March 13, 2003
This Week: The Washington baseball team (11-6), a winner of seven straight, returns to Husky Ballpark this weekend for its final three home games of the month of March. The Huskies started the streak on March 1 with a 21-10 win over Cal State Northridge, the team the Huskies will host this weekend. Friday's game begins at 6:30 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday, first pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. The last two games will air live on KKNW AM-1150 and also over the internet at gohuskies.com. After the Northridge series, the Huskies will return to Southern California for the fourth time this season to take on UC Irvine in a three-game, non-conference series. After two mid-week games at Portland, March 25-26, the Huskies open the Pac-10 series March 28-30 at Stanford. Here's a look at this weekend's games:
Fri., Mar. 14: UW vs. CS Northridge, 6:30 p.m. -- no radio Sat., Mar. 15: UW vs. CS Northridge, 1:00 p.m. -- radio: KKNW AM-1150 Sun., Mar. 16: UW vs. CS Northridge, 1:00 p.m. -- radio: KKNW AM-1150
Series History: UW and Cal State Northridge have met somewhat regularly in recent years. Washington leads the all-time series, 6-3. In 1997, the Huskies scored seven in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to beat CSUN, 12-11. In 1999, the Huskies won one of three at CSUN and then swept a three-game series from the Matadors at Husky Ballpark. Earlier this season, March 1 at a tournament in Lancaster, Calif., the Huskies got their current seven-game winning streak underway with a 21-10 win over the Matadors. The Huskies trailed 4-0 and 9-5 in that game, but scored steadily over the middle and latter portions of the game. David Dowling went six and one-third innings in relief for the win and the Huskies got home runs from four players -- Kyle Larsen, Taylor Johnson, Chad Boudon and Mike Wagner. Larsen finished 5-for-6 with four RBI, Wagner was 2-for-6 with five driven in and Johnson had four RBI on a 2-for-4 day. Michael Paul had five RBI to lead the Matadors.
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 358-241-1 (.598). With those 358 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 172-78-1 (.687) record in home games. He is 152-106 (.589) 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. .306-1-2 Freshman All-America in 2002; 1st HR of 2003 Sunday vs. WSU Jefferson Thiel, Jr. .000-0-0 2000 Freshman All-America; elbow surgery prior to 2002 1B -- Kyle Larsen, So. .338-7-15 Freshman All-America in '02; homered in every series so far 2B -- Greg Isaacson, Jr. .222-1-7 8th-inning grand slam Tue.; GW RBI in ninth Feb. 14 at LMU Brent Lillibridge, Fr. .292-0-3 Has started at second base, third base, shortstop, center field SS -- Tila Reynolds, Sr. .387-0-8 13th-round draft pick; 9-game hit streak broken Tuesday 3B -- John Otness, Jr. .286-0-5 4-for-13 with two doubles and a triple last weekend vs. WSU Nick Batkoski, So. .500-0-4 Earned second start (at 2B) Wed. at OSU; 2-for-5, 3 RBI OF -- Mike Wagner, Jr. .254-5-16 Baseball America Summer All-America; 16 RBI leads team OF -- Taylor Johnson, So. .283-4-14 Homered in three straight ABs Sun. vs. WSU, Tues. at OSU OF -- Simi Reynolds, Fr. .286-0-2 Younger brother of UW SS Tila; 3 hits, 3 runs 3/1 vs. CSUN OF -- Justin Drake, Jr. .333-0-6 6-for-8 opening weekend; started last Sunday: 2-for-3, RBI DH -- Chad Boudon, Jr. .304-3-12 Transfer from Hawaii; started all three vs. WSU: 5 RBIs
Last Week: Washington took a two-game series at Oregon State, winning both games by the score of 9-5. In the opener, the Huskies trailed 5-3 heading into the eighth, but Kyle Larsen led off with a homer. After a run scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, second baseman Greg Isaacson belted a grand slam, his second career homer, to give the Huskies the 9-5 lead. OSU loaded the bases in the eighth (with one out) and the ninth (with no outs), but couldn't score. David Dowling went to 5-0 with the win and Brian Carter picked up his third save. Wednesday, the Huskies trailed 3-0 and 5-3, but scored three in the sixth and three in the seventh to win, 9-5. Scott Robertson worked four innings to close the game for his first save, allowing only one hit while fanning four. Tila Reynolds, who had a nine-game hit streak broken Tuesday, went 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and two walks. Second baseman Nick Batkoski, in only his second start of the year, added three runs batted in.
