Diamond Dawgs Open Homestand Today Vs. UVSC
March 28, 2005
THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team (14-10 overall, 1-2 in the Pac-10), opens a seven-game homestand with six games at Husky Ballpark this week. First up for the Dawgs is a two-day, three-game series vs. Utah Valley State College (9-18). The Huskies and Wolverines play a doubleheader Monday at 3:00 p.m. and a single game Monday at 1:00 p.m. This Friday through Sunday, USC (14-8, 1-2 Pac-10) visits for a three-game, Pac-10 series before Portland comes to town April 5. Here's this week's schedule, with the Huskies' probable starting pitchers (Fri. through Sun. still tentative):
Monday, March 28: Utah Valley State at UW, 3:00 p.m., doubleheader - LHP David Dowling (2-0, 2.91)
(game two) - RHP Brandon McKerney (1-0, 6.75)
Tuesday, March 29: Utah Valley State at Washington, 1:00 p.m. - starter to be determined
Friday, April 1: USC at Washington, 6:30 p.m. PST, KKNW AM-1150 - RHP Tim Lincecum (4-3, 3.89)
Saturday, April 2: USC at Washington , Husky Ballpark, 1:00 p.m. - RHP Kyle Parker (4-3, 4.65)
Sunday, April 3: USC at Washington , Husky Ballpark, 1:00 p.m. - RHP Matt Kasser (2-2, 5.05)
SERIES HISTORY: Washington has never previously played a game against Utah Valley State, which only recently ascended to the NCAA Division I level. USC holds a 25-11 series advantage all-time against the Huskies. Washington, however, has posted 10 of its 11 of its wins in the series under Coach Ken Knutson, who is 10-11 against the Trojans. Last year in Los Angeles, the Huskies won two of three at Dedeaux Field, beating USC 8-6 and 13-4 before dropping the series finale, 10-8. Two seasons ago in a regular season-ending series at Husky Ballpark, the Dawgs swept the Trojans, 26-2, 5-1 and 10-8. Since the Pac-10 merged its two divisions prior to the 1999 season, the series is even at 9-9.
COACH 'K': Last season, Husky baseball coach Ken Knutson became the winningest baseball coach in the history of the program. That accomplishment is just one item on Knutson's impressive resume. In his 12-plus seasons at the helm of his alma mater's baseball team, Knutson has led the Dawgs to two Pac-10 championships, four Pac-10 Northern Division titles, two other second-place finishes and six NCAA Regionals. His career overall record now stands at 442-283-2 (.609). Before becoming the Husky head man prior to the 1993 season, 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 217-90-2 (.696) record in home games. He is 183-126 (.592) in Pac-10 games. Knutson has coached 44 first-team All-Pac-10 selections in 12 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, Donny Harrel, and Gregg Swenson.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Here's a look at the probable starters at each position, with stats and notes:
Pos. Player, Year Avg.-HR-RBI Notes C - Matt Lane, So. .254-3-18 Sat. at Arizona: 2-for-5, 2 HRs, seven RBI, grand slam Joey Dunn, Fr. .333-0-1 Has started four games at C; 4-for-12 at the plate so far1B - Kyle Larsen, Sr. .318-4-20 Has three homers, 12 RBI in 7 home games this season2B - Mike Rundle, Sr. .217-1-4 6-for-14 (.429) in seven home games this season Andy Lentz, Fr. .118-0-0 Has started seven games at second base, three in left fieldSS - Brent Lillibridge, Jr. .293-6-27 30 career home runs tied for third in Washington history3B - Nick Batkoski, Sr. .337-2-15 Has started 23 of 24 at third base; only 2 Es in 55 chancesOF - Zach Clem, Jr. .343-4-14 Home games this year: 14-for-28, 4 homers, 12 RBIOF - Taylor Johnson, Sr. .352-6-20 Home games this year: 13-for-25 (.520), 3 homers, 10 RBIOF - Nick Burnham, Jr. .185-0-5 Has started 19 of 24 games; 4-4 stealing basesOF - Cory Rickard, Jr. .105-0-1 Five starts as LF, CF and DH; first career HR Mar. 6OF - Matt Stevens, So. .276-2-6 Started two of three at Arizona: 2-for-6, 3 RBIDH - Curt Rindal, So. .250-1-8 Has started 19 of 24 at DH; all-tournament at Texas A&M
