Huskies Close Out Homestand vs. BYU

March 12, 2002

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THIS WEEKEND: The Washington baseball team (8-7) plays its third home weekend series in three weeks before taking off a week for finals. This Thursday through Saturday, the Huskies play host to Brigham Young (6-11 through Monday, with two games vs. UNLV Tuesday). Thursday and Friday's games both begin at 6:30 p.m. while Saturday's game is set for a 1:00 p.m. start. After a 10-day hiaitus, the UW returns to the diamond for a two-game, non-conference series at Washington State March 25 and 26 (the three Pac-10 games vs. WSU will take place April 12-14 at Husky Ballpark). After that WSU series, the Pac-10 slate opens for real as the Huskies travel to face Arizona State in a three-game series in Mesa, Ariz., March 28-30. Here's a look at this week's games vs. BYU, with probable Husky starting pitchers:

Thursday, March 14 -- Brigham Young at Washington, Husky Ballpark, 6:30 p.m. -- RHP Shawn Kohn (4-0, 0.90)
Friday, March 15 -- Brigham Young at Washington, Husky Ballpark, 6:30 p.m. -- RHP Jeff Petersen (1-0, 2.61)
Saturday, March 16 -- Brigham Young at Washington, Husky Ballpark, 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Sean White (1-2, 3.57)

SERIES HISTORY: Brigham Young has, for the most part, handled the Huskies well through the team's 16-game history, winning 11 of those 16 meetings. Last year, the UW opened its season vs. BYU in a game at Tucson (Ariz.) Electric Park, winning 6-5 after scoring two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. A single by Michael Done tied it and Jefferson Thiel's single won the game. That win represented the UW's third in a row over the Cougars. In 1999, the Huskies beat BYU twice in games played at St. George, Utah, winning 14-13 and 8-7. The Huskies and BYU have met regularly in various tournaments through the years, including meetings in the UW's College Baseball Classic in the Kingdome (1992 and 1994), several Riverside tournaments, the Johnny Qwik in Fresno, the Hormel Classic at the Metrodome in Minneapolis and at San Jose's tournament.

COACH 'K': In nine 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 322-214 (.601). With those 322 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 155-66 (.701) record in home games. He is 137-97 (.585) in conference games. Knutson has coached 35 first-team All-Pac-10 selections in nine 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, Travis Jewett, and Gregg Swenson and undergraduate assistants Daniel Jahn and Duggan Moran.

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

Pos. Player, Year Avg.-HR-RBI Notes C - Aaron Hathaway, Fr.    .286-0-7   Starter at catcher in 10 of 15 games     Ben Johnson, So.       .188-1-3   Came off bench to homer March 5 at Portland1B - Bryan Johnson, Jr.     .304-4-19  Team co-leader with 19 RBI and five doubles     Kyle Larsen, Fr.       .344-2-5   Homers in consecutive games vs. Utah2B - Michael Done, Sr.      .250-5-9   Five HRs leads team, hit seven last seasonSS - Tila Reynolds, Jr.     .397-1-7   Has hit safely in 14 of 15 games so far in 20023B - John Otness, So.       .366-0-4   Has hit safely in all 11 games he's played     Mike Wagner, So.       .200-0-3   Has also started working out in the outfieldOF - Tyler Davidson, Jr.    .351-4-13  Hit HRs in first 2 ABs of 2002, 20 runs in 15 gamesOF - Jay Garthwaite, Jr.    .281-3-19  6-for-15 (.400) with 7 RBI over last fourOF - Brandon Jacobson, Jr.  .280-0-3   Starter in CF and leadoff hitter in 11 of 15OF - Steve Ramsey, So.      .348-2-5   Semi-regular starter at left-handed DHOF - Taylor Johnson, Fr.    .286-1-1   First career hit was HR Feb. 26 at PortlandDH - Nick Batkoski, Fr.     .214-0-2   Top player on state champ Federal Way HS

LAST WEEK: Washington won one of three games last weekend in a series vs. UC Riverside at Husky Ballpark. The series, which was rescheduled slightly due to weather, started with a doubleheader Friday, played despite unusually heavy snow Thursday evening that blanketed the field Friday. However, it melted in time for a 1 p.m. start and the Huskies go the usual from starter Shawn Kohn in a 6-1 win. Kohn went the distance, allowing six hits, one run and one walk while striking out six. Aaron Hathaway went 3-for-4 nd Kyle Larsen belted two doubles for the Huskies. In the nightcap, UCR's Julio Fernandez threw a complete game for a 7-4 UCR win. Husky freshman David Dowling, in his first career start, allowed only two earned runs over five innings in the loss. Jay Garthwaite belted a two-run homer for the Huskies. After a day off Saturday, the Highlanders came out on Sunday and won the series with a 6-4 victory. UCR got three infield singles and an error in the first to score three and the UW never managed to come back. Reliever Matt Thiessen threw five and one-third innings of relief for the win, allwoing no runs and only one hit over that span.

