Baseballers Return To Road At Oregon State

March 5, 2001

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THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team (5-2) returns to the road this week for a pair of non-conference games at Oregon State (8-7) Tuesday and Wednesday (both games begin at 2:00 p.m.). Then, after having played nine straight away from home to begin the season, the Huskies return to Seattle to open the home season Friday night at Husky Ballpark. Southern Utah (1-10) come to town for a three-game series, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. and continuing with Saturday and Sunday games, both at 1:00 p.m. After the OSU games, the Huskies will play their next eight and 13 of their next 16 at home. Friday's game against Southern Utah will air live on KSRB AM-1150. Here's a look at this week's games:

Tue., Mar. 6: UW at Oregon State, Corvallis, Ore., 2:00 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 7: UW at Oregon State, Corvallis, Ore., 2:00 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 9: Southern Utah at UW, Husky Ballpark, 6:30 p.m., KSRB AM-1150 radio
Sat., Mar. 10: Southern Utah at UW, Husky Ballpark, 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 11: Southern Utah at UW, Husky Ballpark, 1:00 p.m.

SERIES HISTORY: Oregon State holds a 204-163-1 edge in its all-time series against Washington. Aside from Washington State, the Huskies have played Oregon State more than any other team. Last season, the Beavers took four of the five games against the UW. Husky coach Ken Knutson holds a 29-24 record against the Beavers. The Huskies' series with Southern Utah is tied at two wins apiece. The Huskies beat the Thunderbirds once in 1999 at a tournament at St. George, Utah. Last season, Southern took two games of a three-game series in Utah.

COACH 'K': In eight seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Ken Knutson has led the Dawgs to two Pac-10 championships, four Pac-10 Northern Division titles, two second-place finishes and three NCAA Regionals. His career overall record stands at 290-187 (.608). With those 290 wins, he is the second-winningest coach in UW history, trailing only Bob MacDonald (422). Before becoming the Husky head man in 1993, 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 139-52 (.728) record in home games. He is 130-80 (.619) in conference games. Knutson has coached 35 first-team All-Pac-10 selections in eight seasons, and has been named league caoch of the year three times. A 1981 All-Pac-10 left-handed pitcher at the UW, he is joined by assistant coaches Joe Ross, Ed Gustafson, and Joe Weis and undergraduate assistant Daniel Jahn.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Here's a look at the probable starters at each position, with 2001 stats and notes:

Pos.  Player, Year         Avg.-HR-RBI Notes C -- Jefferson Thiel, So.   .435-0-7  Has started six of seven behind the plate so far1B -- Bryan Johnson, So.     .333-1-9  Batted .412 with grand slam during UC Riverside series2B -- Marc Rittenhouse, Sr.  .185-0-0  Co-captain, 12 HRs last yearSS -- Tila Reynolds, So.     .440-1-4  Has hit safely in all six games he's played this season3B -- Michael Done, Jr.      .500-0-7  .444 with five RBI during UC Riverside series      Mike Wagner, Fr.       .400-0-3  Has started at 3B and DH, 6-for-11 at UC RiversideRF -- Tyler Davidson, So.    .240-0-4  6-for-17 last weekend after starting 0-for-8LF -- Jay Garthwaite, So.    .414-2-12 .438 (6-for-17) with two homers 10 RBI at RiversideCF -- Ben Miller, Jr.        .222-0-2  Eight hits in last 16 at bats of 2000 seasonCF -- Justin Drake, So.      .000-0-0  Made 20 starts in center field in 2000CF -- Brandon Jacobson, So.  .438-1-1  6-for-10 with a homer in two starts at UC RiversideCF -- Andre Marshall, Jr.    .182-0-2  Four starts in CF, both hits are for extra basesDH -- Duggan Moran, Sr.      .267-0-2  Also plays 1B, already doubled '00 hit total

TRAVEL INFORMATION: The Huskies will travel to and from Corvallis, Ore., via bus. While in Corvallis, the team will stay at the Salbasgeon Suites, where the phone number is (541) 753-4320.

