Born September 15, 1981, in Tacoma, Wash. ... son of James and Cathy Otness ... has an older sister, Kirsten ... father attended Washington ... a pre-engineering major, hoping to go into construction management.
2003 (Junior) - Washington's everyday starter at third base after winning a preseason battle for the starting job ... started 55 at third base and another two at designated hitter ... made only seven errors in 145 chances on the year, good for a .952 fielding mark ... shared the team lead with his 16 doubles and led with four triples ... named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Regional ... 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in the regional opener vs. Minnesota ... had a big game in the 26-2 rout of USC, going 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs and a homer ... 3-for-5 with two homers, a double and four RBI in 13-2 win at UCLA May 11 ... 3-for-5 with two doubles Apr. 29 vs. Lewis-Clark State ... 4-for-4 March 24 at Stanford ... 3-for-6 with a homer at Kansas State ... 4-for-12 with a homer and four RBI in the Oregon State series ... hit first home run of the season in Mar. 26 win at Portland ... 5-for-12 in Cal State Northridge series ... 3-for-5 Mar. 7 vs. Washington State... played summer ball for Newport (R.I.) ... 2002 (Sophomore) - Began the year as a platooning third baseman ... made 12 starts at third and 20 at DH, mostly at the end of the year ... Huskies went 13-7 in games in which Otness started at DH ... had a hit in 26 of 32 starts on the season and once had an 11-game hit streak before breaking it in a pinch-hit role ... hit safely in 28 of 35 games overall (in which he had an AB) ... had a strong NCAA regional, going 6-for-16 with two doubles and three RBI ... reached on a two-strike hit-by-pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth vs. Rice, one batter before Jay Garthwaite's game-winning, three-run homer ... started at DH (game one) and 3B (game two) vs. Gonzaga May 14, going 4-for-4 with a walk in game two ... 3-for-8 in two DH starts at USC ... homered May 12 vs. the Trojans ... two RBI in three straight games April 7-13 (at Missouri, vs. UC Irvine, vs. Washington State) ... first career homer April 13 vs. WSU ... also belted a two-run homer May 12 at USC ... started only once at Fresno State after taking a fastball in the head in the Feb. 22 win ... took two stitches behind his left ear but finished the game ... 2001 (Freshman) - Due to an injury to senior starter Marc Rittenhouse, spent about half the season as the Huskies' starter at second base ... played in 36 games and started exactly half (26) of the Huskies' 52 games ... played tremendous defense, committing only two errors in 112 chances on the season, good for an outstanding .982 fielding percentage ... struck out only 10 times in 103 at bats ... went on a mid-season tear that saw his average rise to .400 through his first 65 at bats ... after moving in the starting lineup on a regular basis, went 24-for-60 (.400) over 16 games ... belted a pinch-hit double in first career at bat, March 3 at UC Riverside ... 2-for-4 with first career RBI in a 7-3 win over USC March 19 ... 3-for-5 with three RBI in a win over WSU on March 21, driving in the go-ahead runs in the fifth inning ... 3-for-4 with a double vs. Puget Sound (March 28) ... 2-for-4 with three runs batted in April 1 vs. Cal ... drove in the first two runs in a 9-0 win at Hawaii-Hilo, going 1-for-2 with a two-run double and two walks in the game ... 1-for-4 with a three-run double in the 10-7 win at Hilo ... over the summer, helped the Aloha (Ore.) Knights to a 54-14 record, batting .298 with a wood bat while fielding at a .976 clip (four errors in 169 chances) ... named first-team All-Pacific International League following the summer.
Wilson High School
Earned four varsity letters under coach Lonnie Slater at Wilson, playing shortstop, third base and pitcher ... only the fourth Wilson player ever to earn a letter as a freshman ... served as team captain as a junior and senior ... as a senior, named the Narrows League MVP, all-area, all-state and the Tacoma News-Tribune Player of the Year ... team won the Narrows League and went to state his sophomore and senior seasons ... batted .560 and had an .817 on-base average as a senior ... in the league championship game his senior year vs. rival Bellarmine Prep, threw a complete-game four-hitter, striking out 11 and also went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs at the plate ... played two years of varsity football, sharing quarterback duties as a junior, when his team took second in state ... played one year of varsity basketball, helping the team to a fifth-place state finish ... named the English and Math Student of the Year and was once the Tacoma Athletic Commission's Student-Athlete of the Month ... graduated with a 3.86 GPA.