Diamond Dawgs Near End Of Road Spell

March 31, 2004

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WHAT'S UP?: The Washington baseball team (15-7-1 overall, 2-1 in Pac-10 play) caps off its string of 12 consecutiive road games over the next week when the Huskies travel to face California (16-17 overall, 3-3 Pac-10) in a three-game, conference series at Evans Diamond in Berkeley. Game time at Cal is 2:00 p.m. Friday and 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Live stats for all three games are available at gohuskies.com. After the Cal series, the Dawgs play a single game at Portland next Tuesday before returing home to host Washington State in a three-game series, April 8-10 (Thu.-Sat.) at Husky Ballpark. Last weekend, the UW won two of three at then-No. 9 Arizona State, winning the first and third games of series. After the Portland game next Tuesday, the Huskies will have only nine road games remaining in the season, compared to 20 home dates. Here's a look at this weekend's series at Cal, with probable starting pitchers:

Fri., April 2: UW at Cal, 2:00 p.m. -- RHP Tim Lincecum (3-0, 2.91)
Sat., April 3: UW at Cal, 1:00 p.m. -- to be determined
Sun., April 4: UW at Cal, 1:00 p.m. -- to be determined

SERIES HISTORY: California leads the all-time series against the Huskies, 24 wins to 17. Since the Pac-10 merged its two divisions prior ot the 1999 season, the Huskies have gone 7-8 against the Bears, including a 5-1 record over the past two seasons. In 2002, the UW's last trip to Evans Diamond, the Dawgs swept the series, 2-0, 5-4 and 10-7. Last year, Washington won two of three in a series in Seattle, winning 16-3 and 11-3, and losing game two 6-3. In the 16-3 win in game one, Husky slugger Chad Boudon belted three home runs and drove in eight runs as Sean White earned his eighth straight Pac-10 win. In the 6-3 loss, Cal starter Mike Padgett allowed only two unearned runs over eight innings for the win. Washington won the series on Sunday when Greg Isaacson collected three hits, including a double and a home run, and Boudon hit his fourth homer of the weekend as the UW rolled to an 11-3 win. Husky head coach Ken Knutson is 9-9 all-time against the Golden Bears.

COACH 'K': Now in his 12th season in charge of the Washington baseball team, Ken Knutson has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments. Knutson has led the Dawgs to two Pac-10 championships, four Pac-10 Northern Division titles, two other second-place finishes and five NCAA Regional berths. His career overall record now stands at 404-260-2 (.608). With 402 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 197-83-2 (.702) record in home games. He is 169-116 (.593) in Pac-10 games. Knutson has coached 40 first-team All-Pac-10 selections in 11 seasons, and has been named league coach of the year three times. A 1981 All-Pac-10 left-handed pitcher at the UW, he is joined by assistants Joe Ross, Travis Jewett, and Gregg Swenson and undergrad assistant Scott Robertson.

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, Jr.    .244-3-15  Preseason 3rd-team All-American; 7-for-14 vs. Cal in 2003      Matt Lane, Fr. (DH)    .357-1-10  Started 10 of last 13 games (9 as DH); 4-for-9, 2 2Bs at ASU1B -- Kyle Larsen, Jr.       .333-4-18  17-for-39, 14 RBI over last 11; broke 11-g. hit streak at ASU2B -- Greg Isaacson, Sr.     .284-3-18  Has started 22 of 23 at second base; 7-for-14 vs. Cal in 2003SS -- Brent Lillibridge, So. .359-5-18  6-for-12 with 3 2Bs last year vs. Cal; 9 SBs is second in Pac-103B -- John Otness, Sr.       .322-6-20  Started 22 of 23 at third base; no errors yet in 53 chancesOF -- Zach Clem, So.         .408-7-23  Pac-10 Player of the Week two of the last three weeksOF -- Taylor Johnson, Jr.     .190-2-9  Started first 18 games in OF; HR off the bench Tue. at Gonz.OF -- Matt Tucker, RFr. (IF)  .250-1-7  Has made 12 starts in RF and CF; also plays 2B and 3BOF -- Ben Johnson, Sr. (C)   .234-3-14  Switch-hitter homered from both sides last Tue. at GonzagaOF -- Nick Batkoski, Jr. (IF) .250-0-9  Has played DH, RF, LF, SS and 1B so far this seasonOF -- Nick Burnham, So.       .333-0-1  After starting opening day, got second start Mar. 22 at GonzagaDH -- Tyler Mach, Fr. (3B)    .283-3-8  11 starts as DH so far, 1 at 3B; HR in first college at bat

