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The Washington baseball team opens the 2014 season this weekend with four-games at the Texas State Tournament in San Marcos Texas at Bobcat Ballpark.
Diamond Dawgs Open 2014 At Texas State Tournament
Release: 02/12/2014
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SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team opens the 2014 season this weekend with four-games at the Texas State Tournament in San Marcos Texas at Bobcat Ballpark. The Dawgs play an opening-day doubleheader Friday, Feb. 14, against Air Force at 10 a.m. PT, followed by a 5 p.m. PT game against Michigan. UW last played Air Force in 2011 and the Falcons lead the series 2-1. UW last played Michigan in 1923 with the teams splitting two games.

The Huskies follow up with a 12 p.m. PT game vs. host Texas State on Saturday. It is the first meeting between the two teams. UW wraps up the series with a final game on Sunday against Michigan at 10 a.m. PT.

Texas State will provide live scoring and live video of all four games at www.txstatebobcats.com

Senior righty Zach Wright will start the first game of the year for the Huskies with junior righty Jared Fisher taking the bump for game two against Michigan. Junior RHP Jeff Brigham completes his return from Tommy John surgery by taking the mound on Saturday against Texas State, while junior righty Tyler Davis closes the series on Sunday against Michigan. The Dawgs then return to the road for four-games in Surprise, Ariz.

Here’s a look at this weekend’s games:

    Friday, Feb. 14 (GM1): Washington vs. Air Force, 10:00 a.m. PT – RHP Zach Wright vs. RHP Cameron White
    Friday, Feb. 14 (GM2): Washington vs. Michigan, 5:00 p.m. PT – RHP Jared Fisher vs. LHP Trent Szkutnik
    Saturday, Feb. 15: Washington at Texas State, 12:00 p.m. PT – RHP Jeff Brigham vs. RHP Taylor Black
    Sunday, Feb. 16: Washington vs. Michigan, 10:00 a.m. PT – RHP Tyler Davis vs. LHP Evan Hill

COACH MEGGSLindsay Meggs enters his fifth season as head coach at Washington. He is 99-122 at Washington and 714-429-4 in 20 overall seasons. His 714 wins ranks 35th among all active NCAA coaches, 4th among Pac-12 coaches. UW finished 6th in the Pac-12 in 2013 with a 15-15 record and were 24-32 overall. They finished the season by winning 15 of 22, including series wins over World Series participant Oregon St, defending national champion Arizona, NCAA participant Arizona St and a sweep over Washington St. 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. Born in San Jose and a graduate of Saratoga (Calif.) High, Meggs played four seasons at third baseman for 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 Jason Kelly, Donegal Fergus and Tanner Swanson.

SERIES HISTORY:  
UW vs. Air Force History:  The two teams last met in 2011 -- the Falcons won 5-4. Air Force holds a 2-1 all-time series advantage.
UW vs. Michigan History: This marks the first meeting between the two teams in 90 years. The teams split two games back in 1923 and are 1-1 all-time against each other.
UW vs. Texas State History: The two teams have never met.

Home Sweet Home:  The Huskies will open a new 2,400 seat ballpark on March 21 against Arizona. The new park features permanent seating for the first time, open main-level concourses with views of the field from every vantage and a 2nd floor concourse that houses a press box, radio and TV booths, club seating and an AD booth. In addition, there is a new video board, a full compliment of restrooms and concessions, plus new field turf. Prior to the ballpark opening, UW will host UC Davis (Feb. 28-Mar. 2) and Portland (Mar. 18) at Tacoma's Cheney Stadium.

Squad Breakdown:  Among the 35 players on the 2014 Husky roster, there are six seniors, 11 juniors, eight sophomores and 10 freshmen. The squad includes 20 returners, five redshirts and 10 newcomers (9 true freshmen, one junior college transfers). Entering the 2014 season, the UW's returning players have competed in a total of 1,051 Husky baseball games. Thirteen different veteran position players have combined for 2,137 career at bats. Eight veteran UW pitchers have combined to make 58 career starts.

Another tough Schedule:  Playing in the Pac-12 Conference, where 28 NCAA Champions have been produced, including the last two and four of the last eight, naturally leads to playing a tough schedule. In 2013, according to boydsworld.com, the Huskies played the third toughest schedule in the nation. This year should be no different as Washington faces a daunting non-conference schedule to go along with its conference slate. The Huskies have five opponents ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches pre-season poll on their schedule, including four teams ranked in the top-11. A look at the polls on the left indicates the ranked teams that Washington will face during the season. Perhaps the most daunting part of the schedule comes at the end of the season when UW will play 2013 College World Series participants Oregon State and UCLA to wrap up the regular season.

