feb. 18 at Cal Poly, (1-for-5 with an RBI 2B in first AB) ... one relief pitching appearance.
#33 Trevor Petersen, So. 1B: Has sat out last 3 weeks with illness ... 1-for-3 as starting DH vs. ECU ... started Sun. at Cal Poly ... played in 23 games last year, starting 8 (1 at 1B, 7 at DH) ... hit .289 in 45 at bats ... 3-time team captain at Seattle Christian ... state 1A co-MVP as a senior in 2005, when he hit .609 with 11 HRs, 33 RBI in 17 games.
#25 Ty Rasmussen, RS-Fr. OF: 15 starts as Husky DH ... 3-for-10 in CSUN series ... hit RBI single in 11th to beat Pacific March 10 ... 3-for-6 in that game ... has 3 homers (Feb. 27 vs. Portland, Mar. 3 vs. UCI, Mar. 6 vs. SUU) ... homer vs. UCI came in 1-0 Husky win ... spent last season redshirting at Louisiana-Lafeyette ... batted .475 and slugged 1.100 as a HS senior.
#6 Jake Rife, So. OF: Possible starter at DH or in the outfield, mostly left field ... started all 3 vs. CSUN: 4-for-11, 3 doubles ... 2-for-4 in start in 6-5 win over Pacific ... saw action in 42 games as a freshman, starting 30 ... WCCBL all-star during the summer ... batted over .450 in each of his last three seasons at Lakewood High ... 2A state MVP as a senior.
#21 Curt Rindal, Sr. 1B: Team's lone senior in 5th season at the UW ... 3-for-13, 2 RBI in CSUN series ... big series vs. Pacific (8-for-14, 2 2Bs, HR, 3 RBI), winning Pac-10 player of the week ... 4-for-5 in 6-5 win over Pacific and 7-for-10 in doubleheader that day ... 3-for-4, 3-run double, solo homer Mar. 6 vs. SUU ... hit two homers at ECU Invitational, going 3-for-10 with four RBI on the weekend ... 2-for-12 as starter in all 3 at Cal Poly ... redshirted his second season (2004) due to an elbow injury in left (non-throwing) arm ... earned first-team All-Pac-10 last year after batting .350 with 10 homers, 21 doubles and 48 RBI ... four in the Pac-10 in doubles, seventh in homers ... only player to play in all 61 games last year ... enters season with a .328 career batting average.
#43 Aaron Russell, Fr. IF: Singled in first AB Mar. 3 (game 2) vs. UC Irvine ... started at 3B Mar. 4 vs. UCI ... first-team all-league SS at Interlake HS last season ... led league in RBI and was third in HRs as a senior.
#41 Ryan Scott, Jr. C: Reserve catcher transferred to UW from Tacoma CC ... hasn't yet played ... helped team to third-place finish in NWAACC tourney ... younger brother, Troy, will join UW next season.
#13 Matt Stevens, Jr. OF: Moves from third base, where he started 56 games last year, to right field, where he's started 8 ... limited recently by elbow injury ... started 2 games in Pacific series ... also saw action at 1B ... started 2 of 3 at ECU Invitational, both in RF ... started last 2 at Cal Poly in RF (1-for-9) ... belted 17 home runs last season, second in the Pac-10 (behind teammate Zach Clem's 20) and fourth in UW single-season history ... hit for the cycle at CS Northridge on Feb. 18, 2006, finishing the game 5-for-6 with two homers ... six homers in league play were most in the Pac-10 ... first-team Academic All-Pac-10 last year ... saw freshman season (2005) cut short by broken bone in hand.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
TUE. - Bryce Mooney, Soph. FHP: Got win in a start Mar. 6 vs. SUU (5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks) ... pitched Feb. 17 vs. Cal Poly ... pitched in 27 games as a freshman in 2006, starting 1 and appearing in relief 25 times ... had a string of 10 straight innings of no-hit relief from March 10-28 last year.
WED. - Geoff Nichols, Soph. RHP: Got win in 6-5, 11-inn. victory over Pacific Mar. 10 (2.2 IP., 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K) ... no decision in start vs. Portland Feb. 27 (3.0 IP) ... worked 3.1 innings of relief opening day vs. Cal Poly, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits ... appeared in relief 3 times and started once last season ... got the start at Hawaii Pacific, earning a win ... went 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA over 51 innings for the Aloha (Ore.) last summer.
FRI. - Nick Haughian, Soph. LHP: Has settled into starting role on Fridays ... worked 7.0 shutout innings for win Mar. 16 vs. CSUN: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 Ks ... got the win Mar. 9 vs. Pacific (7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) ... suffered loss Mar. 3 (game 2) vs. UC Irvine ... pitched well, but took loss vs. ECU (7.0+ IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) ... left game with 4-2 lead, but no decision in first career start Feb. 18 at Cal Poly: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks ... got off to a quick start last season, earning the save in the season's second game at New Mexico State, his first appearance ... also earned a save at CS Northridge and wins over Santa Clara and Saint Martin's ... make the WCCBL all-star team and led the league with 10 saves last summer, pitching for the league champion Wenatchee ... 10-0 with a 0.68 ERA as a senior at Marysville-Pilchuck HS ... struck out 114 in 61.2 innings as a senior.
