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The Huskies return home for eight of their next 11 games, starting with a three-game series against WSU this weekend.
Rivalry Week: Dawgs and Cats Fight It Out At Husky Ballpark
Release: 04/24/2014
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SEATTLE - Washington (27-9-1, 14-4) is still a perfect 6-for-6 in Conference series this year and will try to continue that string in a three-game set this week against cross-state rival Washington State (17-20, 7-8). The Huskies maintain a 1.5-game advantage over Oregon State for first place, while the Cougars enter the week seventh in the Pac-12 standings.

The Huskies come into the series with two-consecutive losses, equaling the longest losing streak this season. Despite that, they have still won 24 of their last 28 games, 25 of 30.

UW is also ranked in the top-10 in four of five national polls.

All three games this weekend are scheduled to be aired by Pac-12 Net Washington with Jason Knapp and Kevin Stocker calling the action. Live stats will be available on GoHuskies.com and live tweets will be on UW_Baseball.

Former Husky wide receiver and Seattle Seahawks Super Champ Jermaine Kearse will be on hand Friday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

THIS WEEKEND . . .
Friday, April 25
Washington State at Washington
Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.
7:00 p.m. PT • live stats & Pac-12 Washington
RH Jared Fisher (3-3, 4.72) vs. LH Joe Pistorese (3-2, 3.16)
NOTES: Jermaine Kearse throwing out ceremonial first pitch.

Saturday, April 26
Washington State at Washington
Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.
7:30 p.m. PT • live stats & Pac-12 Washington
RH Tyler Davis (8-1, 1.54) vs. RH Tammer Chleborad (2-4, 4.63)

Sunday, April 27
Washington State at Washington
Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.
2:00 p.m. PT • live stats & Pac-12 Net
RH Jeff Brigham (4-2, 2.77) vs. LH Jason Monda (1-4, 3.48)
NOTES: Kids can run around the bases post game.

UW-WSU SERIES HISTORY:
Washington State leads the Huskies in the overall series, 234-188. The Huskies have won five of the last six games, including a sweep in 2013 in Pasco. The Huskies took the first two games of the series at home in 2012 before dropping the last game. UW has won the last four series in Seattle, each by a 2-1 advantage. The last time WSU won a series on the road was 2004. UW last swept WSU in a home series in 2000. Under Lindsay Meggs, the Huskies hold the 8-4 advantage over WSU. The only series Washington has dropped under Meggs was 2011 in Pullman.

INTERESTING FACTS:
• UW is ranked in the top-10 of four major polls this week, with the highest rankings coming at No. 5 in Collegiate Baseball’s top-30 and No. 7 in Baseball America and Perfect Games top-25. The Huskies are also 9th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and 11th in the NCBWA rankings. All rankings are the highest they have ever obtained.
• The Huskies are 24-6 over their last 30 games. During that stretch, six regulars are batting over .300, led by Brian Wolfe at .429 (39x91). UW has outscored opponents 164-77 during that stretch. Pitching-wise, 10 out of 11 pitchers have a sub-4.00 ERA with a team ERA of 2.51, led by Troy Rallings who is 3-0 with 5 saves and a 1.01 ERA.
• Washington owns the Conference’s best slugging percentage mark (.404), batting average (.292) and on-base perecentage (.379). As a pitching staff, they rank fifth in the Pac-12 in ERA (3.30) and sixth in opposing batting average (.255), while the team’s fielding percentage of .979 is second in the Conference and 12th in the nation..
• It’s not a good idea to fall behind against the Huskies. They are undefeated when leading after the fourth inning. In fact their only defeat all season when they led after ANY inning was when they carried a 1-0 lead through three innings against Oregon St. on Feb. 24, lost the lead in the 4th and lost the game 3-2.
• After not having won Pac-12 Player of the Week honors since May, 2009, the Huskies took home Conference weekly honors in four straight weeks March 17-April 7. Andrew Ely took home honors on the 17th and Brian Wolfe won on the 24th and 31st. It’s the first time UW position players have won consecutive honors since 2006. Tyler Davis got into the action April 7.

SPOTLIGHTED HUSKIES:
Trevor Mitsui has reached base safely in 32 of 33 games this season.
Brian Wolfe leads the Pac-12 in slugging pct (.590) and is 2nd in batting avg (.400). The last Husky to hit over .400 in  a season was Nick Stefonik (.407) in 1998.
Andrew Ely is second nationally with 17 sacrifice bunts. The Huskies lead the Pac-12 with 60 and are 2nd nationally.
Braden Bishop is 14 of 15 in stolen base attempts and accounts for more than half of the team’s total of 27.
Tyler Davis in his last 8 starts: 7-0, 1.29 ERA, 49 IP, 40 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 30 K, 5 BB. He ranks 2nd in the Pac-12 with a 1.54 ERA and 8 wins.

POSSIBLE STARTERS:
  
Here’s a look at the possible starters at each position, with 2014 stats and notes:
    Pos.    Player, Year    2014 Avg.-HR-RBI    Notes
    C –    Austin Rei, So.    .286-1-15    Hit safely in 16 of last 19 starts; thrown out 11 runners in 21 SB tries
    1B/DH –    Branden Berry, RS-So.    .226-0-13    24 starts at 1B, 6 at DH; had 6 game hit streak, March 21-29
    2B –    Andrew Ely, Jr.    .305-2-22    Had 19 game hit streak March 1-April 6; P-12 POW Mar. 17
    3B –    Alex Schmidt, Jr.    .221-3-18    Has started 34 games at 3B; tied for 8th in Pac-12 with 3 homers
    SS –    Erik Forgione, Jr.    .275-0-17    132 career games is 2nd most on team; 3rd on team with 7 doubles
    OF –    Braden Bishop, So.    .314-0-17    Hit .388 (26x67, 3 2B, 8 RBI, 17 R, 8 SB) in March; made SC#1 play March 31
    OF –    Robert Pehl, Jr.    .329-4-24    T3rd Pac-12 4 HR, T4th 12 2B’s, 6th .514 slg%; hit for cycle vs. SJ St.
    OF –    Brian Wolfe, Sr.    .400-4-27    2x-Pac-12 POW; 2nd Pac-12 in hitting, 1st slg%; 11 multi-hit games
    DH/1B –    Trevor Mitsui, Jr.    .325-3-21    Reached safely in 32 of 33 games; all 3 HR’s have been opposite field
    RHP –    Jared Fisher, Jr.    3-3, 4.72    Leads team with 61.0 IP & 44 strikeouts; just 1 ER last 2 starts
    RHP –    Tyler Davis, Jr.    8-1, 1.54    4.3:1 strikeout to walk ratio; opponents hitting .241 against him.
    RHP –    Jeff Brigham, Jr.    4-2, 2.77    Allowed 1 run or less in first 6 starts; 8-5, 3.86 ERA in 43 career games

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