Baseball Home Schedule Opens Vs. Cal Poly
Feb. 26, 2013
Start times for this weekend's series vs. the Mustangs are 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Washington is scheduled to start junior Austin Voth in the opener, junior Nick Palewicz in game two and sophomore Tyler Davis on Sunday.
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HISTORY WITH THE MUSTANGS: Washington and Cal Poly have become somewhat regular non-conference opponents over the last couple of decades, as the teams have one another 19 times ever, with 18 of those meetings coming since 1995, when the UW opened the season with a three-game series in San Luis Obispo. The Mustangs hold a 13-6 lead in the series, including a 4-2 record in games played in Seattle. Last year in SLO, the Mustangs won two of three from the Dawgs, winning games one (6-3) and two (2-0) before a 10-5 UW victory in the finale. First-year UW pitching coach Jason Kelly, who had previously worked with UW head coach Lindsay Meggs at Chico State, served as pitching coach for the Mustangs the last six seasons.
TEAM BREAKDOWN: Washington's 2013 roster includes 13 players who had an at bat for the UW last season and eight pitchers who made at least one appearance on the mound (that total does not include Jeff Brigham and Joshua Fredendall, who will miss this season due to injury but should return in 2014). Those 13 returning position players accounted for 1,256 at bats (69.1 percent of the UW's total of 1,818 last season) and for 346 of the Huskies' 518 hits (66.8 percent). On the mound, returning pitchers made a total of 24 starts in 55 games last season (43.6 percent) and accounted for 251.3 of the 485.0 innings pitched (51.8 percent). Returning pitchers combined for a 20-11 won-lost record in 2012.
ANOTHER STRONG SCHEDULE: Well-known college baseball website BoydsWorld.com released its strength of schedule numbers for the coming baseball season and, as usual, Washington's ranked very high. In fact, the 2013 Husky baseball schedule ranks as the third-hardest in the nation, behind only USC and California. Of course, the top nine on the list are all Pac-12 programs with only Washington State (24th) and Arizona (49th) ranking outside of the top nine. The rankings list all 298 Division I programs.
NEXT UP: After the coming four-game homestand, the Huskies return to the road for their first-ever trip to LSU. Those games will be Friday-Sunday, March 8-10. The series will mark the first-ever regular-season series that Washington has played at an SEC school. Washington has played series at Missouri and Texas A&M (but not while those two were in the SEC) and has played in NCAA Regionals at Ole Miss and Mississippi State, but has never visited an SEC team in the regular season.
GAME PREVIEWS: GoHuskies.com has done away with the old, traditional "weekly notes" for many sports this academic year, so for the coming baseball season, this will be the manner in which each week's games will be previewed. The hope is that, with all of the links provided (particularly to the team's roster and bios, which will be regularly updated throughout the season, including updated career statistics), that fans will have much more information at their fingertips via this page than they ever had via old-style notes. If you have any thoughts on other links or information that might be included, please click on the "feedback" link at the very bottom of this page and let us know.