March 18, 2003
This Week: The Washington baseball team (14-6), which has stretched its winning streak to 10 games, travels to southern California for the fourth time this season this weekend when the Dawgs face UC Irvine (9-14) in a three-game series at Anteater Ballpark. The Huskies and Anteaters play Friday and Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and then Sunday at 1:00 p.m. UCI's audio broadcast of all three games will be available via gohuskies.com. After the UCI series, the Huskies take on former Pac-10 North rival Portland in a two-game series in the Rose City before opening up Pac-10 play with a three-game series at Stanford. The three Stanford games will air live on KKNW AM-1150, as will all 12 Pac-10 road games. Here's a look at this weekend's games, with probable starting pitchers:
Fri., Mar. 21: UW at UC Irvine, 6:00 p.m. -- RHP Sean White (2-3, 6.27) Sat., Mar. 22: UW at UC Irvine, 6:00 p.m. -- RHP Jeff Petersen (1-1, 3.52) Sun., Mar. 23: UW at UC Irvine, 1:00 p.m. -- RHP Trevor Gibson (2-0, 1.42)
Series History: UC Irvine re-instated its baseball program last season after a 10-year dormant period. Prior to last season, when the Huskies and Anteaters met in Seattle for a two-game, mid-week series, the two teams hadn't played since 1982. The all-time series includes only five games, with UCI leading, 3-2. Last year, the two teams split their series. April 9, Clay Johnson threw his first career complete game in a 6-4 Husky win. Tyler Davidson had threee hits for the Huskies while John Otness had a double and two RBI. Four of the Huskies' six runs were unearned. The following day, UCI scored six runs in the first inning and cruised to a 7-3 win. Jeff Petersen suffered the loss for the UW.
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 361-241-1 (.600). With those 361 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 175-78-1 (.691) 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. .351-1-3 Freshman All-America in 2002; four pickoffs leads Pac-10 Ben Johnson, Jr. .000-0-0 Has started two games at catcher and appeared in four others Jefferson Thiel, Jr. .100-0-0 2000 Freshman All-America; elbow surgery prior to 2002 1B -- Kyle Larsen, So. .320-7-16 Freshman All-America in '02; homered in 6 of 7 series so far 2B -- Greg Isaacson, Jr. .235-1-9 8th-inning grand slam last Tue.; GW RBI in 9th Feb. 14 at LMU Brent Lillibridge, Fr. .333-0-6 Has started at second base, third base, shortstop, center field SS -- Tila Reynolds, Sr. .351-0-10 13th-round draft pick; 9-game hit streak broken last Tuesday 3B -- John Otness, Jr. .309-0-6 7-for-16 with four runs in four games last week vs. OSU, CSUN Nick Batkoski, So. .500-0-5 Earned second start (at 2B) last Wed. at OSU; 2-for-5, 3 RBI OF -- Mike Wagner, Jr. .282-6-18 Baseball America Summer All-America; 18 RBI leads team OF -- Taylor Johnson, So. .292-5-16 Homered in three straight ABs Sun. vs. WSU, Tues. at OSU OF -- Simi Reynolds, Fr. .320-0-2 Younger brother of UW SS Tila; 2-for-4 with double Sun. OF -- Justin Drake, Jr. .364-1-9 Hit first homer in three years Sat. vs. CSUN; 11 starts in CF DH -- Chad Boudon, Jr. .286-5-14 Transfer from Hawaii; three homers in five games last week
Last Weekend: The Huskies extended their winning streak to 10 with three home wins over CS Northridge, including shutouts the last two days. Friday, Sean White took a perfect game into the seventh and finished having worked seven innings, allowing only three hits while striking out eight in a 9-2 win. Chad Boudon belted two leadoff homers and Mike Wagner added another. Saturday, starter Jeff Petersen threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout as the Huskies rolled to an 11-0 win. Petersen, who'd never thrown more than five and two-thirds, allowed only one runner past first base, struck out six and faced only three over the minimum. Justin Drake homered for the Huskies and Brent Lillibridge was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Sunday, the Dawgs closed out the sweep with a 7-0 win. Trevor Gibson and David Dowling combined for a seven-hit shutout. Gibson threw five innings for the win and Dowling four innings for the save. Taylor Johnson hit a homer while Wagner, John Otness, Greg Isaacson and Simi Reynolds had two hits each.
Winning Streaks: Washington enters the three-game series at UC Irvine having won its last 10 games in a row. That 10-game win streak marks the third-longest single-season winning streak in Husky coach Ken Knutson's 11-year tenure as the UW head man. In 1997, the Dawgs strung together a pair of 11-game streaks. Washington also had a 10-game win streak to start the 1994 season, Knutson's second as head coach, and seeing as the 1993 team won its last four, that streak was technically 15 games, though over the two seasons. The Huskies have also had two eight-game win streaks and one seven-game stretch during Knutson's career. The longest winning streak in Husky history was in 1979, when the UW won 19 in a row. In 1985, the Huskies won 13 in a row. However, in the 1979 streak, 11 of the 19 wins came against non-Division I opponents while the 1985 streak was ALL against non-Division-I competition. Also, both 1997 11-game streak including at least one win over an NAIA foe. Therefore, the current 10-game winning streak is the longest in Husky history against all Division-I opposition.
