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May 11, 2000

THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team (25-23 overall, 7-11 Pac-10), winner of 11 of its last 14 games, makes it first-ever trip to Packard Stadium this weekend as the Huskies take on No. 4 Arizona State (37-12, 12-6) in a three-game Pac-10 series, the final road games of the season for the Huskies. Washington had never played the Sun Devils prior to 1998, and all six UW-ASU games since then have come at Husky Ballpark. Friday and Saturday's games both begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday's finale starts at 1:00 p.m. All three games can be heard live in the Seattle area on KKOL AM-1300. Next week, the Huskies close out the regular season with five home games. Gonzaga comes to Husky Ballpark Tuesday and Wednesday night and No. 24 USC comes to Seattle for the first time since 1971 next weekend. Here's a look at this weekend's games, with probable Husky starting pitchers:

Fri., May 12, 7 p.m. -- UW at #4 Arizona State -- RHP Matt Massingale (6-5, 4.95)
Sat., May 13, 7 p.m. -- UW at #4 Arizona State -- RHP Jeff Carlsen (6-2, 5.38)
Sun., May 14, 1 p.m. -- UW at #4 Arizona State -- LHP Taylor Grant (2-4, 8.02)

SERIES HISTORY: Washington is 3-3 all-time against Arizona State, with all six games taking place at Husky Ballpark. In 1998, the Huskies took two of three in a non-conference series, winning 8-6 and 7-6 before losing 7-6 in game three. In the second game of that series, the Huskies trailed 6-2 going into the eighth, but solo homers by Ryan Lentz and Ed Erickson in the eighth and a three-run HR from Lentz in the ninth gave Washington the win. Last season, ASU won two of three in a Pac-10 series. Washington won the opener 5-3, before losing 7-6 in 12 innings Saturday and 13-8 on Sunday. Erickson has started all six games of the series, and has batted 9-for-25 (.360) with three home runs and eight runs batted in. Matt Hollod is 4-for-10 with three RBI in three games and Todd Linden is 4-for-12 (.333) against the Devils.

COACH "K": In seven-plus seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Ken Knutson has led the Dawgs to two Pac-10 championships, four Pac-10 Northern Division titles, two second-place finishes and three NCAA Regionals. His career overall record stands at 284-178 (.615). With those 284 wins, he is the second-winningest coach in UW history, trailing only Bob MacDonald (422). Before becoming the Husky head man in 1993, Knutson served as the Husky pitching coach for eight seasons. In 1985, his UW pitching staff led the nation with a 2.80 ERA. Knutson holds a 138-47 (.746) record in home games. He is 130-74 (.637) in conference games, the highest mark (percentage-wise) of any active Pac-10 coach. A 1981 All-Pac-10 left-handed pitcher at the UW, he is joined by assistant coaches Joe Ross, Ed Gustafson, and Joe Weis.

PLAYER NOTES: Here's a look at the possible starters at each position, with current stats and notes:

Pos.  Player, Year          Avg.-HR-RBI  Notes
 C -- Jefferson Thiel, Fr.   .281-4-19   Freshman has started 37 of 48 games
      Tim Rice, So.          .219-0-2    JC transfer has made 11 starts at catcher
1B -- Ed Erickson, Sr.       .350-10-41  Over last 18 games: 31-for-74 (.419)
2B -- Marc Rittenhouse, Jr.  .266-12-33  12 home runs leads team
      Brent Robertson, So.   .172-0-3    RBI triple in Saturday game at Wichita
SS -- Tila Reynolds, Fr.     .283-1-18   7 sacrifice bunt equals UW team total in '99
3B -- Michael Done, So.      .266-6-30   Has committed one error in 18 Pac-10 games
OF -- Todd Linden, So.       .296-5-44   Hit in 18 of 19: 32-for-73 (.438), 18 RBI
OF -- Tyler Davidson, Fr.    .365-6-31   Last 11 games: 18-for-37 (.486), 17 RBI
OF -- Matt Hollod, So.       .293-3-16   Has started 13 of last 18 in OF
OF -- Ben Miller, So.        .286-1-5    Started 3 of last 4 in CF, 6-for-10
OF -- Justin Drake, Fr.      .209-1-6    Has made 20 starts in CF and LF
OF -- Daniel Jahn, Jr.       .214-1-12   Two-run double in two at bats at Wichita
DH -- Jay Garthwaite, Fr.    .262-10-30  10 HR is UW freshman record
DH -- Bryan Johnson, Fr.     .186-1-4    Nine starts at 3B, 2B and DH

