The Huskies (25-7-1, 12-3) have yet to lose a Conference series in 2014 as they recorded a second-straight home series win after taking two out of three over Stanford. With the wins, UW continues to sit alone at the top of the Conference standings with a 12-3 record, but Oregon State is just one game back.
Since consecutive losses on Feb. 21-22, the Huskies have gone 24-3.
This week, the Huskies travel to Berkeley, Calif. to play the Golden Bears in a three-game set at Evans Diamond. So far this season, the road has proved to be welcoming for the Huskies as they sport a 9-1 record in enemy territory. The Huskies have a current five-game win streak on the road.
There is no TV this week, but Cal student radio (KALX) will call the action.
UW-CAL SERIES HISTORY:
California has defeated the Huskies in the last four series, dating back to 2010, and leads overall with a record of 41-31. The Huskies swept California in 2009, winning all three games in Seattle. It has been since 2004 that UW has won a series in Berkeley, when the Huskies went 2-1. UW last swept a series at Cal in 2002. The Huskies are 3-9 under the direction of Coach Meggs starting in 2010. California holds a two game winning streak against the Huskies going into the 2014 series.
• UW continued climbing all four major polls this week, with the highest rankings coming at No. 6 in Collegiate Baseball’s top-30 and No. 7 in Baseball America top-25. Both rankings are the highest in Washington baseball program history in those polls. No other poll ranks them lower than 15th.
• Washington is having a stellar season on both sides of the ball as they own the Conference’s best slugging percentage mark (.414) in addition to the second-best batting average (.299) and on-base perecentage (.385). As a pitching staff, they rank fourth in the Pac-12 in ERA (3.25) and fifth in opposing batting average (.251), while the team’s fielding percentage of .978 is second in the Conference and 15th in the nation.
• UW is 6-1 in one-run games and 2-0 in two-run games. The Huskies are 4-0 in extra-inning contests.
• It’s not a good idea to fall behind against the Huskies. They are undefeated when leading after the fourth inning. In fact their only defeat all season when they led after ANY inning was when they carried a 1-0 lead through three innings against Oregon St. on Feb. 24, lost the lead in the 4th and lost the game 3-2.
• After not having won Pac-12 Player of the Week honors since May, 2009, the Huskies took home Conference weekly honors in four straight weeks March 17-April 7. Andrew Ely took home honors on the 17th and Brian Wolfe won on the 24th and 31st. It’s the first time UW position players have won consecutive honors since 2006. Tyler Davis got into the action April 7, the first pitcher among the group.
• Brian Wolfe currently leads the Pac-12 in batting (.404) and slugging percentage (.617). The last Husky to hit over .400 in a season was Nick Stefonik (.407) in 1998.
• Andrew Ely leads the nation with 17 sacrifice bunts. The Huskies lead the Conference with 55 and are 3rd nationally.
• Robert Pehl has a 10-game hit streak and hitting .474 (18x38).
• Braden Bishop is 13 of 14 in stolen base attempts and accounts for more than half of the team’s total of 24.
• Tyler Davis in his last 7 starts: 6-0, 1.05 ERA, 43 IP, 31 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 27 K, 4 BB. He ranks 2nd in the Pac-12 with a 1.38 ERA and 7 wins.
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. .309-1-13 Hit safely in 15 of last 16 starts; 11th in Pac-12 play with .360 avg
1B/DH – Branden Berry, RS-So. .234-0-13 22 starts at 1B, 6 at DH; had 6 game hit streak, 0x20 since
2B – Andrew Ely, Jr. .344-2-22 Snapped 19 game hit streak Friday, 1x11 since; P-12 POW Mar. 17
3B – Alex Schmidt, Jr. .214-3-17 Has started 30 games at 3B; tied for 7th in Pac-12 with 3 homers
SS – Erik Forgione, Jr. .278-0-16 128 career games is 2nd most on team; Tied for 4th on team with 15 RBI
OF – Braden Bishop, So. .325-0-16 Hit .388 (26x67, 3 2B, 8 RBI, 17 R, 8 SB) in March; made SC#1 play March 31
OF – Robert Pehl, Jr. .344-4-23 T-2nd Pac-12 4 HR, 4th 12 2B’s, 4th .552 slg%; hit for cycle vs. SJ St.
OF – Brian Wolfe, Sr. .404-4-27 2x -Pac-12 POW; leads Pac-12 in hitting, slg%; 10 multi-hit games
DH/1B – Trevor Mitsui, Jr. .307-3-19 Reached safely in 28 of 29 games; hit HR #3 Monday vs. N. Colo.
RHP – Jared Fisher, Jr. 3-3, 5.10 Leads team with 54.2 IP & 42 strikeouts; 42K’s ranks 11th in Pac-12
RHP – Tyler Davis, Jr. 7-1, 1.38 5.1 strikeout to walk ratio; opponents hitting .225 against him.
RHP – Jeff Brigham, Jr. 4-1, 2.12 Allowed 1 run or less in 6 of 9 starts; 8-4, 3.59 ERA in 42 career games