Husky Baseball Fall Practice Underway

Sept. 16, 2002

Fourty-two players, including 15 newcomers, reported today for the start of the Universityof Washington baseball team's fall practice season.

The Huskies will practice for four weeks before shutting down until the spring.Washington, under 11th-year head coach Ken Knutson, will open the season nextFebruary 7 at a tournament at Pepperdine. Last year, the UW finished third in the Pac-10and lost to Rice in a regional championship game in Houston.

The list of returners includes two players that were selected in the draft following lastseason, but have decided to return to college for their senior season. Senior shortstopTila Reynolds, who has started the last three seasons at short, returns despite being draftedby the Brewers in the 13th round last June. Also returning is senior starting pitcherSean White, a late-round selection last June who went on to an outstanding summer in theCape Cod League.

The Huskies also return starters at first base (sophomore Kyle Larsen), second base (juniorGreg Isaacson), right field (sophomore Taylor Johnson) and catcher (sophomoreAaron Hathaway). Junior Clay Johnson returns to a starting pitcher spot, while juniorJefferson Thiel, who missed all of last season after elbow surgery, returns to vie withHathaway for the catching position he held in 2001. Additionally, juniors Mike Wagner,John Otness and Brandon Jacobson were semi-regulars in the starting lineup a year ago.

Among the incoming players are two with brothers on last year's team. Freshman SimiReynolds is Tila Reynolds' younger brother while Matt Tucker is the younger brother ofdeparted senior Michael Done, a three-year starter at third base.

Following is a complete list of newcomers who reported today:

2003 University of Washington Baseball Newcomers

Name             Pos. B/T   Ht.  Wt. Yr. Hometown (High School / Last School)Brian Bauer       IF  R/R  6-0  195  FR  Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville / San Diego St.)Trent Baysinger    P  L/L  6-1  175  JR  Moscow, Idaho (Moscow HS / Walla Walla CC)Chad Boudon    OF/IF  R/R  6-1  210  JR  Shoreline, Wash. (Shorewood HS / Hawaii)Nick Burnham      OF  R/R  6-2  185  FR  Bellevue, Wash. (Eastside Catholic HS)Zach Clem       C/IF  R/R  6-1  200  FR  Burlington, Wash. (Burlington-Edison HS)Grant Gerrard     UT  L/L  6-4  200  FR  Castle Rock, Colo. (Douglas County HS)Joe Harris        OF  R/R  6-0  185  FR  Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)Matt Kasser        P  R/R 5-10  170  FR  Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah HS)Brent Lillibridge IF  R/R  5-9  165  FR  Everett, Wash. (Jackson HS)Simi Reynolds     OF  L/L  5-9  160  FR  Issaquah, Wash. (Skyline HS)Curt Rindal       IF  R/R  6-2  200  FR  Mount Vernon, Wash. (Mount Vernon HS)Josh Showers      IF  R/R  6-0  170  FR  Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS)Matt Tucker       IF  S/R  6-1  173  FR  Aurora, Colo. (Smoky Hills HS)Joel Villalobos    P  L/L  5-9  185  JR  Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS / Bellevue CC)Devin Warner      OF  S/R  6-1  185  SO  Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins HS / Kansas)
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