OVER THE LAST 14 GAMES: Since being swept by Stanford April 14-16, the Huskies have been on a roll, winning 11 of the last 14 games, with the impressive stats one might expect. Over the 14-game stretch, the Huskies have batted .331 as a team while the pitching staff has compiled an impressive 5.04 earned run average. The Huskies have hit 25 home runs to their opponents' 10 and stolen 24 bases. Several individual have particularly impressive stats over the 14 games: Todd Linden is batting .489 (22-for-45) and Ed Erickson is 25-for-58 (.431) with five homers and 17 RBI. Freshman RF Tyler Davidson is hitting .426 (20-for-47) with 21 runs batted in and DH Jay Garthwaite has six homers and 17 RBI. On the mound, Matt Massingale has three wins -- all complete games -- in three starts. Zack Daniels is also 3-0 in three starts and Matt Gardner is 2-0. Aside from winning 11 of 14 overall, the Huskies have won seven consecutive home games and 11 of their last 12 non-conference games.

POSITION PLAYER NOTES (alphabetical):

DAVIDSON: Freshman Tyler Davidson has taken over the starting right field spot, starting 21 of the last 22 there ... second on the team with his .365 batting average and has collected 31 runs batted in on 31 hits .. over his last 11 games, has batted 18-for-37 (.486) with 10 runs and 17 runs batted in ... has eight multiple-hit games and is batting .485 with runners in scoring position ... Huskies are 15-8 with him in the starting lineup ... in last weekend's series vs. WSU, went 7-for-11 (.636) with six RBI in three games ... in four career games vs. WSU, is 10-for-15 (.667).

DONE: After a sluggish start, sophomore 3B Michael Done has become the player that the Husky coaches thought he would be ... a transfer from Seward County CC in Kansas, had to sit out last season after having burned the year by playing in a fall game at Seward ... got off to a slow start in 2000 before going on a 14-game hitting streak ... had the streak broken by going 0-for-4 April 19 vs. USF ... has made only nine errors and has been error-free over his last 22 chances (seven games) ... has made only one error in 18 league games ... has hit safely in 25 of the last 32 ... has also made four relief appearances.

DRAKE: Freshman OF Justin Drake has started 15 games in center field and five in left ... hit first career home run March 7 at Portland, a two-run HR ... probably the fastest runner on the team ... has started only two of the last 13 games.

ERICKSON: Senior 1B Ed Erickson/A> is closing out his career in excellent fashion, as he's batting .350 with 41 runs batted in, 16 doubles and 10 home runs ... the lone senior on the UW roster ... broke the career HR record last season and currently ranks first in UW history with 41 homers, 11 clear of Kevin Miller's old record ... also ranks in the UW career top 10 in the following categories: games (6th with 183), at bats (9th with 596), runs (10th with 131), hits (10th with 184), RBI (fifth with 152), doubles (7th with 39), strikeouts (5th with 111) and hit by pitch (tied for 1st with 33) ... has shown rare speed lately, stealing three bases in Sunday's WSU game after having stolen only four in his career prior to that ... added another steal Wednesday ... also has hit his first two career triples this year ... missed much of the last part of last season after breaking bones in his wrist and hand ... was hitting .325 prior to the injury, but played on and saw his average drop to .270 ... spent 21 weeks in a cast after surgery ... has been on fire in recent weeks, batting 31-for-74 (.419) with five homers, seven doubles and 19 runs batted in over his last 18 games ... named the Pac-10 Player of the Week last Monday after going 6-for-8 with five RBI and two homers in first two games against Washington State.

GARTHWAITE: Freshman Jay Garthwaite has started 38 at DH and two in left field this year ... has set the UW freshman record with 10 home runs, breaking Ed Erickson's 1997 mark of eight ... hit homers in three straight games prior to his last two ... went 3-for-5 with a solo homer Sunday vs. WSU ... has four homers in four games vs. Washington State ... has hit safely in 14 of his last 18, going 22-for-71 (.310) with eight homers and 23 runs batted in for that stretch.

HOLLOD: Sophomore OF Matt Hollod has started 24 games in CF and RF this year ... has started five of the last 10, all in center field ... all three of his home runs have come in the last six starts ... had two homers in two games at Wichita State ... over last nine starts (starts only), has gone 13-for-33 (.394) with nine runs batted in.

