Diamond Dawgs Hit Road For Georgia Tech

April 14, 2004

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WHAT'S UP?: The Washington baseball team (19-12-1 overall, 5-4 in the Pac-10) will try to break free from a recent 1-4 slump this weekend. However, that will take some doing as the Huskies face the challenge of travelling cross-country to face Georgia Tech (20-14) in a three-game series in Atlanta this Friday through Sunday. Friday and Saturday, game time at Russ Chandler Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. EDT (4:00 p.m. PDT). Sunday's finale is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m EDT (10:00 a.m. EDT). The series represents the second longest road trip in Husky history. In 1998, the UW opened the season at a tournament in Viera, Fla. Washington has played east of the Mississippi River only twice in its history, with the other such occasion coming at the 1997 NCAA Regionals at Mississippi State. Live stats for all three games are available at gohuskies.com. Additionally, all three games will air on KKNW AM-1150, with Steve Sandmeyer on the call. Sunday's game will air on tape delay, starting at noon PDT. Here's a look at the series, with probable starting pitchers:

Fri., April 16: UW at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT) -- RHP Kyle Parker (1-0, 2.96)
Sat., April 17: UW at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT) -- RHP Matt Kasser (1-0, 7.84)
Sun., April 18: UW at Georgia Tech, 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT) -- RHP Tim Lincecum (3-1, 3.26)

SERIES HISTORY: Despite the distance involved, Washington has some history against the Yellowjackets. The all-time series is tied at 3-3, though the two haven't met since the 1997 NCAA Regionals at Mississippi State. At the 1994 NCAA Regionals at Wichita State, the Jackets and Dawgs played one another three times. In the first game, a matchup of two 2-0 teams, Tech won, 6-2, thanks to five RBI from Nomar Garciaparra. The following day, the Huskies needed to beat Tech twice to advance to the College World Series. Washington won the first game, 12-9, on a 14th-inning, three-run homer from Brian Loucks. However, Tech handed the Huskies an 18-7 loss in the championship game to move on to Omaha. In 1995, the teams played twice at a regular-season tournament in Las Vegas. The Jackets won the first game, 19-8 while Washington won the second, 15-10. Finally, at the 1997 NCAA Regional in Starkville, Miss., the UW eliminated Georgia Tech with an 8-4 win. Ryan Soules and Ryan Lentz had three hits each and Tech made five errors.

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 408-265-2 (.606). With 408 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 198-87-2 (.694) record in home games. He is 172-119 (.591) 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  NotesC -- Aaron Hathaway, Jr.      .266-5-20  Preseason 3rd-team All-American; only 7 SBs against in '041B -- Kyle Larsen, Jr.        .365-5-26  32-for-73 (.438), 22 RBI over last 19; 2B, 3B, HR Sat. vs. WSU2B -- Greg Isaacson, Sr.      .301-4-25  Currently on eight-game hitting streak: 12-for-35 (.343)SS -- Brent Lillibridge, So.  .323-6-22  Has stolen 11 straight since being caught in first attempt3B -- John Otness, Sr.        .297-6-23  Started 29 of 32 at third base; only one error in 78 chancesOF -- Zach Clem, So.          .379-8-25  Leads Pac-10 with 16 HBPs; all 16 have come in last 17 gamesOF -- Taylor Johnson, Jr.     .212-2-11  Started 25 of 32 in OF; reached base 11 times in last 27 ABsOF -- Ben Johnson, Sr. (C)    .259-3-19  Hit by a pitch five times in two games vs. Oregon StateOF -- Matt Tucker, RFr. (IF)   .207-1-7  Has made 14 starts in RF and CF; also plays 2B and 3BOF -- Nick Batkoski, Jr. (SS) .302-0-13  Has played DH, RF, LF, SS, 2B, 1B; started both vs. OSU at SSDH -- Matt Lane, Fr. (C)      .286-2-16  Started 15 of last 22 (14 as DH); 9 of 20 hits for extra basesDH -- Tyler Mach, Fr. (3B)     .224-3-8  13 starts as DH so far, 3 at 3B; HR off first college pitch faced

LAST WEEK: Washington struggled in its five home games against its two biggest Northwest rivals over the last week, dropping two of three to Washington State in Pac-10 play and two straight against Oregon State in non-league action. Last Thursday, WSU broke open a scoreless tie with a run in the sixth and then cruised to a 9-1 win. Friday, Trent Baysinger threw 5.1 strong innings of relief for the victory in a 7-3 Husky win. Greg Isaacson was 3-for-5 with a homer. Saturday, the Cougars took the series with a 14-8 win, hitting four homers in the process. Monday, the Dawgs fell behind early in a 7-4 loss to Oregon State. Chris Campos led the Beavers with three hits, three RBI and a home run. Jordan Ponzoha allowed only two runs over 5.2 relief innings. Tuesday, Washington forced extra innings with a run in the eight and another in the ninth. After both teams exchanged single runs in the 11th, OSU scored two in the 12th to win, 6-4. Aaron Hathaway drove in all of those runs in the eighth, ninth and 11th and Tim Lincecum struck out 10, but walked nine, in five innings, surrendering two runs on one hit.

