March 1, 2010
THIS WEEKEND: After a weekend at home, the Washington baseball team takes to the road for its next eight games. The Huskies (3-3 on the season) head to Oregon (4-4) for a two-game, non-conference series at newly constructed PK Park in Eugene. Tuesday's game, which will air live on Comcast SportsNet television (channel 179 on most Comcast cable outlets in the northwest), gets underway at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, first pitch is at 2:00 p.m. LHP Ben Guidos will start Tuesday and RHP Aaron West will get the ball Wednesday for UW. This weekend, the Dawgs travel south for a three-game series at Long Beach State (3-3). Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Fans can listen to Long Beach State's live audio broadcasts via links at gohuskies.com. The following Thursday through Saturday, the Huskies play at BYU before returning home to face Cal State Fullerton March 19-21 Here's a look at this week's action:
Tue., March 2: UW at Oregon, 5:00 p.m. - live television: Comcast SportsNet
Wed., March 3: UW at Oregon, 2:00 p.m.
Fri., March 5: UW at Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m. - live audio via gohuskies.com
Sat., March 6: UW at Long Beach State, 5:30 p.m. - live audio via gohuskies.com
Sun., March 7: UW at Long Beach State, 1:00 p.m. - live audio via gohuskies.com
COACH MEGGS: Lindsay Meggs was named the Huskies' new head coach in July of 2009, just the third different UW head coach in 33 years. Meggs came to the UW after having spent the last three seasons at Indiana State and the 13 prior to that at Chico State, where he won NCAA Division II national championships in 1997 and 1999. He helped Chico to the D-II College World Series seven times and won the league eight times. At Indiana State, he was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 2009 after guiding the Sycamores to a second-place finish, their highest since 1998. Meggs currently boasts a 618-310-4 record over 16-plus seasons as a four-year college head coach. He'd previously served as head coach at Long Beach City College and Oxnard College. Born in San Jose and a graduate of Saratoga (Calif.) High, Meggs played four season as the starting third baseman at UCLA. He was drafted by the Brewers in 1983, and then again by the Royals after his senior year in 1984. Meggs is joined by assistant coaches Dave Nakama, Greg Moore and Kevin Ticen.
SERIES HISTORY: Washington has a long history against Oregon, though prior to last season when Oregon re-started its baseball program, the two hadn't met on the baseball diamond since 1981, the season after which Oregon dropped baseball. Including last year's results, the Ducks hold a 133-121-1 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the UW and Oregon played two non-conference games in Seattle, two games in Portland as part of a tournament and three games in Eugene in Pac-10 play. The Huskies swept the two games in Seattle early in the season, winning 5-3 and 10-2. Ben Guidos pitched six innings in the second game, allowing only one hit. March 21 at PGE Park in Portland, the Ducks scored three in the eighth for a 6-4 win. The following day, Tyler Cheney and Aaron West pitched the Dawgs to a 5-1 victory. In the Pac-10 series April 24-26 in Eugene, the Huskies swept the three games. In the opener, West allowed a run over six innings and the UW got homers from Kyle Conley, Jake Rife and Troy Scott in an 11-2 win. In game two, Jason Erickson threw a complete-game shutout and Brendan Gardner-Young drove in both runs in the ninth in a 2-0 Husky win. In the finale, Scott, Conley and David Bentrott homered and Andrew Kittredge worked seven strong innings as the Huskies won, 6-3. Prior to last season, the Huskies and Ducks last played one another in the final two games of the 1981 regular season. That year, the UW and UO had to play a pair of makeup games as the Pac-10 North championship couldn't be determined until games previously rained out were played. So, the Huskies traveled to Eugene and won, 5-4 and 5-1, two win the division crown.