JAHN: Junior Daniel Jahn has made 10 starts in RF and DH ... has struggled with back problems all season and has therefore not pitched ... three-run home run vs. Dayton on March 18 provided all of the Huskies' runs that game ... last hit was a two-run double at Wichita State on April 23.

JOHNSON: Freshman Bryan Johnson has started three games at second base, two at third base and four at DH ... switch hitter often appears at pinch hitter ... two hits in April 23 game at Wichita State and March 23 vs. Southern Utah ... lone home run was a two-run shot at Southern Utah ... also has begun to catch, but hasn't seen any game action at that spot.

LINDEN: Sophomore LF Todd Linden has been the Huskies' most consistent hitter this season, leading the Huskies in batting average, hits and runs batted in throughout the year ... the switch hitter began the season on a roll at the Rawlings Spring Training Tournment, where finished the five-game weekend with a .750 batting average (12-for-16) and reached base safely in 16 of his 20 plate appearances (four walks) and earning the first Pac-10 Player of the Week for the 2000 season ... had a 15-game hitting streak broken in 0-for-2 effor May 7 vs. WSU (two walks and a HBP) ... has still hit in 18 of last 19 ... has batted .438 (32-for-73) with 18 runs batted in , 26 runs scored and eight doubles ... has stolen 14 bases in a row since last being caught.

MILLER: Sophomore Ben Miller has burst onto the scene only recently ... has made only five starts all year, but has started three of the last four in center field ... after beginning his career 0-for-23 over the last two years, finally got first hit April 26 vs. St. Martin's when he belted a two-run homer in the ninth ... has hit in all three games since and has collected six hits in his last 10 at bats while adding two doubles, five RBI and three walks in that span.

REYNOLDS: Freshman Tila Reynolds has been the regular at shortstop all year, getting the starting nod in 42 of 48 games ... average hasn't dipped below .278 since April 1 ... has gone eight straight games (29 chances) without an error ... 31 walks is second on the team ... 8-for-24 (.333) with seven runs over the last six games ... had "Tommy John" elbow surgery last spring ... batting .339 in conference games ... has made only three errors and is fielding .956 in 18 league games.

RICE: Sophomore Tim Rice has made 11 starts at catcher ... transferred from Tacoma CC after the fall quarter ... top game was most recent start, Wednesday vs. Portland when he went 2-for-3 with a run ... had an RBI single at Wichita State on April 22.

RITTENHOUSE: Junior Marc Rittenhouse is currently the Huskies' starting second baseman, though he began the year as the starter in center field ... has started 21 at second base, 21 in center field and two at shortstop ... despite being one of the Huskies' smaller players, leads the team with 12 home runs ... had only five homers prior to this season ... also leads the team in runs, walks and strikeouts and is second in steals ... best game was a 3-for-6, two-homer, six-RBI vs. Southern Utah on March 22 .. has hit safely in 23 of the last 30 and seven of the last nine ... has made only three errors at second base ... missed the second half of last season after breaking a bone in his foot ... last year, UW was 24-11 with Rittenhouse in the lineup and 9-12 without him.

ROBERTSON: Sophomore Brent Robertson backs up both second base and shortstop ... has made 13 starts at second and four at short ... last start was April 26 vs. St. Martin's ... had an RBI triple at Wichita State on April 22 ... only two-hit game was March 19 vs. Dayton ... five of 10 hits have gone for extra bases ... 16 walks gives him a solid .364 on-base percentage.

THIEL: Freshman Jefferson Thiel has started 37 of the Huskies' 48 games behind the plate ... hit two home runs last weekend vs. Washington State ... three of four homers have come vs. WSU ... over his last 10 games, has batted .350 (14-for-40) with nine runs, seven RBI and has raised his average from .243 to .28.

PITCHER NOTES (in projected order):

MASSINGALE: Junior RHP Matt Massingale has come on recently to get himself on a roll ... has won three straight starts, going the distance each time -- at Wichita State, at Oregon State and vs. Washington State ... has fanned a career-high 10 in each of his last two outings ... has thrown five complete games this year, most by a Husky since 1993 and most nine-inning CGs since at least 1987 (three of Chad Hartvigson's five CGs in 1993 were seven-inning games) ... has made 52 relief appearances but had never started prior to this season ... suffered one-run losses in two of his complete games -- 2-1 at UCLA and 3-2 vs. Arizona ... beat Gonzaga, Dayton and Portland for other three victories this season.

