March 12, 2012
THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team (10-5) returns home to host a pair of Northwest rivals this week. Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., the Dawgs take on Portland (10-2) in a non-conference game at Husky Ballpark. UW lefty Mac Acker is slated to start for Washington while right-hander Chris Johnson will start for the Pilots. This weekend, the Huskies take on Oregon (12-3) in the first Pac-12 series of the season. Ten of the 11 teams in the conference open league play this weekend. The Ducks are ranked 17th by Baseball America and No. 13 in the coaches' poll. Game times are Friday at 5:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Fans can watch live video (free) and follow live stats of all four games at gohuskies.com. The easiest way to find the links is to go to the baseball schedule page at gohuskies.com and click on that day's game for the links. Washington's starting pitching rotation for the weekend series has yet to be determined. The following week is spring break at the UW and the Huskies will hit the road for single games next Tuesday at Lamar and Wednesday at Houston before returning home for a non-conference series vs. Cal State Bakersfield March 23-25. Here's a look at this week's games:
Tue., March 13: Portland at UW, 5 p.m. PT - live stats & video at gohuskies.com
Fri., March 16: Oregon at UW, 5 p.m. PT - live stats & video at gohuskies.com
Sat., March 17: Oregon at UW, 2 p.m. PT - live stats & video at gohuskies.com
Sun., March 18: Oregon at UW, 1 p.m. PT - live stats & video at gohuskies.com
COACH MEGGS: Lindsay Meggs is in his third season as head coach at Washington. This spring, one of his chief accomplishments has come to fruition with the opening of the new baseball team building at Husky Ballpark - a clubhouse, coaches' offices, training room, equipment room and donor area overlooking the field. Meggs came to the UW after having spent the previous 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. Currently, he boasts a 670-377-4 record over 18 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 seasons 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, Dave Dangler and Jordon Twohig.
SERIES HISTORY: Washington holds a 90-45-1 record all-time against Portland. Unusually, the Huskies and Pilots played only once last season, with the UW winning, 5-4, in 10 innings. The winning run came on an RBI single from B.K. Santy. The year before, the teams split a pair of games, each winning on the road. The UW's history vs. Oregon is long, but given that the Ducks didn't field a team from 1982 through 2008, the teams haven't played as many times as the UW and Washington State and Oregon State. The Ducks hold a 137-125-1 advantage in the all-time series. Last year in Eugene, the Huskies won two of three, beating the Ducks in extra innings twice. The UW won the opener, 4-3, in 14 innings and followed that with a 3-0, 10-inning victory the following day. The Ducks avoided a sweep with a 9-0 win on Sunday.
ANOTHER TOUGH SCHEDULE: Each year, Washington boasts one of the toughest schedules in the season, if only by virtue of playing the rigorous Pac-12 Conference. According to well-regarded college baseball website, boydsworld.com, the Huskies have the ninth-toughest schedule in the country, though most of the Pac-12's team rank highly. The Huskies, of course, face the 10 other Pac-12 teams. Six Pac-12 teams (Arizona, ASU, Cal, OSU, Stanford, UCLA) were ranked in either the Baseball America and USA Today coaches' preseason polls, or both. Oregon and USC also each also received votes in the coaches' poll. Additionally, the Huskies traveled to UC Irvine for a three-game series. The Anteaters were ranked No. 26 by the coaches.
THEY'RE COMING FROM ALL OVER: The 2012 Husky baseball roster includes players from seven different states. Of the 35 players on the official roster entering the season, 18 are from Washington, 11 are from California, two are from Idaho and there is one player each from Arizona, Colorado, Hawai'i and Indiana. Washington's baseball roster has traditionally been heavily dominated by in-state players. Of the 18 players from the Evergreen State, 17 come from west of the Cascade Mountains, (the western half of the state).
POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
#3 Ty Afenir, Jr. SS: Has 6 starts at shortstop ... 1-for-5 with an RBI in 2nd game of SJU series ... started 46 of 54 games last season at shortstop ... made just 5 errors and posted a .969 fielding percentage ... played summer baseball for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska League ... teammate of fellow Husky B.K. Santy at Palomar College in 2010 ... uncle, Troy Afenir, played in the major leagues in the early 1990s.