Tough Schedule: Counting those in the "others receiving votes" category, the preseason USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll ranked 57 teams this season. Washington, which picked up five points to rank the equivalent of 46th in that poll, will play a total of 30 games (more than half of its 56-game schedule) against teams that received votes in the preseason ranking. The 30 games come against 12 different teams, including seven Pac-10 opponents (all but Washington State received votes). The UW will play a total of 10 games against four teams ranked in the preseason top 11.
Northwest Flavor: As is usually the case, the Husky baseball roster is made up primarily of players from the state of Washington. In fact, 36 of the 40 players on the preseason roster are from the state of Washington, and another, Trent Baysinger, grew up in the city of Moscow, Idaho, just a few miles from the Washington border. Aside from Washington and Idaho, only one other state is represented on the Husky roster as three players come from the state of Colorado. All three -- freshmen Grant Gerrard and Matt Tucker and sophomore Devin Warner -- are new to the Huskies.
Preseason Accolades: College baseball's preseason publications predicted a solid season for the 2002 Huskies. Baseball America ranked the Dawgs No. 47 in its preseason poll and counted the Huskies among the five Pac-10 teams it predicts will make it into the NCAA tournament. Senior pitcher Sean White was tabbed the Pac-10's best control pitcher and was named the No. 14 senior prospect in America. Shorstop Tila Reynolds was picked as the No. 9 senior in the country while sophomore first baseman Kyle Larsen was selected as the No. 39 sophomore prospect. Neither Collegiate Baseball nor USA Today Sports Weekly ranked the Huskies in the preseason, though the Huskies were among those receiving votes in USA Today's preseason coaches' poll (ranked No. 46, counting past the 25 ranked teams).
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 ... 7-for-14 so far ... started Wed. at 2B vs. OSU, going 2-for-5 with three runs batted in ... 1-for-2 as DH in first start Feb. 22 ... four pinch hits ... 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 in league play.
Brian Bauer, RS-Freshman IF: A transfer from San Diego State University, where he redshirted last season ... came off the bench to play second base and got first AB Feb. 22 vs. Gonzaga, his only action thusfar a two-time 4A All-KingCo first-team selection at Woodinville High, the alma mater of current Huskies Mike Wagner and Brian Carter ... MVP of the Washington State all-star game following his senior season at Woodinville.
Chad Boudon, RS-Junior OF/1B: Transferred to Washington after spending the last three years at the University of Hawaii ... redshirted one season with the Rainbows and then played the last two ... RBI single in first Husky AB ... homered in Tuesday's win at Oregon State ... reached base six times in OSU series ... started each of the last eight at DH ... 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 ... started two of three vs. Gonzaga, one in Lancaster and one vs. WSU ... 2-for-3 with an RBI double Sun. 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 ... one of the Huskies' fastest runners.
Aaron Hathaway, Soph. C: Had started two of three each weekend before catching all three vs. WSU ... first homer of the year in Sunday's 8-1 win ... 4-for-10 last weekend vs. WSU ...Cougars didn't steal a base in six tries ... has picked off three baserunners ... started both OSU games ... 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 at the plate.