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:
Started both games vs. Oregon State at shortstop, his first such starts this season ... 4-for-9 with two RBI and two doubles in OSU series ... 7-for-last-17 with three doubles ... didn't play in Cal or ASU series ... pinch-hit single in the ninth helped along game-winning rally Mar. 22 at Gonzaga ... belted a pinch-hit, three-run double in the eighth inning of Mar. 6's 11-6 win over Mizzou ... broke a 5-5 tie with a three-run, two-out double in the ninth vs. UC Riverside (Feb. 28) ... 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 ... saw action at 3B Tue. vs. Oregon State ... got first career start Mar. 23 at Gonzaga at 2B ... pinch hit single Mar. 12 vs. LMU ... 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: Has started two games and played in 15 others ... 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: Has become a ball magnet lately as he's been hit by 16 pitches in the last 17 games ... leads the Pac-10 with his 16 HBPs ... entered the week third in the Pac-10 with eight homers and second with .674 slugging mark ... 5-for-8 with a double in two Oregon State games ... named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after a great series at Arizona State (Mar. 26-28) ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 and now starts every day in left field ... saw action in only four games last season.

Aaron Hathaway, Junior C: Has started 27 of 32 games at catcher and another two in right field ... had a great game Tues. vs. Oregon State, going 3-for-5 with three RBI, two runs and a homer ... drove in runs in the eighth (to cut OSU's lead to 3-2), the ninth (to tie it at 3-3) and 11th (to tie it at 4-4) ... has allowed only seven steals while throwing out 10 and picking off four others ... 4-for-12 with a home run in Cal series ... 2-for-5 with a double and two runs at Portland on Wed. ... 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 ... 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 30 of 32 at second base ... currently on an eight-game hitting streak: 12-for-35 (.343) ... third in the Pac-10 with nine steals and had stolen nine straight before being caught Apr. 4 at Cal ... 6-for-15 in Washingon State series and 2-for-8 vs. OSU ... 4-for-12 with three doubles in series at Cal ... hit a grand slam Mar. 21 at WSU ... eight RBIs in first 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 ... two-run double in the 10th Feb. 14 broke a 6-6 tie ... started 54 of 60 at 2B last season and made only 10 errors in 271 chances on the year (a .963 fielding percentage).

Ben Johnson, Senior OF/C: Has played LF, RF and C so far, starting 21 of 32 ... has started last seven in a row ... was hit by a pitch five times in OSU series ... Tues. vs. OSU, went 0-for-1 with a walk, three HBPs and a sacrifice ... 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI in only game at Cal (RF) ... homered from both sides of the plate Mar. 23 at Gonzaga, when he was 2-for-4 with four RBI ... 4-for-10 with 6 RBI in WSU series in Pullman ... 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 ... drafted by the Astros in the 29th round of the 2000 draft.

Taylor Johnson, Junior OF: Played in all of the last five games, but started only three (two vs. WSU, one vs. OSU) ... 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.

Matt Lane, Freshman C: Has emerged as the Huskies' regular DH in games vs. RHPs ... stated three of last five at DH and pinch hit in the other two ... started two of three at Cal, going 2-for-12 with a home run and five RBI ... started two of three at Arizona State and went 4-for-9 with two doubles in the series ... got first start behind the plate Feb. 29 vs. Oregon State ... went 1-for-2 with two HBPs and an RBI ... solo HR in the fourth broke a 3-3 tie Feb. 20 vs. Gonzaga.

Kyle Larsen, Junior 1B: Started all 32 so far at first base ... 32-for-73 (.438), 22 RBI over last 19 games has hit safely in 19 of the last 22 games ... 3-for-5 with four RBI Apr. 10 vs. Washington State, when he was a single short of hitting for the cycle ... 7-for-10 in series at California ... 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 ... named the top defensive first baseman in the Pac-10 by Baseball America ... has made only four errors in 1,280 career fielding chances ... went 621 chances before making his first career error ... Freshman All-American in 2002 after hitting .342 ... drafted by the Mets in the 14th round of the 2001 draft.