WHAT'S YOUR NAME, SON?: Not only does the Husky roster include four players named Johnson (Ben, Bryan, Clay and Taylor), but there are a total of 11 players and two coaches whose names end in 'son' or 'sen' -- the four Johnsons, Tyler Davidson, Trevor Gibson, Greg Isaacson, Brandon Jacobson, Kyle Larsen, Jeff Petersen, Scott Robertson, assistant coach Gregg Swenson and head coach Ken Knutson. Must be that Scandanavian influence around the Puget Sound area.

FIRST-INNING BARRAGE: Washington has been the first team to score a run in 10 of its 12 games this season, and in seven of the last nine games, the Huskies have scored in the first inning. Feb. 17 vs. Missouri, the Huskies scored a lone run in the first. In the Fresno State series, Washington posted five, three and four runs in the first inning of each game, respectively. Feb. 26 at Portland, the UW notched a five-run first. The Huskies had a three-run first Saturday vs. Utah and then scored six in the first Tuesday at Portland. Unfortunately, the Huskies have lost four of those seven games despite the early lead. On the season, the UW has out-scored its opponents in the first inning, 27-2.

VETERAN SQUAD: After fielding rather youthful squads in each of the last two seasons, the 2002 Husky team is all grown up. Offensively, Washington returns players that made a total of 378 individual starts last year, 80.8 percent of the possible total of 468 (nine players times 52 games). Returning hitters accounted for 429 of last seasons' 531 total hits (also 80.8 percent) and 39 of the Huskies' 46 home runs (84.8 percent). On the mound, returning pitchers accounted for 359.2 of the Huskies' 455.2 innings pitched last year (78.9 percent) and started 44 of last season's 52 games (84.6 percent). In all, current members of the Washington baseball team had earned a total of 43 varsity letters and had started a total of 742 college games prior to the start of the 2002 season.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES: College baseball's preseason publications predicted a solid season for the 2002 Huskies. Baseball America ranked the Dawgs No. 24 in their preseason issue and counted the Huskies among the five Pac-10 teams it predicts will make it into the NCAA tournament. Shortstop Tila Reynolds was tabbed the preseason All-Pac-10 shortstop and was ranked the best defensive SS in the league. RHP Shawn Kohn was listed as the league's No. 1 control pitcher. Baseball America also listed Reynolds as the No. 48 junior prospect in the country and 1B Kyle Larsen as the nation's No. 42 freshman prospect. Neither Collegiate Baseball nor USA Today Baseball Weekly ranked the Huskies in the preseason, though the Huskies were among those receiving votes in USA Today's preseason coaches' poll (ranked No. 38, counting past the 25 ranked teams).

POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
Nick Batkoski, Fr. IF/DH: Started at third base in game two of last Friday's doubleheader, going 1-for-4 with an RBI ... started Feb. 24 at Fresno State as the DH, going 1-for-2 ... started two games at DH in Phoenix, going 1-for-6 ... started at second base in exhibition win over British Columbia, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam home run ... top player and pitcher on the Federal Way HS team that won the state AAAA (highest level) championship last spring.

Tyler Davidson, Jr. OF: Started all 15 in right field so far ... leads team with 20 runs and is second with 20 hits, four homers and eight walks ... 2-for-5 with a two RBI and a triple in the series opener vs. UC Riverside ... -for-5 with a two-run homer at Portland Feb. 26... homered in Feb. 23 loss at Fresno State ... 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs in that game ... hit home runs in first two at bats of the season vs. Missouri ... finished that game 4-for-5 with two solo homers, two run-scoring singles and a stolen base ... 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs the following day vs. Northwestern ... Baseball America's No. 59 college prospect for the 2002 draft.

