Diamond Dawgs Add Five More Signees

Nov. 18, 2004

SEATTLE - The University of Washington baseball team has received National Letters of Intent from four more high school seniors and one junior college sophomore who will all join the Huskies for the 2006 season, 13th-year head coach Ken Knutson announced today.

The five new signees -- RHP Elliott Cribby (Kirkland, Wash./Columbia Basin College), OF Brett Kaluza (Issaquah, Wash./Skyline HS), OF Matt Miller (Kirkland, Wash./Redmond HS), RHP Bryce Mooney (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego HS), and RHP Geoff Nichols (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) -- join a group of eight signees that were announced last week (see complete list below).

'This class has a chance not only to contribute to our 2006 team right away,' Knutson said, 'but it has a chance to be really special. We've signed a larger early class than we usually do, and we feel like we've gotten a lot of really good student-athletes.'

Cribby, who will be a junior on the 2006 Husky team, helped Columbia Basin College to the NWAACC East Region championship last spring as the Hawks finished with a 42-7 overall. He was 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and made the All-NWAACC second-team. Cribby, who originally attended Lake Washington High in Kirkland, is the son of Ed Cribby, who played four seasons for the UW baseball team in the 1970s.

'Elliott is a strike-thrower with the ability to throw three pitches for strikes consistently,' Knutson said. 'He's got a great change-up.'

Kaluza is perhaps better known as one of the state's best football players as a star running back and linebacker on the Skyline football team, which is currently preparing for the 4A state playoffs. 'Brett has excellent tools,' Knutson said. 'He can run, throw, hit, hit for power and he can field his position. He's a big center fielder with all the abilities to play there at this level.'

Miller is a switch-hitting outfielder from Redmond High. 'He's a switch hitter that can run and throw,' Knutson said. 'He's a big, strong guy with great offensive potential.'

Mooney pitched on the Oregon state championship team last season at Lake Oswego High. 'He's a big, projectible pitcher that reminds us of [former Husky starter] Sean White,' Knutson said.

Nichols is another Portland-area product, from Jesuit High. 'Geoff is also a big, projectible type of pitcher,' Knutson said. 'He's got tremendous upside and is continuing to grow. We think he'll make a big leap forward.'

The early signing period ended yesterday. The next signing period for baseball begins April 13, 2005.

The Huskies open the 2005 season next Feb. 11 with a three-game series at UC Irvine.

UW Baseball 2006 Early Letter of Intent Signees

Name Pos. Hometown/High SchoolBradley Boyer SS/2B Sumner, WA/Enumclaw HSTyler Cheney LHP Richland, WA/Richland HSKyle Conley RHP/OF Richland, WA/Richland HSDanny Cox SS Chehalis, WA/W.F. West HSElliott Cribby RHP Kirkland, WA/Columbia Basin CollegeAdrian Gomez LHP Battle Ground, WA/Prairie HSNick Haughian LHP Marysville, WA/Marysville-Pilchuck HSBrett Kaluza OF Issaquah, WA/Skyline HSMatt Miller OF Kirkland, WA/Redmond HSBryce Mooney RHP Lake Oswego, OR/Lake Oswego HSGeoff Nichols RHP Portland, OR/Jesuit HSTrevor Petersen 1B Seattle, WA/Seattle Christian HSJake Rife OF Arlington, WA/Lakewood HS