Brent Lillibridge, Soph. SS: After a solid weekend vs. Washington State (7-for-12, three doubles), struggled in two Oregon State games (0-for-12, 8 Ks) ... started both OSU games in center field ... has started 29 at SS and three in CF ... had a strong weekend at Arizona State, batting 5-for-16 with three doubles ... hit three homers in WSU series in Pullman (Mar. 19-21), including two on Mar. 19 ... four of six HRs this year have led off games ... reached base seven times and stole three bags in two games at Gonzaga ... second in the Pac-10 with 11 steals and hasn't been caught in 11 straight tries ... 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 69 times in 32 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: After not playing in WSU series, started both vs. OSU (one at 3B, one at DH) ... 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 13 games at DH thusfar and three at third base ... batted over .400 in each of three seasons at Kentlake High ... three-time All-South Puget Sound League.

John Otness, Senior 3B: Has started 29 of 32 at 3B ... has one hit in each of his last six games ... homered Mar. 26 at ASU ... only one error in 78 fielding 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 ... named to the all-tourney team at the NCAA Regional at Long Beach last year.

Matt Tucker, RS-Freshman IF/OF: Has started only one of the UW's last six games, April 10 vs. Washington STate (0-for-3) ... started two games at California ... started two games at Arizona State, going 2-for-7 with a double ... 4-for-12 in WSU series in Pullman, 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. -- Kyle Parker, Freshman RHP:
Didn't allow a hit, but walked seven and gave up two runs over 3.2 IP in start last Fri. vs. Washington State ... won first career start Apr. 3 at Cal, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and two Ks over 6.0 IP ... allowed two runs over 2.1 relief innings Mar. 21 at WSU ... 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 ... 0.98 ERA with 135 Ks in 72 innings as a senior at Yakima's West Valley HS.

SAT. -- Matt Kasser, Soph. RHP: No decision Apr. 10 vs. WSU, allowing six runs on four hits over 2.2 IP ... won first career start Apr. 4 at Cal: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 Ks ... allowed three runs and three walks in the first before settling down at Cal ... threw three shutout innings in the Mar. 12 win over LMU ... all nine runs allowed in 2003 came over two outings while the other seven were shutout appearances ... over those seven outings, allowed only three hits and no runs over 10.0 IP, striking out 15

SUN. -- Tim Lincecum, Freshman RHP: Pac-10 leader with 87 strikeouts and 35 called strikeouts ... 87 Ks already sixth in UW single-season history ... no decision in last three starts: Apr. 8 vs. WSU (7.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 11 Ks), Apr. 13 vs. Oregon State (5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 9 BB, 10 Ks), and Apr. 2 at Cal (5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 Ks) ... got third win Mar. 26 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 ... got a win vs. Missouri after no decision in first three starts ... allowed only one unearned run on nine hits vs. Missouri Mar. 6 with 11 Ks and two BBs ... 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) had two long relief outings last week: win Apr. 9 vs. WSU (5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) and ND Apr. 13 vs. OSU (4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) ... pitched twice at Cal, allowing three runs over 2.1 IP to take the loss before going 2.0 no-hit innings for the save Sunday ... 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 hits over 3.1 relief innings ... gave up first earned runs of the year in the 11-6 win over Missouri ... got the win Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga, throwing 3.2 perfect innings in an 11-inning UW win ... Josh Conover (Jr. RHP) struck out six in two innings (two hits, no runs) Apr. 6 at Portland ... started Mar. 22 at Gonzaga, but didn't get a decision, allowing five runs over 3.2 ... made nine relief apperances and five starts last season, going 4-0 with a 3.45 earned run average ... allowed only nine hits over 12.1 and compiled a 2.19 earned run average as a reliever in 2003 ... David Dowling (Jr. LHP) got the loss in relief Apr. 10 vs. WSU, allowing five runs (four ER) over 3.2 IP ... 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 ... made lone start of last 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) threw one inning of relief Apr. 8 vs. WSU in 9-1 loss (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) ... took the loss Mar. 27 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 ... Feb. 23 vs. Gonzaga, allowed only one hit and no runs over seven innings for the win, combining on a two-hit shutout ... 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) took the loss Tue. vs. Oregon State, allowing two runs (one earned) over 2.0 IP ... got the save Apr. 6 at Portland (struck out only batter he faced) and Apr. 4 at Cal, allowing on hit over 1.2 IP ... 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 ... picked up the win Mar. 13 vs. Loyola Marymount, fanning four over two shutout innings ... 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 ... 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) has appeared in each of last three games ... threw two innings Mar. 27 at ASU, allowing 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 ... Richie Lentz (Fr. RHP) started Mon. vs. Oregon State and got the loss (3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) ... threw four innings of one-hit relief for the win Apr. 6 at Portland, fanning five ... 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 ... Jordan Ponzoha (Fr. RHP) was solid in 5.2 relief innings Mon. vs. Oregon State (5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) .. started Apr. 6 at Portland (two innings, three runs, no decision) ... 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 promising 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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