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UW Continues Pac-12 Play With Series Against ASU

Apr 7, 2021

SEATTLE -- Coming off of their first Pac-12 series win of the season against No. 10 UCLA, the Washington Huskies (10-14, 2-7) return home to face the Arizona State Sun Devils (16-8, 5-4) in a three game set, with game one scheduled for Friday night at 7:00 p.m.. All three games will be live streamed via Pac-12 plus with Jason Dorow handling play-by-play duties the entire weekend. 

Scouting the Opposition

Arizona State at a Glance: The Sun Devils sit at 16-8 overall and are 5-4 in Pac-12 games. In their most recent series, they dropped two-of three at home to No. 22 Arizona. They also play the Wildcats in a midweek game on Tuesday night and fell by a score of 14-2. In other Pac-12 action, ASU has swept both Utah and Washington State, while dropping a close three-game series with No. 19 Oregon.=

Man in Charge: Tracy Smith is in his seventh season leading the Sun Devils, having come over from Indiana in the Big Ten. He has brought ASU to an NCAA regional in three out of five possible years and is just shy of 200 wins with the Sun Devils, as he currently 185 victories in Tempe.

By the Numbers: ASU has a balanced and strong offense, with seven different players having double-digit RBIs. Sean McLain leads the Sun Devils with his .412 average, 19 runs, 35 hits, 10 doubles, four home runs and 1.156 OPS. Ethan Long (.340) and Drew Swift (.337) are the other two ASU regulars with a batting average over .300.

On the mound, five different Sun Devils have started multiple games. Tyler Thornton has been the one mainstay with his seven starts. He has a 1-1 record and 4.24 ERA. Their most successful starter has been Justing Fall, who leads the team in wins with a 4-1 record, while also have a 2.03 ERA in 31.0 innings pitched, best among ASU starters. Ethan Long has been the most productive Sun Devil closer, with a team-best four saves, while no allowing an earned run in 6.2 innings of work.  

Husky Notes

Last Time Out: UW is coming off a series win at No. 10 UCLA, its first top-10 series win since the end of the 2018 season against No. 3 Stanford. The Husky bats came alive in the first two games, combining for 15 runs against a highly-touted Bruin pitching staff, while a variety of bullpen arms got tough outs in high-leverage situations,

Pac-12 Youngsters: 19 different UW players have played in their first-career Pac-12 games this season.  This list includes three different pitchers that have started against No. 21 Oregon State and No. 10 UCLA in Logan Gerling, Stu Flesland III and Nate Weeldreyer.  Through their first nine conference games, the Huskies have played freshmen with no prior Pac-12 experience at all nine positions in the field as well as DH.

Youngsters Producing: In last weekend's series against UCLA, the UW freshman stepped up to the challenge. In Game one, freshmen accounted for 6 of the team's 7 RBIs, including a two-run home run by Will Simpson and an RBI triple by Cole Miller. In game two,  Miller and true freshman Nick Kresnak each had their second straight game with an RBI, while Adam Bloebaum earned the save with the game-winning run on base. Michael Brown also launched a 444-foot home run on Saturday afternoon.

Stable of Arm in the Pen: Returning a bulk of last year's dominant bullpen, the Huskies have plenty of options in 2020. Four UW pitchers have picked up each the team's six saves this season, while Adam Bloebaum and Davis Delorefice each have multiple saves. Dylan Lamb has shown the ability to come in and get big outs, which included a 3.2 near-perfect innings in the game two win over UCLA. Colton Charnholm has emerged as a quality lefty specialist, Gabe Smith had a streak of 12 straight scoreless innings, Stefan Raeth is tied for the team lead with two win and Stu Flesland III has been used as a starter and a big lefty arm with starting experience that can get high-leverage outs or eat up innings if needed. 

Series Schedule 

 Date  Time  UW Starter  ASU Starter
 Fri. April 9  7:00 p.m.  RHP Logan Gerling (1-2, 2.27 ERA)  RHP Tyler Thornton (1-1, 4.24 ERA)
 Sat. April 10  5:00 p.m.  LHP Tyson Guerrero (0-0, 0.84 ERA)  LHP Justin Fall (4-1, 2.03 ERA)
 Sun. April 11  12:00 p.m.  TBD  TBD