LAST WEEK: Washington opened the Pac-10 season by travelling to No. 9 Arizona State for a three-game series. The Huskies took the series, winning games one and three. Friday, the Dawgs cruised to an 11-1 win , hitting three homers and getting seven solid innings from freshman starter Tim Lincecum, who allowed a run on six hits and eight strikeouts. Zach Clem, John Otness and Kyle Larsen each homered while Brent Lillibridge had three hits. Saturday, ASU starter Brett Bordes overcame early wildness and settled down to pick up a 9-4 Devils win. ASU scored five in the third to take a 7-2 lead and never looked back. Clem was 2-for-4 with two doubles. Sunday, the UW had to come from behind for a dramatic 8-6 victory. Trailing 5-2, the Huskies got a seventh-inning grand slam from Clem, who connected off of Pac-10 saves leader Pat Bresnehan. After ASU tied the game at 6-6 on a solo homer, Clem came through again in the ninth, singling to drive in a pair of runs. Will Fenton threw one and one-third scoreless innings for the win.

NORTHWEST FLAVOR: As is usually the case, the Husky baseball roster is made up primarily of players from the state of Washington. In fact, 32 of the 36 players on the preseason roster are from the state of Washington, and another, Trent Baysinger, grew up in the city of Moscow, Idaho, just a mile or so from the Washington border. Aside from Washington and Idaho, only two other states are represented on the Husky roster as two players come from the state of Colorado -- RS-freshman Matt Tucker and sophomore Devin Warner -- and other from Oregon, freshman James Allan.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES: Perhaps more than in any other season since the 1999 merger of the Pac-10's two divisions, the preseason publications have a lot of good things to say about the 2004 Husky baseball team. The Huskies were ranked no lower than 35th in the various preseason polls: No. 23 in Collegiate Baseball, No. 27 in the ESPN/Sports Weekly coaches' poll, No. 35 in Baseball America and No. 18 in the NCBWA (baseball writers) poll. Baseball America, in its extensive preview edition, tabbed the UW for a sixth-place finish, but included the Dawgs in its postseason projections. The Huskies were represented by Will Fenton on the preseason All-Pac-10 team while Fenton was also named the No. 9 Pac-10 prospect for the 2004 draft. Junior 1B Kyle Larsen was No. 10 on that list while freshman RHP Tim Lincecum was named the No. 5 newcomer in the league. Additionally, Fenton was tabbed for the best fastball and the best breaking ball in the league while junior C Aaron Hathaway earned best defensive catcher and best arm for a catcher. Sophomore SS Brent Lillibridge was named best infield arm in the league and Larsen was named best defensive 1B.

POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
Nick Batkoski, Junior OF/ IF:
Didn't play at ASU ... didn't start any of the WSU games, but started in RF Mar. 23 at Gonzaga ... pinch-hit single in the ninth helped along game-winning rally Mar. 22 at Gonzaga ... in the weekend vs. Missouri alone, saw action at RF, SS and 1B ... belted a pinch-hit, three-run double in the eighth inning of Mar. 6's 11-6 win over Mizzou ... started two of three at Riverside, going 4-for-9 with four RBI ... broke a 5-5 tie with a three-run, two-out double in the ninth vs. UCR ... two-run single in the seventh tied the Feb. 21 Gonzaga game at 3-3 ... UW went 16-3 in the 19 games he started last year ... started three of four in the NCAA Regional last year.

Brian Bauer, Soph. IF: The Huskies' top backup at shortstop, can also play second and third base ... got first career start Mar. 23 at Gonzaga at 2B ... pinch hit single Mar. 12 vs. LMU ... also came off bench Mar. 14 vs. the Lions ... saw action off the bench in two Missouri games (0-for-1 total) ... only other action this year came Feb. 15 at USD (0-for-1) ... redshirted the 2002 season as a freshman at San Diego State before transferring to UW last year ... saw action in six games last year and went 2-for-4 with a homer for the year ... a two-time 4A All-KingCo first-teamer at Woodinville High.

