Huskies Open Up New Era Against Arizona
The weekend series will not be on television but fans can follow on GoHuskies.com. Live stats will be available, plus live video. Friday’s broadcast will be announced by veteran radio voice Gary Hill. On Saturday and Sunday, Hill will team with Steve Sandmeyer to provide play-by-play. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. with gates opening at least one hour prior to first pitch. Saturday’s start time is 2:00 p.m. and Sunday is 1:00 p.m.
Various alumni will be on hand Friday night to take part in pre-game festivities, while Saturday the construction workers will be honored. Sunday is Little League Day with Eastlake LL scheduled to throw out the first pitch.
UW-AZ SERIES HISTORY: Arizona leads the series 28-20 all time, but Washington took last season's three-game set in Tucson, 2-1. Among the Huskies' wins last year was a 23-1 victory in which they pounded out an Arizona opponent record 30 hits.
When the two teams last met in Seattle, the Wildcats won the 2012 series 2-1. You have to go back to 2008 to find the last time Washington won a series (2-1) at home over Arizona and even further to 2004 to find the last time UW swept UA in a series.
The Huskies are attempting to win consecutive series against the Wildcats for the first time since the two teams began regularly playing in 1999.
Lindsay Meggs is 4-8 against the Wildcats in his previous four years as head coach.
• The Huskies’ bullpen is 7-1 with a 2.56 ERA and a big reason why UW is 9-0 when leading after 6 innings. The lone bullpen loss was in the season opener.
• UW is 10-1 over its last 11 games. The Huskies are outscoring opponents 61-27 during that stretch. Braden Bishop is hitting .425 and Andrew Ely .395 during the streak. The pitching staff has a 2.02 ERA.
• The Huskies lead the Pac-12 with 10 home runs thru the first 19 games; they hit 10 in 56 games last season.
• Trevor Dunlap is tied for 8th all-time in UW history with 10 career saves.
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 – Austin Rei, So. .238-0-3 Played in 16 games 13 starts at catcher; leads team with 2 3B
1B – Trevor Mitsui, Jr. .314-1-8 Reached safely in all 15 games played; T3rd in Pac-12 with 7 HBP
2B – Andrew Ely, Jr. .369-2-12 Reigning Pac-12 POW; hitting .452 over 9 game hit streak (14x31)
3B – Alex Schmidt, Jr. .257-3-11 Tied Pac-12 lead with 3 HRs; equaled season-hi 3 H, 2 R vs. Port.
SS – Erik Forgione, Jr. .205-0-9 17 starts at shortstop; 3rd on team with 114 career gms, 65 starts
OF – Braden Bishop, So. .338-0-11 Hitting .425 (17x40, 2 2B, 3B, 7 RBI, 11 runs) over last 11 games
OF – Robert Pehl, Jr. .307-3-14 Tied for Pac-12 lead w/3 HR’s, 9 doubles; hit for cycle vs. SJ State
OF – Brian Wolfe, Sr. .306-1-8 Career-hi 4 hits vs. Portland; only 5th year player on team
OF – Jack Meggs, Fr. .214-0-2 Six starts in RF; 3x3, 2 RBI, 2 R in 1st college game vs. Mich
1B/DH – Branden Berry, RS-So. .233-0-7 6 starts at DH, 10 at 1B; RS 2013 after right arm injury
RHP – Jared Fisher, Jr. 1-2, 5.17 Eight inning complete game last week in 4-1 loss at ASU
RHP – Tyler Davis, Jr. 3-1, 1.38 Just 1 earned run allowed, 11 K, 0 walks in last 3 starts (16.2 IP)
RHP – Jeff Brigham, Jr. 3-0, 1.29 Allowed 1 run or less in all 5 starts; .211 batting avg. against