CARLSEN: Junior RHP Jeff Carlsen has become one of the most successful pitchers in Washington history ... with a victory Monday over Washington State, he improved to 22-6 over his three-year UW career and currently ranks tied for second on the UW career victories list ... only the fifth Husky ever to win 20 games in a career ... tied with Jeff Heaverlo for most career starts with 41 ... leads the team with 78 strikeouts this season ... needs only five more Ks to become only the third Husky in history to reach the 200-strikeout plateau ... currently ranks third in career strikeouts despite having struck out 10 or more in a game only once in his career ... posted those career-high 10 Ks in a win over Cal April 1 ... 3-2 in conference play this season ... wins over WSU, Cal and Arizona ... gave Ben Diggins his first loss of 2000 on April 7, when he out-dueled him in a 6-2 UW win ... in that game, he walked only one and struck out seven as he faced only four over the minimum, earning the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for his efforts.

GRANT (possible Sunday starter): Sophomore LHP Taylor Grant has begun to be a starter with the loss of junior Mike Bomar to shoulder surgery ... has made a start each of the last two weekends, against Oregon State and Washington State ... picked up a win vs. WSU, going five and a third on Sunday ... leads the team with six saves, third in the Pac-10 ... struck out a season-high five batters in 3.1 relief innings vs. Northern Iowa on Feb. 20 ... had saves in three straight outings April 4, 5 and 11.

DANIELS (possible Sunday starter): Mostly a midweek starter, sophomore LHP Zack Daniels has run his record to 4-1 with four straight victories ... has won three straight starts ... over his last three starts, he has gone 19 innings, allowing 22 hits, but only seven earned runs and seven walks, good for a 3.32 earned run average over that span ... struck out a career-high seven in a five-inning outing vs. Portland on March 29 ... has yet to appear in a Pac-10 game.

BULLPEN NOTES: RHP Brian Barton leads the team with 19 appearances ... has yet to allow a home run in 23 innings ... struck out two in 0.2-inning outing vs. WSU Sunday ... career-high five Ks Feb. 27 vs. Gonzaga ... LHP Matt Gardner has made five starts and seven relief appearances ... Gardner's last four outings (one start): 12.0 IP, 4 runs,3.00 ERA ... picked up a win in relief Wednesday vs. Portland, allowing three hits, two runs and no walks while fanning a career-high six in 4.1 innings vs. Portland ... RHP Shawn Kohn has appeared only seven times this year, but four times in the last 14 games ... threw scoreless innings vs. USF and St. Martin's and gave up a run in one inning in Sunday's 17-6 win over WSU ... pitched three no-hit innings in Tuesday's win over Portland for first career save ... fanned three and walked one in that one ... LHP Cam McCoy is third on the team with 17 appearances ... over his last 12 outings, he's worked 11.2 innings, allowing 10 hits, three runs and fanning eight (2.31 ERA) ... seven of the 13 earned runs he has allowed came in one outing on March 5 vs. OSU ... without that appearance, his ERA would be 3.95 ... RHP Tyler Shepple has worked in 10 games ... over his last four appearances, he's given up one earned run and three hits over 4.2 innings (1.93 ERA) ... picked up only win with two no-hit innings at Wichita State ... RHP Sean White has made three starts and eight relief appearances ... starts have come at Stanford, at Wichita State and home vs. Portland ... lone win was April 11 vs. Lewis-Clark State in relief ... has fanned career-high four batters on three occasions.

TEAM NOTES: Washington reached the .500 mark for the first time all season with Monday's win over Washington State ... the Huskies have had double-digit hits in their last seven in a row and 11 of the last 14 ... they had had only 13 double-digit hit games in 34 prior games ... Washington is 18-1 when it collects more hits than the opposition ... as a team, the Huskies have been caught stealing only once in their last 14 tries ... Washington has laid down 23 successful sacrifice bunts this season after having had fewer than 10 in each of the last three seasons ... the UW had 33 sac's in 1994, most in Ken Knutson's tenure ... Washington is 10-2 in night games ... Washington has played 28 games under three hours this year and all but nine in 3:15 or less ... as a team, Washington is batting .284 against right-handed pitching and .284 against left-handed pitching, good for a total of (you guessed it) .284.

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