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UW Opens Home Schedule with URTGV on Friday Night

Feb 24, 2021

UTRGV Game Notes | UW Game Notes

SEATTLE -- The Washington baseball team (0-3) is set for the first action of the season at Husky Ballpark, as it hosts UT Rio Grande Valley (2-1) for a four-game series starting on Friday night. 

After losing the first three games of the season by a combined 4 runs, the Huskies will look to flip the script against the Vaqueros, who took a two-of-three games against Baylor in their high-scoring opening series. 

Scouting the Opponent
UTRGV hosted Baylor in its first action of 2021. The Vaqueros dropped the first game by a score of 12-7, but won the next two by scores of 9-8 and 7-4. The big bats for UTRGV were Spencer Serven (1 HR/6 RBI), Christian Sepulveda (1 HR/5 RBI) and Andy Atwood (1 HR/4 RBI).

Head coach Derek Matlock leads the Vaqueros in his fourth year in charge. As the 2019 WAC Coach of the Year, Matlock guided UTRGV to a 34-21 (19-8) record and a share of the WAC Championship, the first in school history. The Vaqueros were 11-7 and on an eight-game winning streak before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the season in 2020.

Pitching Matchups

UW will stick with the same three starters it used in the opening series against UC Irvine. The starter for Monday's game four has yet to be decided on. UTRGV will go with Christian Ramos on Friday night and he will make his first appearance and start of the season. After Ramos, the Vaqueros are sticking with the three arms they threw against Baylor.

Date Washington (ERA) UT Rio Grande Valley (ERA)
Fri. 2/26 LHP Tyson Guerrero (2.45) RHP Christian Ramos (N/A)
Sat. 2/27 RHP Logan Gerling (3.60) RHP Kevin Stevens (14.73)
Sun. 2/28 RHP Jack Enger (2.70) RHP Kevin Palm (15.00)
Mon. 3/1 TBD RHP J.C. Ariza (4.50)

Husky Notes

  • True freshmen Michael Brown, Cole Fontenelle and Case Matter all made their UW debuts last weekend.
  • Stu Flesland III had retired all six batters he has faced this season.
  • Cole Fontenelle has had multiple hits and a run scores in each of two appearances this season.
  • Braiden Ward has already stolen two bases this season, taking sole possession of fifth-place all-time at UW.
  • Braiden Ward, Noah Hsue, Will Simpson, Christian Jones and Michael Petrie have reached base safely in all three games this season.

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