Michael Done, Sr. 2B: Started the last two seasons at third base, but moves to second this year ... team co-leader in homers with five ... walked four times in series opener vs. UCR to take over team lead in that category wiht nine ... three-run homer in first inning of March 2 game vs. Utah ... led off the seventh Feb. 24 at Fresno with a solo homer to break a 7-7 tie ... 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBI in Fresno loss ... two homers from right side of plate and three lefty ... hit second and third homers in loss to Missouri ... went 3-for-5 in that game ... tabbed the Pac-10's top infield arm by Baseball America prior to last season ... drafted by Baltimore in the 40th round last June, but elected to return to college.

Jay Garthwaite, Jr. OF: Hit well in UC Riverside series, going 4-for-11 with four runs, four RBI, two doubles and a homer ... two-run homer in Friday's nightcap ... three-run homer in the first inning of March 5 win at Portland ... 2-for-4 in the game ... belted a three-run homer in the first inning of last Feb. 22 win at Fresno State ... three doubles and three RBI in five at bats Feb. 24 at Fresno ... 6-for-14 with seven RBI in FSU series ... struggled at the plate in opening weekend, but still managed three RBI in three starts ... had a two-run single in the loss to Missouri ... went 3-for-4 with a home run in the exhibition win over UBC ... led the team in RBI last season ... a 12th-round draft pick in the 1999 draft.

Aaron Hathaway, Fr. C: Has started 10 of 15 games behind the plate ... 3-for-4 in game one of UCR series, driving in two runs ... got first two steals and first two walks of his career in UCR series ... didn't allow a stolen base until the game at Portland Feb. 26 when the Pilots pulled a double steal of second and third and Hathaway dropped the ball on the exchange ... has thrown out five of 12 runners trying to steal ... had a tremendous debut Feb. 15 vs. Northwestern, going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple ... also threw out a would-be basestealer and picked off a runner at first base in that game ... 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI Feb. 17 vs. Missouri ... also threw out a basestealer in that game.

Brandon Jacobson, Jr. OF: Has started 11 of the Huskies' 15 games as the center fielder and leadoff man ... UW is 8-3 when he starts ... 2-for-5 with two RBI and two steals March 1 vs. Utah ... 3-for-5 with two runs in Tuesday's win at Portland ... hit safely in all three of the Fresno State games ... currently on a five-game hit streak ... doubled and scored to lead off the game Feb. 24 at Fresno ... has the Huskies' only outfield assist of the season so far as he threw out a Northwestern runner at the plate.

Ben Johnson, Soph. C: Has started five of 15 games behind the plate ... belted a solo homer in the ninth inning of the March 5 win at Portland ... 1-for-3 with a two-RBI double opening day ... has only allowed two stolen bases ... started 19 games behind the plate as a freshman in 2001.

Bryan Johnson, Jr. 1B/DH: Team's co-leader with 19 runs batted in over 15 games ... has an RBI in 11 of 15 games ... two-run homer March 1 vs. Utah ... two doubles March 3 vs. Utah ... has started all 15 at either first base or DH ... could also play third base if needed ... two homers and three RBI at Portland Feb. 26 ... four RBI in the loss at Fresno State, driving in three with a bases-loaded double ... scored three runs in the Feb. 24 win at Fresno ... 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI opening day ... 2-for-3 Feb. 15 vs. Northwestern, driving in the winning run with a two-out double in the bottom of the eighth ... solo homer in the second inning Feb. 16 vs. Northwestern proved the winning run in a 2-0 win.

Taylor Johnson, Fr. OF: Started in center at Portland Feb. 26 and got a solo homer in the eighth for his first career hit ... singled as PH March 5 at Portland ... has a hit in his last four games, including a double in a start March 2 vs. Utah ... saw action in two games during the opening weekend in Phoenix, pinch running in game three and starting in center in game four ... also started exhibition vs. British Columbia, going 1-for-2 with three walks, two runs and two steals.

Kyle Larsen, Fr. 1B/DH: Hit home runs in back-to-back games March 2 & 3 vs. Utah, the first two HRs of his career ... started at first base in both of those games as well as at Portland March 5... has hit safely in all but one game in which he's started and in all but two games in which he's played ... two doubles in four ABs in game one of UC Riverside series ... started at first base at Portland Feb. 26, going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI ... saw action in three games opening weekend, starting at first base in the 8-7 win over Northwestern ... went 1-for-3 with a walk in that one ... singled and walked coming off the bench in the loss to Missouri ... 2-for-5 with two singles in the exhibition win over British Columbia ... 14th round draft pick out of high school last June.