Nick Burnham, Soph. OF: Didn't see action at ASU ... got second start Mar. 22 in CF at Gonzaga (1-for-4, RBI) ... played off the bench in all three Missouri games and two vs. LMU and WSU ... 1-for-2 with a stolen base in a start opening day ... appeared in four games as a freshman last year, getting three at bats.

Zach Clem, Soph. OF: Named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after a great series at ASU ... 6-for-12 with two doubles, two homers and nine RBI in the series in Tempe ... grand slam in seventh inning Mar. 28 at ASU gave the UW a 6-5 lead ... later that same game, drove in two with a ninth-inning single to break a 6-6 tie ... tied for second in Pac-10 with seven HRs ... came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a homer, a double and three RBI Mar. 23 at Gonzaga ... homered in each of the three wins over Loyola Marymount ... 7-for-12 in the LMU series, with seven runs and six RBI ... had a 10-game hit streak broken Mar. 19 at WSU ... 8 HBPs in last eight games after none before ... 5-for-9 in Missouri series and his first career homer in Mar. 6 win over the Tigers ... 2-for-4 opening day at USD ... came to UW as a third baseman, but moved to catcher last year ... saw action in only four games last season.

Aaron Hathaway, Junior C: Started first eight games at catcher before getting a rest vs. OSU ... has started 19 of 23 behind the plate and one in RF ... has allowed only six steals ... 4-for-6 with a homer and two RBI Mar. 22 at Gonzaga ... Mar. 13 vs. LMU, HR in eighth to break a 3-3 tie as UW won, 6-3 ... also had two-run double in the first of Mar. 14 win over Loyola ... drove in three in that game ... 2-for-5 with RBI and a double in loss to UC Riverside ... led off the 11th inning of the Feb. 21 win over Gonzaga (4-3) with a game-winning homer ... two-run triple in 10th inning Feb. 14 at San Diego ... named a preseason, third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball ... has been the Huskies' starting catcher each of the last two seasons ... a career .328 hitter entering the year, he's even better known for his defense ... picked off nine baserunners in 2003, triple the next highest total in the Pac-10 ... allowed only 17 stolen bases all last season while starting 49 games behind the plate ... has made NCAA Regional all-tournament teams in each of his first two seasons ... emerged as the UW's No. 3 hitter the second half of last season, batting third in 27 of the Huskies' last 29 games ... named the top defensive catcher and top throwing catcher in the Pac-10 in Baseball America's season preview.

Greg Isaacson, Senior 2B: Has started 22 of 23 at second base ... went 7-for-14 with a homer and a double last year vs. California ... second in the Pac-10 with nine stolen bases ... hit a grand slam Mar. 21 at WSU ... eight RBIs in WSU series ... 7-for-13 in Loyola Marymount series ... 3-for-5 with two-run HR in Mar. 12 win over LMU and 3-for-4 Mar. 14 against the Lions ... hit safely in all three vs. Missouri, including 3-for-5 with two runs and two steals in the 6-6 tie ... solo homer Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga ... two-run double in the 10th Feb. 14 broke a 6-6 tie ... two RBI doubles in Feb. 15 win at San Diego ... started 54 of 60 at 2B last season and made only 10 errors in 271 chances on the year (a .963 fielding percentage) ... nine home runs were fourth on the team last season ... top game at the plate last season came in the Huskies' historic 26-2 win over USC, when he hit two homers, including a grand slam, and drove in six.

Ben Johnson, Senior OF/C: Has played LF, RF and C so far, starting 14 of 23 ... homers from both sides of the plate Mar. 23 at Gonzaga, when he was 2-for-4 with four RBI ... 11 RBI in last eight games ... 4-for-10 with 6 RBI in WSU series ... 5-for-12 in Riverside tourney ... solo HR Feb. 27 broke 2-2 tie in 4-2 win over Sacramento State ... has served as the Huskies' No. 2 catcher in each of the last three seasons also now a regular in the OF ... saw action in a total of 22 games last season and was error-free in 104 fielding chances ... drafted by the Astros in the 29th round of the 2000 draft.

Taylor Johnson, Junior OF: Started two of three in CF in ASU series ... reached base four of nine times in Tempe ... homered in ninth Mar. 23 at Gonzaga ... 2-for-4 with two runs in win over Missouri .. 2-for-4 with an RBI double in win over Sacramento State (Feb. 27) ... had a good weekend vs. Gonzaga ... provided game-winning RBI in Feb. 21 win, singling to drive in Lillibridge in the eighth ... two-run HR Feb. 23 in 3-0 win ... after spending much of the last two seasons as the starter in right, is now the usual starting CF ... started 26 games as a freshman and 45 last season ... top day last season came in a double-header sweep of Hawaii-Hilo, when he went 6-for-7 with a grand slam and five RBI.

