Diamond Dawgs Open 2012 Slate At SDSU
Feb. 14, 2012
Pitchers | Catcher & Infielders | Outfielders
LIVE COVERAGE OF SDSU SERIES:
THIS WEEKEND: The Washington baseball team opens the 2012 season this weekend with a three-game series at San Diego State, the Dawgs' first games against the Aztecs since 2003. Friday and Saturday, first pitch at Tony Gwynn Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m. PT and Sunday's series finale gets underway at 1:00 p.m. Fans can watch live SDSU video broadcasts of games one and three, as well as following live stats of all three games, via links from gohuskies.com. Go to the baseball schedule and click on that day's game for the links. Friday night, junior righty Aaron West will start for the Huskies. Junior RHP George Asmus will make his UW pitching debut as Saturday's starter while sophomore righty Austin Voth gets the ball on Sunday. Following the SDSU series, the Huskies open the home schedule with a single game next Tuesday, February 21, vs. Seattle University at Husky Ballpark. The Dawgs then return to the road for a three-game series at UC Irvine the following weekend. Here's a look at this weekend's games:
Fri., Feb. 17: UW at San Diego State, 6 p.m. PT - live stats & video via gohuskies.com
COACH MEGGS: Lindsay Meggs enters his third season as head coach at Washington. This spring, one of his chief accomplishments has come to fruition with the opening of the new baseball team building at Husky Ballpark - a clubhouse, coaches' offices, training room, equipment room and donor area overlooking the field. 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. Entering the 2012 season, he boasts a 660-372-4 record over 18 seasons as a four-year college head coach. He'd previously served as head coach at Long Beach City College and Oxnard College. Born in San Jose and a graduate of Saratoga (Calif.) High, Meggs played four seasons as the starting third baseman at 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 Dave Nakama, Dave Dangler and Jordon Twohig.
SERIES HISTORY: San Diego State leads the all-time series against Washington with seven wins and four losses in the 11 meetings. The Huskies and Aztecs have faced off in a number of early-season tournaments over the years, but this weekend's series will mark only the second time that the UW and SDSU have squared off in a weekend series. The only other series was in 1974, when the teams split a four-game set played over two days. Surprisingly, this weekend's meeting will be the just the third time the two have played one other since 1983 as the Huskies won a tournament game at SDSU in 1994 and another in a tournament in Lancaster, Calif., in 2003. Washington also played SDSU twice in 1965, once in 1974 (other than the four-game series) and once each in 1981 and 1983. The UW has won two in a row and four of the last seven.
SQUAD BREAKDOWN: Among the 35 players on the 2012 Husky roster, there are two seniors, 12 juniors, 10 sophomores and 11 true freshmen. The squad includes 15 returners and 20 newcomers (11 true freshmen, three sophomore transfers and six junior transfers). Entering the 2012 season, the UW's returning players have competed in a total of 695 Husky baseball games. Eight different veteran position players have combined for 1,707 career at bats. Six veteran UW pitchers have combined to make 44 career starts and have pitched 420.2 career innings in a Husky uniform.
ANOTHER TOUGH SCHEDULE: Each year, Washington boasts one of the toughest schedules in the season, if only by virtue of playing the rigorous Pac-12 Conference. According to well-regarded college baseball website, boydsworld.com, the Huskies have the ninth-toughest schedule in the country, though most of the Pac-12's team rank highly. The Huskies, of course, face the 10 other Pac-12 teams. Six Pac-12 teams (Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA) were ranked in either the Baseball America and USA Today coaches' preseason polls, or both. Oregon and USC also each also received votes in the coaches' poll. Additionally, the Huskies travel to UC Irvine for a three-game series in late February. The Anteaters were ranked No. 26 (one spot out of the top 25) by the coaches.
THEY'RE COMING FROM ALL OVER: The 2012 Husky baseball roster includes players from seven different states. Of the 35 players on the official roster entering the season, 18 are from Washington, 11 are from California, two are from Idaho and there is one player each from Arizona, Colorado, Hawai'i and Indiana. Washington's baseball roster has traditionally been heavily dominated by in-state players. Of the 18 players from the Evergreen State, 17 come from west of the Cascade Mountains, (the western half of the state).
POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
#11 Chase Anselment, Jr. C: Started 47 games in 2011, 39 in RF, 5 at DH and 3 at C ... ... shared team lead for homers ... started 33 games as a freshman, earning third-team Freshman All-America (Ping! Baseball) after batting .347 ... played summer ball for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Code League.
#36 Brandon Berry, Fr. 1B: Named the MVP of the CIF San Diego Section as a senior at Rancho Bernardo HS last year ... hit .432 with 10 homer and 46 RBI ... also named first-team all-state.
#21 Caleb Brown, Sr. OF: Was limited last season due to an injuries, but still started 22 games, all in CF ... one of only two seniors on the roster ... as a junior in 2010, started 54 of 56 games, all in center field ... batted .295 that season ... also started 31 games as a freshman in 2009 ... a two-time, first-team all-state selection in both baseball and football at Central Kitsap HS.