John Otness, Soph. 3B: Has hit safely in all 11 games he's played this year ... a starter at third base in 11 of 15 games ... 3-for-8 over two games vs. UC Riverside ... 3-for-10 in Utah series and 2-for-5 at Portland March 5 ... started only once at Fresno State after taking a fastball in the head in the Feb. 22 win ... took two stitches behind his left ear but finished the game ... 2-for-4 with two RBI Feb. 26 at Portland ... only four errors in 140 career fielding chances (.971) ...2-for-4 with two runs and a steal opening day vs. Missouri ... doubled to drive in second run of 2-0 win over Northwestern.

Steve Ramsey, Soph. OF/DH: Started two games vs. Utah, one at DH and one in left field but didn't play in UCR series ... 2-for-5 with a homer March 2 vs. Utah ... pinch hitter Feb. 24 at Fresno, driving in a run with a single to make it 9-7 in the eighth ... also singled as a pinch hitter Feb. 23 at Fresno ... 1-for-3 in his lone start opening weekend in Arizona ... solo home run as a PH led off the sixth inning in Missouri loss ... also singled to drive in a run later in that game.

Tila Reynolds, Jr. SS: Hit safely in first 13 games of the season before going hitless in game two of the UC Riverside series ... walked and was hit by a pitch in that one ... prior to last weekend vs. UCR, had hit 13-for-24 (.542) with four stolen bases over five games ... eight stolen bases in nine tries leads the team ... has started all 15 at shortstop and has played every inning so far ... usually bats second ... leads team with 25 hits, .397 average and six HBPs ... 8-for-14 in Utah series ... 2-for-4 with two HBPs March 5 at Portland ... 3-for-6 with a double and a steal in Feb. 26 loss at Portland ... 2-for-5 in loss at Fresno State ... had a solid opening weekend, starting all four games at shorstop while going 6-for-15 (.400) a the plate ... belted a two-run homer in the loss to Missouri ... tripled and scored two runs in three at bats opening day ... named Baseball America's No. 53 college prospect and one of two players noted as 'Top Defensive Player.'

Tim Rice, Sr. C: Has played in two games this year, coming off the bench March 1 and 2 vs. Utah ... started 12 games at catcher in 2000 and eight games behind the plate last year ... started in the exhibition win over British Columbia ... transfer from Tacoma CC, where he played for current UW assistant coach Gregg Swenson.

Mike Wagner, Soph. 3B/OF: Has moved to become primarily and outfielder and DH ... started one game at DH in UCR series, going 1-for-4 on March 10 ... started at third base Feb. 23 and 24 at Fresno State ... hit a two-run double in Feb. 24 win at FSU ... started once at third base and once at DH in the opening weekend ... 1-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a walk opening day vs. Missouri ... doubled, was hit by a pitch and scored in exhibition win over British Columbia.

THURSDAY -- Shawn Kohn, Sr. RHP: Having an outstanding season thusfar with a 4-0 record, a 0.90 ERA and a .168 opponent batting average ... threw a nine-inning CG to beat UC Riverside last Friday (9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks) ... threw seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, for the win March 1 vs. Utah ... tied a career high with 11 strikeouts ... two of three runs allowed this year have been on solo homers ... career as a starter: 12 starts, 82.2 IP, 57 hits, 20 earned runs, 15 walks, 74 strikeouts, 8-1 record, 2.18 ERA ... had a no-hitter through five and one-third Feb. 22 at Fresno State ... finished with a three-hitter, allowing an eighth-inning solo home run in a 5-1 win ... struck out eight and walked one ... worked five innings, allowing three hits, no runs and no walks while fanning three opening day vs. Missouri ... led the 2001 Huskies in earned run average (2.57) and opponent batting average (.204) ... both of those marks were second in the Pac-10, trailing only national player of the year Mark Prior of USC ... first 40 appearances of his career came in relief before earning a start in midseason last year ... went on to lead the nation in earned run average for a week during the middle of last season ... threw two complete-game shutouts last year vs. UCLA (four-hitter) and Hawaii-Hilo (two-hitter).

FRIDAY -- Jeff Petersen, Soph. RHP: Made his first start and got the win March 5 at Portland ... combined with Trevor Gibson and Scott Robertson for a four-hit shutout in a 10-0 win ... allowed three singles, walked six and fanned four in five innings ... threw three relief innings the previous Tuesday at Portland (Feb. 26), allowing two hits and no runs ... gave up three runs over two and one-third innings of relief Feb. 17 vs. Missouri.