ANOTHER TOUGH SCHEDULE: Each year, Washington boasts one of the toughest schedules in the season, if only by virtue of playing the rigorous Pac-10 Conference. According to well-regarded college baseball website, boydsworld.com, the Huskies have the third-toughest schedule in the country, behind only Baylor and UCLA. The Huskies, of course, face the nine other Pac-10 teams. Four Pac-10 teams (Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon State and UCLA) were ranked in either the Baseball America and USA Today coaches' preseason polls, or both. Arizona, Fresno State, Missouri and Gonzaga each also received votes in the coaches' poll. Additionally, the Huskies play host to Cal State Fullerton in a three-game series at Husky Ballpark. The Titans, who will make their first-ever trip to Montlake, entered the season ranked No. 3 in the coaches' poll and No. 4 in Baseball America's top 25.
WASHINGTON'S TEAM: The Husky baseball roster has always been dominated by in-state players, as most college baseball rosters are. The squad consistently has about 90 percent of players from the state of Washington, and the last two years, it was 100 percent. This year, 31 of the team's 33 players prepped in the state of Washington. The two out-of-staters are Miles Kizer (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Joe Meggs (Terre Haute, Ind.). Of the 31 players from the Evergreen State, 30 come from west of the Cascade Mountains. Fifteen players come from King County, the county in which the UW is located, and 24 of 30 come from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, which, essentially, form the Seattle metropolitan area.
POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
#11 Chase Anselment, Fr. C/OF: Started 2 of 3 at DH vs. Fresno State ... 5-for-10 with two doubles in FSU series ... 2-for-3 with 3 RBI in first career start Feb. 20 vs. Missouri ... also scored winning run in 9th as pinch-runner Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga ... started all 97 games over four seasons at Meadowdale High ... Everett Herald's area player of the year following senior season in 2009.
#1 David Bentrott, Jr. SS: Has started 3 of last 4 at SS ... 2-for-4 last Fri. vs Fresno State and 1-for-3 Sat. ... started 74 of a possible 110 games at shortstop over the past two seasons ... started 33 of 55 last year, when he hit five homers ... helped Newport (R.I.) Gulls to the New England Collegiate Baseball League title during the summer.
#6 Andy Bethel, So. SS: Made 25 starts at shortstop last year, essentially splitting the job with Bentrott ... started the first 2 games of the season at shortstop ... batted .265 and was a perfect 7-for-7 stealing bases as a freshman in 2009 ... played at Seattle Prep, just north of UW campus.
#2 Bradley Boyer, Sr. 2B: 4 starts at 2B and 1 at SS ... had game-winning RBI with 2 out in the 9th Fri. vs. Fresno State ... 3 RBI and a homer Sat. vs. Fresno ... 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI in season opener ... fifth-year senior returns after having missed last season due to Tommy John elbow surgery ... easily the Huskies' most experience player ... entered 2010 with 130 starts and 524 at bats.
#21 Caleb Brown, So. OF: Started all 6 in CF ... has hit safely in all 6 games ... 4-for-12 in Fresno series ... a solid opening weekend, starting all 3 in CF ... 2-for-3 vs. NMSU; 2-for-4 vs. Missouri and 3-for-5 with 2 triples, a homer and 4 RBI vs. Gonzaga ... started 31 games, all in center field, as a freshman and should start in CF again this year ... singled in first college at bat last Feb. 21 at Fresno State ... a two-time, first-team all-state selection in both baseball and football.
#3 Doug Cherry, Sr. 2B: Started at 2B Sun. vs. Fresno and drove in a run ... had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth in the Feb. 21 win over Gonzaga ... also started at 2B vs. Missouri ... started 28 games last season, one at DH and the rest at second base ... homered in the season opener last season, at Fresno State ... earned first-team all-league honors as a third baseman for the Corvallis (Ore.) Knights during the summer.
#37 Brendan Gardner-Young, Jr. OF: Started 2 of 3 in LF in Tucson ... 2-for-3 with a triple vs. Missouri .. double and 2 HBPs vs. Gonzaga ... lefty-hitter will contend for starting role in left field ... made 44 starts last season, 24 in center and 20 in left ... served as leadoff hitter in 40 games last season ... teammate of UW pitcher Ben Guidos at Highline High, just south of Seattle.
