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April 3, 2001

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THIS WEEKEND:The Washington Huskies (14-10 overall, 2-7 in the Pac-10), in the midst of a streak that has seen them lose six straight conference games, take a week off from the Pac-10 battles this week. Tonight, the Huskies entertain local Division III rival Pacific Lutheran (9-11 overall, 4-5 Northwest Conference) in a 6:30 p.m. game at Husky Ballpark. The game will air live on KSRB AM-1150. This weekend, the Huskies travel to the Big Island of Hawaii to take on Hawaii-Hilo (4-23 overall, 3-16 in the WAC) in a four-game series at Wong Stadium. Friday's series opener takes place at 6:00 p.m. (HT). Saturday, the teams play a pair of games, beginning at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, the series ends with a 1 p.m. game. Here's a look at this week's games:

Tue., April 3: PLU at UW, 6:30 p.m. -- RHP Jeff Carlsen (1-1, 7.00)
Fri., April 6: UW at Hawaii-Hilo, 6:00 p.m. HT
Sat. April 7: UW at Hawaii-Hilo, 1 & 7 p.m. HT
Sun. April 8: UW at Hawaii-Hilo, 1:00 p.m. HT

SERIES HISTORY:Washington holds a 37-2 mark in the all-time series with Pacific Lutheran, though the two teams haven't played since 1995. The Huskies have won 12 in a row vs. the Lutes, last losing in 1982 (11-10, May 12, 1982). Washington has only played two games against Hawaii-Hilo, both in Hilo in 1997. The Huskies visited the Big Island prior to playing in the Rainbow Easter Tournament in Honolulu. In the first game, the Huskies hit six home runs (two each from Chris Magruder and Jamie Porter) in a 17-8 win. Pete Orgill went 5-for-5 with a home run in that game. The next day, Kevin Miller's first-inning home run capped a three-run first inning, just enough in a 4-2 win. The Huskies were to have played Wichita State in Honolulu that same night in what would have been a rare two-island doubleheader, but were rained out.

COACH "K":In eight 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 299-195 (.605). With those 299 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 147-56 (.724) record in home games. He is 132-87 (.603) in conference games. Knutson has coached 35 first-team All-Pac-10 selections in eight seasons, and has been named league caoch of the year three times. A 1981 All-Pac-10 left-handed pitcher at the UW, he is joined by assistant coaches Joe Ross, Ed Gustafson, and Joe Weis and undergraduate assistant Daniel Jahn.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Here's a look at the probable starters at each position, with 2001 stats and notes:

Pos.  Player, Year       Avg.-HR-RBI Notes
 C -- Tim Rice, Jr.       .259-0-0   Hit safely in four of six since Thiel injury
      Chad Yarbrough, So. .182-1-3   First career hit was HR last Wed. vs. UPS
      Ben Johnson, Fr.    .167-0-1   Doubled in first career start Sunday vs. Cal
1B -- Bryan Johnson, So.  .281-2-24  Only Husky player to have played in all 24 games
2B -- John Otness, Fr.    .429-0-5   Since taking over at 2B: 18-for-48, .375
SS -- Tila Reynolds, So.  .310-4-14  6-for-11 (.545) last weekend vs. Cal
3B -- Michael Done, Jr.   .296-3-17  Already has 12 BBs after only eight all last year
OF -- Tyler Davidson, So. .312-1-19  Hit first HR (3-run) last Wed. vs. UPS
OF -- Jay Garthwaite, So. .292-3-23  Leads team with eight 2Bs and second with 23 RBI
OF -- Ben Miller, Jr.     .341-3-8   22-for-57 (.386) since beginning 0-for-first-23
OF -- Justin Drake, Jr.   .133-0-1   Last start was at DH March 21 vs. WSU
DH -- Duggan Moran, Sr.   .227-1-5   Switch hitter also plays 1B, 10 starts at DH
      Mike Wagner, Fr.    .265-0-7   Started Saturday and Sunday vs. Cal as the DH