SATURDAY -- Sean White, Jr. RHP: Has suffered losses despite decent outings last two times out ... allowed three earned runs (six total) over six innings Sunday vs. UC Riverside in a loss ... took the loss March 3 vs. Utah, allowing eight runs (five earned) over 6.2 innings ... fanned six in that game ... no decision despite a second strong start Feb. 24 at Fresno State ... allowed four hits and three runs (only one earned) while fanning three in five innings in that one ... started the third game of the year, combining with two others for a two-hit shutout of Northwestern in a 2-0 UW win ... no-hit the Wildcats through the first four and one-third before giving up a ground ball single through the right side ... finished having worked five innings, allowing one hit, no runs and two walks while striking out two for the win ... emerged as a top starter last year before shoulder problems limited his action through the second half of the season.

BULLPEN NOTES: Brian Carter (Soph. LHP) has yet to allow a hit in five outings (six innings) ... threw a total of two innings over two outings last weekend vs. UC Riverside ... threw three no-hit innings in the combined two-hit shutout of Northwestern Feb. 16 ... Greg Colburn (Sr. RHP) has switched to a sidearm delivery ... since the change, he's thrown in two games, striking out the only batter he faced March 8 vs. UC Riverside and striking out one in a no-hit inning March 10 vs. UCR ... got the win Feb. 24 at Fresno State ... Josh Conover (RS-Fr. RHP) threw a no-hit inning in the March 1 win over Utah, walking one and striking out two in his lone career appearance ... Zack Daniels (Sr. LHP) threw two innings in the season-opener vs. Missouri, allowing five runs (four earned) over two innings ... also threw in relief in the loss to Missouri and struck out two in a shutout inning in the exhibition victory over British Columbia ... David Dowling (Fr. LHP) earned his first career start in last Friday's game two vs. UC Riverside ... took the loss despite a decent outing, allowing two earned runs over five innings ... performed well in long relief Feb. 26 at Portland in first career outing ... allowed five hits and two runs while fanning six over four innings ... worked two and a third scoreless innings March 3 vs. Utah ... also started the exhibition win over British Columbia and got the victory ... Will Fenton (Fr. RHP) has pitched in two games, throwing 1.1 relief innings Feb. 23 at Fresno State and five innings of relief March 2 vs. Utah ... fanned five over five innings vs. the Utes ... Trevor Gibson (Soph. RHP) struck out seven and allowed only one hit and no runs over three relief innings March 5 at Portland ... got two appearances in the opening weekend ... in the 8-7 win over Northwestern, threw a 1-2-3 inning before struggling with control in his second inning, allowing four runs on three walks and a hit batter ... gave up two runs without allowing a hit over 1.1 frames Feb. 23 at Fresno State ... Clay Johnson (Soph. RHP) has made three starts ... strong opening start Feb. 15 vs. Northwestern ... five innings, five hits, two runs and five Ks in that one ... no decision in a four-inning start Feb. 23 at Fresno State ... took a loss March 2 vs. Utah in a 1.1-inning start ... Scott Robertson (Jr. RHP) threw a no-hit inning in a combined four-hit shutout at Portland March 5 ... worked two-thirds scoreless March 8 vs. UCR (game two) ... was excellent over 1.2 innings in Feb. 24 win at Fresno State ... allowed a single to his first batter then struck out the next three in order in the eighth ... picked up a win and a loss in the opening weekend ... got a popup and a strikeout with the go-ahead run at second base in the eighth inning Feb. 15 in the 8-7 win over Northwestern ... earned the victory as the UW went ahead in the bottom of the eighth ... Tyler Shepple (Jr. RHP) got his third save Feb. 24 at Fresno State ... worked out of a bases-loaded jam with a groundout in the eighth before fanning two in a perfect ninth ... earned two saves in three outings in the opening weekend ... pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in the opener, but didn't get a save in a 10-6 win ... pitched a perfect ninth with two Ks for the save in game two's 8-7 win over Northwestern ... gave up a bloop single, but faced the minimum in the ninth thanks to a double play for a save in the 2-0 win over Northwestern Feb. 16, combining with White and Carter on a two-hitter ... got the last four outs Feb. 24 at Fresno State for third save, getting a groundout with the bases loaded to end the eighth before a 1-2-3 ninth ... most recent outing was Sunday vs. UC Riverside, fanning two in one and one-third scoreless innings of relief ... Randy Vanderplow (Sr. RHP) has two starts -- at Portland and vs. Missouri (Feb. 17) ... took a loss in the Portland start ... left the game with the Huskies ahead, 7-3, and got no decision as Missouri came back to win.

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