BROADCASTS ON THE WEB: Live audio of all of Washington's games this year will be available either over the radio, on the internet or both. For information on how to listen to the games, go to gohuskies.com, and click on the audio/video link. Additionally, 20 regular season games will air live on KKNW 1150-AM. Those broadcasts will also be available via the internet. The next radio broadcast is this Friday's game vs. USC. Go to the baseball page at gohuskies.com and click on 'Radio Schedule' under Husky Hits for the complete KKNW schedule.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: Counting those in the 'others receiving votes' category, the preseason Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches' poll ranked 66 teams this season. Washington, which tied with Pac-10 foe Arizona for the No. 12 spot in that poll, will play a total of 31 games against teams that received votes in the preseason ranking. Those 31 games come against 11 different teams, including six conference opponents. The Huskies will play a total of 11 games against four teams ranked in the top 12 in the preseason poll - three each against No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 12 Arizona, plus two at No. 10 Texas A&M. Well-respected baseball website boydsworld.com ranks the Huskies' schedule as the ninth-toughest in the nation.
NORTHWEST FLAVOR: As is usually the case, the Husky baseball roster is made up primarily of players from the state of Washington. This year, however, it's nearly unanimous as 35 of the 36 players on the team are from the state of Washington. The only non-Washingtonian on the team is senior second baseman Mike Rundle, from Bend, Oregon. However, Rundle, in his first season with the Huskies, played last season at Gonzaga, which is located in Spokane, Wash. Of the 35 in-state players, 29 are from the western part of the state (west of the Cascades).
HOME, SWEET HOME: After opening the 2005 season with 11 straight games away from home, the Huskies' return to the new FieldTurf surface at Husky Ballpark was evidently very comforting. The Huskies won all seven games of the first homestand of the season, beating St. Martin's 10-1, sweeping a three-game series from UC Santa Barbara (6-1, 6-5, 17-4), beating Portland 8-1 and closing with two wins over Pacific, 15-2 and 19-12. In those seven games, the Huskies batted .377 with 19 doubles and 23 home runs. By contrast, the Dawgs allowed opponents to hit only .211 with three doubles and 12 homers. The UW pitching staff compiled a 3.43 team earned run average over the seven games while opponents pitched at an 11.75 rate. Finally, the UW made only two errors in seven games on the new surface, good for a .992 fielding percentage. Individually, the Huskies were led by right fielder Taylor Johnson, who hit .520 (13-for-25) over the seven games while shortstop Brent Lillibridge was 12-for-27 (.444) with four homers and 11 RBI and left fielder Zach Clem went 14-for-28 (.500) with four home runs and 12 runs batted in.
POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
Ryan Anderson, Freshman IF: Notched first career hit (a single) in Mar. 6 win over UCSB ... has played in five games ... walked and scored in Mar. 9 win over Pacific ... hit .430 as a junior and .420 as a senior in HS.
Nick Batkoski, Senior 3B: For the first time in his career, entered the season as a starter ... has played 2B, 3B, SS, OF and DH during his career ... 4-for-13, 2 RBI in Arizona series ... hit two homers in win over Portland Mar. 8 ... hit .500 (6-for-12) in the series at UC Irvine, scoring three of the UW's six runs on the weekend ... 5-for-14 in Santa Clara series ... has made only two errors in 20 games this year ... named the Pac-10's top defensive third baseman by Baseball America.
Michael Burgher, Freshman OF: Has played in seven games total, going 1-for-7 ... singled in two ABs vs. UCSB Mar. 6 ... had four ABs off bench at Arizona Mar. 26 and scored two runs despite going 0-for-4 ... drafted by the Dodgers in the 36th round of the 2004 draft.