ONE YEAR OLDER:Washington fielded its youngest team since 1996 last season, with four freshmen in the everyday starting lineup and only one senior on the roster. The Huskies are hoping that they can repeat what happened with that young '96 squad, which went on to win Pac-10 Championships in 1997 and 1998. This season, Washington returns 24 players that played last season, plus two redshirts. Offensively, returning players started 66 percent of last year's games, and accounted for 64 percent of the Huskies' at bats, runs and hits. Returners hit 46 of the Dawgs' 67 home runs (69 percent) and stole 51 of 88 stolen bases (58 percent). On the mound, the Huskies are even more experienced. Members of the 2001 roster made 156 appearances last season and accounted for 77 percent (20) of the Huskies' 26 wins and 73 percent of starts (41 of 56). Returning pitchers worked 382 innings (79 percent) and fanned 300 (76 percent).

STILL YOUNG PUPS:While Washington is fielding a much more experienced team than it did last year, it's still a very young club. If you are to break down the starting players so far this year, you'll find that freshman or sophomores have earned two-thirds of the starts. Going with the notion that 10 players start each game (pitcher and DH included), and that the Huskies have played 24 games so far, 133 starts have gone to sophomores and 32 to freshmen, for a total of 165, or 68 percent of the 240 total starts.

FRIENDLY CONFINES:Washington was very tough at home in the 1990s, posting a mark of 160-52 (.755) over those 10 seasons. Under coach Ken Knutson, the Huskies have posted a remarkable 147-56 record in home games, good for a .724 mark. In 1998, the Huskies moved into Husky Ballpark and have notched a 68-34 (.667) record so far. In three seasons, the Huskies have averaged 30 home games a year after usually having played 15 to 20 each season at old Graves Field. This season, the Dawgs are scheduled to play 26 home games.

CUBA TRIP: Last September, the Husky baseball team travelled to Cuba for a week of baseball. The Dawgs were to play four games against the Cubans, with a fifth game pitting two mixed teams (half Huskies, half Cubans) against one another. Washington went 2-2 against teams made up of Cuban pros and the mixed game was rained out. UW was the first major college team to play in Cuba.

POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
Tyler Davidson, Soph. OF:After a slow start (0-for-8 at Tucson), Davidson got it going during the UC Riverside series, going 6-for-17 (.353) with four RBI ... has gone 24-for-69 (.348) since the 0-for-8 start ... 2-for-4 with two RBI last Friday vs. Cal ... 2-for-3 with three-run homer last Wednesday vs. UPS ... 3-for-3 with the bases loaded so far this season ... only Husky to hit safely in all three vs. USC, going 5-for-11 with five RBI in the series ... began his freshman year last season on the bench, but ended up starting 28 of the last 30 ... cracked the starting lineup April 5 at Washington State, when he went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a home run, and an intentional walk in his last at bat ... top batting average (.345) among returning players ... 17 of 38 hits last year were for extra bases ... named honorable mention freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball.

Michael Done, Junior 3B:Has been the Huskies' leading hitter for most of the season ... has started 23 of 24 games, 22 at third base and once at second ... 2-for-12 in three games vs. Cal ... only 1-for-11 vs. Stanford after going 9-for-14 (.643) over the previous four games ... 11-for-25 (.440) with runners in scoring position this season ... 12 walks this season already after only eight all of last year ... March 10 vs. Southern Utah, went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and four RBI ... went 7-for-13 (.538) at the Illini Desert Classic ... drove in the tying run in the ninth vs. BYU in the season opener ... started all but two games at third base last season ... made only 14 errors in 54 games last year ... named the best infield arm in the Pac-10 by Baseball America.

Justin Drake, Soph. OF:Used as a reserve outfielder, DH and pinch runner ... made two pinch hit appearances vs. Cal ... started March 11 vs. SUU in left, going 2-for-4 with a double ... started in left vs. Illinois ... scored winning run in 6-5 win over BYU, appearing as a pinch runner ... spent a good portion of last season as the starter in center, starting a total of 20 games.

