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Husky Baseball Set For Two vs. Kansas State
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April 15, 2003

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This Week: The Washington baseball team (22-12 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-10 Conference) continues its unusual road trip this week, travelling to face Kansas State in a pair of non-league games Tuesday and Wednesday at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. Washington dropped two of three games to Pac-10 opponent Arizona over the weekend as the Wildcats rebounded from an 11-inning loss Friday night to win the next two with relative ease. Tuesday's game vs. the Kansas State Wildcats begins at 7:00 p.m. CDT (5:00 p.m. PDT) and Wednesday's is slated for noon CDT (10 a.m.). While neither game will air on radio in Seattle, fans can go to gohuskies.com for links to the Kansas State radio broadcast and live internet scoring. After returning from the Midwest, the Huskies return to play 15 of their final 21 games at home. Monday and Tuesday, April 21-22, the Huskies play host to Hawaii-Hilo in a doubleheader Monday and a single game Tuesday. The following weekend, California comes to Husky Ballpark for a three-game Pac-10 series. Here's a look at the Huskies' upcoming games:

Tue., April 15: UW at Kansas State, 5:00 p.m. -- audio at gohuskies.com
Wed., April 16: UW at Kansas State, , 10:00 a.m. -- audio at gohuskies.com
Mon., April 21: UW vs. Hawaii-Hilo (doubleheader), 2:30 p.m. -- no radio
Tue., April 22: UW vs. Hawaii-Hilo, 6:30 p.m. -- no radio

Series History: Washington is 4-1 against Kansas State, including a two wins in a three-game series in Manhattan in 1993. The Huskies lost the opener in that series, 8-7, but took the next two, 10-3 and 13-10. The UW beat KSU by scores of 14-8 and 6-3 at a tournament at Texas A&M in 1991.

Coach "K": In 10-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 four NCAA Regionals. His career overall record stands at 369-247-1 (.599). With those 369 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 177-79-1 (.691) record in home games. He is 156-111 (.584) in conference games. Knutson has coached 37 first-team All-Pac-10 selections in 10 seasons, and has been named league coach of the year three times. A 1981 All-Pac-10 left-handed pitcher at the UW, he is joined by assistants Joe Ross, Travis Jewett, and Gregg Swenson and undergrad assistant Jeremiah Porter.

Probable Starters: Here's a look at the probable starters at each position, with current stats and notes:

Pos. Player, Year            Avg.-HR-RBI Notes
 C -- Aaron Hathaway, So.     .314-2-15  Freshman All-America in 2002; only eight SBs allowed in 26 g.
      Ben Johnson, Jr.        .083-1-3   Has started five games at catcher; 3-run HR Mar. 26 at Port.
1B -- Kyle Larsen, So.        .266-7-23  Freshman All-America in '02; seven homers tops 2002 total
2B -- Greg Isaacson, Jr.      .278-3-17  8th-inn. grand slam Mar. 11 at OSU; GW RBI in 9th Feb. 14 at LMU
SS -- Tila Reynolds, Sr.      .392-0-16  13th-round draft pick; leads UW with eight stolen bases
3B -- John Otness, Jr.        .339-2-16  Has started 31 of 34 at 3B and 1 at DH; 11 doubles leads UW
      Nick Batkoski, So.      .357-0-7   Three starts at 2B this year; 5-for-9 (.556) as pinch hitter
OF -- Mike Wagner, Jr.        .279-8-25  Baseball America Summer All-Amer.; two HRs Mar. 30 at Stan.
OF -- Taylor Johnson, So.     .248-5-18  Has started 32 of 34 in right field; three OF assists, no Es
OF -- Brent Lillibridge, Fr.  .380-4-20  Has started at 2B, 3B, SS, CF; 12-game hitting streak (.422)
OF -- Justin Drake, Jr.       .333-1-10  Scored from first on errant pickoff throw in 11th last Fri.
OF -- Simi Reynolds, Fr.      .286-0-2   Brother of UW SS Tila; 2-for-4 with double Mar. 16 vs. CSUN
DH -- Chad Boudon, Jr.        .318-11-26 Transfer from Hawaii; 11 homers good for third in Pac-10