Nick Burnham, Junior OF: Entered the year as the starting center fielder after a strong fall and spring practice season ... has started 19 of 24 in CF ... 3-for-10 in series at Cal Poly ... started two of three at Santa Clara, going 4-for-9 with a double and three RBI ... started all five at Texas A&M tourney ... four steals in four tries ... started on opening day last year, but made only two more starts during the season ... played in 24 games in 2004.
Zach Clem, Junior OF: Had a seven-game hit streak broken Mar. 18 at Cal Poly ... over those seven, was gone 14-for-28 (.500) with four doubles, four homers and 12 RBI ... over his last 13 games, is 21-for-53 (.396) with four homers and 14 RBI ... 5-for-15 at Arizona ... the UW's starting left fielder saw only one pinch hit at UC Irvine due to a groin pull ... started all three at Santa Clara, two in LF, one at DH ... 3-for-11 with a double in Santa Clara series ... started 3 of 5 at Texas A&M tourney ... homered in back-to-back games Mar. 2 and Mar. 4, and hit two homers vs. Pacific on Mar. 10 when he was 4-for-6 with three RBI, a double and two homers ... after only three at bats as a freshman in 2003, became an everyday starter in left field last year and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors after batting .336 with a team-high 13 home runs ... played on the Aloha (Ore.) team that won the NBC World Series title over the summer.
Joey Dunn, Freshman C: One of three new catchers on the Husky rosters ... started third game at Arizona (1-for-1) ... started game two at UC Irvine, going 0-for-2 ... also played in game two (off the bench) of the Santa Clara series and got first career hit, a single ... got first hit (RBI single) in loss to Evansville ... singled Mar. 6 vs. UC Santa Barbara.
Matt Hague, Freshman P/IF/OF: Multi-position player backs up at third base and in the outfield and should also see action out of the bullpen ... got first career start in batting order at DH Mar. 26 at Arizona and went 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBI ... only prior plate appearance off bench vs. Pacific Mar. 9, when he walked and scored.
Taylor Johnson, Senior OF/P: Started all 24 so far ... had an eight-game hit streak broken Mar. 19 at Cal Poly ... over those eight, was 15-for-30, .500, 12 runs, 11 RBI ... has hit leadoff in last 13 games (UW is 10-3 in those) ... leads team with nine stolen bases ... 4-for-12 with a homer and four RBI in Cal Poly series ... 4-for-12 with two homers, 5 RBI in Portland and Pacific games Mar. 8-10 ... named Pac-10 Player of the Week when he went 8-for-9 with five walks in three games vs. UC Santa Barbara ... reached base his first 12 plate appearances vs. UCSB ... went 7-for-15 (.467) in Santa Clara series with mulitple hits in each game ... homered and drove in two runs in the 3-2 win Feb. 28 at Santa Clara ... hit an eighth-inning solo shot on opening day at UC Irvine ... has been an off-and-on starter in CF and RF the last three seasons ... also a reliever ... saw first mound action (1 inning) at Texas A&M Feb. 25 ... taken in 39th round of 2001 draft (Pittsburgh) ... named No. 8 prospect in his summer league by Baseball America.
Matt Lane, Soph. C: Starts at catcher in 2005 after having backed up there last season ... had a career day Mar. 26 at Arizona despite not even starting ... came on in the third as a pinch hitter and hit a grand slam and later hit a three-run homer, finishing 2-for-5 with seven RBI ... 2-for-10 with a two-run triple in series at Cal Poly ... started six of seven during first homestand, going 9-for-22 (.409) at the plate ... 3-for-4 with homer, 3 RBI Mar. 10 vs. Pacific ... started two of three at UC Irvine and all three at Santa Clara ... 3-for-11 at Santa Clara ... made only one start behind the plate last year, but made 36 starts at DH ... hit .301 with six homers as a freshman ... was a member of the National Baseball Congress World Series champion Aloha (Ore.) team over the summer.