Jay Garthwaite, Soph. OF:Missed the rest of the Sunday game vs. Cal after being hit in the wrist in the first inning ... so far, tests have shown no fracture ... 2-for-9 vs. Cal over two-plus games ... probably the most successful Husky hitter vs. Stanford, going 4-for-10 ... hit a three-run homer in the first last Wednesday vs. Puget Sound ... leads the team with eight doubles and is second with three homers and 23 RBI ... the Huskies' starter in left in 20 games, in right twice, and at DH in the other ... had a great weekend at UC Riverside, going 7-for-16 with two homers and 10 runs batted in ... only hit in 10 at bats last season vs. California was a solo home run ... broke the UW freshman home runs record with 12 last season ... had off-season surgery to repair the shoulder that had relegated him to DH duties in 2000 ... honorable mention Freshman All-America.

Bryan Johnson, Soph. 1B:The only Husky to have started in all 24 games this season ... has started one game at third and 23 at first base, but has also played second base ... despite hitting only .281, second on the team with 20 runs and is leader with 24 runs batted in ... also co-leads the team with 12 walks ... 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI last Wednesday vs. Puget Sound ... 3-for-5, and a homer short of a cycle, with four RBI March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... three-run homer at OSU March 6 ... good weekend at Riverside, going 7-for-16 (.412) with two doubles, six RBI and a grand slam ... had an outstanding summer with Athletes in Action, batting .327 with a wood bat and leading his team to a fourth-place finish at the NBC World Series.

Brandon Jacobson, Soph. OF:Had emerged as the regular starter in center and, with Rittenhouse injured, at the leadoff spot before suffering a wrist/hand injury Mar. 21 vs. WSU ... hasn't played since ... made 11 starts in center field and one in right ... 1-for-3 with a double Mar. 20 vs. WSU ... 5-for-10 with six runs scored in three games vs. USC ... scored game winner in 10th in game two of USC series, coming home on a strikeout/wild pitch ... HR in game three to lead off the game ... shares team lead with 18 runs scored and leads with four stolen bases ... made two starts in center at UCR, going 6-for-10 with a home run and three runs scored ... batted .393 and led the league in runs and steals last year at Bellevue (Wash.) CC, playing with a wood bat.

Andre Marshall, Junior OF:Has made six starts in center field so far ... came off the bench for an injured Garthwaite Sunday vs. Cal and went 3-for-4 with three singles, three runs and two steals ... two of first three hits went for extra bases -- a double and a triple ... RBI pinch-hit single in March 10 game vs. Southern Utah ... a transfer from Walla Walla (Wash.) CC ... tripled in the season opener vs. BYU ... known for speed and fielding ... drafted by the Oakland A's in the 29th round of the 1999 draft.

Ben Miller, Junior OF:Has 10 starts this year -- seven in center, one at DH and two in left ... started all three games vs. Cal in center ... hit a solo home run Sunday vs. Cal ... 3-for-5 with two doubles in game three at Stanford ... 2-for-4 with a solo home run last Wednesday vs. UPS ... hit a two-run homer in four at bats March 10 vs. Southern Utah ... drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th vs. Illinois, but the Illini tied it in the bottom of the 10th ... closed out last season by collecting eight hits in his last 16 at bats after starting his career hitless in his first 23 ... eight hits in final 16 at bats last year ... first hit was a two-run homer vs. St. Martin's.

Duggan Moran, Senior 1B/DH:Has started nine games at DH and one at first base ... doubled and walked twice in start Friday vs. Cal, his only start of the weekend ... hit first career homer off the bench March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... with nine hits this season, has already more than quadrupled last year's total ... 3-for-8 at UC Riverside ... 2-for-5 March 6 at Oregon State ... first career hit (last season vs. Northern Iowa) drove in the tying and winning runs.

