Dawgs Set Out For Three Games At BYU
March 9, 2010
THIS WEEKEND: The Washington baseball team (6-5) wraps up a stretch of eight consecutive road games with a three-game series this Thursday through Saturday at BYU (4-7). Last week, the Huskies split a pair of non-league games at Oregon and then won two of three at Long Beach State, with all three being decided by two runs. This week at BYU, game times are 3:00 p.m. MST/2:00 p.m. PST Thursday and Friday and 1:00 p.m. MST/12:00 p.m. PST on Saturday. Fans can catch live stats coverage via gametracker and also watch to BYU's video broadcasts of all three games. The simplest way to find those links are to go to the front page of gohuskies.com and click on the "Calendar" tab, or go to the UW baseball schedule page and click on that day's game. The Huskies will send out the following pitching rotation: sophomore RHP Aaron West on Thursday, junior LHP Ben Guidos on Friday and sophomore RHP Andrew Kittredge on Saturday. Next week, the Dawgs return home to face Cal State Fullerton in a three-game series March 19-21 before four more road games in a row: one at Seattle U. and three at Dallas Baptist. Here's a look at this week's action:
Thu., March 11: UW at BYU, 2:00 p.m. PST - live video via gohuskies.com
COACH MEGGS: Lindsay Meggs was named the Huskies' new head coach in July of 2009, just the third different UW head coach in 34 years. Meggs came to the UW after having spent the last 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. Meggs currently boasts a 621-312-4 record over 16-plus 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, Greg Moore and Kevin Ticen.
SERIES HISTORY: BYU holds a 16-10-1 all-time record head-to-head against Washington. Most recently, in 2008, the UW won two of three vs. the Cougars in a three-game series in Seattle. In the first game, Nick Haughian struck out 14 Cougars in eight innings and the UW scored all five of its runs in the eighth in a 5-1 win. The next day, Kyle Conley belted two homers in a 12-4 Husky win. In the last of the three, BYU scored eight runs over the final two innings in an 11-7 win. In 2007, BYU won a pair of games against the Huskies in a midweek series in Provo. The Cougars won, 8-3 and 15-9. In 2006 in a three-game series in Seattle, Washington won two out of three, winning games one (10-1) and three (12-1) and dropping the middle game (4-2). In 2002, BYU also came to Husky Ballpark and managed a true "split" of a three-game series as both teams had a win, a loss and a tie, as the final game ended 12-12 due to a travel curfew. The UW and BYU have also met in a number of neutral site tournament, including at Tucson in 2001, in St. George, Utah in 1999, and in the Kingdome in 1994, and in both San Bernardino and Palm Springs in 1993, among others.
HUSKIES BACK AT SAFECO FIELD: Washington will return to Safeco Field for the fourth consecutive season this year when the Huskies host Stanford in a 6:30 p.m. game on Saturday, May 1. Earlier that day, at 12:10 p.m., the Mariners play host to the Texas Rangers at Safeco. Fans who show a ticket stub from the M's game can redeem it for a discounted $5 ticket to the Husky game. Last season, the Huskies played two games at Safeco. A crowd of 3,675 saw a 3-1 Oregon State win and there were 4,296 on hand for a 6-4 Arizona State victory later in the year. Three seasons ago, the Huskies beat No. 8 OSU, 6-2, in their first-ever game at Safeco. Attendance was 10,421, at the time a league record for a conference game. In 2008, the Huskies edged Arizona, 1-0, on a two-hit, 15-strikeout shutout by Nick Haughian as 5,187 fans watched on. Tickets are $8 and UW students are admitted free.
POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
#1 David Bentrott, Jr. SS: Has started 8 of last 9 at SS ... 2-for-3 with RBI Mar. 3 at Oregon ... 2-for-4 Feb. 26 vs Fresno State and 1-for-3 Feb. 27 ... started 74 of a possible 110 games at shortstop over the past two seasons ... started 33 of 55 last year, when he hit 5 homers ... helped Newport (R.I.) Gulls to the New England Collegiate Baseball League title during the summer.
#6 Andy Bethel, So. SS: Made 25 starts at shortstop last year, essentially splitting the job with Bentrott ... started the first 2 games of the season at shortstop ... batted .265 and was a perfect 7-for-7 stealing bases as a freshman in 2009 ... played at Seattle Prep, just north of UW campus.
#2 Bradley Boyer, Sr. 2B: 7 starts at 2B, 1 at 3B and 1 at SS ... 4-for-5 last Fri. at Long Beach and 2-for-5 on Sun. ... had game-winning RBI with 2 out in the 9th Feb. 26 vs. Fresno State ... 3 RBI and a homer Sat. vs. Fresno ... 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI in season opener ... fifth-year senior returns after having missed last season due to Tommy John elbow surgery ... easily the Huskies' most experience player ... entered 2010 with 130 starts and 524 at bats.
