Baseball Set To Take On Northwest Rivals

April 23, 2001

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THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team (23-11 overall, 3-9 in the Pac-10) plays seven games over the next eight days, all against old rivals from the Pacific Northwest. First up, the Huskies take on Lewis-Clark State (41-10), the defending NAIA champion, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Husky Ballpark, both starting at 6:30 p.m. Both will air live on KSRB AM-1150 radio and Tuesday night's game will air live on Fox Sports Net in the Northwest. Friday through Sunday, the Huskies hit the road once again as they take on Washington State (14-27, 5-10) in a three-game Pac-10 series at Bailey-Brayton Field. The Huskies remain in Eastern Washington next Monday and Tuesday as they play Gonzaga in a pair of non-league games in Spokane before finally returning to Seattle to open a 10-game homestand. Here's a look at this week's games, with probable UW starting pitchers:

Tue., Apr. 24: Lewis-Clark St. at UW, 6:30 p.m. -- RHP Sean White (3-0, 3.24)
Wed., Apr. 25: Lewis-Clark St. at UW, 6:30 p.m. -- LHP Zack Daniels (3-1, 4.07)
Fri., Apr. 27: UW at WSU, 6:00 p.m. -- RHP Jeff Carlsen (1-2, 5.21)
Sat., Apr. 28: UW at WSU 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Shawn Kohn (4-0, 0.78)
Sun., Apr. 29: UW at WSU, 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Sean White (3-0, 3.24)

SERIES HISTORY: Washington's series with Lewis-Clark State is tied at 13-13, though the Huskies have held the edge in recent years. Since 1993 (when Ken Knutson took over as head coach), the Huskies are 9-4 vs. the Warriors, with three of those losses coming in Lewiston. Last year, the Huskies posted nine runs in the first four innings in a 9-7 win. WSU is 218-156 all-time against the Huskies, but Washington has been dominant in the past 10 years. Coach Knutson, in his ninth season, is 39-18 against WSU, and the Huskies have won seven straight vs. their cross-state rivals, including two earlier this season.

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 306-198 (.607). With those 306 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 148-56 (.725) record in home games. He is 133-89 (.599) 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 -- Ben Johnson, Fr.       .229-0-3   Started 10 of last 11 at catcher      Tim Rice, Jr.          .300-0-1   2-for-4 March 20 vs. Washington State1B -- Bryan Johnson, So.     .284-2-28  Only player to have played in all 342B -- John Otness, Fr.       .337-0-15  4-for-9 with three RBI in two games vs. WSUSS -- Tila Reynolds, So.     .288-5-19  3-for-4 with 3 runs, 2 RBI last year vs. L-C3B -- Michael Done, Jr.      .368-5-24  2-for-5 with 2 runs, 2 RBI last year vs. L-COF -- Tyler Davidson, So.    .345-3-27  Career vs. WSU: 12-for-23 (.522), 2 HR, 11 RBIOF -- Jay Garthwaite, So.    .288-2-28  2-for-4, 3 RBI last year vs. L-COF -- Ben Miller, Jr.        .307-3-12  Currently leads team with five stolen basesOF -- Brandon Jacobson, So.  .377-2-6   Returned last week after month-long absenceOF -- Andre Marshall, Jr.    .214-1-6   Started all four in center field at HiloDH -- Duggan Moran, Sr.      .231-1-6   Switch hitter also plays 1B      Mike Wagner, Fr.       .250-0-8   Started both games last week vs. Portland

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. Retur ners 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).

STILL YOUNG PUPS: While Washington is fielding a much more experienced team than it did last year, it's still a very young club. If you are to break down the starting players so far this year, you'll find that freshman or sophomores have earned two-thirds of the starts. Going with the notion that 10 players start each game (pitcher and DH included), and that the Huskies have played 34 games so far, 174 starts have gone to sophomores and 55 to freshmen, for a total of 229, or 67 percent of the 340 total starts.