John Otness, Freshman IF:With Marc Rittenhouse out four to six weeks after thumb surgery, has moved into starting role at second base ... 18-for-48 (.375) in 12 games since Rittenhouse's surgery ... 2-for-4 with three RBI Sunday vs. Cal ... 4-for-11 at Stanford with hits in all three ... 3-for-5 with a double, a steal and an RBI vs. UPS ... started all three vs. USC, going 3-for-11 with an RBI ... has yet to make an error in 52 chances ... only start prior to USC games came in last game at UC Riverside ... the week prior to USC, came off the bench in three of the four games, going 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk ... doubled in first career at bat off the bench in Saturday's game two at UCR ... primarily a second baseman, but has played SS and 3B as well ... missed fall practice after suffering an kidney injury during summer ball ... batted .560 as a senior and was the Tacoma player of the year.

Jeremiah Porter, RS-Freshman OF:Has made seven appearances and two starts ... yet to record a hit in 13 at bats ... 0-for-3 in first career start March 7 at Oregon State ... hitless in five ABs vs. Puget Sound on March 28 ... red-shirted the 2000 season due to a back injury that eventually required surgery.

Tila Reynolds, Soph. SS:Has started 22 of 24 at shortstop this year ... had a good weekend vs. Cal, going 6-for-11 (.545) with two doubles, two steals and a home run ... leads the team with four homers ... two-run homer vs. UPS last Wednesday ... only 1-for-10 vs. Stanford ... only went 1-for-4 in two WSU games, but walked four times ... had a rough weekend vs. USC, going only 1-for-14 with one run ... 2-for-4 with a homer a double, two RBI and three runs March 6 at OSU ... very solid weekend at UC Riverside, batting .474 (9-for-19) with six runs, a double and a home run ...tripled to drive in the opening run of Kentucky game ... started 50 of 56 games at shortstop as a freshman last year ... honorable mention Freshman All-America ... over the last 35 games of 2000, batted .302 and made only six errors in last 32 games.

Tim Rice, Junior C:Has started in seven games at catcher, including six of the last 11... has hit safely in four of those six starts since Thiel was lost to injury ... caught all 19 innings of the March 19 doubleheader sweep of USC ... 2-for-4 with a double last Friday at Stanford ... 2-for-4 March 20 vs. Washington State ... singled once in each of the USC games, going 2-for-9 over the doubleheader ... started 12 games as the backup catcher in 2000 after transferring from Tacoma CC.

Marc Rittenhouse, Senior 2B:Had surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumbon March 15 and will miss the next two to three weeks ... prior to injury, started 11 of 12 games, 10 at second base and one at short ... went 9-for-17 with seven runs and four doubles over his last five games ... 4-for-4 with three runs and two doubles March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs March 6 at OSU ... co-captain along with Jeff Carlsen ... 12 home runs in 2000 shared the team lead ... had only five homers prior to last season ... second on team with 13 stolen bases and first with 47 walks ... 47 walks ranked third in the Pac-10 ... 10th in UW history in career walks and runs .

Jefferson Thiel, Soph. C:Had started 12 of the first 13 games behind the plate prior to an elbow injury ... may return to catching duties in one or two weeks ... didn't play vs. Cal ... on the "watch list" for the Johnny Bench Award, honoring the nation's top collegiate catcher ... two starts at DH vs. Stanford, going 0-for-6 ... 2-for-2 with a homer and three runs March 11 vs. Southern Utah in only four innings ... also homered in March 10 win vs. Southern ... 7-for-15 (.467) with two homers and five RBI vs. OSU and SUU ... caught every inning of the opening weekend, and still managed to hit .500 with four RBI ... singled home winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth vs. BYU ... started 44 of 56 games as the Husky catcher in 2000 ... named first-team Freshman All-America by USA Today Baseball Weekly ... hit .556 (5-for-9) with two HR during trip to Cuba.