#28 Miles Kizer, Jr. C: Started at C Sun. vs. Fresno State ... started 2 of 3 in Tucson at C ... RBI double in the 9th vs. Gonzaga tied game at 9-9 ... NJCAA Division II first-team All-America last year at Glendale (Ariz.) CC ... lone JC player on the roster ... also played football at Glendale ... batted .390 with 14 doubles and a league-leading 52 RBI last season.
#22 Max Kwan, Sr. C: Started at DH Sun. vs. Fresno State (0-for-1 with BB, run) ...had a pinch-hit appearance vs. Missouri ... returns to the roster after having missed the 2009 season due to injury ... recovered in time to play summer ball for Kitsap (Wash.) ... last played a college game in 2007 ... began college career at Tulane, where he played in 2006.
#18 Jacob Lamb, Fr. 3B: Has started all 6 at 3B ... 6-for-12 in Fresno State series ... RBI single vs. NM State ... Metro League MVP and first-team all-state player at Seattle's Bishop Blanchet High last season ... hit .412 as a junior and .429 as a senior ... selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 38th round of the 2009 draft.
#12 Brady McGuire, So. C: Saw first action of '10 season as pinch hitter Fri. vs. Fresno State ... saw action 13 games, starting six, as a freshman in 2009 ... all six starts came behind the plate ... played summer ball for Moses Lake (Wash.) in the West Coast League ... four-year letterman and two-time all-leaguer at Kentridge High.
#10 Sean Meehan, So. OF: Started 2 of 3 in Tucson and 2 of 3 vs. Fresno State in RF ... redshirted the 2009 season due to injury ... had a strong freshman season in 2008, batting .323 with 4 HRs in 65 at bats and 17 starts ... hit. 475 or better all three seasons at Centralia HS ... a first-team all-state pitcher in 2007.
#17 Joe Meggs, So. UT: Son of new UW head coach Lindsay Meggs ... due to NCAA transfer rules, will sit out the 2010 season after having transferred from Indiana State ... as a freshman at ISU in 2009, played in 34 games, starting 21 ... batted .326 with 14 RBI for the Sycamores.
#25 Eric Peterson, Fr. IF: Started season opener at DH (1-for-4, singled in first UW at bat) ... appeared in 2 games vs. Fresno State ... named the 3A state co-player of the year and KingCo league's 3A MVP as a senior at Liberty High, alma mater of UW great Tim Lincecum ... led the KingCo with nine homers, 24 RBI, 25 runs and a 1.182 slugging average as a senior ... drafted by the Royals in the 28th round of the 2009 draft.
#33 Julien Pollard, Jr. OF/IF: Appeared off bench in 2 games in both weekends so far ... versatile player could see action in LF, 3B, 2B or DH ... lone switch hitter on the Husky roster ... started 41 games as a sophomore in 2009, 26 at third base, 1 in left and two at second ... also made 19 starts as a freshman ... drafted by Twins in 2007 draft.
#8 Pierce Rankin, Jr. C/IF: Started 2 at C, 1 in RF vs. Fresno State ... 3-for-3 with HR, 2 RBI Fri. vs. Bulldogs and 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, 2B the next day ... started 1 game each at C, RF and DH in Tucson ... 2-run double broke 2-2 tie in win over New Mexico State ... 3-for-5 vs. Gonzaga ... UW's top returning hitter from 2009, batted .299 with six homers in 41 games last year ... can catch or play 3B, SS, 2B, RF or LF ... made 23 starts at 2B, 12 at C, 3 at 3B, 2 at DH and 1 in LF last year ... began 2009 season as starting C, but injury kept him from behind the plate in second half of the season ... honorable mention All-Pac-10 in '09 ... played summer ball for the New Bedford (Mass.) Bay Sox, where he also pitched a little bit, during the summer ... grandson of two-time Rose Bowl MVP and college football hall of famer Bob Schloredt (UW '61).