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.
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 ... 8-for-16 so far ... RBI double as PH Sat. vs. CSUN ... started last Wed. at 2B vs. OSU, going 2-for-5 with three runs batted in ... 1-for-2 as DH in first start Feb. 22 ... 5-for-8 as a pinch hitter ... as a freshman, started five at DH, two at SS, two at second and one at third ... played summer ball for Aloha (Ore.) in the Pacific International League, hitting .323.
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 ... five homers tied for seventh in Pac-10 ... two homers Fri. vs. CSUN ... RBI single in first Husky AB ... HR in last March 11 win at Oregon State ... reached base six times in OSU series ... started each of the last 11 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 ... 2-for-3 March 15 vs. CSUN, belting his first home run in nearly three years ... 2-for-5 with a triple Friday vs. the Matadors ... started two of three vs. Gonzaga, one in Lancaster and one vs. WSU ... 2-for-3 with an RBI double Mar. 9 vs. WSU ... started vs. UCSB and Houston opening weekend, going 6-for-8 with three RBI ... hadn't had a hit in nearly two years ... had been injury-plagued the last couple of seasons, playing in only eight games last year and in nine in 2001, when he was granted a medical redshirt season ... as a freshman in 2000, started 20 games, primarily as a center fielder ... one of the Huskies' fastest runners.
Aaron Hathaway, Soph. C: Had started two of three each weekend before catching all three vs. WSU ... 3-for-4 March 14 and 2-for-4 March 15 vs. CSUN ... first homer of the year in 8-1 win March 9 vs. WSU ... WSU didn't steal a base in six tries ... has picked off four baserunners ... started four of five last week 3-for-6 in two games vs. Irvine last season ... 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 ... 2-for-3 Sunday vs. CSUN ... only two hits in WSU series, but walked five times and scored five runs ... only one error in 59 chances so far ... 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 and last Sunday vs. CS Northridge ... a switch-hitter ... started 19 games as a freshman and 12 last year ... missed most of the fall practice season with a medical condition, but is fully recovered now ... drafed by the Astros in the 29th round of the 2000 draft.
Taylor Johnson, Soph. OF: Has started 19 of 20 games this season in right ... hit fifth homer of the year in Sunday's win over CSUN ... five HRs tied for seventh in Pac-10 ... 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.
Kyle Larsen, Soph. 1B: Seven homers lead team and are fourth in the Pac-10 ... seventh in Pac-10 in slugging (.653) ... 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 March 7 vs. WSU ... has at least one homer in six of seven series this year ... 5-for-6 with homer, double, four RBI March 1 vs. CSUN ... led off the ninth vs. UCSB with a homer to tie the game at 5-5 ... two-run HR in the first inning vs. Houston, a 4-1 win ... 2-for-4 with a double and HR Feb. 14 at LMU ... 2-for-4 Feb. 16 vs. the Lions ... 4-for-11 with a homer and a double in Gonzaga series... named a first-team Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball after a strong first season at UW ... finished with the second-best average on the team (.342) after having spent much of the year as the Huskies' top hitter ... after 621 career error-free chances, made first career error 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 ... lone start last weekend at 2B on Sat., going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI ... has started at 2B, SS, 3B and CF ... started two of three vs. WSU, going 3-for-6 with four runs ... started once at third and once at second opening weekend and again at 2B Feb. 16 at Loyola ... only AB vs. Gonzaga resulted in a double ... drove in the game-winning run with a single in the ninth vs. UCSB ... a three-year team captain at Jackson High in Everett ... led Jackson to a 31-5 league record over his last two seasons ... career .420 hitter in high school.
John Otness, Freshman 3B: 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 18 of 20 this year, one at DH and 17 at 3B ... 5-for-12 in CSUN series ... 2-for-4 Mar. 11 at OSU ... 4-for-13 with two doubles and a triple in WSU series ... 3-for-5 March 7 vs. WSU ... three hits in win over SDSU ... Huskies were 13-7 with him at DH in 2002 ... hit in 26 of 32 starts overall last year ... went 6-for-16 in the NCAA regional last year and reached on a two-strike HBP one batter before Jay Garthwaite's two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth beat Rice, 7-6, to force a second championship game.
Steve Ramsey, Junior OF/1B: Serves as a left-handed option at DH and a top left-handed bat off the bench ... got an RBI, pinch-hit single Sat. vs. CSUN ... started twice as DH so far ... one of the team's top natural power hitters ... was probably the UW's top pinch hitter last season, connecting for six pinch hits on the year.