CUBA TRIP: Last September, the Husky baseball team travelled to Cuba for a week of baseball. The Dawgs were to play four games against the Cubans, with a fifth game pitting two mixed teams (half Huskies, half Cubans) against one another. Washington went 2-2 against teams made up of Cuban pros and the mixed game was rained out. Washington was the first major college team to play in Cuba.

FRESHMAN HONORS: Throughout the second half of last season, Washington's everyday lineup included four freshmen: RF Tyler Davidson, DH Jay Garthwaite, SS Tila Reynolds and C Jefferson Thiel. All four closed out the year by earning some level of freshman All-America honors for their strong play. Thiel was named the first-team Freshman All-America catcher by USA Today Baseball Weekly. Davidson, Garthwaite and Reynolds each earned honorable mention Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball and were also named honorable mention All-Pac-10.

ONE YEAR OLDER: Washington fielded its youngest team since 1996 last season, with four freshmen in the everyday starting lineup and only one senior on the roster. The Huskies are hoping that they can repeat what happened with that young '96 squad, which went on to win Pac-10 Championships in 1997 and 1998. This season, Washington returns 24 players that played last season, plus two redshirts. Offensively, returning players started 66 percent of last year's games, and accounted for 64 percent of the Huskies' at bats, runs and hits. Returners hit 46 of the Dawgs' 67 home runs (69 percent) and stole 51 of 88 stolen bases (58 percent). On the mound, the Huskies are even more experienced. Members of the 2001 roster made 156 appearances last season and accounted for 77 percent (20) of the Huskies' 26 wins and 73 percent of starts (41 of 56). Returning pitchers worked 382 innings (79 percent) and fanned 300 (76 percent).

POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
Tyler Davidson, Soph. OF: After a slow start (0-for-8 at Tucson), Davidson got it going during the UC Riverside series, going 6-for-17 (.353) with four RBI ... has started six of seven in right field ... began his freshman year last season on the bench, but ended up starting 28 of the last 30 ... cracked the starting lineup April 5 at Washington State, when he went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a home run, and an intentional walk in his last at bat ... top batting average (.345) among returning players ... 17 of 38 hits last year were for extra bases ... named honorable mention freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball.

Michael Done, Junior 3B: Leads the team with his .500 batting average (11-for-22) ... went 7-for-13 (.538) at the Illini Desert Classic in Tucson ... drove in the tying run in the ninth vs. BYU ... started all but two games at third base last season ... stole 10 bases on 11 tries last year ... made only 14 errors in 54 games last year.

Justin Drake, Soph. OF: One of several candidates for the starting spot in center field ... started in left vs. Illinois ... scored winning run in 6-5 win over BYU, appearing as a pinch runner ... perhaps the fastest runner on the team ... spent a good portion of last season as the starter in center, starting a total of 20 games.

Jay Garthwaite, Soph. OF: The Huskies' starter in left in six games and at DH in the other ... one of only two Huskies to have started all seven games ... easily leads team with his 12 runs batted in ... had a great weekend at UC Riverside, going 7-for-16 with two homers and 10 runs batted in ... only Husky with two home runs ... dating back to last season, has hit safely in 15 of the last 16, hitting .403 (25-for-62) over that stretch ... broke the UW freshman home runs record with 12 last season ... had off-season surgery to repair the shoulder that had relegated him to DH duties in 2000 ... honorable mention Freshman All-America.

Bryan Johnson, Soph. 1B: One of only two Huskies to have started in all seven games this season ... has started one game at third and six at first base, but has also played second base ... good weekend at Riverside, going 7-for-16 (.412) with two doubles, six RBI and a grand slam (in Saturday's game two) ... had an outstanding summer with Athletes in Action, batting .327 with a wood bat and leading his team to a fourth-place finish at the NBC World Series.