Kyle Larsen, Senior 1B: In his fourth year as the everyday starting first baseman ... has made only five errors in 1,726 career chances ... 5-for-12 with two doubles, a homer, six runs and four RBI in Arizona series ... 5-for-12 in series in Cal Poly series ... 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Mar. 10 vs. Pacific ... big day March 6 vs. UCSB, when he went 3-for-5 with two homers (including a grand slam) and six RBI ... ranks fifth in UW history in hits (225), sixth in RBI (149) and sixth in home runs (27) ... went 2-for-10 in UCI series and 4-for-11 with two doubles at Santa Clara ... 3-for-13 in Texas A&M tournament ... for the third straight year, named top defensive 1B in the Pac-10 by Baseball America ... also made Baseball America's all-Gold Glove team and was tabbed as the No. 14 senior prospect in the nation ... started all 60 last season, 59 of 60 in 2003, and 47 of 61 as a freshman ... drafted by the Mets in the 14th round of the 2001 draft.
Andy Lentz, Freshman OF/IF: Younger brother of UW sophomore P Richie Lentz and former third baseman Ryan Lentz ... started in LF Mar. 19 at Cal Poly and had UW's only hit ... started in LF Feb. 13 at UC Irvine, going 0-for-3 with an HBP ... started last three games at Texas A&M tournament, all at second base and No. 1 in the batting order ... also started at 2B vs. St. Martin's and twice in three games vs. UC Santa Barbara ... four walks in lone start at Santa Clara.
Brent Lillibridge, Junior SS: Has earned first-team All-Pac-10 in each of his two previous seasons ... a preseason third-team All-American (Collegiate Baseball) ... preseason All-Pac-10 and the No. 36 junior in the nation by Baseball America ... has started all 24 at SS and has made only four errors ... only 3-for-14 at Arizona, but scored three runs and stole three bases ... during season's first homestand, went 12-for-27 (.444) with 15 runs, 11 RBI and four homers ... hit four HRs in three games in week vs. Portland and Pacific (Mar. 8-10), including a grand slam Mar. 9 vs. Pacific and two homers Mar. 10 vs. the Tigers ... 5-for-5 in March 6 win over UC Santa Barbara ... started all three at SS at UC Irvine, going 4-for-11 with a triple ... had another triple in the 13-2 win over Santa Clara, when he drove in five runs ... made all-tournament team at Texas A&M, going 5-for-15 with five RBI ... had a three-run double vs. Evansville and a two-run homer vs. San Diego ... .347 career average entering the season ranked sixth in UW history ... currently tied for third in UW history with 30 home runs ... started all 60 games last year at either SS or CF ... started in center for the U.S. National Team in 2003 ... all-tournament at the NCAA Regional the last two years ... .388 average in 2003 was No. 2 in the nation among freshmen and his .699 slugging mark was best among Division I frosh.
D.J. Neyens, Junior C: Had first AB in loss at Texas A&M Feb. 25 ... first UW hit was a single vs. St. Martin's March 2 ... hit a solo home run in Mar. 9 win over Pacific and then had a single the following day ... played last two seasons at nearby Edmonds CC, helping Tritons to the NWAACC title his freshman year.
Cory Rickard, Junior OF: Started the season opener in LF (0-for-4) ... most recently started at DH in Mar. 25 loss at Arizona ... started Feb. 20 at Santa Clara ...1-for-2 in start Feb. 28 vs. San Diego ... started one vs. UCSB and hit first homer March 6 ... transfer from Spokane Falls CC.
Curt Rindal, Soph. 1B/DH: Has started 19 of 24 at DH ... hit first career homer Mar. 9 vs. Pacific ... at UC Irvine, went 4-for-11 with three of the UW's six RBI ... started two of three at Santa Clara (2-for-9) ... made all-tournament team at Texas A&M, going 5-for-15 in five starts ... got a medical redshirt season last year after dislocating his left elbow in a practice.
Mike Rundle, Senior 2B: Transfer from Gonzaga starts at second base ... started first 8 at 2B ... has also started nine of last 10 ... in his last 13 games (9 starts), is 11-for-34 (.324) with 11 runs ... 4-for-13 with a double and thre runs in Arizona series ... 2-for-6 in two games vs. Pacific ... after missing five straight starts, got back in the order March 6 vs. UCSB and went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer ... hit .221 with an HR and 16 RBI last season at Gonzaga ... played previously at Citrus JC in Glendora, Calif., where he batted .390 as a freshman and .373 as a sophomore ... summer all-league first-teamer, playing for his hometown Bend Elks.