Simi Reynolds, Freshman OF: 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 ... Sun. vs. CSUN: 2-for-4 with a double ... three hits, three runs March 1 vs. CSUN ... started Feb. 15 at LMU, when he went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI ... spent the fall as a walkon cornerback on the football team, but red-shirted the year ... one of the most decorated athletes in recent Washington high school history ... led Skyline to three straight league titles in baseball and three straight top-five finishes in the state ... led summer baseball teams to three top-three national finishes over the last four years ... helped football team to state championship as a junior and a third-place finish as a senior ... earned the 2002 Athletes for a Better World "Spirit of ABW" award after co-founding "Athletes for Kids" ... one of several community service awards he's received.
Tila Reynolds, Senior SS: 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 19 of 20 at SS so far, sitting out March 16 vs. WSU ... 4-for-7 in two WSU games ... three errors in 74 chances so far (.959) ... prior to last 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 March 1 win over Northridge ... 2-for-5 in win over San Diego State ... 3-for-4 Feb. 23 vs. Gonzaga and 6-for-10 in the three-game series ... 2-for-5 with 2 RBI Feb. 14 at LMU ... younger brother, Simi, is a freshman CF ... named the No. 9 senior prospect in the U.S. by Baseball America ... named to the NCAA Regional all-tournament team last year ... often the Huskies' No. 2hitter last year, batting .403 (60-for-149) when hitting in that spot last season ... led the tam with .347 average and 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.
Mike Wagner, Junior OF: Formerly a third baseman for the Huskies, moved to left field at mid-season last year and has started all 20 (19 in LF, 1 in RF) so far ... six homers are fifth in the Pac-10 ... 18 RBI leads team homered last Friday vs. CSUN and hit in all three ... Sunday, went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases ... 2-for-6 with a homer and five RBI in March 1 win over CSUN ... solo homer in March 7 win over WSU ... had two RBI on bases-loaded HBPs in March 8 win over the Cougs ... 2-for-4 in win over SDSU ... 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Feb. 23 vs. Gonzaga ... 6-for-12 in the three-game series vs. the Zags ... homered Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 at Loyola ... has yet to be caught stealing in 11 career attempts ... named a Baseball America Summer All-American this fall after a great summer with North Adams (Mass.) ... was the league MVP after leading the league in batting, slugging, on-base, hits and runs.
POSSIBLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
FRIDAY -- Sean White, Senior RHP: Took a perfect game into the seventh last Friday vs. CSUN and finished with a seven-inning win (7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) ... got first win March 7 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 ... 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 ... in 2002, won his last six decisions last season after starting 1-2 ... in eight Pac-10 starts last year, went 5-0 with a 4.07 ERA over 55.1 innings.
SATURDAY -- Jeff Petersen, Junior RHP: Named the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and the Pac-10 pitcher of the week after throwing a one-hit CG shutout last Sat. vs. CS Northridge ... faced only three over the minimum and had only one runner get past first base ... in that win: 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K ... second in the Pac-10 in opponent batting average (.209) and seventh in strikeouts (30) ... after serving as a spot starter and reliever for the UW the last two years, 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 ... a 25th round pick by Baltimore in 2000 after leading Kentwood High to the 4A state title.
SUNDAY -- Trevor Gibson, Junior RHP: Projected to start this year, but missed the first few weeks of the season due to minor injury ... combined on a shutout Sunday vs. CS Northridge, allowing three hits and one walk while fanning four in five innings ... 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 ... 28 relief appearances before first start.
BULLPEN NOTES: Trent Baysinger (Jr. LHP) has allowed only two runs in 12.0 relief innings this year ... got a start March 11 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 March 11 at OSU, getting out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam without allowing a run in the ninth ... struck out two and then got a groundout to end that one ... threw three no-hit innings of relief to combine on a two-hitter Sunday vs. Washington State, earning a save ... came in vs. USD with bases loaded an no outs and got a 1-2-3 double play and a K to get out of it ... got first career save getting the final two outs with runners at first and third vs. UCSB Feb. 8 ... worked three relief innings Feb. 15 at Loyola, allowing a run on three hits ... Josh Conover (Soph. RHP) threw two scoreless innings Friday vs. CSUN ... 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 March 1 ... David Dowling (Soph. LHP) is third in the Pac-10 with five wins ... got a save Sunday vs. CS Northridge, combining with Gibson on a shutout ... fanned four and in four IP ... 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 ... 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) didn't see any action in three blowouts last weekend ... second in the Pac-10 with four saves ... 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 ... 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 ... threw first career complete game in a win over UC Irvine last season ... named to the NCAA Regional all-tourney team thanks to a great outing vs. Texas Tech ... beat the Red Raiders, allowing five hits and one run over seven and two-thirds ... won the National Baseball Congress World Series last summer as a member of the Fairbanks (Alaska) Goldpanners ... 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA for the Goldpanners ... 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.