#34 Aaron Russell, Sr. IF: Started 24 games last season, 23 at third base and one at DH ... will miss early part of this season due to injury ... batted .262 last year ... had 2 HRs, including a grand slam in 13-12 win over UC Irvine last year ... as a sophomore in 2008, went 6-for-6 with five runs in first appearance of the season, at UC Riverside.
#32 Troy Scott, Jr. 1B: Started all 5 at 1B ... 4-for-12 in Fresno State series ... 2-for-3 vs. NM State ... has started 102 of a possible 110 games during first two years at the UW ... batted .251 with 11 homers and 31 RBI last year, when he committed just one error ... honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2008 ... helped lead Newport (R.I.) to the New England Collegiate Baseball League title during summer of 2009 ... named all-league and batted .400 with 10 RBI in eight playoff games for the Gulls ... batted .600 with 9 homers, 27 runs and 17 steals as a high school senior at Auburn High ... league MVP and Rawlings All-American ... taken by Twins in 2007 draft ... older brother, Ryan, played catcher at the UW.
#44 Andy Smith, Fr. OF: Started season opener in LF ... 2 starts in LF vs. Fresno State ... scored 3 runs in 2 games vs. FSU ... played at North Kitsap HS under former Husky catcher Jeff Weible ... named league MVP after hitting .483 with 23 stolen bases as a senior ... spent junior season at Syracuse HS in Utah, but went to North Kitsap as a sophomore and senior..
#5 Brian Wolfe, Fr. OF: 1-for-3 in first college start Sat. vs. Fresno State ... had 2 pinch-hit appearances opening weekend in Tucson ... four-year letterman at Snohomish HS, where he teamed with Aaron West on 4A state title team in 2008 ... first-team all-state as an outfielder in 2009 ... also pitched in high school.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
TUE. - Ben Guidos, Junior LHP: Worked 3.0 IP Sat. vs. Fresno State, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits ... last year vs. Oregon on March 4, worked 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit, for a win ... also a solid start vs. Ducks March 21 in Portland last year (no decision): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K ... was slated to start opening weekend in 2010, but game was cancelled due to rain ... worked 1.2 IP in relief vs. Missouri ... lefty entered junior season with 18 appearances during career, nine starts and nine relief outings ... picked up a win last season vs. Oregon, when he allowed one hit and no runs over six innings ... also started another game vs. Oregon, vs. ASU, Portland, BYU and Stanford last year ... went 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA during the summer, playing for the Corvallis (Ore.) Knights.
WED. - Aaron West, Soph. RHP: No decision in start last Fri. vs. Fresno State ... worked 3.0 innings in relief Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga, allowing 1 run on 1 hit with no walks and 3 Ks ... picked up a win in a start last April 24 at Oregon: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K ... also notched a save vs. Oregon on March 22 (2.1 IP, 0 R) ... emerged as a key pitcher for the UW during the 2009 season ... ended up pitching in 16 games, starting five as a freshman ... started in the Huskies' game vs. Arizona State at Safeco Field last year ... got first victory in relief at Stanford, working 4.0 scoreless innings ... went to the National Baseball Congress World Series with the Seattle Studs during the summer, and picked up a win over the San Diego Stars ... went 7-0 with a 0.62 ERA for state-champion Snohomish High as a high-school senior in 2008 ... threw a two-hitter in the title game to beat Kentlake ... teamed with freshman Brian Wolfe at Snohomish .
FRI. - Forrest Snow, Junior RHP: Worked a scoreless 9th inning for the win last Fri. vs. Fresno State ... also threw 0.2 scoreless IP Sat. vs. Bulldogs ... started Feb. 21 vs. Missouri (4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K), but didn't figure in the decision ... pitched in 13 games as a sophomore last year, making three starts ... picked up a win in first college start vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Metrodome ... also posted starts vs. BYU and Arizona last year ... 4-1 with 34 Ks and 13 walks in 32.2 innings for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska League last summer ... first player ever drafted out of Seattle's Lakeside School, going to the Mariners in the 2007 draft..