Last Weekend: Washington won one of three games in a Pac-10 series at Arizona. Friday night, the Huskies won, 4-3, in 11 innings. Justin Drake, who had entered as a pinch runner in the ninth, was hit by a pitch in the 11th and scored all the way from first on an errant pickoff throw. Closer Will Fenton kept his 0.00 ERA in tact, earning the win with three and two-thirds scoreless innings. A two-run homer from Chad Boudon tied the game at 3-3 in the eighth. Saturday, the Wildcats cruised to a 13-4 win as starter Jeff Petersen suffered the loss. Washington led 2-0, but gave the lead back after only an inning. Sunday, the Dawgs scored four in the top of the first, but never posted another run in a 9-4 loss. Brent Lillibridge extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a leadoff homer in the second pitch of the game. UW starter Trevor Gibson, however, didn't make it out of the first and the Wildcats took only until the third to take a lead.

Outstanding In The Field: Washington is having probably its best years ever in terms of its defense. Through 34 games, the Huskies are fielding a Pac-10-leading .978 and have made only 29 errors. The Huskies have played error-free in 21 of 34 games so far while opponents have made at least one error in all but nine games. Washington infielders have committed only 16 errors all season. By way of comparison, South Carolina led the NCAA with a .975 fielding percentage last season. Also, opponents have been very wary when it comes to trying to steal bases vs. the UW. Over the last 22 games, opponents have stolen only 10 bases while being caught 12 times.

POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
Nick Batkoski, Soph. IF:
Expected to get some time at third base, but also backs up at second, short and DH ... 10-for-28 so far ... started Sunday at Arizona at DH, belted a two-run single in the first inning ... 2-for-6 with three RBI vs. Oregon State in earlier two-game series ... RBI double as PH Mar. 15 vs. CSUN ... 1-for-2 as DH in first start Feb. 22 ... 5-for-9 as a pinch hitter ... as a freshman, started five at DH, two at SS, two at second and one at third ... played summer ball for Aloha (Ore.) in the Pacific International League, hitting .323.

Chad Boudon, RS-Junior OF/DH: Transferred to Washington after spending the last three years at the University of Hawaii ... 11 homers are good for third in the Pac-10 ... all 11 HRs in last 25 games ... 11th homer was Friday at Arizona, tying the game at 3-3 in the eighth ... hit 10th HR in April 6 loss to Oregon State ... homered in the first two games at Stanford ... two-run homer in the first inning Mar. 26 at Portland ... two homers Mar. 14 vs. CSUN ... homered Mar. 22 at UC Irvine ... RBI single in first Husky AB ... HR in Mar. 11 win at Oregon State and went 2-for-4 with five runs and four HBPs in OSU series Mar. 11-12 ... started each of the last 25 -- 14 at DH and 11 in LF ... 2-run HR and two RBI Mar. 8 vs. WSU ... 3-for-5 with an HR Mar. 1 vs. CSUN ... started two of three at LMU, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI Feb. 14 ... in 2001, played in 46 games, batting .223 with five homers, 25 RBI and 10 steals ... three-time all-district pick at Shorewood High School, just north of Seattle.

Justin Drake, RS-Junior OF: A fourth-year Husky outfielder ... got hit by a pitich and scored all the way from first on an errant pickoff in the 11th inning of last Friday's 4-3 win at Arizona ... didn't play in Stanford series and only saw action as PR vs. OSU ... 2-for-3 Mar. 15 vs. CSUN, belting his first homer in nearly three years ... 2-for-5 with a triple Mar. 14 vs. CSUN ... started two of three vs. Gonzaga, one in Lancaster and one vs. WSU ... 2-for-3 with an RBI double Mar. 9 vs. WSU ... started vs. UCSB and Houston opening weekend, going 6-for-8 with three RBI ... hadn't had a hit in nearly two years ... had been injury-plagued the last couple of seasons, playing in only eight games last year and in nine in 2001, when he was granted a medical redshirt season ... as a freshman in 2000, started 20 games, primarily as a center fielder.

