After two weeks on the road, Washington (3-4-1) returns home to face UC Davis Friday through Sunday at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium for four games. Cheney Stadium -- home of the Seattle Mariners’ triple-A Tacoma Rainiers -- will serve as the Huskies home this weekend, plus one other game on March 18 vs. Portland, while UW’s new ballpark is being built.
The Huskies look to get back on the winning track after they went 1-3 last weekend at the Pac-12/Big Ten Tournament and vs. Oregon State in a non-conference game in Surprise, Ariz. UC Davis comes to the Pacific Northwest with a 4-4 record and carrying a three-game win streak. The teams will play Friday at 5:00 p.m., twice on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and wrap the series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are $6 for general admisssion, $4 for children/military/senior citizens. Parking will be FREE all weekend.
All four games will be carried on GoHuskies.com with live video and commentary by KJR Radio’s Dick Fain. Live scoring links can found on gohuskies.com, clicking on the baseball schedule and click on that day’s game for the links.
SERIES HISTORY: UW vs. UC Davis: The two squads met in the season-opening series for both teams last year. It was for the first time the two teams ever played each other. They played a four-game series at Davis, Calif. and UC Davis won 3-of-4 down there. The Aggies took the first two games before the Huskies won game three. Zach Wright took losses in game 2 and 4 of the series last season.
COACH MEGGS: Lindsay Meggs is in his fifth season as head coach at Washington. He is 102-126-1 at Washington and 717-433-5 in 20 overall seasons. His 716 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.
POSSIBLE STARTERS: Here’s a look at the possible starters at each position, with 2014 stats and notes:
Pos. Player, Year 2014 Avg.-HR-RBI Notes
C – Ryan Wiggins, Sr. .182-0-0 Five career homers leads active UW players
C – Austin Rei, So. .154-0-2 Made 17 starts as a freshman, 5 this season
C – Parker Guinn, Jr. .000-0-0 18-of-30 at the plate over final 11 games in 2013
1B – Trevor Mitsui, Jr. .357-1-6 Has been HBP Pac-12-high 6 times; .357 avg leads UW regulars
2B – Andrew Ely, Jr. .333-1-5 Moved from 3B to 2B; .429 (6x14), HR, 2 RBI at Tex St. Tourney
3B – Alex Schmidt, Jr. .321-2-6 Hit game tying & GW HR on Feb. 14; tied for team lead HR & RBI
SS – Erik Forgione, Jr. .158-0-1 T-P-12 lead w/4 sac; 3rd on team with 103 career gms, 56 starts
OF – Braden Bishop, So. .214-0-4 MVP of Purple & Gold World Series in the fall
OF – Robert Pehl, Jr. .290-2-6 Moved from 2B to OF; 115 career gms, 61 RBI leads UW players
OF – Brian Wolfe, Sr. .214-0-1 Only player that has been here for all five of Meggs’ seasons
OF – Will Sparks, Jr. .000-0-0 Played in 15 games before injury cut short his 2013 season
OF – Jack Meggs, Fr. .286-0-2 3x3, 2 RBI, 2 R in 1st college game vs. Mich; 3 starts in RF
OF/IF – Branden Berry, RS-So. .300-0-3 6 starts at DH, 2 at 1B; RS 2013 after right arm injury
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
FRI. Jared Fisher, Junior RHP: Took loss vs. Indiana giving up 6 ER and 13 hits in 5.1 innings, but struck out 6 ... ND in 5.2 innings vs. Michigan, allowing 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 K, 5 BB ... has made 13 starts in 15 career appearances, 2-4, 4.21 ERA ... 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: Only UW pitcher with two wins ... holding opponents to .139 average ... impressive win vs. Michigan St. allowing 2 hits, 1 ER in 7 IP (tied for 2nd most IP in his career) ... threw 5.0 innings, allowing just a run on a HR, 3 H total, 2 K, 0 BB to earn win in 6-1 victory over Texas St., his first start in 21 months ...14 career starts in 36 appearances (5-3, 4.19, 96.2 IP, 91 H, 45 ER, 44 K, 31 BB) ... redshirt 2013 after Tommy John surgery on right arm ... 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.
SAT. Tyler Davis, Junior. RHP: Took loss despite strong effort vs. No. 3 OSU, throwing 4.2 IP, allowing 3 ER, giving up 7 hits, 1 K, 1 BB ... earned a win and first career save in two appearances at Texas St. Tourney ... got 2 outs vs. Michigan to earn win on walk-off Alex Schmidt HR ... notched first career save, entering 2-1 game in 6th inning at Texas St. (W, 6-1), allowing 3 H, striking out 3 ... leads active UW players with 20 career starts, 2nd with 46 appearances (5-11, 4.19 ERA, 144.0 IP, 149 H, 67 ER, 95 K, 42 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.