Greg Isaacson, Junior 2B: Belted a grand slam March 11 at OSU, breaking a 5-5 tie and capping a six-run eighth inning ... only his second career HR ... only two hits in WSU series, but walked five times and scored five runs ... only one error in 48 chances so far ... three runs in win over CSUN ... RBI single in only AB vs. SDSU ... started two of three opening weekend, going 2-for-6 with a double ... 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 Feb. 15 at Loyola ... 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: Closed out the 2002 season as a regular starter in right field, particularly against right-handed pitchers ... one of the Huskies' best arms and best baserunners ... started 16 of 17 games this season in right ... two homers in final two ABs in Sunday's win over Washington State ... followed that with a homer in his first at bat at Oregon State ... four hits in the March 11 win at OSU ..3-for-12 with six RBIs in WSU series ... 4-for-10 at Lancaster tournament... homer and four RBI March 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 in the Pacific International League.
Kyle Larsen, Soph. 1B: 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 Friday vs. WSU ... has at least one homer in each series this year ... 5-for-6 with homer, double, four RBI March 1 vs. CSUN ... last season vs. Oregon State: 6-for-14 (.429) in three games ... 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 March 12 at Oregon State ... when hitting as the No. 3 hitter last year, batted .436 (24-for-55) in 14 games ... Huskies were 10-4 in those games.
Brent Lillibridge, Freshman IF: Had an outstanding fall, and despite the return of fourth-year starting shortstop Tila Reynolds, figures to get some game action as a freshman ... has started at 2B, SS, 3B and CF ... started two of three last weekend 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: Began last year as the starter at third base, then didn't play much through the middle of the season before re-emerging as the starter at DH through the stretch run ... won a battle for the vacant starting third base position in the fall ... has started 15 of 17 this year, one at DH and 14 at 3B ... 2-for-4 Wed. at OSU ... 4-for-13 with two doubles and a triple last weekend vs. WSU ... 3-for-5 Friday vs. WSU ... three hits in win over SDSU ... had two hits in the season opener vs. Pepperdine ... 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: After seeing limited action in his first two seasons, has earned a shot as the Huskies' starter DH (at least against righties) this year ... 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: A top candidate to start in center field this year ... younger brother of Husky senior SS Tila as well as Oregon State second baseman Kerisi ... three hits, three runs March 1 vs. CSUN ... started opening day vs. Pepperdine and 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: Returns 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 16 of 17 at SS so far, sitting out Sunday vs. WSU ... 4-for-7 in two WSU games ... three errors in 68 chances so far (.956) ... prior to Tuesday 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 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 withi 19 stolen bases last year ... had hitting streaks of 13 and 14 games last season.
Jefferson Thiel, RS-Junior C: Returns to full duty after missing last season due to surgery ... had "Tommy John" surgery just prior to last season ... started vs. UCSB, once vs. Gonzaga and against San Diego State ... had been the Husky starter at catcher the previous two years (2000-2001), earning USA Today freshman All-America honors in 2000 ... had been hitting .415 (17-for-41) on the year in 2001 before the injury first came up ... started 44 games as a freshman in 2000.
Mike Wagner, Junior OF: Formerly a third baseman for the Huskies, moved to left field at mid-season last year and has started all 17 (16 in LF, 1 in RF) so far ... 2-for-6 with a homer and five RBI in March 1 win over CSUN ... solo homer in Friday win over WSU ... had two RBI on bases-loaded HBPs in Saturday's 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 ... 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 ... has yet to be caught stealing in eight career attempts.
POSSIBLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
FRIDAY -- Sean White, Senior RHP: Got first win last Friday vs. WSU, fanning seven and allowing two earned over six innnings ... suffered the tough-luck loss opening day (Feb. 7) at Pepperdine ... 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K in a 1-0 loss to the Waves ... gave up six runs in 3.1 at Loyola Feb. 14 in a no-decision ... took the loss Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga in a 4.2-inning outing ... took loss in 5-0 defeat to USD ... got a win last year vs. WSU, allowing four runs on 11 hits over 6.2 innings ... drafted by Montreal in the 35th round of the 2002 draft ... expected to be a much higher draft pick, but rumors of shoulder injury dropped him ... rated the No. 14 senior prospect in the nation this year by Baseball America ... won his last six decisions last season after starting 1-2 ... in eight Pac-10 starts, went 5-0 with a 4.07 ERA over 55.1 innings ... went seven innings or more in each of his last five starts ... in his final start, at the NCAA Regional vs. Harvard, out-dueled Crimson ace Ben Crockett (a third-round pick) for a 4-2 win.
