Apple Cup Of Baseball On Tap This Weekend

March 22, 2007

The Washington baseball team (11-9) opens the 2007 Pac-10 Conference season this weekend with a three-game series at Washington State (13-7).

The Huskies saw a nine-game winning streak snapped Wednesday when the Dawgs fell at Gonzaga, 12-0. A day before, the Huskies beat Portland, 14-5, in the first of five straight road games during spring break.

An internet-only audio broadcast of Friday's 5:30 p.m. game will air live on KKNW AM-1150. In the series opener, the Huskies will hand the start to sophomore left-hander Nick Haughian (2-2, 4.13 ERA). Last Friday, Haughian threw seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over Cal State Northridge. WSU is scheduled to start righty Wayne Daman Jr. (2-0, 2.05).

On Saturday, the first pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Husky sophomore right-hander Jorden Merry (4-1, 1.60) will start for the Huskies. Merry entered the week as the Pac-10's leader in both earned run average and opponent batting average (.171). Last Saturday in a 2-1 win over Northridge, he had a streak of scoreless innings pitched broken at 22 and two-thirds. WSU will counter with lefty Matt Way (2-1, 7.45).

The Apple Cup of baseball wraps up Sunday with a 12 noon game at Bailey-Brayton Field. Husky sophomore southpaw Tyler Cheney (1-1, 3.86) will start against WSU right-hander Nick Ison (3-2, 5.60).

Both Saturday and Sunday's games will air live on radio (KKNW AM-1150) in the Seattle area. Those radio broadcasts can also be heard on

Last season, the Huskies and Cougars met on the final weekend of the regular season. Washington State picked up a win (3-2) in the series opener, but Washington took the next two (5-4 and 5-3) to earn a series victory. The last time the Huskies visited Pullman, in 2005, they swept a three-game series by scores of 17-5, 13-5 and 14-2.

The Huskies return home the following weekend (March 30-April 1) when they play host to 17th-ranked Arizona State in a three-game series at Husky Ballpark.

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