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Husky Baseball Fall Practice Underway
Release: 09/16/2002
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Sept. 16, 2002

Fourty-two players, including 15 newcomers, reported today for the start of the University of Washington baseball team's fall practice season.

The Huskies will practice for four weeks before shutting down until the spring. Washington, under 11th-year head coach Ken Knutson, will open the season next February 7 at a tournament at Pepperdine. Last year, the UW finished third in the Pac-10 and lost to Rice in a regional championship game in Houston.

The list of returners includes two players that were selected in the draft following last season, but have decided to return to college for their senior season. Senior shortstop Tila Reynolds, who has started the last three seasons at short, returns despite being drafted by the Brewers in the 13th round last June. Also returning is senior starting pitcher Sean White, a late-round selection last June who went on to an outstanding summer in the Cape Cod League.

The Huskies also return starters at first base (sophomore Kyle Larsen), second base (junior Greg Isaacson), right field (sophomore Taylor Johnson) and catcher (sophomore Aaron Hathaway). Junior Clay Johnson returns to a starting pitcher spot, while junior Jefferson Thiel, who missed all of last season after elbow surgery, returns to vie with Hathaway for the catching position he held in 2001. Additionally, juniors Mike Wagner, John Otness and Brandon Jacobson were semi-regulars in the starting lineup a year ago.

Among the incoming players are two with brothers on last year's team. Freshman Simi Reynolds is Tila Reynolds' younger brother while Matt Tucker is the younger brother of departed senior Michael Done, a three-year starter at third base.

Following is a complete list of newcomers who reported today:

2003 University of Washington Baseball Newcomers

Name             Pos. B/T   Ht.  Wt. Yr. Hometown (High School / Last School)
Brian Bauer       IF  R/R  6-0  195  FR  Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville / San Diego St.)
Trent Baysinger    P  L/L  6-1  175  JR  Moscow, Idaho (Moscow HS / Walla Walla CC)
Chad Boudon    OF/IF  R/R  6-1  210  JR  Shoreline, Wash. (Shorewood HS / Hawaii)
Nick Burnham      OF  R/R  6-2  185  FR  Bellevue, Wash. (Eastside Catholic HS)
Zach Clem       C/IF  R/R  6-1  200  FR  Burlington, Wash. (Burlington-Edison HS)
Grant Gerrard     UT  L/L  6-4  200  FR  Castle Rock, Colo. (Douglas County HS)
Joe Harris        OF  R/R  6-0  185  FR  Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw HS)
Matt Kasser        P  R/R 5-10  170  FR  Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah HS)
Brent Lillibridge IF  R/R  5-9  165  FR  Everett, Wash. (Jackson HS)
Simi Reynolds     OF  L/L  5-9  160  FR  Issaquah, Wash. (Skyline HS)
Curt Rindal       IF  R/R  6-2  200  FR  Mount Vernon, Wash. (Mount Vernon HS)
Josh Showers      IF  R/R  6-0  170  FR  Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS)
Matt Tucker       IF  S/R  6-1  173  FR  Aurora, Colo. (Smoky Hills HS)
Joel Villalobos    P  L/L  5-9  185  JR  Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood HS / Bellevue CC)
Devin Warner      OF  S/R  6-1  185  SO  Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins HS / Kansas)
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