#27 Michael Camporeale, Jr. OF: Transfer from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. ... led Cuesta with a .384 average as a sophomore in 2011 ... also led team in runs, hits, doubles, triples, homers, steals and RBI ... named Western State Conference Player of the Year and CCCAA All-America ... attended Chatfield HS in Littleton, Colo., where he hit .615 with 14 homers and 44 RBI as a senior, leading the state's 5A level in homers and hitting.
#9 Mark Chen, Fr. C: True freshman attended San Marino HS in southern California ... an Eagle Scout ... missed much of last two high school seasons due to injury, but still made second-team all-league and played in San Gabriel Valley all-star game following 2011 season.
#41 Andrew Ely, Fr. IF: A three-time first-team all-league selection at Eagle (Idaho) High School ... can play 2B, SS or 3B ... also an academic all-league selection all four years of HS ... hit .417 with six homers and 30 RBI as a senior, helping Eagle to the state title.
#12 Erik Forgione, Fr. IF: Teammate and classmate of fellow Husky freshman Robert Pehl at W.F. West HS in Chehalis, Wash. ... three-time first-team all-league and two-time first-team all-state selection ... won state championship as a junior ... drafted by the Angels in the 33rd round of 2011 draft.
#26 Parker Guinn, Fr. C: True freshman from Gig Harbor (Wash.) High ... named first-team all-league and all-area, as well as second-team all-state, as a senior, batting .450 with four homers and 30 RBI ... led team to state playoffs all three years.
#2 Matt Jackson, Fr. IF: True freshman can play second base or third base ... played three seasons on the varsity at Valley Christian High School near San Jose, Calif.
#18 Jacob Lamb, Jr. IF: Only Husky to start all 54 games last year: 27 at 2B, 19 at 3B and 8 at SS ... has started 108 of a possible 110 games during first two seasons at UW ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last season, when he was the Huskies' leader in at bats, games, hits, triples, homers and RBI ... played summer baseball for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League ... started 54 of the Huskies' 56 games as a freshman ... 52 of those starts were at 3B ... first-team Freshman All-America (Collegiate Baseball) in 2010 ... Metro League MVP and first-team all-state player at Seattle's Bishop Blanchet High in 2009 ... selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 38th round of the 2009 draft.
#40 Joe Meggs, Jr. OF: Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10, as well as first-team Academic All-Pac-10 last season ... transferred to the UW from Indiana State and sat out the 2010 season due to NCAA transfer rules ... led the Huskies in batting in 2011, starting 44 games (42 in LF and 2 at 1B) ... hit safely in his first 10 games of the season last year ... son of UW head coach Lindsay Meggs ... as a freshman at ISU in 2009, played in 34 games, starting 21 ... batted .326 with 14 RBI for the Sycamores in 2009.
#20 Trevor Mitsui, Fr. 1B: Named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year after a tremendous senior season at Shorewood High in 2011 ... batted .712 with 13 homers, 26 RBI and 42 walks as a senior, striking out just twice ... drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 12th round of the 2011 draft ... also earned 3A state player of the year and was a first-team All-America selection by both USA Today and Baseball America ... a three-time first-team all-state selection ... led Shorewood to state title in 2011.
#17 Robert Pehl, Fr. IF: Teammate and classmate of fellow Husky freshman Erik Forgione at W.F. West High in Chehalis, Wash. ... candidate to start at 2B for the Huskies ... batted over .500 in each of four varsity seasons at W.F. West ... named first-team all-state in each of last three seasons ... area player of the year and first-team all-league all four seasons ... hit .585 with 8 homers and 47 RBI as a senior ... helped lead team to state title as a junior.
#1 Jayce Ray, Jr. OF: Candidate to start in CF and lead off in the batting order ... spent 3 years (redshirted) at Santa Rosa JC in northern California ... first-team All-America in 2011, batting .350 with 7 triples and 14 steals ... notched 49 hits in 36 games ... played for Hyannis in the Cape Cod League last summer.
#8 B.K. Santy, Sr. C: Served as Huskies' primary catcher in 2011, starting 42 of 54 behind the plate ... threw out 20 would-be base-stealers, fifth in the Pac-10 ... played summer ball for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska League ... transferred to the UW after two seasons at Palomar College near San Diego ... teamed with fellow Husky Ty Afenir in 2010 at Palomar ... first-team all-conference catcher in 2010, hitting .312.
#33 Will Sparks, So. OF: Played in 28 games, starting 9, as a true freshman last year ... went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple in a game vs. Oregon State ... led Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) to a 20-13 record as a senior in 2010, batting .355 with 24 RBI ... graduated from Bellarmine with a 4.00 grade point average.