#11 Chase Anselment, Jr. C: 4 starts at C and 2 at DH ... 3-for-8 with 3 RBI in Cal Poly series ... drove in game-winner with SF in 7th (last inning) Mar. 4 vs. Saint Joseph's and then homered in the second game ... 2-for-2 with a 2B, walk and HBP ... started 47 games in 2011, 39 in RF, 5 at DH and 3 at C ... ... shared team lead for homers ... started 33 games as a freshman, earning third-team Freshman All-America (Ping! Baseball) after batting .347 ... played summer ball for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Code League.
#36 Branden Berry, Fr. 1B: Started 14 of 15 ... 4-for-12 in Cal Poly series ... 3-for-9 in SJU series ... 3-for-4 with 2 doubles Feb. 27 at CSUN ... terrific opening weekend at SDSU: 8-for-13 (.615) with a 3B and a HR ... singled in first four college at bats ... HR in 9th inning of Feb. 18 win at SDSU ... named the MVP of the CIF San Diego Section as a senior at Rancho Bernardo HS last year ... hit .432 with 10 homer and 46 RBI ... also named first-team all-state.
#21 Caleb Brown, Sr. OF: Started 2 of 4 vs. Saint Joseph's and 2 of 3 at UCI ... 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and a HR Feb. 25 at Irvine ... doubled as PH Feb. 22 vs. SeattleU ... was limited last season due to an injuries, but still started 22 games, all in CF ... one of only two seniors on the roster ... as a junior in 2010, started 54 of 56 games, all in center field ... batted .295 that season ... also started 31 games as a freshman in 2009 ... a two-time, first-team all-state selection in both baseball and football at Central Kitsap HS.
#27 Michael Camporeale, Jr. OF: Started 14 of 15 games ... 2-run homer Mar. 11 at Cal Poly ... career day Feb. 27 at CSUN, going 3-for-5 with 7 RBI and a grand slam HR ... doubled twice in UCI series ... 4-for-11 with 2 RBI in SDSU series ... transfer from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. ... led Cuesta with a .384 average as a sophomore in 2011 ... also led team in runs, hits, doubles, triples, homers, steals and RBI ... named Western State Conference Player of the Year and CCCAA All-America ... attended Chatfield HS in Littleton, Colo., where he hit .615 with 14 homers and 44 RBI as a senior, leading the state's 5A level in homers and hitting.
#9 Mark Chen, Fr. C: True freshman attended San Marino HS in southern California ... an Eagle Scout ... missed much of last two high school seasons due to injury, but still made second-team all-league and played in San Gabriel Valley all-star game following 2011 season.
#41 Andrew Ely, Fr. IF: Pinch-hit, RBI single in third game vs. Saint Joseph's ... started vs. SeattleU (2B, BB, HBP in 3 plate appearances) ... appeared off the bench in all 3 at SDSU ... in 4 plate appearances, had a single, a walk and a SF ... three-time first-team all-league selection at Eagle (Idaho) High School ... can play 2B, SS or 3B ... also an academic all-league selection all four years of HS ... hit .417 with six homers and 30 RBI as a senior, helping Eagle to the state title.
#12 Erik Forgione, Fr. IF: 9 starts at SS ... scored only run in 1-0 win over Saint Joseph's March 3 ... 3-for-6 in 2 starts at UCI ... played in all 3 at SDSU ... in season opener, drove in 2 runs to give UW its first lead with 7th-inning single ... teammate and classmate of fellow Husky freshman Robert Pehl at W.F. West HS in Chehalis, Wash. ... three-time first-team all-league and two-time first-team all-state selection ... won state championship as a junior ... drafted by the Angels in the 33rd round of 2011 draft.
#26 Parker Guinn, Fr. C: Made first appearance as a defensive replacement at C Feb. 27 at CSUN ... also played March 4 vs. Saint Joseph's ... named first-team all-league and all-area, as well as second-team all-state, as a senior, batting .450 with four homers and 30 RBI ... led team to state playoffs all three years.
#2 Matt Jackson, Fr. IF: Has played in 12 of 15 ... started at 2B Feb. 24 at UCI ... true freshman can play second base or third base ... played 3 seasons on the varsity at Valley Christian HS near San Jose, Calif.
