Feb. 1, 2010
The Washington baseball team took the field at Husky Ballpark for the first official practice of the 2010 season Monday afternoon.
The Huskies, under first-year head coach Lindsay Meggs, have 18 days to prepare for their season opener as they'll face New Mexico State at a tournament in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb. 19, opening day for college baseball across the nation.
Since returning to campus for the start of winter quarter, the team has been able to work out in small groups for a limited number of hours each week, but Feb. 1 marks the first day teams across the country can hold full-squad practices.
"It's exciting for us to have everyone in the same place for three hours and start moving in the direction we need to move to be competitive," said Meggs, who came to the UW after three seasons at Indiana State.
"I think our guys are excited," Meggs continued. "I think they're in that competitive mode and are tired of doing drills in small groups. Even today, seeing their own pitchers and vice versa, I think it'll be nice to be able to do some things live and gear it up."
The weather looks like it will be extremely favorable given the time of year, as forecasts for the next 10 days call for highs in the low- to mid-50s with very limited rain.
The Diamond Dawgs roster includes 22 returning players, including four (Bradley Boyer, Matt Gorman, Max Kwan and Sean Meehan) who missed all of last season due to injury. That group is bolstered by nine freshmen and two transfers.
As noted, the Huskies open the season at a tournament in Tucson Feb. 19-21. At that tournament, they'll face New Mexico State twice, as well as Gonzaga and Missouri. The following weekend, Feb. 26-28, the UW opens its 25-game home slate with a three-game series vs. Fresno State.
The home, non-conference schedule also includes a three-game series against Cal State Fullerton, two games vs. Gonzaga and one each vs. Seattle University and Portland. Washington will play five home series this year in Pac-10 play, as the Huskies host Washington State, Arizona, Stanford, UCLA and Oregon.