Aaron Hathaway, Soph. C: Has started 26 of 34 games at catcher ... batted No. 3 in all three at Arizona, including as the DH Sat. ... HR Mar. 29 at Stanford ... three-run double Mar. 26 at Portland ... 3-for-4 Mar. 14 and 2-for-4 Mar. 15 vs. CSUN ... first homer of the year in 8-1 win Mar. 9 vs. WSU ... WSU didn't steal a base in six tries against him ... has picked off four baserunners ... has allowed only eight stolen bases while gunning down 11 would-be base stealers ... turned in an outstanding freshman campaign, earning first-team Freshman All-America acclaim from Collegiate Baseball ... started 48 games at catcher in 2002, including 31 of the last 33 ... hit safely in 16 of the last 20 and 21 of the last 26 regular season games last year ... in the UW's second-half turnaround last year, hit .302 while allowing only four passed balls and 10 stolen bases over the last 32 games, mostly against Pac-10 competition ... played so well defensively in the NCAA Houston Regional at Rice that he made the all-tournament team despite going 1-for-17.

Greg Isaacson, Junior 2B: Has started 28 of 34 at second base ... went 5-for-12 (.417) with five runs, five RBI and two steals in OSU series ... hit third home runs of the year in April 4 win over the Beavers ... 3-for-12 with two walks and an HBP in series at Stanford ... went 3-for-6 with a homer and two doubles Mar. 26 at Portland ... belted a grand slam Mar. 11 at OSU, breaking a 5-5 tie and capping a six-run eighth inning ... only his second career HR ... three hits Mar. 23 at UCI ... had only two hits in WSU series, but walked five times and scored five runs ... only four errors in 111 chances so far ... had game-winning RBI single in the ninth Feb. 14 at LMU ... a walk-on who played in only four games as a freshman and didn't play at all the first 15 games of last year ... started 44 of the last 46, however ... batted .333 with a wood bat over the summer for Bend (Ore.)

Ben Johnson, Junior C: Has served as the Huskies' No. 2 catcher in each of the last two seasons ... started Sat. at Arizona and Apr. 6 vs. Oregon State, when he threw out only would-be basestealer ... first hit of the year was a three-run homer Mar. 26 at Portland ... started in that one and also started Feb. 15 at Loyola and Mar. 16 vs. CS Northridge ... a switch-hitter ... started 19 games as a freshman and 12 last year ... missed most of the fall practice season with a medical condition, but is fully recovered now ... drafed by the Astros in the 29th round of the 2000 draft.

Taylor Johnson, Soph. OF: Has started 32 of 34 games this season in right ... hit fifth homer of the year in Mar. 16 win over CSUN ... two homers in final two ABs in Mar. 7 win over Washington State ... followed that with a homer in his first at bat at Oregon State ... four hits in the Mar. 11 win at OSU ... 5-for-10 with four runs in OSU series March 11-12 ... 3-for-12 with six RBIs in WSU series ... 4-for-10 at Lancaster tournament... homer and four RBI Mar. 1 vs. CSUN ... had a hit in each of the three games at Loyola Marymount ... started 21 of the last 33 in right to end last year ... Huskies went 15-6 in those 21 games ...batted .326 with a wood bat in league play last summer for the Bend (Ore.) Elks.

Kyle Larsen, Soph. 1B: Reached base six times in the Arizona series ... three hits and three RBI in OSU series ... seven homers third on the team and ninth in the Pac-10 ... homered in three straight games (UCSB, Houston and first at LMU) ... seven homers beats 2002 total of five already ... 3-for-3 with four runs and a two-run homer Mar. 7 vs. WSU ... 5-for-6 with homer, double, four RBI Mar. 1 vs. CSUN ... led off the ninth vs. UCSB with a homer to tie the game at 5-5 ... two-run HR in the first inning vs. Houston, a 4-1 win ... 2-for-4 with a double and HR Feb. 14 at LMU ... 2-for-4 Feb. 16 vs. the Lions ... 4-for-11 with a homer and a double in Gonzaga series... named a first-team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball after a strong first season at UW ... finished with the second-best average on the team (.342) after having spent much of the year as the Huskies' top hitter ... after 621 career error-free chances, made first career error Mar. 12 at Oregon State.