#21 Caleb Brown, So. OF: Started all 11 in CF ... 2nd homer of year Sun. at LBSU ... 3-for-4 with 2 runs Mar. 3 at Oregon ... 4-for-12 in Fresno series ... a solid opening weekend ... 2-for-3 vs. NMSU; 2-for-4 vs. Missouri and 3-for-5 with 2 triples, a homer and 4 RBI vs. Gonzaga ... started 31 games, all in center field, as a freshman ... singled in first college at bat last Feb. 21 at Fresno State ... a two-time, first-team all-state selection in both baseball and football.
#3 Doug Cherry, Sr. 2B: Had two-out, two-run double as a pinch hitter in the 7th to cap a 7-run Husky rally in 11-9 win last Fri. at Long Beach State ... started at 2B Sat. vs. LBSU ... 2-for-4 in start Mar. 3 at Oregon ... started at 2B Feb. 28 vs. Fresno and drove in a run ... had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth in the Feb. 21 win over Gonzaga ... also started at 2B vs. Missouri ... started 28 games last season, one at DH and the rest at second base ... homered in the season opener last season, at Fresno State ... earned first-team all-league honors as a third baseman for the Corvallis (Ore.) Knights during the summer.
#37 Brendan Gardner-Young, Jr. OF: Started 2 of 3 in LF in Tucson ... 2-for-3 with a triple vs. Missouri .. double and 2 HBPs vs. Gonzaga ... lefty-hitter will contend for starting role in left field ... made 44 starts last season, 24 in center and 20 in left ... served as leadoff hitter in 40 games last season ... teammate of UW pitcher Ben Guidos at Highline High, just south of Seattle.
#28 Miles Kizer, Jr. C: 2-for-4 as starting C Sun. at LBSU ... started at C Mar. 3 at Oregon (1-for-4, double) ... started at C Feb. 28 vs. Fresno State ... started 2 of 3 in Tucson at C ... RBI double in the 9th vs. Gonzaga tied game at 9-9 ... NJCAA Division II first-team All-America last year at Glendale (Ariz.) CC ... lone JC player on the roster ... also played football at Glendale ... batted .390 with 14 doubles and a league-leading 52 RBI last season.
#22 Max Kwan, Sr. C: Started at DH Sun. vs. Fresno State (0-for-1 with BB, run) ...had a pinch-hit appearance vs. Missouri ... returns to the roster after having missed the 2009 season due to injury ... recovered in time to play summer ball for Kitsap (Wash.) ... last played a college game in 2007 ... began college career at Tulane, where he played in 2006.
#18 Jacob Lamb, Fr. 3B: Drove in 1 Mar. 2 at Oregon and was 2-for-3 with RBI Mar. 3 vs. Ducks ... as started 10 of 11 at 3B ... 6-for-12 in Fresno State series ... RBI single vs. NM State ... Metro League MVP and first-team all-state player at Seattle's Bishop Blanchet High last season ... hit .412 as a junior and .429 as a senior ... selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 38th round of the 2009 draft.
#12 Brady McGuire, So. C: Saw first action of '10 season as pinch hitter Feb. 26 vs. Fresno State ... saw action 13 games, starting six, as a freshman in 2009 ... all six starts came behind the plate ... played summer ball for Moses Lake (Wash.) in the West Coast League ... four-year letterman and two-time all-leaguer at Kentridge High.
#10 Sean Meehan, So. OF: 2 hits and an RBI Mar. 2 at Oregon ... started 2 of 3 in Tucson and 2 of 3 vs. Fresno State in RF ... redshirted the 2009 season due to injury ... had a strong freshman season in 2008, batting .323 with 4 HRs in 65 at bats and 17 starts ... hit. 475 or better all three seasons at Centralia HS ... a first-team all-state pitcher in 2007.
#25 Eric Peterson, Fr. IF: Started season opener at DH (1-for-4, singled in first UW at bat) ... appeared in 2 games vs. Fresno State ... named the 3A state co-player of the year and KingCo league's 3A MVP as a senior at Liberty High, alma mater of UW great Tim Lincecum ... led the KingCo with nine homers, 24 RBI, 25 runs and a 1.182 slugging average as a senior ... drafted by the Royals in the 28th round of the 2009 draft.