Matt Stevens, Freshman IF/OF: Has started seven games total (2 in LF, 2 in RF, 2 at DH, 1 at 3B) ... 2 RBI in Mar. 25 loss at Arizona and 2-for-5 with 3 RBI in series in Tucson ... homered in Mar. 20 win at Cal Poly ... started in LF in the second game of the season at UC Irvine (0-for-3) ... singled in loss at Texas A&M for first hit ... started in 4-1 win over San Diego ... started at DH March 6 and hit first career home run ... went 2-for-3 as starter at 3B March 5 vs. UCSB ... two-time all-league first-teamer at Lake Stevens HS ... also all-area and all-state as a senior.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES (in order; Tuesday's starter TBD):
Mon., Game 1 - David Dowling, Senior LHP: Expected to start in Monday's game one vs. UVSC ... got a save Mar. 18 at Cal Poly, throwing a scoreless ninth ... allowed a run on four hits over six innings in a winning start Mar. 8 vs. Portland ... threw complete-game three-hitter to beat San Diego on Feb. 28, making all tournament at Texas A&M tourney ... got a save Mar. 4 vs. UCSB with three innings (2 hits, 1 run) ... pitched in 3-2 win at Santa Clara (Feb. 21) ... after seven wins and 56.1 innings in 2003, was limited by injury to only 22 innings last year ... high school classmate of fellow Husky pitcher Keaton Everitt.
Mon., Game 2 - Brandon McKerney, Sophomore RHP: Slated to pitch in game two Monday vs. UVSC ... has pitched in eight games, allowing 10 hits and six runs over 8.0 innings ... struck out two in an inning Mar. 9 vs. Pacific ... got a win Mar. 5 vs. UCSB, getting final out of top-ninth before UW won in the bottom.
Tim Lincecum, Sophomore RHP: A preseason All-American after having been named the Pac-10 Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in 2004 ... struck out 161 batters in 112.1 innings last year, breaking the school record for Ks ... also second in the NCAA in strikeouts, behind only Long Beach State's Jered Weaver ... Collegiate Baseball's National Freshman of the Year ... took a loss Mar. 24 at Arizona, allowing six ERs over 5.1 innings ... picked up fourth straight win Mar. 18 at Cal Poly, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks over eight innings ... struck out nine ... beat Pacific for third straight win Mar. 9: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 14 SO ... struck out 10 over the first three innings of that game, including four Ks in the third inning ... 14 strikeouts was season high and one short of career best ... picked up second straight win Mar. 4 vs. UCSB, allowing no runs on only one hit over 6.0 innings ... struck out 11 vs. UCSB and took no-hitter into sixth inning ... brilliant in 1-0 win at Texas A&M Feb. 27, throwing a two-hit, complete-game (seven innings) shutout ... allowed only one walk while fanning eight and made all-tourney ... over his last four starts: 4-0, 1.29 ERA, 28 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 15 BB, 42 Ks ... suffered second loss Feb. 20 at Santa Clara (5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO) ... took a loss on opening day of this season at UC Irvine, allowing four runs over 5.2 ... No. 9 sophomore prospect in the nation and No. 35 college prospect for the 2005 draft by Baseball America ... tabbed as having the best breaking ball in the league by BA ... named the national player of the week twice last year ... career-high 15 Ks came in a six-inning outing Mar. 12, 2004 vs. Loyola Marymount.