Matt Lane, Freshman C: Has emerged as the Huskies' regular DH in games vs. RHPs ... started two of three at Arizona State and went 4-for-9 with two doubles in the series ... also had two doubles in WSU series ... got first start behind the plate Feb. 29 vs. Oregon State ... went 1-for-2 with two HBPs and an RBI ... started all three vs. Missouri, two vs. LMU and all three at WSU ... solo homer in the fourth broke a 3-3 tie Feb. 20 vs. Gonzaga.

Kyle Larsen, Junior 1B: Started all 23 so far at first base ... 17-for-39, 14 RBI over last 11 games ... two-out double drove in winning run in ninth Mar. 22 at Gonzaga and homered in Mar. 23 game at GU ... first-inning grand slam in Mar. 12 win over Loyola Marymount ... also homered the following day vs. the Lions ... 6-for-11 in LMU series ... 2-for-4 with two runs in win over Missouri ... named the top defensive first baseman in the Pac-10 by Baseball America ... has made only four errors in 1,172 career fielding chances ... went 621 chances before making his first career error ... hit seven of his eight homers last year in the season's first 16 games ... after struggling some at the plate last year and finishing with a .274 average, rebounded to hit .286 with a wood bat in the pitching-dominated Cape Cod League ... Freshman All-American in 2002 after hitting .342 ... drafted by the Mets in the 14th round of the 2001 draft.

Brent Lillibridge, Soph. SS: Another strong weekend at Arizona State, going 5-for-16 with three doubles ... hit three homers in WSU series, including two on Mar. 19 ... four of five HRs this year have led off games ... reached base seven times and stole three bags in two games at Gonzaga ... tied for second in the Pac-10 with nine steals and hasn't been caught in nine straight tries ... also tied for seventh in homers and fifth in slugging ... had hit safely in 14 straight prior to the loss vs. Missouri ... came back after breaking streak, going 3-for-5 with two RBI Mar. 7 vs. Mizzou ... HR in the season's first at bat to lead off Feb. 13 at San Diego and hit the first pitch of Feb. 15 game out for a homer ... has reached base 52 times in 23 games ... posted one of the best freshman seasons in the nation last year and possibly the best premiere season in Husky history ... named All-Pac-10 and Freshman All-America after batting .388 with 13 homers last year ... played center nearly all of last season, but moved back to his natural spot (shortstop) this year ... started in CF for the U.S. National Team last summer ... .388 average last year was No. 2 in the nation among freshmen and his .699 slugging mark was best among Division I frosh ... named to the all-tournament team at NCAA Regional ... in Pac-10 games last season: 39-for-99 (.394) and slugged .758 with 12 doubles, eight homers, 26 runs and 21 RBI ... Baseball America tabbed him with the best infield arm in the Pac-10 and listed him as the No. 17 sophomore player in the country ... named third-team preseason All-America by Collegiate Baseball and a whonorable mention All-America selection by collegebaseballinsider.com.

Tyler Mach, Freshman IF/OF: Started one game at DH at ASU ... went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Mar. 22 at Gonzaga ... homered on the first pitch of his first college at bat Feb. 14 at San Diego, starting at DH ... two-run homer in the Missouri tie ... has started 11 games at DH thusfar and another at third base ... backs up at third base and started there once at WSU ... could also see some action in the outfield ... batted over .400 in each of three seasons at Kentlake High ... three-time All-South Puget Sound League.

John Otness, Senior 3B: Has started 22 of 23 at 3B ... tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with six homers ... homered last Friday at ASU ... no errors in 53 chances this season ... 3-for-6 with HR Mar. 22 at Gonzaga ... went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Mar. 7 vs. Missouri ... 2-for-4 with a double and a homer Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga ... at San Diego, went 6-for-16 (.375) with a homer and four RBI ... HR in the first Feb. 14, when he went 4-for-6 ... team captain after having served in that role last season as well ... started 55 games at third last year and two others at DH ... made only seven errors in 145 chances in 2003 ... shared the team lead with 16 doubles and also led with four triples in 2003 ... named to the all-tourney team at the NCAA Regional at Long Beach.