#33 Julien Pollard, Jr. OF/IF: Started all 3 in LF and as leadoff hitter at LBSU ... irst start, in left field, Wed. at Oregon (1-for-4, 1 run) ... appeared off bench in 2 games in both weekends so far ... versatile player could see action in LF, 3B, 2B or DH ... lone switch hitter on the Husky roster ... started 41 games as a sophomore in 2009, 26 at third base, 1 in left and two at second ... also made 19 starts as a freshman ... drafted by Twins in 2007 draft.
#8 Pierce Rankin, Jr. C/IF: 2 starts at C, 1 at DH in LBSU series ... started 2 at C, 1 in RF vs. Fresno State ... 3-for-3 with HR, 2 RBI Feb. 26 vs. Bulldogs and 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, 2B the next day ... started 1 game each at C, RF and DH in Tucson ... 2-run double broke 2-2 tie in win over New Mexico State ... 3-for-5 vs. Gonzaga ... UW's top returning hitter from 2009, batted .299 with six homers in 41 games last year ... can catch or play 3B, SS, 2B, RF or LF ... made 23 starts at 2B, 12 at C, 3 at 3B, 2 at DH and 1 in LF last year ... began 2009 season as starting C, but injury kept him from behind the plate in second half of the season ... honorable mention All-Pac-10 in '09 ... played summer ball for the New Bedford (Mass.) Bay Sox, where he also pitched a little bit, during the summer ... grandson of two-time Rose Bowl MVP and college football hall of famer Bob Schloredt (UW '61).
#34 Aaron Russell, Sr. IF: Started 24 games last season, 23 at third base and one at DH ... will miss early part of this season due to injury ... batted .262 last year ... had 2 HRs, including a grand slam in 13-12 win over UC Irvine last year ... as a sophomore in 2008, went 6-for-6 with five runs in first appearance of the season, at UC Riverside.
#32 Troy Scott, Jr. 1B: Started all 11 at 1B ... 5-for-12 with 3 doubles and 5 RBI in LBSU series ... 4-for-12 in Fresno State series ... 2-for-3 vs. NM State ... started 102 of a possible 110 games during first two years at the UW ... batted .251 with 11 homers and 31 RBI last year, when he committed just one error ... honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2008 ... helped lead Newport (R.I.) to the NECBL title during summer of 2009 ... named all-league and batted .400 with 10 RBI in 8 playoff games for the Gulls ... batted .600 with 9 homers, 27 runs and 17 steals as a high school senior at Auburn High ... league MVP and Rawlings All-American ... taken by Twins in 2007 draft ... older brother, Ryan, played catcher at the UW.
#44 Andy Smith, Fr. OF: Started season opener in LF ... 2 starts in LF vs. Fresno State ... 1-for-4 in start in LF Tue. at Oregon ... scored 3 runs in 2 games vs. FSU ... played at North Kitsap HS under former Husky catcher Jeff Weible ... named league MVP after hitting .483 with 23 stolen bases as a senior ... spent junior season at Syracuse HS in Utah, but went to North Kitsap as a sophomore and senior..
#5 Brian Wolfe, Fr. OF: Started all 3 at LBSU and was 3-for-5 Fri. ... 1-for-3 in first college start Feb. 27 vs. Fresno State ... had 2 pinch-hit appearances opening weekend in Tucson ... four-year letterman at Snohomish HS, where he teamed with Aaron West on 4A state title team in 2008 ... first-team all-state OF in 2009 ... also pitched in high school.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES:
FRI. - Ben Guidos, Junior LHP: Started last Sat. at LSBU and suffered the loss (3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) ... started and took the loss Mar. 2 at Oregon (5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) ... worked 3.0 IP Sat. vs. Fresno State, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits ... last year vs. Oregon on March 4, worked 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit, for a win ... also a solid start vs. Ducks March 21 in Portland last year (no decision): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K ... was slated to start opening weekend in 2010, but game was cancelled due to rain ... worked 1.2 IP in relief vs. Missouri ... lefty entered junior season with 18 appearances during career, nine starts and nine relief outings ... also started another game vs. Oregon, vs. ASU, Portland, BYU and Stanford last year ... went 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA during the summer, playing for the Corvallis (Ore.) Knights.
SAT. - Andrew Kittredge, Soph. RHP: Good weekend at LBSU ... earned a save on Fri., pitching the ninth ... struck out 10 in 7.2 IP Sun. for the win (7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) ... suffered the loss despite good outing Feb. 28 vs. Fresno State (8.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) ... started and picked up the win opening day vs. New Mexico State (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a freshman last season ... pitched in a total of 29 games, starting seven last year ... 29 appearances were tied for fourth-most in UW history ... all seven starts came in Pac-10 play ... only a sophomore, has pitched more career innings than all but one returning UW pitcher ... first start was April 11 at Cal (no decision) ... picked up a great win at Oregon last year: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 Ks ... named to the NECBL all-league team last summer, when he pitched for the league champion Newport (R.I.) Gulls ... went 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA during regular season for Gulls, then struck out 19 in 12.2 postseason innings.