SATURDAY -- Jeff Petersen, Junior RHP: After serving as a spot starter and reliever for the UW the last two years, has emerged as a starter this year ... last outing was March 8 vs. WSU, another no decision (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) ... no decision despite allowing four unearned runs and fanning a career-high 10 Ks March 2 vs. San Diego State ... started Feb. 8 vs. UCSB, but didn't figure in the decision after going only 2.2 ... no-hit Loyola Marymount through first three IP Feb. 16, but got knocked out in the fourth, allowing four runs to take the loss ... 4.2 innings Feb. 23 in no-decision vs. Gonzaga (5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) ... one of the Huskies' top pro prospects ... a 25th round pick by Baltimore in 2000 after leading Kentwood High to the 4A state title ... six starts and four relief outings last year ... top outing was a five-inning start vs. Portland, when he allowed three hits in a combined shutout ... struck out a career-high seven batters in a four-inning outing May 14 vs. Gonzaga.
SUNDAY -- Trevor Gibson, Junior RHP: Projected to start this year, but missed the first few weeks of the season due to minor injury ... got a win in first career start May 9 vs. WSU, allowing only two hits and fanning seven over six innings of work ... made two brief relief appearances in his comeback ... the Huskies' top starter in the fall ... worked 1.2 innings Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga, allowing a run on back-to-back doubles while fanning three ... has made 28 relief appearances, but has yet to start in college.
BULLPEN NOTES: Trent Baysinger (Jr. LHP) has allowed only two runs in 12.0 relief IP this year ... got a start Tues. at OSU, but didn't figure in the decision, working four innings ... worked 1.2 in March 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) got a third save Tues. 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 ... worked three relief innings Feb. 15 at Loyola, allowing a run on three hits ... allowed an earned run in only four his 18 appearances and gave up a hit in only six of 18 last year ... lone career win came in relief vs. California ... Josh Conover (Soph. RHP) came on with the bases loaded and one out March 11 at OSU, and got a strikeout and a flyout to get out of the jam ... made eight relief appearances and no starts last season ... threw one perfect inning vs. Northridge ... threw a 1-2-3 ninth vs. CS Northridge ... didn't surrender a hit in first three outings of his career last year ... David Dowling (Soph. LHP) got a fifth relief victory March 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 ... made four starts and nine relief appearances in 2002 ... earned wins over Washington State and Portland ... Keaton Everitt (RS-Fr. RHP) missed last season after preseason surgery ... first-career outing Feb. 22 vs. Gonzaga, throwing a no-hit, no-run inning ... only began pitching as a senior in high school but has shown low-90s velocity ... at Juanita High in 2001, struck out 27 in 15 innings ... Will Fenton (Soph. RHP) has allowed only three hits, no runs and has fanned 13 in 9.0 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 ... pitched in two WSU games last year, getting a win ... striking out six and allowing only one hit and no runs in 3.1 IP ... most memorable outing last year was at Cal, when he got a save by fanning the last two batters of the game with the bases loaded ... 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 ... Clay Johnson (Jr. RHP) began the year as a starter (and still is), but will serve in the bullpen after starting 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 ... 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 ... Matt Kasser (Fr. RHP) is the lone true freshman pitcher that has travelled so far ... got a win with a 0.2-inning relief appearance March 12 at Oregon State ... threw 1.1 innings Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga ... set a KingCo Conference record with 25 career victories at Issaquah High ... won a state title as a sophomore ... 9-3 as a sophomore, 7-1 as a junior and 8-1 as a senior in high school ... Scott Robertson (Sr. RHP) got a save Wed. 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.