Dawgs Open Series Vs. UC Riverside Tonight

April 13, 2007

SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team, on the road for its last five games, opens a three-game weekend series today vs. UC Riverside. The Huskies (16-15 overall, 5-4 in the Pac-10) are the only conference team taking on a non-league foe this weekend. The Highlanders come into the series 21-12 overall and 2-1 in Big West play.

Friday's game will feature one of the nation's top pitcher as UCR ace James Simmons (7-1, 1.81 earned run average) will square off with Husky sophomore Jorden Merry (5-3, 4.26). Merry has dropped his last two starts after having won five in a row. First pitch Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, the Huskies will send freshman righthander Cam Nobles (0-0, 3.00) to the mound in his second start of the season. Last Sunday at UCLA, Nobles went three innings in the UW's win over the Bruins. The Highlanders will start senior lefty Marc Rzepczynski (5-0, 2.42). Game time on Saturday is 2:00 p.m.

In Sunday's 1:00 p.m. game, Washington will start sophomore lefthander Nick Haughian (3-4, 5.81) against UCR's senior southpaw Pat Cassa (2-3, 3.23).

Live video and live stats of all three games will be available here on gohuskies.com via the 'Dawg Channel.'

After the UCR series, the Huskies return to the road for their sixth straight non-league game, traveling to face Portland Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Next weekend, April 20-22, the Huskies get back to the Pac-10 when USC visits Husky Ballpark. All three USC games will air live on KKNW AM-1150 and also on the 'Dawg Channel.'

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