Kyle Parker, Sophomore RHP: Went nine innings but didn't get decision in Mar. 25's 12-inning loss at Arizona ... was an out away from a win, but gave up tying runs in ninth ... Mar. 25 at AZ: 9.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K ... was on the wrong end of a one-hit shutout to take loss Mar. 19 at Cal Poly ... gave up four runs on eight hits over 6.0 IP in that loss ... got a win in relief Mar. 10 vs. Pacific as UW won in a slugfest, 19-12 ... allowed three runs on three htis over 3.2 innings in that one ... won two straight starts, beating St. Martin's Mar. 2 and UCSB Mar. 6 ... vs. St. Martin's, threw four perfect innings for a win (pre-determined four-inning start) ... didn't allow a base runner and fanned five vs. St. Martin's ... got Mar. 6 win over UC Santa Barbara, allowing two runs on four hits over 6.0 innings ... six shutout innings Feb. 20 vs. Santa Clara for first win ... allowed no runs on two hits over 6.0 in that one ... threw the UW's only complete game last year in a win over Ole Miss in the NCAA Oxford Regional last year ... led Aloha (Ore.) to the National Baseball Congress World Series championship over the summer ... threw a five-hit shutout in the championship game ... Baseball America named him the No. 2 prospect in the Pacific International League (summer) and the No. 18 sophomore in the nation.
Matt Kasser, Junior RHP: No decision in start Mar. 26 at Arizona in UW win ... got the win Mar. 20 at Cal Poly, allowing three runs on only two hits over six innings ... threw seven solid innings for no decision Mar. 5 vs. UCSB (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) ... left UCSB game with 5-2 lead ... no decision Mar. 10 vs. Pacific: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K ... suffered loss to Evansville on Feb. 27: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2BB, 2 K ... got a win Feb. 21 at Santa Clara: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks ... started Feb. 13 at UC Irvine, and took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits, two walks and one K over 5.2 innings ... held the Anteaters scoreless through the first five innings before giving up three in the sixth ... won the National Baseball Congress World Series title with the Aloha (Ore.) Knights.
BULLPEN NOTES: Josh Conover (Jr. RHP) got a save Mar. 20 at Cal Poly, entering the game in the ninth with two down and the tying run at third ... got a routine flyout to end the game ... fanned two in a scoreless inning to close out Mar. 10 win over Pacific ... didn't allow a run in first 5.0 innings over first five outings in 2005 ... eigth appearances leads team ... got a save by getting the final out Feb. 21 at Santa Clara (3-2 win) ... pitched twice at UC Irvine, allowing no hits or runs over two innings ... Keaton Everitt (Jr. RHP) was suberb in 5.2 relief innings Mar. 26 at Arizona ... got a win, allowing two runs on six hits ... struck out two in a perfect inning of relief Mar. 9 vs. Pacific ... got no decision in first action this year, a four-innings start in the UW's 3-0 loss to San Diego ... allowed two runs and no hits in that one ... only managed a third of an inning in Mar. 5 win over UCSB, allowing a run on three hits ... started 10 games and appeared in relief once last year ... Matt Hague (Fr. RHP) took tough loss Mar. 26 at Arizona, allowing a 12th-inning homer after retiring first six batters ... got two big outs with the bases loaded and one out in the Mar. 5 win over UCSB ... pitched twice at Texas A&M tourney and suffered the defeat in the 3-0 loss to San Diego ... plays third base and outfield besides pitching ... should see action as a late-innings reliever ... worked 2.2 scoreless in 5-2 loss at Santa Clara (Feb. 20) ... threw two innings of relief Feb. 12 (game two) at UC Irvine, allowing no hits or runs while striking out two and walking none ... led Kentwood High to a second-place state finish last year ... first-team all-state pitcher and second-team all-state infielder in high school ... Taylor Johnson (Sr. LHP) has been a starting OF for most of his career and starts in RF ... got lone inning thusfar in Feb. 25 loss at Texas A&M, allowing a single but facing the minimum ... walked in the tying run in the ninth Mar. 5 vs. UCSB, but scored the winning run in the bottom of that inning ... had never previously appeared on the mound ... Emmanuel Pedroza (Jr. LHP) walked on to the UW team last year in his third year in college ... did not pitch in any varsity games but should get a shot out of the bullpen this season ... all-state at Mabton High in 2001 ... Jordan Ponzoha (Soph. RHP) threw three shutout innings of relief in Mar. 2 win over St. Martin's ... repeated that feat vs. Portland Mar. 8 for second save ... threw three innings of relief in 13-2 win at Santa Clara (Feb. 20) ... struck out six in three innings, including six of last seven he faced ... worked four innings in relief at UC Irvine on Feb. 12, allowing only one run on four hits.