FRIENDLY CONFINES: Washington was very tough at home in the 1990s, posting a mark of 160-52 (.755) over those 10 seasons. Under coach Ken Knutson, the Huskies have posted a remarkable 148-56 record in home games, good for a .725 mark. In 1998, the Huskies moved into Husky Ballpark and have notched a 69-34 (.669) record so far. In three seasons, the Huskies have averaged 30 home games a year after usually having played 15 to 20 each season at old Graves Field. This season, the Dawgs are scheduled to play 26 home games.

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. UW was the first major college team to play in Cuba.

POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
Tyler Davidson, Soph. OF: Currently on a 10-game hitting streak, during which he's batted 17-for-42 (.408) with seven runs and eight RBI ... has hit safely in 20 of the last 22 ... had a streak of eight straight games with one RBI until last Wed. vs. Portland ... has homered in two of the last three ... 11 RBI in 12 Pac-10 games leads team ... last year vs. WSU, went 10-for-15 with two homers and eight RBI ... is 12-for-23 (.522) with 11 RBI in six career games vs. WSU ... hit a three-run homer March 28 vs. UPS ... 3-for-3 with the bases loaded so far this season ... 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: Has been the Huskies' leading hitter for most of the season ... has started 33 of 34 games, 31 at third base and twice at second ... cooled down from his hot streak in last five games, going only 3-for-21 over his last five after going 11-for-18 (.611) in four games at Hawaii-Hilo ... 2-for-5 with a homer last year vs. Lewis-Clark State ... career vs. WSU: 11-for-26 (.423) with three doubles, three homers, eight RBI ... 15-for-34 (.441) with runners in scoring position this season ... 14 walks this season already after only eight all of last year ... March 10 vs. Southern Utah, went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and four RBI ... went 7-for-13 (.538) at the Illini Desert Classic ... drove in the tying run in the ninth vs. BYU in the season opener ... started all but two games at third base last season ... made only 14 errors in 54 games last year ... named the best infield arm in the Pac-10 by Baseball America.

Jay Garthwaite, Soph. OF: Had a nine-game hitting streak snapped vs. Portland last Wednesday ... over his last 10, has gone 12-for-43 (.279) with seven RBI and four doubles ... leads team with 12 doubles and 30 RBI ... four solo home runs in six career games vs. Washington State ... 2-for-4 with three RBI last season vs. L-C State ... the Huskies' starter in left in 28 games, in right twice, and at DH in the other three ... had a great weekend at UC Riverside, going 7-for-16 with two homers and 10 runs batted in ... 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.

Brandon Jacobson, Soph. OF: Returned to lineup after nearly a month-long absence due to a hand/wrist injury suffered Mar. 21 vs. WSU ... had emerged as the regular starter in center and, with Rittenhouse injured, at the leadoff spot before suffering the injury ... doubled to lead off vs. Portland in first game back ... has made 13 starts in center field and one in right ... 1-for-3 with a double Mar. 20 vs. WSU ... scored game winner in 10th in game two of USC series, coming home on a strikeout/wild pitch ... HR in game three to lead off the game ... made two starts in center at UCR, going 6-for-10 with a home run and three runs scored ... batted .393 and led the league in runs and steals last year at Bellevue (Wash.) CC, playing with a wood bat.

Ben Johnson, Freshman C: Has started 10 of the last 11 games after not having started any prior to that ... has hit safely in six of 10 starts ... switch hitter ... first career hit was a double vs. California on April 1 ... two-hit games vs. PLU (Apr. 3) and Hawaii-Hilo (Apr. 8) ... did not play vs. WSU earlier in the season.

Bryan Johnson, Soph. 1B: The only Husky to have played in all 34 games this season, but missed only start in game two of the doubleheader Saturday at Hawaii-Hilo ... has started one game at third and 32 at first base, but has also played second base ... 2-for-5 last Tuesday at Portland with two double, including a two-out, two-run double in the 11th ... went 1-for-6 with a double in two games vs. WSU in March ... has four three-hit games this season ... has made only one error and ranks among the top 10 in the Pac-10 in fielding percentage ... 3-for-5, and a homer short of a cycle, with four RBI March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... three-run homer at OSU March 6 ... 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.