Brent Lillibridge, Freshman OF/IF: Currently on a 12-game hitting streak, the longest of the year by a Husky ... over those nine: 21-for-49 (.429) with 12 runs, 14 RBI and four homers ... entered the UW as an infielder, but has started 13 of last 14 in center field ... the team's leading hitter with his .380 average ... went 3-for-3 Sat. at Arizona and, in his first game as leadoff hitter belted a homer in the first on Sunday ... in OSU series: 7-for-12 (.583) with a homer and three RBI .... in five games the previous week, went 7-for-21 with nine RBI ... hit a grand slam in Mar. 30 loss at Stanford ... that GS gave the UW an 11-10 lead in the seventh ... also made two spectacular leaping catches in that game ... first career homer in Mar. 26 win at Portland ... lone start of CSUN weekend was at 2B on Sat., going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI ... has started at 2B, SS, 3B and CF ... started two of three vs. WSU, going 3-for-6 with four runs ... started once at third and once at second opening weekend and again at 2B Feb. 16 at Loyola ... only AB vs. Gonzaga resulted in a double ... drove in the game-winning run with a single in the ninth vs. UCSB ... a three-year team captain at Jackson High in Everett ... led Jackson to a 31-5 league record over his last two seasons ... career .420 hitter in high school.

John Otness, Freshman 3B: Washington's everyday starter at third base after winning a preseason battle for the starting job ... has started 32 of 34 this year, one at DH and 31 at 3B ... RBI double Friday at Arizona and RBI triple Saturday ... 4-for-12 with a homer and four RBI in OSU series ... in five games the previous week, went 11-for-21 (.524) with six runs, three doubles and four RBI ... hit first HR of the season in Mar. 26 win at Portland ... 5-for-12 in CSUN series ... 2-for-4 Mar. 11 at OSU, but didn't play March 12 ... 4-for-13 with two doubles and a triple in WSU series ... 3-for-5 Mar. 7 vs. WSU ... three hits in win over SDSU ... Huskies were 13-7 with him at DH in 2002 ... hit in 26 of 32 starts overall last year ... went 6-for-16 in the NCAA regional last year and reached on a two-strike HBP one batter before Jay Garthwaite's two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth beat Rice, 7-6, to force a second championship game.

Steve Ramsey, Junior OF/1B: Serves as a left-handed option at DH and a top left-handed bat off the bench ... got an RBI, pinch-hit single Mar. 15 vs. CSUN ... started twice as DH so far ... one of the team's top natural power hitters ... was probably the UW's top pinch hitter last season, connecting for six pinch hits on the year.

Simi Reynolds, Freshman OF: Has started 10 games in center field ... younger brother of Husky senior SS Tila as well as Oregon State second baseman Kerisi ... Mar. 16 vs. CSUN: 2-for-4 with a double ... three hits, three runs Mar. 1 vs. CSUN ... started Feb. 15 at LMU, when he went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI ... spent the fall as a walkon cornerback on the football team, but red-shirted the year ... one of the most decorated athletes in recent Washington high school history ... led Skyline to three straight league titles in baseball and three straight top-five finishes in the state ... led summer baseball teams to three top-three national finishes over the last four years ... helped football team to state championship as a junior and a third-place finish as a senior ... earned the 2002 Athletes for a Better World "Spirit of ABW" award after co-founding "Athletes for Kids" ... one of several community service awards he's received.