Mike Wagner, Freshman 3B:Backs up at third base and at DH ... started twice at DH vs. Cal, but went 0-for-5 ... has made six starts at DH and one at third base ... 3-for-4 with four RBI March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... hit two doubles off of the bench in game two at UC Riverside ... went 6-for-13 (.545) in three games at UCR ... All-KingCo third baseman as a junior and senior at Woodinville High ... over the summer, once strung together 19 consecutive hits ... 0-for-3 in lone start.

Chad Yarbrough, Soph. C:Made first career start March 21 vs. Washington State ... 1-for-2 with a double in a start Friday vs. California ... started last Wednesday vs. UPS and got first career hit, a two-run homer ... also started Sunday at Stanford, going 0-for-0 with a walk, a hit by pitch, a sacrifice bunt and a run ... grounded out in only other at bat besides Wednesday ... saw action in three games last year, but didn't get a plate appearance.

POSSIBLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES (alphabetical order):
Jeff Carlsen, Senior RHP:Slated to start tonight vs. Pacific Lutheran ... has made only two relief appearances in his career, but one came March 25 at Stanford, when he relieved an injured Sean White in the second inning ... suffered the loss (only the eighth of his career against 23 wins) in that game ... made first appearance of the year (after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery) March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... threw three perfect innings in a start, fanning six of the nine he faced ... got the win, the 23rd of his career to take over sole possession of second place in UW career wins ... also surpassed the 200-strikeout mark, only the third Husky ever to do so ... started March 20 vs. Washington State, but got no decision, leaving after five innings with a 3-3 score ... holds the UW career starts record with 42, and is third in innings pitched with 261.1 and third in strikeouts with 206 ... needs four wins to tie the UW career mark of 27.

Zack Daniels, Sophomore LHP:Has generally split time as a mid-week starter and reliever ... four relief outings and two starts so far this season ... made first career Pac-10 start Saturday vs. Cal ... suffered the loss, allowing three ERs in 4.2 innings ... threw four relief innings March 24 at Stanford, allowing three runs on eight hits ... earned a victory March 20 vs. WSU, throwing four no-hit innings to finish the game in relief of Jeff Carlsen ... combined on a two-hitter ... fanned three in two scoreless innings March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... earned the win March 6 at OSU, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and four Ks over 5.0 innings ... started eight and made only one relief appearance last year.

Shawn Kohn, Junior RHP:Made his first career Friday night vs. California after 39 career relief appearances ... had a top-notch outing, but got no decision after the Huskies surrendered a 6-1 lead ... worked six innings, allowing five hits (all singles) and one unearned run while walking one and fanning five ... leads the team with 10 appearances and is 2-0 with a 1.80 earned run average ... had easily his longest relief outing of the year March 25 at Stanford, throwing five innings of relief ... allowed three runs on four hits ... broke a streak of five outings in a row without giving up a run ... has surrendered a run in three of 10 outings ... picked up second win in game two of the USC series, working 2.2 perfect innings and fanning three ... also worked one inning vs. WSU on March 22, fanning one with no hits ... threw one scoreless inning March 11 vs. Southern Utah ... threw an inning of relief March 2 at UCR, fanned three and got the win.

Clay Johnson, Freshman RHP:Had a rough outing Sunday vs. Cal, allowing five runs (all unearned) in only two-thirds of an inning in a start ... suffered first career loss March 24 at No. 1 Stanford ... gave up five earned runs on eight hits over four-plus innings ... improved to 3-0 March 19 with win over USC ... worked eight innings, scattering eight hits, allowing two earned runs ... got the win March 9 vs. Southern Utah ... fanned five in five innings in that one ... threw five strong innings for first win at UC Riverside (March 3, game two) ... no-hit the Highlanders through the first four ... finished with five innings, three hits, two runs and four Ks ... earned first career start vs. Illinois ... threw 3.1 innings and got no decision ... had a very similar career to fellow Elma High grad Jake Kringen, one of the most successful pitchers in UW history ... like Kringen, led Elma to the state title as a senior and posted a 0.00 ERA as a senior.