Matt Tucker, RS-Freshman IF/OF: Started two games at Arizona State, going 2-for-7 with a double ... 4-for-12 in WSU series, starting all three ... started all three vs. LMU and twice vs. Missouri, all in RF ... hit first career homer and had four RBI in Mar. 6 win over Missouri ... also played shortstop part of Mar. 7 game and second base Mar. 5 ... got first start as right fielder vs. UC Riverside ... appeared as PH in all three games at San Diego ... sat out his last season due to surgery on his left shoulder ... recovered in time to play summer ball, batting .288 ... older brother, Michael Done, was UW's starting third baseman for three seasons (2000-02).

FRI. -- Tim Lincecum, Freshman RHP:
Got third win last Fri. at ASU, going a season-high 7.0 IP ... allowed a run on six hits and struck out eight ... named National Player of the Week after striking out 15 in six innings Mar. 12 vs. Loyola Marymount ... got the win after holding the Lions hitless through the fifth ... vs. LMU: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 15 K ... only four LMU batters put the ball in play and he struck out the side three times ... no decision in solid start Mar. 19 at WSU: 6.0 IP, 2 HHH, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K ... got a win vs. Missouri after no decision in first three starts ... allowed only one unearned run on nine hits vs. Missouri Mar. 6 ... struck out 11 and walked two in six innings in that one ... no decision despite good outing Feb. 28 at UC Riverside ... vs. UCR: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K ... the Gatorade state player of the year for Washington last season after leading Liberty High to the 3A state title ... as a senior, boasted a 12-1 record and a 0.70 ERA while striking out 183 batters in 91.2 innings ... drafted by the Cubs in the 49th round of the 2003 draft ... tabbed the No. 17 freshman in the nation by Baseball America.