Andre Marshall, Junior OF: Has made 14 starts in center field so far ... started all four at Hawaii-Hilo and all three at UCLA, but didn't play vs. Portland last week ... hit a two-run homer, his first as a Husky, April 6 at Hilo ... came off the bench for an injured Garthwaite April 1 vs. Cal and went 3-for-4 with three singles, three runs and two steals ... two of first three hits went for extra bases -- a double and a triple ... a transfer from Walla Walla (Wash.) CC ... known for speed and fielding ... drafted by the Oakland A's in the 29th round of the 1999 draft.

Ben Miller, Junior OF: Has 18 starts this year -- seven in center, seven at DH and four in left ... has yet to play vs. WSU in his career ... went 5-for-5 April 6 at Hilo ... started all three games vs. Cal in center ... hit a solo home run April 1 vs. Cal ... 3-for-5 with two doubles in game three at Stanford ... 2-for-4 with a solo home run March 28 vs. UPS ... hit a two-run homer in four at bats March 10 vs. Southern Utah ... 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 10 games at DH and two at first base ... 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in only Hilo appearance, a start at first base ... doubled and walked twice in start March 30 vs. Cal, his only start of that weekend ... hit first career homer off the bench March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... 12 hits this season is six times more than last year's total ... 3-for-8 at UC Riverside ... 2-for-5 March 6 at Oregon State ... first career hit (last season vs. Northern Iowa) drove in the tying and winning runs.

John Otness, Freshman IF: With Marc Rittenhouse out after thumb surgery, has moved into starting role at second base ... 25-for-79 (.316) in 22 games since Rittenhouse's surgery ... only 2-for-last-14 after having hit in 16 of 18 previous games ... 3-for-13 at Hilo, but had two doubles, including a three-run double in Saturday's game one ... 4-for-11 at Stanford with hits in all three ... has made only two errors in 104 chances ... only start prior to USC games came in last game at UC Riverside ... the week prior to USC, came off the bench in three of the four games, going 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk ... doubled in first career at bat off the bench in Saturday's game two at UCR ... primarily a second baseman, but has played SS and 3B as well ... missed fall practice after suffering an kidney injury during summer ball ... batted .560 as a senior and was the Tacoma player of the year.

Tila Reynolds, Soph. SS: Has started 32 of 34 games at shortstop this year ... has collected one hit in each of the last five games ... last Wednesday vs. Portland, went 10for-3 with a two-run homer ... last year vs. Lewis-Clark State, went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs ... 1-for-4 with four walks in two games earlier this season vs. WSU ... two-run homer vs. UPS March 28 ... 2-for-4 with a homer a double, two RBI and three runs March 6 at OSU ... very solid weekend at UC Riverside, batting .474 (9-for-19) with six runs, a double and a home run ...tripled to drive in the 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: Has started in eight games at catcher, including seven of the last 20... has hit safely in five of those seven starts since Thiel was lost to injury ... in only start at Hilo, went 2-for-3 with a run and his first RBI, on a safety squeeze bunt ... caught all 19 innings of the March 19 doubleheader sweep of USC ... 2-for-4 with a double March 23 at Stanford ... 2-for-4 March 20 vs. Washington State ... singled once in each of the USC games, going 2-for-9 over the doubleheader ... started 12 games as the backup catcher in 2000 after transferring from Tacoma CC.

Marc Rittenhouse, Senior 2B: Had surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumbon March 15 and will miss the next two to three weeks ... prior to injury, started 11 of 12 games, 10 at second base and one at short ... went 9-for-17 with seven runs and four doubles over his last five games ... 4-for-4 with three runs and two doubles March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs March 6 at OSU ... 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 .

Jefferson Thiel, Soph. C: Had started 12 of the first 13 games behind the plate prior to an elbow injury ... may return to catching duties in one or two weeks ... didn't play vs. Cal ... on the 'watch list' for the Johnny Bench Award, honoring the nation's top collegiate catcher ... two starts at DH vs. Stanford, going 0-for-6 ... 2-for-2 with a homer and three runs March 11 vs. Southern Utah in only four innings ... also homered in March 10 win vs. Southern ... 7-for-15 (.467) with two homers and five RBI vs. OSU and SUU ... 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 HR during trip to Cuba.

