Lincecum Honored; Dawgs Move Up Polls
May 10, 2004
SEATTLE - Washington freshman Tim Lincecum was named a National Player of theWeek by Collegiate Baseball magazine today while the Husky baseball team rose in allthree national polls.
Collegiate Baseball ranked Washington the No. 13 team in the nation, up from 16th in lastweek's poll, while Baseball America placed the Huskies No. 15, up from 21st. The UWentered the Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches' poll in the No. 21 spot after being unranked last week.
The Huskies (28-15-1 overall, 12-6 in the Pac-10) took two of three from then-No. 1Stanford last weekend at Husky Ballpark, handing the Cardinal (37-8, 11-4) their firstseries defeat in more than a year. Stanford, still a half-game ahead of second-place UW inthe conference standings, dropped to No. 2 in all three rankings. Washington is two-and-a-half games ahead of third-place UCLA (26-23, 8-7) and three-and-a-half in front of fourteams tied for fourth place at 7-8.
Lincecum, a right-hander from Renton's Liberty High School, earned both wins over theCardinal. He threw two innings (the ninth and 10th) of scoreless relief in Friday's 3-2, 10-inning win and then struck out 13 over eight innings in Sunday's 9-2 victory, improvinghis record to 7-1 on the year.
With 15 total strikeouts over the weekend, Lincecum now has 127 on the season, only fourshort of the Washington record of 131, set in 1999 by Jeff Heaverlo. Lincecum has, mostlikely, three more starts during the regular season. Postseason statistics count as well.
Earlier this season, Collegiate Baseball named Lincecum a National Player of the Weekafter he struck out 15 over six innings in a win over Loyola Marymount. This week, heshared the honor with three other players: Long Beach State pitcher Jered Weaver, OldDominion pitcher Justin Verlander and Fresno State oufielder Richie Robnett.
Washington plays host to Portland Tuesday and Wednesday evening (both at 6:30 p.m.) ina pair of non-conference contests before traveling to face USC (21-25, 7-8) this weekendin a three-game, Pac-10 series at Dedeaux Field. The following weekend, the Huskies takeon UCLA at Husky Ballpark to close out the 24-game conference schedule. Stanford hasthree conference series remaining -- vs. Arizona, USC and Arizona State.