Tila Reynolds, Senior SS: Returned for his senior year despite being drafted by the Brewers in the 13th round of the 2002 draft ... fourth straight season as the Husky starter at shortstop ... started 33 of 34 at SS so far, sitting out Mar. 16 vs. WSU ... has emerged as the Huskies' regular leadoff hitter ... 3-for-9 in the series at Portland ... only Husky with more than one RBI in UCI series; he had two ... only Husky to hit safely in all three at UCI ... 4-for-7 in two WSU games ... five errors in 131 chances so far (.962) ... prior to Mar. 11 at OSU, had hit in nine straight games, going 18-for-36 (.500) during the streak ... 3-for-6 with a single, a double and a triple in Mar. 1 win over Northridge ... 2-for-5 in win over San Diego State ... 3-for-4 Feb. 23 vs. Gonzaga and 6-for-10 in the three-game series ... 2-for-5 with 2 RBI Feb. 14 at LMU ... younger brother, Simi, is a freshman CF ... named the No. 9 senior prospect in the U.S. by Baseball America ... named to the NCAA Regional all-tournament team last year ... often the Huskies' No. 2hitter last year, batting .403 (60-for-149) when hitting in that spot last season ... led the tam with .347 average and with 19 stolen bases last year ... had hitting streaks of 13 and 14 games last season.

Mike Wagner, Junior OF: Formerly a third baseman for the Huskies, moved to left field at mid-season last year and had started all 20 (19 in LF, 1 in RF) before spraining left ankle prior to the Mar. 21 game at Irvine ... missed all three games at UCI and both games at Portland, but returned as the DH in Stanford series and again vs. Oregon State ... DH'd twice at Arizona and then returned to the outfield Sunday, when he went 2-for-4 ... belted two homers in Mar. 30 loss at Stanford ... 4-for-12 in Stanford series ... homered Mar. 14 vs. CSUN and hit in all three in that series ... Mar. 16, went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases ... 2-for-6 with a homer and five RBI in Mar. 1 win over CSUN ... solo homer in Mar. 7 win over WSU ... had two RBI on bases-loaded HBPs in Mar. 8 win over the Cougs ... 2-for-4 in win over SDSU ... 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Feb. 23 vs. Gonzaga ... 6-for-12 in the three-game series vs. the Zags ... homered Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 at Loyola ... has yet to be caught stealing in 11 career attempts ... named a Baseball America Summer All-American this fall after a great summer with North Adams (Mass.) ... was the league MVP after leading the league in batting, slugging, on-base, hits and runs.

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
TUESDAY -- Josh Conover, Sophomore RHP:
Worked only one-third of an inning Sat. at Arizona, walking one and getting a groundout ... pitched twice at Stanford, combining to work 2.2 shutout innings ... started Mar. 25 at Portland, earning a win in his first career start ... allowed six hits and one run while fanning five in 5.0 innings for the win ... threw two scoreless innings Mar. 14 vs. CSUN ... came on with the bases loaded and one out Mar. 11 at OSU, and got a strikeout and a flyout to get out of the jam.

WEDNESDAY -- Clay Johnson, Junior RHP: Began the year as a weekend starter, but will serve in the bullpen and in midweek for the time being ... started March 12 (no decision) at Oregon State ... outstanding in first start Feb. 9 vs. No. 11 Houston, getting the win ... vs. Houston: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K ... took loss Feb. 15 at LMU and Feb. 22 vs. Gonzaga ... threw first career complete game in a win over UC Irvine last season ... named to the NCAA Regional all-tourney team thanks to a great outing vs. Texas Tech ... beat the Red Raiders, allowing five hits and one run over seven and two-thirds ... won the National Baseball Congress World Series last summer as a member of the Fairbanks (Alaska) Goldpanners ... 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA for the Goldpanners.

