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UW Hosts Texas State for Three-Game Series

Apr 15, 2021

SEATTLE -- The Washington Huskies (12-16) take a brief break from Pac-12 play this weekend as they welcome the Texas State Bobcats (15-19) to Husky Ballpark for a three-game series. The two teams last played each other in 2014 in a one-off game, with UW taking a 6-1 win over the Bobcats in San Marcos, Texas. All three games will be streamed on Pac-12 Plus with Jason Dorow handling play-by-play duties for the series. 

Scouting the opposition

Texas State at a Glance: The Bobcats sit at 15-19 overall and take a pause from Sun Belt Conference play, where they are 5-7 on the season. Texas State just defeated Troy in a three-game series, winning two games on the road. In midweek action, they dropped an 8-4 contest to Texas A&M.

Man in Charge: Steven Trout is in his second season as the head coach for the Bobcats, after leading them to a 14-4 record in 2020 before the season stoppage. He had served as an assistant for Texas State from 2016 until being named head coach in July of 2019.

By the Numbers: Jose Gonzalez and Justin Thompson have been the big bats for the Bobcats this season. Gonzalez leads the team with a .321 AVG and 1.044 OPS, while his 13 doubles are more than twice as much as the next-best teammate. Thomason hits .315 and has been the best run producer for Texas State, with 21 runs scored and 30 RBIs, which are twice as much as Gonzalez (15 RBI), who is second on the team, 

The Bobcats have a team ERA of 5.24 and have five different pitchers who have made at least four starts on the season, Garrett Herrmann has been the most productive starter, boasting a 4-0 record with a 2.25 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Out of the bullpen, Otto Wofford has appeared in 13 games and has a 2.49 ERA, good for second-best on the staff, as well as a 1.06 WHIP.  

Husky Baseball Notes

Last Time Out: In its last weekend series, UW dropped two-of-three to Arizona State at Husky Ballpark.  After a 16-inning marathon that saw the Huskies on the losing end, they fell by a score of 8-1 on Saturday before rebounding for a blowout win in the series finale, 13-6. UW visited Portland for a midweek game on Tuesday evening and came away with a 6-4 victory thanks to Cole Miller (3 RBIs), Will Simpson (HR, 2 RBI) and Gabe Smith (GS, 4 IP, 0 R).

Recent Offensive Success: In the last seven games, since the start of their series against UCLA, the Husky bats have woken up after a slow start. In that time frame, Will Simpson is hitting .481 with a .531 OBP and 10 RBIs. Christian Jones and Ramon Bramasco have started all seven of those games and are hitting .308 and .310 over that stretch. Cole Miller has driven in eight runs in that span.

Youngsters Producing: Freshmen Will Simpson and Cole Miller lead the team in RBIs with 19 and 13, while freshmen have also combined for nine of the team's 10 total home runs on the season. In Tuesday's win over Portland, freshmen drove in five of the team's six runs. In UW's series win 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 against UCLA.

Stable of Arms in the Pen: Returning a bulk of last year's dominant bullpen, the Huskies have plenty of options in 2020. Five UW pitchers have picked up each the team's seven 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 2.0 scoreless against Portland and 3.0 scoreless in the 16-inning game against Arizona State. Colton Charnholm has emerged as a quality lefty specialist, Gabe Smith had a streak of 12 straight scoreless innings at one point this season, Stefan Raeth is tied with Delorefice for lowest ERA on the team with a 2.30 mark and Stu Flesland III has been used as a starter and is a big lefty arm that can get high-leverage outs or eat up innings if needed. 

Series Schedule 

 Date  Time  UW Starter  Texas State Starter
 Fri. April 16  5:00 p.m.  RHP Logan Gerling (1-2, 2.32 ERA)  RHP Zachary Leigh 2-4, 4.86 ERA)
 Sat. April 17  2:00 p.m.  LHP Tyson Guerrero (0-1, 4.30 ERA)  RHP Garrett Herrmann (4-0, 2.25 ERA)
 Sun. April 19  12:00 p.m.  TBD  RHP Zeke Wood (2-2, 3.93 ERA)