#18 Jacob Lamb, Jr. 3B: Started all 15 at 3B and has reached safely in 14 of 15 ... 2 doubles Sun. at Cal Poly ... 6-for-12 with 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 steals in SJU series ... 2-for-4 with 2-run HR Feb. 27 at CSUN ... only Husky to start all 54 games last year: 27 at 2B, 19 at 3B and 8 at SS ... started 108 of a possible 110 games during first two seasons at UW ... honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last season, when he was the Huskies' leader in at bats, games, hits, triples, homers and RBI ... played summer baseball for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League ... started 54 of 56 games as a freshman ... 52 of those starts were at 3B ... first-team Freshman All-America (Collegiate Baseball) in 2010 ... Metro League MVP and first-team all-state player at Seattle's Bishop Blanchet High in 2009 ... selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 38th round of the 2009 draft.
#40 Joe Meggs, Jr. OF: Has started 13 of 15 in LF ... 6-for-12 with 2 RBI in Saint Joseph's series ... 2-for-3 at CSUN ... broke an 8-8 tie with a single in the 9th in Feb. 18 win at SDSU ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-10, as well as first-team Academic All-Pac-10 last season ... transferred to the UW from Indiana State and sat out the 2010 season due to NCAA transfer rules ... led the Huskies in batting in 2011, starting 44 games (42 in LF and 2 at 1B) ... hit safely in his first 10 games of the season last year ... son of UW head coach Lindsay Meggs ... as a freshman at ISU in 2009, played in 34 games, starting 21 ... batted .326 with 14 RBI for the Sycamores in 2009.
#20 Trevor Mitsui, Fr. 1B: Has started 11 of 15 ... 3-run HR Feb. 25 at UC Irvine ... ... drove in 2 runs in Feb. 18 win ... named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year after a tremendous senior season at Shorewood High in 2011 ... batted .712 with 13 homers, 26 RBI and 42 walks as a senior, striking out just twice ... drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 12th round of the 2011 draft ... also earned 3A state player of the year and was a first-team All-America selection by both USA Today and Baseball America ... a three-time first-team all-state selection ... led Shorewood to state title in 2011.
#17 Robert Pehl, Fr. IF: Has started all 15 ... 4-for-12 in Cal Poly series ... 6-for-10 in UCI series ... homered Feb. 26 at Irvine ... 2-for-5 with 3 runs, 2 RBI at CSUN ... 2-for-5 with 3 RBI in Feb. 18 win ... teammate and classmate of fellow Husky freshman Erik Forgione at W.F. West High in Chehalis, Wash. ... candidate to start at 2B for the Huskies ... batted over .500 in each of four varsity seasons at W.F. West ... named first-team all-state in each of last three seasons ... area player of the year and first-team all-league all four seasons ... hit .585 with 8 homers and 47 RBI as a senior ... led team to state title as a junior.
#1 Jayce Ray, Jr. OF: Started 13 of 15 in CF and leadoff ... 2-for-3 with a 2B, a 3B and 3 RBI Mar. 11 at Cal Poly ... drove in lone run in 1-0 win over Saint Joseph's on Mar. 3 ... 2 2Bs and a 3B in UCI series ... 2-for-3 with 3 runs, 1 RBI and 2 SB at CSUN ... 6-for-14 in SDSU series ... spent 3 years (redshirted) at Santa Rosa JC ... first-team All-America in 2011, batting .350 with 7 triples and 14 steals ... notched 49 hits in 36 games ... played for Hyannis in the Cape Cod League last summer.
#8 B.K. Santy, Sr. C: Started 8 of 15 at C ... 2-for-4 over 2 games vs. Saint Joseph's ... 2 RBI in 4-3 win at Irvine Feb. 26 ... served as Huskies' primary catcher in 2011, starting 42 of 54 behind the plate ... threw out 20 would-be base-stealers, fifth in the Pac-10 ... played summer ball for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska League ... transferred to the UW after two seasons at Palomar College near San Diego ... teamed with fellow Husky Ty Afenir in 2010 at Palomar ... first-team all-conference catcher in 2010, hitting .312.