SAT. - Jorden Merry, Soph. RHP: Saw string of consecutive scoreless innings snapped at 22.2 Mar. 17 vs. CSUN, but got win: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks ... worked 2nd straight combined shutout Mar. 10 vs. Pacific (7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) ... notched victory Mar. 3 (game 1) vs. UC Irvine, the first 1-0 game in Husky Ballpark history ... vs. UCI (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks) ... won Feb. 24 vs. St. John's (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) ... solid in first start, but took loss Feb. 17 at Cal Poly: 5.1 IP, 5 H 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K ... 2005 graduate of Pasco High, played at Lower Columbia College in Kelso, Wash., last season ... all-league at LCC after leading the league with 0.51 ERA... 7-0 with 3 saves, allowing only 26 hits, 3 ERs and 6 walks while striking out 66 in 53 innings at LCC.
SUN. - Tyler Cheney, Soph. LHP: Picked up first win Mar. 18 vs. CSUN: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K ... no decision in 6-5, 11-inning win over Pacific (6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2K) ... started Mar. 4 vs. UC Irvine and took the loss as UW was one-hit (4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB 1 K) ... got the save vs. St. John's, throwing 3.0 shutout IP ... threw 2.1 IP in relief Feb. 17 at Cal Poly, allowing 1 run on 3 hits ... started 12 games and appeared in relief 3 times during the 2006 season ... worked 7.2 shutout innings for first career win last season at CS Northridge ... all 3 bullpen outings in '06 were solid, long-relief efforts, vs. USC, Stanford and WSU ... over 3 relief appearances, allowed 15 hits and 6 earned runs over 17.2 innings, walking only 2 ... walked only 4 batters over last 31.1 innings last season.
BULLPEN NOTES: Harrison Bishop (Jr. RHP) threw 1.0 IP Mar. 16 vs. CSUN (1 H, 0 R) ... saw first action Feb. 27 vs. Portland with 1.2 no-hit IP ... worked 3.1 in relief Mar. 4 vs. UC Irvine, allowing only 1 run ... fourth-year junior who played at Bellevue CC and Edmonds CC, both near the UW campus ... missed 2005 season due to 'Tommy John' surgery ... drated by the Orioles in the 40th round of the 2004 draft ... struck out 58 in 52.2 innings last year at Bellevue ... Elliott Cribby (Jr. RHP) threw 2.0 hitless IP in relief Mar. 18 vs. CSUN ... picked up first save Mar. 6 vs. Southern Utah ... threw 2.1 relief (no dec.) in 6-5 win over Pacific ... retired only batter he faced Feb. 17 at Cal Poly, but took loss the following day ... also pitched Feb. 18 vs. Poly, Feb. 24 vs. ECU ... All-Pac-10 honorable mention last year in his first season at UW ... one of 35 pitchers (and the only one from the Pac-10) on the preseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year award ... 10 saves in 2006 were second in the Pac-10 and 4th-most in UW history ... appeared in relief in 24 games and started 5 ... 29 appearances were third-most (tied) in school history ... had a solid summer in the Cape Cod League, going 3-2 with a 1.61 ERA for the Chatham As ... Johnny DuRocher (Jr. RHP) has pitched twice in relief ... is playing baseball for the first time since his sophomore year of high school ... a QB on the UW football team the last three years ... had successful surgery to remove a brain tumor last Nov. ... the state's Gatorade player of the year for football in 2002, originally began his career at Oregon before transferring after a season ... appeared in 7 games as a UW quarterback ... Jason Erickson (So. RHP) threw 1.0 scoreless IP in 7-0 win over CSUN Mar. 16 ... worked final 1.2 IP in 8-0 win over Pacific March 10 ... pitched 2.0 solid innings Feb. 18 at Cal Poly, allowing 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K ... took loss vs. Duke (2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) ... appeared in six games last season ... picked up a win in second career outing at CS Northridge ... 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 ... Nick Hagadone (Jr. LHP) has worked out of pen his last five outings, combining for 9.0 scoreless innings, with only 5 hits allowed ... fourth save in 2-1 win over CSUN (1.0 IP, 2 Ks) ... third save Mar. 9 vs. Pacific ... earned saves Mar. 3 vs. UCI and Mar. 5 vs. SUU .. has made two starts ... no decision vs. Duke (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) ... took the loss Feb. 16 at Cal Poly: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K ... after working in only two games as a freshman in 2005, threw in 28 games last season, starting five ... 28 appearances were fifth-most in UW history ... worked the final three innings of a no-hitter (combining with Tim Lincecum) March 12, 2006, vs. Santa Clara, retiring all nine batters he faced ... named a national player of the week after the no-hitter ... first career start came March 24, 2006, at California ... had a solid summer season for the Southern California Fire, who finished third at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita ... went 2-0 with a 1.97 ERA, striking out 34 and walking only two over the summer ... Brandon McKerney (Jr. RHP) missed first 5 week with injury, but appeared Mar. 18 vs. CSUN (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) ... could eventually be a starter or reliever ... pitched in 14 games for UW last season and had good summer at Newport, R.I., posting a 0.31 ERA and .106 opponent batting average ... led the Huskies with 25 appearances as a freshman in 2005 ... earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention in 2005 ... Brent Miller (Fr. RHP) missed much of fall and winter workouts due to injury, but returned to action just before the start of the season an could return to action soon ... served as closer at Woodinville HS, helping team to state quarterfinals ... Cam Nobles (Fr. RHP) led Jackson High to a 27-0 record, a state 4A title and the No. 2 national ranking (Baseball America) last year ... drafted by the Mariners in the 19th round of the 2006 draft ... Brian Pearl (Fr. RHP) is a 2B and SS, but also pitches ... lone mound action was Mar. 3 vs. UC Irvine (game 2) ... in that outing: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
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