Brandon Jacobson, Soph. OF: Made two starts in center field at Riverside, going 6-for-10 with a home run and three runs scored ... hit a solo homer in Saturday's game one -- the first Husky home run of the season ... batted .393 and led the league in runs and stolen bases last year at Bellevue (Wash.) CC, playing with a wood bat.

Andre Marshall, Junior OF: Has made four starts in center field so far ... both hits have gone for extra bases -- a double and a triple ... a transfer from Walla Walla (Wash.) CC ... tripled in the season opener vs. BYU ... known for speed and fielding ... drafted by the Oakland A's in the 29th round of the 1999 draft.

Ben Miller, Junior OF: Has made two starts -- started the Illinois game in center and game three at Riverside as the DH ... drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th vs. Illinois, but the Illini tied it in the bottom of the 10th ... closed out last season by collecting eight hits in his last 16 at bats after starting his career hitless in his first 23 ... first hit was a two-run homer vs. St. Martin's.

Duggan Moran, Senior 1B/DH: Has started three games at designated hitter and one at first base ... with four hits this season, has already doubled last year's total ... 3-for-8 at UC Riverside ... first career hit (last season vs. Northern Iowa) drove in the tying and winning runs.

John Otness, Freshman IF: Got first career start at second base Sunday at UC Riverside ... doubled in first career at bat off the bench in Saturday's game two at UCR ... a backup at both second base and shortstop ... missed the fall practice season after suffering an injury to a kidney during summer ball ... batted .560 as a senior and was the Tacoma player of the year.

Jeremiah Porter, RS-Freshman OF: Has made two appearances, but has yet to start ... one of several players contending for time in the outfield ... red-shirted the 2000 season due to a back injury that eventually required surgery.

Steve Ramsey, Freshman 1B/OF: Will serve as a backup at first base and in the outfield, and also has a good shot to start at DH ... won the KingCo Confererence batting championship with a .517 average last year at Eastlake High School.

Tila Reynolds, Soph. SS: Has hit safely in all six games in which he's played this year ... very solid weekend at UC Riverside, batting .474 (9-for-19) with six runs, a double and a home run ... sprained an ankle and missed Illinois game ... tripled in opening run of Kentucky game ... started 50 of 56 games at shortstop as a freshman last year ... honorable mention Freshman All-America ... over the last 35 games of 2000, batted .302 and made only six errors in last 32 games.

Tim Rice, Junior C: Started 12 games as the backup catcher in 2000 after transferring from Tacoma CC ... expected to vie for the No. 2 spot with Chad Yarbrough this season ... singled off the bench in first at bat of 2001 ... started Sunday at UCR.

Marc Rittenhouse, Senior 2B: Has started six of seven games, five at second base and three at shortstop ... co-captain along with Jeff Carlsen ... 12 home runs in 2000 shared the team lead ... had only five homers prior to last season ... second on team with 13 stolen bases and first with 47 walks ... 47 walks ranked third in the Pac-10 ... 10th in UW history in career walks and runs ... career .290 hitter.

Jefferson Thiel, Soph. C: Has started six of seven behind the plate and has played in all seven ... has yet to make an error or allow a passed ball ... caught every inning of the opening weekend, and still managed to hit .500 with four RBI ... singled home winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth vs. BYU ... started 44 of 56 games as the Husky catcher in 2000 ... named first-team Freshman All-America by USA Today Baseball Weekly ... hit .556 (5-for-9) with two homers during trip to Cuba.

Mike Wagner, Freshman 3B: Will back up at third base and also has a shot to start at DH ... has made two starts at DH and one at third base ... hit two doubles off of the bench in game two at UC Riverside ... went 6-for-13 (.545) in three games at UCR ... All-KingCo third baseman as a junior and senior at Woodinville High ... over the summer, once strung together 19 consecutive hits ... 0-for-3 in lone start.

Chad Yarbrough, Soph. C: Will compete to back up Jefferson Thiel ... saw action in three games last year, but didn't get a plate appearance ... has yet to play in 2001.