Mike Wagner, Freshman 3B: Backs up at third base and at DH ... didn't play at Hawaii-Hilo or vs. UCLA, but started both at Portland ... 1-for-2 with an RBI Wednesday vs. Portland ... 0-for-4 in a start vs. WSU earlier this year ... has made seven starts at DH and two at third base ... 3-for-4 with four RBI March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... 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.

Chad Yarbrough Soph. C: Made first career start March 21 vs. Washington State ... didn't play at Hawaii-Hilo ... 1-for-2 with a double in a start March 30 vs. California ... started March 28 vs. UPS and got first career hit, a two-run homer ... also started Sunday at Stanford, going 0-for-0 with a walk, a hit by pitch, a sacrifice bunt and a run ... grounded out in only other at bat besides Wednesday ... saw action in three games last year, but didn't get a plate appearance.

TUESDAY and SUNDAY -- Sean White, Sophomore RHP: Had emerged as the Huskies' top starter prior to suffering an injury vs. Stanford ... left after one inning with shoulder pain ... is set to get first appearance since the injury Tuesday vs. L-C State ... worked 2.1 innings vs. L-C last year, allowing two runs on three hits with two Ks ... no decision vs. USC March 19 (game one) ... three wins in five starts so far ... outstanding vs. Southern Utah last March 10 ... six innings, six hits (all singles), one run (unearned), no walks and three Ks in that game ... 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.

WEDNESDAY -- Zack Daniels, Sophomore LHP: Has generally split time as a mid-week starter and reliever ... six relief outings and two starts so far this season ... threw three innings of scoreless relief Wednesday at Portland for a win ... made first career Pac-10 start March 31 vs. Cal ... suffered the loss, allowing three ERs in 4.2 innings ... threw four relief innings March 24 at Stanford, allowing three runs on eight hits ... earned a victory March 20 vs. WSU, throwing four no-hit innings to finish the game in relief of Jeff Carlsen ... combined on a two-hitter ... fanned three in two scoreless innings March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... earned the win March 6 at OSU, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and four Ks over 5.0 innings.

FRIDAY -- Jeff Carlsen, Senior RHP: Back in the weekend rotation after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery ... suffered a loss in last start, April 13 vs. UCLA, allowing three earned runs in five innings ... walked only one and fanned six in that game ... no decision April 3 vs. PLU, allowing only two hits and one run in five innings while fanning six ... suffered the loss in rare relief appearance March 25 at Stanford ... made first appearance of the year March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... threw three perfect innings in a start, fanning six of the nine he faced ... got the win, the 23rd of his career to take over sole possession of second place in UW career wins ... also surpassed the 200-strikeout mark, only the third Husky ever to do so ... holds the UW career starts record with 45 the innings pitched mark with 271.1 ... third in strikeouts with 218 ... needs four wins to tie the UW career mark of 27 ... last year, threw a complete game for a win over WSU (9.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 8 K).

SATURDAY -- Shawn Kohn, Junior RHP: Currently leads NCAA Division I with his sparkling 0.78 earned run average ... became a starter only four weeks ago after never having started before ... had made 39 career relief appearances (nine this year) before starting March 30 vs. Cal ... has yet to allow an earned run as as starter ... in four starts, has thrown 32 innings, allowing 13 hits (11 singles, two doubles), three unearned runs and six walks while striking out 30 ... leads the Pac-10 with .120 opponents' batting average ... in first start, allowed five hits in six innings in a no decision vs. Cal ... at Hawaii-Hilo (Apr. 6), threw a two-hit shutout, walking three and fanning eight ... a complete game as the game was called after eigth due to rain ... allowed only two balls out of the infield in the Hilo game ... Apr. 12 vs. UCLA, threw a four-hit shutout, striking out six and walking one ... last Tuesday vs. Portland, allowed two hits and two runs (unearned) while walking one and striking out a career-high 11 over nine innings ... no decision as the Huskies won, 4-2, in 11 innings ... seven of his nine relief outings were scoreless ... picked up second win in game two of the USC series, working 2.2 perfect innings with 3 Ks ... threw an inning of relief March 2 at UCR, fanned three and got the win.