Tyler Shepple, Sophomore RHP:Has yet to pick up a win, thanks to some tough luck ... losing end of a dominant performance by USC ace Mark Prior March 17 in a 5-1 loss and to Stanford ace Jeremy Guthrie March 23 ... took the loss March 7 at Oregon State, allowing six runs over four innings ... no decisions in first two starts ... March 2 at UC Riverside, allowed four runs on four hits over six and two-thirds ... vs. BYU, threw six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, no walks and five strikeouts ... gave up a two-run homer in the first for only runs ... 13 appearances, all in relief, in 2000.

Sean White, Sophomore RHP:Had emerged as the Huskies' top starter prior to suffering an injury vs. Stanford ... left after one inning with shoulder pain ... no decision vs. USC March 19 (game one) ... three wins in five starts so far ... outstanding vs. Southern Utah last March 10 ... six innings, six hits (all singles), one run (unearned), no walks and three Ks in that game ... threw seven tremendous innings vs. Kentucky in first start of 2001 ... allowed no runs on three hits, three walks and three Ks ... at UC Riverside, fanned eight in five innings ... made nine relief appearances and three starts in 2000.

BULLPEN NOTES:Brian Barton (Soph. RHP) led the UW with 22 appearances in 2000 ... didn't allow a home run in 28.1 innings, while striking out 30 in that span ... had elbow surgery in off-season had has made only three outings this year, all scoreless single innings ... Mike Bomar (Senior LHP) has been solid in seven appearances so far ... has worked 17.0 innings, allowing eight runs on 16 hits, six walks and 11 Ks ... threw 5.2 vs. Illinois ... allowed only two hits and one walk while fanning six ... first 4.2 innings were no-hit ...Matt Gardner (Senior LHP) is fully healthy again after shoulder injury ... didn't allow a run in 1.2 innings over two outings vs. Cal ... struck out one in an inning March 11 vs. SUU ... worked 4.2 in relief March 4 at UC Riverside ... Trevor Gibson (Freshman RHP) suffered a hard luck loss Friday vs. Cal, allowing three runs in one-third of an inning ... threw a perfect inning March 23 at No. 1 Stanford ... threw a scoreless inning March 21 vs. WSU, allowing one hit ... threw a scoreless in March 7 at OSU ... threw four innings (one run) for the save at UC Riverside ... Taylor Grant (Junior LHP) made 16 relief appearances and four starts in 2000 ... led the Huskies and was third in the Pac-10 with six saves last season ... worked three relief innings Sunday vs. Cal ... threw 2.1 relief innings in tough-luck loss to Illnois ... gave up one run (unearned) on one hit and three Ks ... gave up one run over two innings in two outings at UCR ... Jeff Petersen (Freshman RHP) led his team to AAAA state title in 2000 .. all-state as a senior and a 25th-round draft choice ... started, worked three innings and got the win Wednesday vs. UPS ... worked a scoreless inning March 10 vs. Southern Utah after a rough inning at OSU ... Scott Robertson (Soph. RHP) has emerged as the Husky closer with nine outings, four saves and a win ... after hitting the leadoff man March 21to start the ninth vs. WSU, struck out the next two and got a flyout to earn his fourth save ... 10 Ks and six hits in eight and one-third ... threw a scoreless ninth for the win over BYU ... worked out of a jam (second and third, no outs) vs. Kentucky for the save ... got a save at UCR March 2, throwing a perfect ninth inning ... got a save March 6 at OSU with one perfect inning ... Randy Vanderplow (Junior RHP) worked four an one-third scoreless innings Saturday vs. Cal, allowing three hits (all singles) ... earned a win in a start March 21 vs. WSU, allowing two earned runs over five innings ... vs. Southern Utah on March 9, threw four innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits and three Ks.

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