PITCHER NOTES (regular starters first):
Tyler Shepple, Sophomore RHP: No decisions in two starts so far ... Friday at UCR, allowed four runs on four hits over six and two-thirds ... vs. BYU, threw six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, no walks and five strikeouts ... gave up a two-run homer in the first for only runs ... spent last season as a reliever, making 13 appearances and no starts.

Sean White, Sophomore RHP: Two wins in two starts so far ... threw seven tremendous innings vs. Kentucky in first start of 2001 ... allowed no runs on three hits, three walks and three Ks ... at UC Riverside, fanned eight in five innings ... made nine relief appearances and three starts as a freshman in 2000 ... first career start came at World Series-bound Stanford.

Clay Johnson, Freshman RHP: Threw five strong innings for first win Saturday at UC Riverside ... no-hit the Highlanders through the first four ... finished with five innings, three hits, two runs and four Ks ... earned first career start vs. Illinois ... threw 3.1 innings and got no decision ... had a very similar career to fellow Elma High grad Jake Kringen, one of the most successful pitchers in UW history ... like Kringen, led Elma to the state title as a senior and posted a 0.00 ERA as a senior.

BULLPEN NOTES: Brian Barton (Soph. RHP) led the UW with 22 appearances in 2000 ... didn't allow a home run in 28.1 innings, while striking out 30 in that span ... will miss the early part of the season after undergoing elbow surgery ... Mike Bomar (Senior LHP) has been outstanding in three appearances so far ... has worked eight innings, allowing no runs on three hits, a walk and seven Ks ... threw 5.2 vs. Illinois ... allowed only two hits and one walk while fanning six ... first 4.2 innings were no-hit ... Jeff Carlsen (Senior RHP) is a likely starter, but may sit out the first week or two while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery ... second on the all-time wins list with 22 career victories ... also ranks in the top five in starts, innings and strikeouts ... 40 starts and only one relief appearances in three seasons ... Zack Daniels (Junior LHP) is another possible starter ... started eight and made only one relief appearance last year ... 4-2 with two wins over Portland and one each over San Francisco and St. Martin's in 2000 ... Matt Gardner (Senior LHP) is fully healthy again after shoulder injury ... worked 4.2 in relief on Sunday at UC Riverside ... outstanding as a lefty set-up man ... Trevor Gibson (Freshman RHP) was excellent in lone outing, allowing four hits, one run and no walks with three strikeouts over four innings at UC Riverside for a save ... Taylor Grant (Junior LHP) made 16 relief appearances and four starts in 2000 ... led the Huskies and was third in the Pac-10 with six saves last season ... threw 2.1 relief innings in tough-luck loss to Illnois ... gave up one run (unearned) on one hit and three Ks ... gave up one run over two innings in two outings at UCR ... Shawn Kohn (Junior RHP) threw an inning of relief last Friday, fanned three and got the win ... Jeff Petersen (Freshman RHP) led his team to AAAA state title in 2000 .. all-state as a senior and a 25th-round draft choice ... Scott Robertson (Soph. RHP) nearly had a dream weekend in Tucson ... made only two appearances in all of 2000, but pitched in all three games at Tucson ... threw a scoreless ninth for the win over BYU ... worked out of a jam (second and third, no outs) vs. Kentucky for the save ... came in one run up in the 10th vs. Illinois, but gave up a run, ruining a shot at a two-save, one-win weekend ... got a save at UCR on Friday, throwing a perfect ninth inning ... Randy Vanderplow (Junior RHP) is another pitcher that could start or relieve ... started at Riverside on Sunday and took the loss ... made eight relief outings and one start last season.

RANDOM NOTES: Last weekend at UC Riverside, the Huskies batted .387 as as team and committed only one error in four games, good for a .992 fielding mark over the four games ... so far this year, the Huskies have given up only one home run, and that was by the third batter in the first inning of the first game ... Husky pitchers have faced 282 batters since without giving up a homer ... of the 40 players on the Washington roster, only five come from outside of the state of Washington ... Washington's 40-man roster includes 11 players that have been drafted.

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