BULLPEN NOTES: Colton Bielaski (RS-Fr. RHP) worked the final 1.2 innings of the Missouri game (3 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 1 K) ... attended the UW last season, but didn't play baseball ... first-team All-KingCo and first-team 3A all-state as a senior at Bellevue HS in 2008 ... Geoff Brown (Jr. LHP) threw 3.1 IP Sat. at LBSU, allowing 1 run (unearned) ... worked 1.2 scoreless IP Wed. at Oregon ... had 2 scoreless relief outings vs. Fresno State ... started Feb. 21 vs. Gonzaga, working 3.0 IP (no decision) ... UW's most experienced returning pitcher coming into 2010 in terms of career innings (72.1) and appearances (51) ... worked in 31 games last year, all in relief ... 31 appearances were second-most in UW history, only one short of school record ... started four games as a freshman in 2008 ... appeared in 20 games, starting 4, as a freshman ... has played for the Newport (R.I.) Gulls the last two summers, helping them to the title last summer and a runner-up finish in 2008 ... 5-0 with a 1.48 ERA during summer season this year ... helped lead Jackson HS to state title in 2006 ... team finished No. 2 in Baseball America final poll ... drafted by Royals in 23rd round of 2007 draft ... Adam Cimber (Fr. RHP) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in win last Fri. at LBSU and then got the save Sun. (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K) ... earned 2nd save Mar. 3 at Oregon (1.2 IP) ... picked up a win and a save in opening weekend ... struck out only batter he faced on 3 pitches for save in opener vs. New Mexico State ... worked final 3.0 (2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K) for the win vs. Gonzaga (Feb. 22) ... pitched twice in relief vs. Fresno State ... righty from Puyallup HS could begin season as UW closer ... won league title as a HS junior and senior ... 10-2 with a 1.02 ERA, 80 Ks and 10 walks over 75 innings as a senior ... Tacoma News-Tribune's area player of the year in 2009 ... Jacob Clem (Jr. RHP) pitched a total of 1.1 IP over 2 outings at LBSU without allowing a hit or a run ... allowed 1 run on 1 hit in 2.0 IP Mar. 3 at Oregon ... Wed. at Oregon, pitched 3.0 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit ... a fourth-year junior who has appeared in 12 games ... redshirted the 2007 season and then had 2008 season cut short due to injury ... pitched in nine games last year, all in relief ... younger brother of former Husky standout Zach Clem ... Adrian Gomez (Jr. LHP) got the win last Fri. at LBSU in relief (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K) ... gave up 1 ER in 5.1 IP of relief Feb. 26 vs. Fresno State ... pitched in relief vs. Missouri ... appeared in 10 games, starting 4, last year ... picked up a win in a start vs. Oregon last year ... returned to the UW after a two-year church mission in Mexico ... was married in December, 2008 ... in 2006, went 1-1 with a 4.45 ERA over eight appearances, including three starts ... Brandon Rohde (Soph. LHP) threw 2.1 IP in relief last Fri. at LBSU (no decision) ... worked 0.1 IP in relief (no runs) Mar. 3 at Oregon, picking up first college win ... first college start Feb. 27 vs. Fresno State (no decision: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) ... pitched 2.2 innings in relief in Huskies' season-opening, 4-2 win over New Mexico State ... pitched in just one game (1.0 IP) last year, but should contend for many more innings this season ... played summer ball for the Moses Lake (Wash.) Pirates ... went 6-1 as a senior at Gig Harbor High in 2008 ... team MVP and all-league ... Forrest Snow (Jr. RHP) got a no decision in start last Fri. at LBSU ... pitched a scoreless inning in relief Mar. 2 at Oregon ... worked a scoreless 9th inning for the win Feb. 26 vs. Fresno State ... also threw 0.2 scoreless IP Feb. 27 vs. Bulldogs ... started Feb. 21 vs. Missouri (4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K), but didn't figure in the decision ... pitched in 13 games as a sophomore last year, making three starts ... picked up a win in first college start vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Metrodome ... also posted starts vs. BYU and Arizona last year ... 4-1 with 34 Ks and 13 walks in 32.2 innings for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska League last summer ... first player ever drafted out of Seattle's Lakeside School, going to the Mariners in the 2007 draft.