They're coming from all over:  The 2014 Husky baseball roster includes players from four different states. Of the 35 players on the official roster entering the season, 18 are from Washington, 14 are from California, two are from Idaho and one player from Hawai'i. Washington's baseball roster has traditionally been heavily dominated by in-state players. Of the 18 players from the Evergreen State, all come from west of the Cascade Mountains, (the western half of the state).

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
FRI. vs. Air Force - Zach Wright, Senior RHP:  Ranks 4th in UW history with  made 71 career appearances (7-6, 3.45 ERA, 141.0 IP) ... six career starts ... broke a 19-year old UW record by making 33 appearances in 2013 ... started four and relieved in 29 games ... 4-5, 3.12, 70.0 IP, 61 H, 25 ER, 27 K, 42 BB, .242 opp avg. in 2013 ... pitched 7.0 scoreless innings, gave up 6 hits and no walks while fanning 4 to complete the UW sweep over WSU on May 19 ... appeared in a total of 21 games, all but one of them in relief in 2012 ... 17 games, 16 of them in relief and one as a starter, as a true freshman.

Fri. vs. Michigan. - Jared Fisher, Junior RHP:  Has made 11 starts in 13 career appearances ... 2nd on team with 10 starts in 2013 (2-2, 3.20 ERA, 59.0 IP, 56 H, 21 ER, 25 K, 19 BB, .255 opp avg) ... 3-game stretch saw him beat #5 Oregon St. (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB), 9 inn. no-decision in 12-inning win over Cal (3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 K, 3 BB) and 23-1 win over 2012 NCAA champ Arizona (8.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 BB).

Sat.  Jeff Brigham, Junior. RHP:  Redshirt 2013 after Tommy John Surgery on right arm ... has made 12 career starts in 34 appearances (4-3, 4.57, 84.2 IP,  86 H, 43 ER, 41 K, 29 BB) ... last appearance was 5/27/12 vs. WSU ... went 0-2, 4.32 in 11 apperances, 7 starts in 2012 ... was 4-1, 4.73  in 23 games as a freshman ... Baseball America’s No. 16 2014 MLB Draft prospect in Pac-12.

Sun.  Tyler Davis, Junior. RHP:  Leads active UW players with 20 career starts, 2nd with 44 appearances (4-11, 4.33 ERA, 139.1 IP, 145 H, 67 ER, 92 K, 41 BB) ... won his first 2 career starts on March 17 and 24, 2012 and has not won in his last 18 starts ... in 2013: 2-7, 5.11 ERA, 25 games, 9 starts, 68.2 IP, 89 H, 39 ER, 52 K, 25 BB ... 2 wins, both in relief ... 2012: 19 games, 11 starts, 2-4, 3.57 ERA, 70.2 IP, 56 H, 28 ER, 40 K, 16 BB.

POSSIBLE STARTERS:   Here’s a look at the possible starters at each position, with 2013 stats and notes:
    Pos.    Player, Year    2013 Avg.-HR-RBI    Notes
    C –    Ryan Wiggins, Sr.    .223-1-11    Five career homers leads active UW players
    C –    Austin Rei, So.    .220-0-6    Made 17 starts as a freshman
    C –    Parker Guinn, Jr.    .333-0-5    18-of-30 at the plate over final 11 games in 2013
    1B –    Trevor Mitsui, Jr.    .262-0-18    Played in 52 of the Huskies’ 56 games, starting 48
    2B –    Andrew Ely, Jr.    .338-0-14    UW’s leading returning hitter makes move from 3B to 2B
    3B –    Alex Schmidt, Jr.    .081-0-3    JC transfer started 11 games before injury ended his season
    SS –    Erik Forgione, Jr.    .279-0-8    Seen action in 95 games, 48 starts; HS teammate with Pehl
    OF –    Braden Bishop, Soph.    .270-0-13    MVP of Purple & Gold World Series in the fall
    OF –    Robert Pehl, Jr.    .266-1-32    Moves from 2B to OF; team-hi 14 doubles, 32 RBI leads returners
    OF –    Brian Wolfe, Sr.    .233-2-13    Only player that has been here for all five of Meggs’ seasons
    OF –    Will Sparks, Jr.    .237-1-3    Played in 15 games before injury cut short his year
    OF/IF –    Branden Berry, RS-Soph.    .292-2-26 (2012)    Redshirt 2013 after suffering right arm injury


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