#38 Ryan Wiggins, So. C: Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a freshman in 2011 ... started 36 games (25 at DH, 9 at C, 1 at 1B and 1 in LF) ... won four straight Metro League titles at West Seattle High ... first-team 3A all-state catcher and earned some level of All-Metro honors all four years ... drafted by Pittsburgh in 46th round of 2010 draft.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
SAT. - George Asmus, Junior RHP: A transfer from Ohlone College in the Bay Area ... 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA in 10 starts last season at Ohlone ... struck out 83 and allowed just 52 hits in 69 innings ... drafted by the Cubs in the 24th round of the 2011 draft ... as a freshman, played under current UW assistant Jordon Twohig, helping Ohlone to state title.
SUN. - Austin Voth, Soph. RHP: Led the UW in starts with 13 last season, as a true freshman ... earned a win over BYU in first start, after making lone relief appearance in opening week of the season ... pitched in the Cape Cod League All-Star game over the summer, as a member of the Brewster Whitecaps ... had a 1.98 ERA over the summer ... led Kentwood HS to 4A state title as a senior in 2010 ... hit. 607 and made all-state as an infielder.
BULLPEN NOTES: Mac Acker (Jr. LHP) transferred from Columbia Basin College to UW this year ... named NWAACC Player of the Year and East Region MVP last year at CBC ... was 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA and batted .380 with 37 RBI last season ... prepped at nearby Redmond High ... could also see action in the outfield for the UW ... Jeff Brigham (So. RHP) appeared in 23 games as a freshman last season ... picked up the win in the season opener last year vs. Missouri State ... over the summer, earned all-league honors pitching for the Bend (Ore.) Elks ... was 2-1 with six saves and an 0.82 ERA for the Elks ... Adam Cimber (Jr. RHP) worked in 23 games last season, all in relief ... named second-team Academic All-Pac-10 in 2011 ... picked up a win last season at Oregon, pitching four and two-thirds innings in a 14-inning victory ... named first-team All-Northwoods League over the summer, pitching for the Green Bay Bullfrogs ... posted nine saves and a 0.52 ERA (two ERs in 34.1 innings) for Green Bay ... pitched in 31 games as a freshman, picking up six saves ... Tyler Davis (Fr. RHP) is a true freshman from Archbishop Mitty HS in San Jose ... named West Catholic Athletic League Pitcher of the Year as a junior and senior ... 9-2 with a 1.06 ERA in 2011, striking out 106 and walking only 17 in 86 innings ... 11-0 as a junior at Mitty ... brother Erik played at Stanford and is now in the Washington Nationals organization ... Jared Fisher (Fr. RHP) is a freshman from Bellevue's Newport HS ... 8-2 with a 1.92 ERA as a senior, earning first-team all-state as a pitcher and first-team All-KingCo as a DH ... drafted by Houston in the 26th round of the 2011 draft ... Joshua Fredendall (Jr. RHP) transferred to the UW from the College of San Mateo ... as a sophomore, was 3-0 with a 0.25 ERA (36 innings) ... allowed just 14 hits (13 singles, 1 double) and one run ... led the state in ERA and opponent batting average (.120) ... earned first-team CCCBA All-America, all-league, all-conference and All-Northern California, as well as Academic All-State ... Tyler Kane (So. RHP) led the UW with 25 appearances as a freshman last season ... made one start, at Oregon State ... walked only one batter over last nine outings of 2011 ... over the summer, pitched for the Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) DiamondDawgs, walking only one and fanning 33 over 28 innings (13 outings) ... named Cascade Conference MVP and Everett Herald area player of the year as a senior at Archbishop Murphy HS in 2010 ... also first-team all-state and first-team all-league at pitcher and third base in 2010 ... Dae Yang Kim (So. RHP) transferred to the UW from Feather River College ... first-team all-conference as a freshman in 2011 ... 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA over 53.1 innings ... prepped at Moanalua High in Hawai'i ... Nick Palewicz (So. RHP) originally came to UW for 2010 season, but hasn't yet pitched in college due to injury ... is ready to go in 2012 ... pitched for Bellingham (Wash.) over the summer, posting a 0.90 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 32 innings ... played at Seattle's Ballard HS ... Steven Swift (Jr. RHP) transferred to UW from Diablo Valley College in the Bay Area ... named Big 8 Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2011, going 11-0 with an 0.97 ERA ... allowed just 62 hits and 17 walks in 93 innings at DVC ... also first-team California All-America and second-team Pacific Association Division All-America ... Zach Wright (So. RHP) appeared in 17 games, including 1 start, as a freshman in 2011 ... lone start came vs. WSU in Pasco, where he gave up just one run over four innings ... led the team with 2.43 ERA .. pitched for LaCrosse (Wis.) in the Northwoods League over the summer ... Keith Zuniga (So. RHP) tranferred to the UW from Pima CC in Tucson, Ariz. ... earned All-ACCAC in lone season at Pima, going 7-4 with a 3.00 ERA .. struck out 101 in 63 innings as a high-school senior at Nogales HS, earning Kino Region Player of the Year.