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Huskies Travel to Face Gonzaga in Midweek Contest

Mar 22, 2021

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SEATTLE -- Hitting the road for the first time in 14 games, the Washington baseball team (8-9, 0-3) is headed out to Spokane to take on Gonzaga (11-8, 3-0) on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on WCC Network. For those in the Spokane region, the game will broadcast on television on SWX, with Dave Cotton (PxP) and Michael Jackson (Color) on the call.

The Huskies are looking to rebound after being swept by USC in their first conference series of the year. The Bulldogs are coming off a sweep of Santa Clara last weekend, capped by a 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon.

Gonzaga will start Nico Zeglin, who has appeared in six games this season, all out of the bullpen. He is 1-1 with a 10.24 ERA in 9.2 innings. 

Brett Harris and Stephen Lund have been the big bats for the Bulldogs this year. Harris leads the team with a .365 AVG, 1.052 OPS, 15 RBIs and 23 runs scored. Lund has been the main source of power for Gonzaga, as he leads the team with five home runs, while also batting .328 with a .984 OPS.

The Bulldogs are led by long-time head coach Mark Machtolf, who is in his 17th season at the helm of the program and has amassed nearly 500 wins at Gonzaga.

Nate Weeldreyer will get the start for the Huskies, his second of the season. He went 2.1 innings in a midweek start against Portland, giving up just one run. He also threw 2.2 innings of relief in a win over Seattle U earlier in the season. 

For the UW offense, Braiden Ward has led the way, as he has currently reached base safely in all 17 games this season. His 12 stolen bases lead the Pac-12. Dalton Chandler is also currently riding a six-game hitting streak. 

Gonzaga and Washington have a rich history, as the two teams played each other in UW's first ever season back in 1901, a 15-14 win for the Huskies. They have played 47 times since 2000, with UW holding a 27-20 advantage in that time period. The Bulldogs won the last meeting by a score of 5-4 in 2019.