BULLPEN NOTES: Trent Baysinger (Sr. LHP) threw a total of 8.1 IP over two outings at ASU ... threw two innings in Mar. 26 win and 6.1 in relief Mar. 28 ... no decision or save in either ... got the win Mar. 23 at Gonzaga, allowing a run on two hts over 3.1 relief innings ... pitched twice in WSU series ... got the loss in relief Mar. 19 and then retired only batter he faced Mar. 21 ... gave up first earned runs of the year in the 11-6 win over Missouri ... threw twice at Riverside tournament (2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R vs. OSU and a 1-2-3 eighth inning (two Ks) vs. UC Riverside) ... got the win Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga, throwing 3.2 perfect innings in an 11-inning UW win ... Josh Conover (Jr. RHP) started Mar. 22 at Gonzaga, but didn't get a decision, allowing five runs over 3.2 ... made a solid relief appearance at USD Feb. 14, allowing one unearned run on three hits and no walks over three innings ... made nine relief apperances and five starts last season, going 4-0 with a 3.45 earned run average ... all four victories came in starting assignments ... allowed only nine hits over 12.1 and compiled a 2.19 earned run average as a reliever ... David Dowling (Jr. LHP) worked 3.1 relief innings Mar. 27 at Arizona State, allowing one earned run on two hits ... returned to the mound Mar. 22 at Gonzaga after five-week injury layoff ... threw 2.1 relief innings at GU, allowing no hits, runs or walks while fanning three ... last appeared Feb. 14 at USD, but threw only 0.1 innings ... served as the Huskies' long relief specialist last year, making 19 appearances, 18 in relief ... posted a 7-2 record and worked 56.1 innings ... made lone start of the season in an elimination game vs. Minnesota in the NCAA Regionals ... threw six and one-third innings in that game, allowing an unearned runs on six hits for the win ... Keaton Everitt (So. RHP) took the loss last Sat. at ASU (2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) ... got third win last Mar. 20 at WSU, no small thanks to the UW scoring 14 in the first ... vs. WSU: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 Ks ... took the loss in third start, Feb. 29 vs. Oregon State, and also lasted only 3.2 in 6-6 tie with Missouri ... Feb. 23 vs. Gonzaga, allowed only one hit and no runs over seven innings for the win, combining on a two-hit shutout ... allowed three hits and three runs (two ERs) over 4.2 IP in start Mar. 13 vs. Loyola Marymount ... picked up the win in his first career start Feb. 15, at San Diego (5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks) ... entered that start with only three career college innings ... Will Fenton (Jr. RHP) got the win with a very solid outing Mar. 28 at ASU ... allowed one hit and no runs over 1.1 as the UW won the game with two in the top of the ninth ... surrendered runs in both outings at WSU, taking the loss Mar. 21 ... picked up the win Mar. 13 vs. Loyola Marymount, fanning four over two shutout innings ... didn't allow a hit, but gave up a run on a wild pitch, in 3.2 IP in Mar. 7 tie vs. Missouri ... saw his shutout streak of 43.1 IP broken in Feb. 28 loss at UC Riverside ... gave up four runs in 0.1 IP to take the loss ... hadn't given up a run (earned or not) since May 26, 2002 ... threw a perfect ninth for third save Feb. 27 vs. Sacramento State ... got two saves in the weekend sweep of Gonzaga, throwing a total of three innings (two hits, no runs, no walks, three Ks) ... got the win Feb. 14 at USD with two scoreless innings of relief ... a third-third All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 pick last year after leading the Pac-10 with 12 saves and finishing the season without having allowed a single run (earned or not) in 32.1 innings ... named the No. 39 junior prospect in the nation by Baseball America, which also listed both his fastball and breaking pitch as the best in the Pac-10 ... named a preseason second-team All-American this year by Collegiate Baseball and collegebaseballinsider.com ... Jamie Hawkins (Jr. LHP) threw two innings Mar. 27 at ASU, allwoing one run ... got the win Mar. 22 at Gonzaga ... gave up four runs to first four batters on a grand slam, but then retired nine of last 10 ... threw a1-2-3 ninth in Mar. 21 win at WSU ... threw an inning of relief in the Mar. 5 loss to Missouri ... health problems limited his action in 2003, when he pitched in only five games, with one start ... Matt Kasser (So. RHP) had two 0.2-IP outings at WSU (no runs or hits, 2 Ks) threw three shutout innings in the Mar. 12 win over LMU .. threw three relief innings in Mar. 5 loss to Missouir ... threw an inning Feb. 29 vs. OSU, allowing a run on three hits ... worked 1.2 scoreless innings of relief in Feb. 21 win over Gonzaga ... threw a 1-2-3 ninth Feb.13 at USD ... all nine runs allowed in 2003 came over two outings while the other seven were shutout appearances ... over those seven scoreless outings, allowed only three hits and no runs over 10.0 innings, striking out 15 ... Richie Lentz (Fr. RHP) didn't get a decision last Sun. at ASU after allowing two runs over 1.1 IP ... no decision in Mar. 21 loss at WSU: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks ... may have posted best outing Mar. 14 vs. Loyola Marymount, when he allowed three runs on four hits over 7.0 IP for the win ... took the loss Mar. 5 vs. Missouri (3 IP, 5 H, 6 R) ... earned first win Feb. 27 vs. Sacramento State, fanning eight in five innings ... allowed two runs on three hits in that one ... became the first freshman ever under coach Knutson to start opening day, suffering the loss Feb. 13 at San Diego ... a 4A all-state outfielder and pitcher ... named the No. 38 freshman in the nation by Baseball America ... younger brother of former UW starting 3B Ryan Lentz and son of Mike Lentz, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1975 draft ... Kyle Parker (Fr. RHP) fanned three in two relief innings at Gonzaga Tuesday .. allowed two runs over 2.1 relief innings Mar. 21 at WSU ... threw 2.1 relief innings (two hits, no runs) in Mar. 13 win over LMU ... also worked 2.1 relief innings in Mar. 7 tie vs. Missouri, allowing five hits and two runs with no walks and three Ks ... prior to that outing, had yet to allow a hit or a run in first five innings of relief ... threw three no-hit frames in relief last Feb. 27 vs. Sacramento State ... threw an inning in the Feb. 22 two-hit shutout of Gonzaga ... also threw one no-hit inning at USD Feb. 15 ... 0.98 ERA with 135 Ks in 72 innings as a senior at Yakima's West Valley HS ... Jordan Ponzoha (Fr. RHP) got first start Mar. 23 at Gonzaga, but didn't get a decision ... allowed three runs on six hits over 3.2 IP ... another member of the strong group of freshman pitchers ... saw first career action in Mar. 5 loss to Missouri, allowing one run while fanning four in two innings of work.

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