Huskies Welcome LMU for Three-Game Series
SEATTLE -- The Washington Huskies (3-4) are set to host the Loyola Marymount Lions (4-3) for a three-game series at Husky Ballpark this weekend. UW is coming off of a series win over UTRGV, where the Huskies took three-of-four games from the Vaqueros. LMU just swept Pac-12 foe Utah in a three-game set in Los Angeles.
Scouting the Opponent
The Lions are led by head coach Nathan Choate, who is in his second year leading the program. He led LMU to an 8-8 record a year ago, which included a road sweep of San Jose State right before the season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thus far, LMU has played a schedule of exclusively Pac-12 opponents. The Lions started the season by losing two-of-three against USC, then dropped a midweek contest at UCLA. They then won three straight against Utah by scores of 7-6, 9-7 and 4-1.
The two big bats for LMU have been infielder Diego Baqueiro and catcher Alec Cargin, who both boast an OPS of over 1.000. Baqueiro was 6-for-12 in the series against the Utes, had multiple hits in all three games and scored five runs. Cargin was 4-for-10 with two home runs and 5 RBI isn the series.
On the mound, CJ Fernandezees and Jimmy Galicia have been the two main starters so far for the Lions. Fernandezees has gone at least five innings in both of his starts this season and has an ERA of 3.37. He has done a good job of keeping runners off the bases with a .84 WHIP. Galicia leads the team in innings pitched this year and has gone at least six innings in each of his two starts. In his most recent start against Utah, he went 6.1 innings, struck out six, gave up two earned runs and earned the win.
Husky Pitching Preview
UW received strong outings from all of its starters last weekend against UTRGV. Tyson Guerrero struck out six batters and allowed just one hit and no runs on Friday night. Logan Gerling followed on Saturday with four strikeouts and two runs in 4.1 innings. Jack Enger delivered 5.0 scoreless frames on Sunday, striking out five and walking none. Adam Bloebaum was then spectacular in his first career start, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. All in all, Husky starters combined to throw 17.2 scoreless frames in the series. The bullpen also threw 12 straight scoreless innings in the series.
Husky Offense Preview
UW has found all different ways to score so far this season. Braiden Ward has already single handedly gone from first to home without a ball being put in play to leadoff an inning. He also leads the Pac-12 in stolen bases and is tied for the NCAA lead with 7 on the season. Michael Brown and Will Simpson have both blasted home runs at Husky Ballpark, which is no easy feat this time of year in the Pacific Northwest.
Christian Jones has been a constant in the Husky lineup, as he has hit safely in six of seven games this year. Cole Fontenelle has also found a way to contribute early, as he ranks second on the team with his .333 AVG.
|Date||Time||Stream||UW Starter||LMU Starter|
|Fri. 3/5||4:00 p.m.||Washington Live Stream-2||RHP Logan Gerling||RHP CJ Fernandezees|
|Sat. 3/6||5:00 p.m.||Washington Live Stream-2||RHP Jack Enger||RHP Jimmy Galicia|
|Sun. 3/7||1:00 p.m.||Washington Live Stream-2||LHP Adam Bloebaum||RHP Matt McClure|