#33 Will Sparks, So. OF: Played in 2 of 4 vs. Saint Joseph's ... first appearance of year as PH vs. SeattleU ... played in 28 games, starting 9, as a true freshman last year ... went 4-for-5 with a 2B and 3B in a game vs. Oregon State ... led Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) to a 20-13 record in 2010 ... graduated from Bellarmine with a 4.00 GPA.
#38 Ryan Wiggins, So. C: 3 starts at C and 1 at DH ... 2-run homer at CSUN Feb. 27 ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a freshman in 2011 ... started 36 games (25 at DH, 9 at C, 1 at 1B and 1 in LF) ... won four straight Metro League titles at West Seattle High ... first-team 3A all-state catcher and earned some level of All-Metro honors all four years ... drafted by Pittsburgh in 46th round of 2010 draft.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES (weekend rotation TBD):
TUE. - Mac Acker, Junior LHP: Earned win in first start Mar. 4 (game 2) vs. Saint Joseph's: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K ... retired only batter he faced for win Feb. 17 at SDSU ... appeared in all 3 games at SDSU ... pitched a total of 2.0 scoreless innings at SDSU ... transferred from Columbia Basin College to UW this year ... named NWAACC Player of the Year last year at CBC ... was 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA and batted .380 with 37 RBI last season.
Aaron West, Junior RHP: Suffered first loss Mar. 9 at Cal Poly (5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) ... pitched first 6 innings of a 1-hit shutout Mar. 3 vs. Saint Joseph's (6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K), earning a win ... has pitched 13 consecutive shutout innings ... pitched 6.0 innings of shutout ball for the win Feb. 24 at UC Irvine (3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) ... combined with 2 others on 4-hit shutout in that one ... no decision in start Feb. 17 at SDSU: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K ... last year, pitched 9 shutout innings for a win at Oregon (UW won, 3-0, in 10 innings) ... had a tremendous summer for the Humboldt (Calif.) Crabs, going 7-0 with a 0.17 ERA ... over 54 IP for the Crabs, allowed one ER on 23 hits and 11 walks while fanning 83 ... medical redshirt in 2010 despite pitching in 4 games.
George Asmus, Junior RHP: Took loss Mar. 10 at Cal Poly (2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) ... no decision in very good start Mar. 4 vs. Saint Joseph's (5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) ... no decision in start Feb. 25 at UCI: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K ... ND in start Feb. 18 at SDSU: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K ... 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA in 10 starts last season at Ohlone ... struck out 83 and allowed just 52 hits in 69 IP ... drafted by the Cubs in the 24th round in 2011 draft ... as a freshman, played under current UW assistant Jordon Twohig, helping Ohlone to state title.
Austin Voth, Soph. RHP: Picked up win Mar. 11 at Cal Poly (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) ... worked 6.0 IP for a win Mar. 3 vs. Saint Joseph's (game 2): 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K ... got win in start Feb. 26 at UC Irvine: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K ... no decision in start Feb. 19 at SDSU (2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) ... led the UW in starts with 13 last season, as a true freshman ... pitched in the Cape Cod League All-Star game over the summer, as a member of the Brewster Whitecaps ... had a 1.98 ERA over the summer.
