UW Takes Over First Place In Pac-10

May 17, 2004

SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team will enter its final weekend of Pac-10 play alone in firstplace in the conference standings following Stanford's 11-2 loss Monday in Tucson.

The Huskies (32-16-1 overall, 14-7 in the Pac-10) moved a half-game ahead of theCardinal, who earlier Monday moved back into the No. 1 spot in all three national pollsafter having dropped to No. 2 last week following a 2-1 series loss to the UW.

Stanford lost two of three at Arizona over the weekend (Sat.-Mon.) to fall to 39-10 overalland 12-6 in Pac-10 play, one-half game behind the Huskies. The Cardinal play host toUSC and Arizona State in their final two league series of the year.

Washington takes on defending NAIA champion Lewis-Clark State (49-7) Tuesday at 6:30p.m. at Husky Ballpark before UCLA (29-24, 10-8) comes to Seattle for a three-gameconference series this Friday through Sunday. L-C State has won 21 straight gamesheading into a Monday night game vs. Gonzaga. The Warriors have won 13 of the last 20NAIA crowns. UCLA took two of three from Washington State last weekend in LosAngeles and are tied for third in the Pac-10 alongside Arizona State.

The Huskies' next win will be the 422nd of head coach Ken Knutson's career. That winwould tie the UW record for wins, held by Knutson's mentor, Bob MacDonald, who went422-322-7 as the Husky head coach from 1977 to 1992. Knutson, in his 12th season incharge of his alma mater, enters the week 421-269-2.

After taking two from Portland and two of three from USC last week, the Huskies movedup one spot to No. 14 in today's Baseball America top 25 while retaining their No. 13ranking in the Collegiate Baseball ranking and their No. 21 position in the SportsWeekly/ESPN coaches' poll.

After the UCLA series, the Huskies will host UC Irvine in a non-conference series May28-30. All of the eight other Pac-10 teams will play conference series that weekend.

Current Pac-10 Baseball Standings(through Monday, May 17)                Pac-10   GB  OverallWashington       14-7    --  32-16-1Stanford         12-6   0.5  39-10Arizona State    10-8   2.5  35-13UCLA             10-8   2.5  29-24Arizona           9-9   3.5  27-21-1USC               8-10  4.5  22-27Oregon State      7-11  5.5  27-18California        8-13  6.0  24-29Washington State  6-12  6.5  26-22
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