SAT. - Brandon Rohde, Soph. LHP: First college start last Sat. vs. Fresno State (no decision: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) ... pitched 2.2 innings in relief in Huskies' season-opening, 4-2 win over New Mexico State ... pitched in just one game (1.0 IP) last year, but should contend for many more innings this season ... played summer ball for the Moses Lake (Wash.) Pirates ... went 6-1 as a senior at Gig Harbor High in 2008 ... team MVP and all-league ...
SUN. - Andrew Kittredge, Soph. RHP: Suffered the loss despite good outing Sun. vs. Fresno State (8.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) ... started and picked up the win opening day vs. New Mexico State (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a freshman last season ... pitched in a total of 29 games, starting seven last year ... 29 appearances were tied for fourth-most in UW history ... all seven starts came in Pac-10 play ... only a sophomore, has pitched more career innings than all but one returning UW pitcher ... first start was April 11 at Cal (no decision) ... picked up a great win at Oregon last year: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 Ks ... named to the NECBL all-league team last summer, when he pitched for the league champion Newport (R.I.) Gulls ... went 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA during regular season for Gulls, then struck out 19 in 12.2 postseason innings.
BULLPEN NOTES: Colton Bielaski (RS-Fr. RHP) worked the final 1.2 innings of the Missouri game (3 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 1 K) ... attended the UW last season, but didn't play baseball ... first-team All-KingCo and first-team 3A all-state as a senior at Bellevue HS in 2008 ... Geoff Brown (Jr. LHP) had 2 scoreless relief outings vs. Fresno State ... started Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga, working 3.0 IP (no decision) ... UW's most experienced returning pitcher coming into 2010 in terms of career innings (72.1) and appearances (51) ... worked in 31 games last year, all in relief ... 31 appearances were second-most in UW history, only one short of school record ... started four games as a freshman in 2008 ... picked up wins over Nevada, Gonzaga and California (twice) ... appeared in 20 games, starting 4, as a freshman ... has played for the Newport (R.I.) Gulls the last two summers, helping them to the title last summer and a runner-up finish in 2008 ... 5-0 with a 1.48 ERA during summer season this year ... helped lead Jackson HS to state title in 2006 ... team finished No. 2 in Baseball America final poll ... drafted by Royals in 23rd round of 2007 draft ... Adam Cimber (Fr. RHP) picked up a win and a save in opening weekend ... struck out only batter he faced on 3 pitches for save in opener vs. New Mexico State ... worked final 3.0 (2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K) for the win vs. Gonzaga (Feb. 22) ... pitched twice in relief vs. Fresno State ... righty from Puyallup HS could begin season as UW closer ... won league title as a HS junior and senior ... 10-2 with a 1.02 ERA, 80 Ks and 10 walks over 75 innings as a senior ... Tacoma News-Tribune's area player of the year in 2009 ... Jacob Clem (Jr. RHP) threw 0.2 IP vs. Missouri ... a fourth-year junior who has appeared in 12 games ... redshirted the 2007 season and then had 2008 season cut short due to injury ... pitched in nine games last year, all in relief ... younger brother of former Husky standout Zach Clem ... Adrian Gomez (Jr. LHP) gave up 1 ER in 5.1 IP of relief last Fri. vs. Fresno State ... pitched in relief vs. Missouri ... appeared in 10 games, starting 4, last year ... picked up a win in a start vs. Oregon last year ... returned to the UW after a two-year church mission in Mexico ... was married in December, 2008 ... in 2006, went 1-1 with a 4.45 ERA over eight appearances, including three starts ... Matt Gorman (RS-Fr. RHP) redshirted 2009 season while recovering from injury ... helped lead Meadowdale to fourth place in the state as a junior and senior ... an all-league baseball and basketball player ... older brother, Don, played baseball and was a swimmer at the UW ... Collin Monagle (Jr. RHP) enters spring still coming back from injury suffered in HS, but should pitch this year ... three-time All-Narrows League at South Kitsap HS ... Nick Palewicz (Fr. RHP) will redshirt this season while recovering from injury ... father, John, is director of capital projects at the UW ... attended Seattle's Ballard High School.