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Huskies Set For Three-Game Home Series Against New Mexico

Apr 22, 2021

SEATTLE -- The Washington Huskies (15-17) host another non-conference opponent this weekend as they welcome the New Mexico Lobos (8-14) to Seattle for a three-game set. After both UW and New Mexico's originally-scheduled series were canceled due to Covid-19 issues with their opponents, the two  programs worked quick to make a series happen this weekend. All three games will be streamed on Pac-12 Plus with Jason Dorow on the call.

Scouting the Opposition

New Mexico at a Glance: The Lobos are 8-14 on the season, with a 2-10 record on the road. Their last three series have all been canceled and they have not played since April 3, the final game of a three-game set against San Diego State, where they dropped all three games. 

Man in Charge: Ray Birmingham is in his 14th year as the head coach of New Mexico and his 34th and final season as a collegiate head coach. Birmingham is a New Mexico-lifer, having been born in the state, attending New Mexico State and spending all 34 years of his head coaching career there. He announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2021 season, wrapping up a career of over 1,200 collegiate wins.  

By the Numbers: The Lobos have a .285 team batting average and are led by Mack Chambers (.370) and Kyler Castillo (.356). Jared Martin and Jack Silverman are tied for the team lead with four home runs each. Silverman also has a team-best .984 OPS.

On the mound, New Mexico has a team ERA of 5.79 and has yielded 25 home runs in 22 games. The Lobos will start Nathaniel Garley (0-1, 4.55 ERA) on Friday with Justin Armbruester (3-1, 3.27 ERA) going on Saturday. Out of the bullpen, Riley Egloff (12.19 ERA) and Terrell Hudson (4.91) have seen the most action, with each having appeared in eight games. 

Husky Baseball Notes

Last Time Out: In its last weekend series, UW swept Texas State in three games at Husky Ballpark. After combining for 31 hits and 16 runs in the first two games, the Huskies used dominant pitching from Adam Bloebaum (6.1 IP, 0 ER) to take a 2-1 victory in the series finale. In midweek action, UW fell at home to Gonzaga by a score of 3-0.

Simpson and Bramasco Turning it Up: In the last 11 games, since the start of the series against UCLA,  Will Simpson and Ramon Bramasco have both been red-hot, raising their respective batting averages over .300. Simpson is hitting .465 with 3 HR and 15 RBI over that span and has boosted his average from .224 to 319. In a six-game span from April 9 through April 18, Bramsco went 15-for-26 (.577) to bump up his average over 100 points, going from .214 to .329. He currently sits at .300 for the season and had a combined seven hits in the first two games of the Texas State series.

Youngsters Producing: Freshmen Will Simpson and Cole Miller are first and third on the team in RBIs with 24 and 14, while freshmen have also combined for 13 of the team's 16 total home runs on the season. Freshman Christian Dicochea hit his first career home run against Texas State and has established himself as the  starting third baseman. True freshman Michael Brown is second on the team in home runs after another long-ball against Texas State. Adam Bloebaum threw 6.1 innings with 0 earned runs to lead UW to a sweep over Texas State. True freshman Nick Kresnak has also begun to earn consistent playing time in left field. 

JUCO Made: A large number of Huskies can be traced back to the junior college ranks. Both UW starters Logan Gerling (Tacoma CC) and Tyson Guerrero (Lower Columbia CC) come from JuCo. Stefan Raeth, who leads the team with a 1.86 ERA is a product of Los Medanos CC.  Team-leader in saves, Davis Delorefice, came to UW after a season at Orange Coast College. Ramon Bramsco (Cerritos College) and Gabe Smith (Everett CC) are other notable Huskies with junior college experience.

Series Schedule

 Date  Time  UW Starter  New Mexico Starter
 Fri. Apr 23  3:00 p.m.  RHP Logan Gerling (2-2, 2.40 ERA)  RHP Nathaniel Garley (0-1, 4.55 ERA)
 Sat Apr 24  2:00 p.m.  LHP Tyson Guerrero (1-1, 3.60 ERA)  RHP Justin Armbruester (3-1, 3.27 ERA)
 Sun Apr 25  1:00 p.m.  TBA  TBA