BULLPEN NOTES: Trent Baysinger (Jr. LHP) threw twice vs. Arizona, going 1.1 scoreless in Friday's win and then suffering the loss Sunday in a 4.1-inning outing ... earned a save Apr. 4 vs. OSU, allowing only two hits and no runs over four innings ... also threw 0.2 innings Apr. 6 vs. OSU ... has allowed only four runs in 17.1 relief innings this year ... got a start Mar. 11 at OSU, but didn't figure in the decision, working four innings ... worked 1.2 in Mar. 7 win over WSU, allowing one run on two hits ... got the win Feb. 23 vs. Gonzaga, allowing no runs on two hits over three and one-third ... got the save Feb. 9 vs. No. 11 Houston with 1.1 innings ... struck out two in that one ... 4.1 scoreless relief Feb. 16 at Loyola Marymount ... Brian Carter (Jr. LHP) allowed two runs in 3.0 IP Sun. at Arizona in only outing of the weekend ... suffered first loss Apr. 6 vs. OSU, allowing two runs in two innings ... picked up his fifth save last Fri. at Stanford, throwing the final inning and a third ... threw a no-hit ninth Mar. 26 at Portland ... prior to his outing at Stanford, had allowed no hits over eight innings while fanning nine ... combined with White on a 2-0 shutout Mar. 21 at UC Irvine, throwing two no-hit innings for his fourth save ... got third save Mar. 11 at OSU, getting out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam without allowing a run in the ninth ... struck out two and then got a groundout to end that one ... threw three no-hit innings of relief to combine on a two-hitter Sunday vs. Washington State, earning a save ... came in vs. USD with bases loaded an no outs and got a 1-2-3 double play and a K to get out of it ... got first career save getting the final two outs with runners at first and third vs. UCSB Feb. 8 ... David Dowling (Soph. LHP) appeared once at Arizona, allowing three runs in one-third of an inning ... took both losses at Stanford, both in relief ... didn't allow an earned run in a 4.2-inning outing Mar. 22 at UCI ... got a save Mar. 16 vs. CS Northridge, combining with Gibson on a shutout ... fanned four and in four IP ... got a fifth relief victory Mar. 11 at Oregon State, allowing a run and fanning six over 3.1 innings ... picked up a fourth relief win Saturday vs. WSU, allowing one run on two hits over an inning and one-third ... got third long-relief win of the season Mar. 1 vs. CSUN, going six and one-third, the longest outing by a UW pitcher this year (start or relief) ... got the win in relief Feb. 8 vs. UCSB, working 5.2 innings (5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K) ... got a similar win Feb. 14 at Loyola Marymount, allowing three runs and fanning six in four and two-thirds in a 10-9 UW win ... Will Fenton (Soph. RHP) was outstanding in last Friday's 4-3 win over Arizona, working the final 3.2 for the win ... gave up one hit and struck out five ... struck out five in 2.1 IP Apr. 5 for save vs. OSU ... didn't pitch for nearly two weeks before getting a save Mar. 23 at UC Irvine, fanning the final three batters of the game ... has allowed only six hits, no runs and has fanned 26 in 16.1 innings this season ... got two saves in WSU series, getting the final out in Friday's 11-8 win and working two innings (one hit, three Ks) in the 6-5 win Saturday ... struck out five and gave up one hit over 2.2 to get win vs. SDSU ... got second save Feb. 23 vs. Gonzaga, coming on with no outs and two on in the ninth and retiring the next three in order without allowing a run ... threw 2.0 innings vs. Pepperdine Feb. 7, allowing a hit and no runs while striking out two ... 1-2-3 ninth for the save Feb. 14 at Loyola Marymount ... in the Huskies' win at Rice last year in the regionals, threw three and one-third no-hit innings of relief for the win, as the UW got a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for the victory ... Matt Kasser (Fr. RHP) struck out two in one inning of relief Mar. 25 at Portland... got a win with a 0.2-inning relief appearance Mar. 12 at Oregon State ... threw 1.1 innings Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga ... set a KingCo Conference (high school league) record with 25 career victories at Issaquah High ... won a state title as a sophomore ... Scott Robertson (Sr. RHP) got a save Mar. 12 at Oregon State, throwing four one-hit innings (0 runs, 4 Ks) ... fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth in the loss to USD ... threw 1.2 IP vs. Houston Feb. 9, allowing one hit and no runs with two strikeouts ... entered the year with 36 career relief appearances and no starts during his career ... had seven saves in 2001, the sixth-highest total in school history.

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