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 ... had elbow surgery in off-season had has made only four outings this year, first three times out, he threw one scoreless inning each ... gave up first runs of the year (and first home run of his career) Sunday at Hawaii-Hilo ... still struck out three in one inning at Hilo ... Mike Bomar (Senior LHP) has been solid in eight appearances so far ... threw a perfect 10th inning for the win last Wed. at Portland, fanning two ... has worked 17.0 innings, allowing eight runs on 16 hits, six walks and 11 Ks ... threw 5.2 vs. Illinois ... allowed only two hits and one walk while fanning six ... first 4.2 innings were no-hit ... Greg Colburn (Junior RHP) has made two relief outings, allowing two runs over three innings vs. Puget Sound and giving up one run (unearned) in two frames vs. PLU ... Matt Gardner (Senior LHP) is second on the team in relief appearances with 10 ... picked up a win in Saturday's game one at Hawaii-Hilo, working an inning and a third of relief ... didn't allow a run in 1.2 innings over two outings vs. Cal ... struck out one in an inning March 11 vs. SUU ... worked 4.2 in relief March 4 at UC Riverside ... Trevor Gibson (Freshman RHP) has pitched since taking a loss in game two April 7 at Hilo, allowing a leadoff solo homer in the ninth to break a 5-5 tie ... suffered a hard luck loss March 31 vs. Cal, allowing three runs in one-third of an inning ... threw a perfect inning March 23 at No. 1 Stanford ... threw a scoreless inning March 21 vs. WSU, allowing one hit ... threw a scoreless in March 7 at OSU ... threw four innings (one run) for the save at UC Riverside ... Taylor Grant (Junior LHP) started April 7 (game two) at Hilo, lasting 3.2 innings ... led the Huskies and was third in the Pac-10 with six saves last season ... worked three relief innings Sunday vs. Cal ... 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 ... Clay Johnson (Freshman RHP) will move to the bullpen this week after having only started so far ... four wins is tied for the team lead ... picked up a win Sunday at Hawaii-Hilo working seven innings ... had allowed only two hits through six before giving up four hits and four runs in the seventh ... fanned five and didn't walk a batter in the Hilo win ... suffered first career loss March 24 at No. 1 Stanford ... gave up five earned runs on eight hits over four-plus innings ... improved to 3-0 March 19 with win over USC ... worked eight innings, scattering eight hits, allowing two earned runs ... got the win March 9 vs. Southern Utah ... fanned five in five innings in that one ... threw five strong innings for first win at UC Riverside (March 3, game two) ... no-hit the Highlanders through the first four ... Jeff Petersen (Freshman RHP) has started twice and made two relief outings ... started March 28 vs. UPS and April 18 at Portland ... threw a scoreless inning of relief vs. SUU (Mar. 10) ... Scott Robertson (Soph. RHP) shares the Pac-10 lead with seven saves, sixth-most in UW history ... got saves in both games last week at Portland ... in the second game, entered with the bases loaded and no outs in a 5-4 Husky lead and didn't allow a run ... has allowed a run in only two outings this year ... has yet to allow an extra-base hit ... got a save vs. WSU March 21, striking out two in one perfect inning ... Tyler Shepple (Soph. RHP) has been fairly solid out of the pen after starting in his first five outings ... worked three and two-third April 7 at Hilo in relief, allowing one run on two hits ... fanned two and allowed a hit and a run vs. UCLA April 13 in one and a third innings ... best start was opening day vs. BYU, when he worked six innings, allowing four hits, two runs and no walks while striking out five ... Randy Vanderplow (Junior RHP) started April 7 at Hilo, allowing six runs in four-plus innings for no decision (a 10-7 UW win) ... worked four an one-third scoreless relief innings March 31 vs. Cal, allowing three hits (all singles) ... earned a win in a start March 21 vs. WSU, allowing two earned runs over five innings ... vs. SUU on March 9, threw four innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits and three Ks.

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