BULLPEN NOTES: Jeff Brigham (So. RHP) made season debut Mar. 11 at Cal Poly (1.0 IP) ... appeared in 23 games as a freshman last season ... picked up the win in the season opener last year vs. Missouri State ... over the summer, earned all-league honors pitching for the Bend (Ore.) Elks ... Adam Cimber (Jr. RHP) pitched 1.2 scoreless IP Mar. 9 at Cal Poly ... went 1 inning in games 2 and 4 of Saint Joseph's series, allowing a run in neither ... pitched in first 2 games of the year at SDSU ... worked in 23 games last season, all in relief ... second-team Academic All-Pac-10 in 2011 ... picked up a win last season at Oregon, pitching 4.2 innings in a 14-inning victory ... named first-team All-Northwoods League over the summer, pitching for the Green Bay Bullfrogs ... pitched in 31 games as a freshman, picking up six saves ... Tyler Davis (Fr. RHP) pitched 3.2 shutout innings (1 hit) Mar. 10 at Cal Poly ... went 2.0 IP in Mar. 3 (game 2) win over Saint Joseph's (1 H, 0 R) ... went 4.1 IP in relief Feb. 19 at SDSU (2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) ... named West Catholic Athletic League Pitcher of the Year as a HS junior and senior ... brother Erik played at Stanford and is now in the Nationals organization ... Jared Fisher (Fr. RHP) took the loss in a start Feb. 22 vs. SeattleU ... 8-2 with a 1.92 ERA as a senior, earning first-team all-state ... drafted by Houston in the 26th round of the 2011 draft ... Joshua Fredendall (Jr. RHP) pitched 1-2-3 9th inning Mar. 11 at Cal Poly ... picked up 4th save and combined on 1-hit shutout with 1 perfect inning Mar. 3 vs. Saint Joseph's (game 1) ... earned 2 saves in UCI series (Feb. 24 and 26) ... went 1.0 IP Feb. 24 and 2.0 Feb. 26 ... earned a save in the opener at SDSU, pitching 1.1 no-hit innings ... also pitched final 1.1 innings in Feb. 18 win at SDSU ... transferred to the UW from the College of San Mateo ... as a sophomore, was 3-0 with a 0.25 ERA (36 innings) ... earned first-team CCCBA All-America, all-league, all-conference and All-Northern California, as well as Academic All-State ... Tyler Kane (So. RHP) worked 1.2 scoreless in relief Mar. 10 at Cal Poly ... struck out 4 over 2.0 hitless IP Mar. 4 (game 2) vs. Saint Joseph's ... made first appearance Feb. 26 at UCI ... led the UW with 25 appearances as a freshman last season ... made one start, at Oregon State ... walked only one batter over last nine outings of 2011 ... over the summer, pitched for the Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) DiamondDawgs, walking only one and fanning 33 over 28 innings (13 outings) ... Dae Yang Kim (So. RHP) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth Mar. 4 (game 2) vs. Saint Joseph's ... worked 3.1 in relief Feb. 22 vs. SeattleU (1 H, 0 R) ... faced one batter Feb. 19 at SDSU ... transferred to the UW from Feather River College ... first-team all-conference as a freshman in 2011 ... 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA over 53.1 innings ... Nick Palewicz (So. RHP) gave up 1 unearned run over 2.0 IP Mar. 11 at Cal Poly ... worked the final 2 innings of Mar. 4 (game 1) shutout of Saint Joseph's, allowing 0 hits or runs and fanning 2 ... fanned 2 in scoreless inning Feb. 27 at CSUN ... made UW debut Feb. 18 at SDSU, pitching 0.2 innings ... also pitched Feb. 19 vs. SDSU ... originally came to UW for 2010 season, but hasn't yet pitched in college due to injury ... is ready to go in 2012 ... pitched for Bellingham (Wash.) over the summer, posting a 0.90 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 32 innings ... Steven Swift (Jr. RHP) pitched 0.2 in relief Feb. 26 at UCI and then went 3.0 as starter the next day at CSUN ... named Big 8 Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2011, going 11-0 with an 0.97 ERA ... allowed just 62 hits and 17 walks in 93 innings at DVC ... also first-team California All-America and second-team Pacific Association Division All-America ... Zach Wright (So. RHP) pitched 1.2 in relief last Fri. at Cal Poly ... picked up win in relief Feb. 27 at CSUN (2.0 IP) ... pitched 2.0 no-hit innings (3 Ks) Feb. 22 vs. SeattleU ... pitched in 1st 2 games at SDSU, earning the win Feb. 18 ... appeared in 17 games, including 1 start, as a freshman in 2011 ... lone start came vs. WSU in Pasco, where he gave up just one run over four innings ... led the team with 2.43 ERA ... pitched for LaCrosse (Wis.) in the Northwoods League over the summer ... Keith Zuniga (So. RHP) transferred to the UW from Pima CC in Tucson, Ariz. ... earned All-ACCAC in lone season at Pima, going 7-4 with a 3.00 ERA ... struck out 101 in 63 innings as HS senior at Nogales HS, earning Kino Region Player of the Year.