UW Heads Out To Oregon For Second Straight Road Weekend
April 6, 2011
THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team (7-19 overall, 0-3 Pac-10) returns to the road to play a Pac-10 series for the second straight weekend. This Friday through Sunday, the Dawgs will take on Oregon (14-12, 0-3 Pac-10) in a three-game series at PK Park. The UW opened conference play with three closes losses (2-1, 5-3, 3-2) at then-No. 24 UCLA last weekend while the Ducks were swept by fifth-ranked Arizona State in Tempe. On Tuesday, Washington fell to SeattleU, 6-4 in 10 innings, marking the ninth straight UW game decided by one or two runs. Game times in Eugene this weekend are 6 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All three games from Eugene will air live in the Puget Sound area on KKNW AM-1150 and both Saturday and Sunday's game will be carried live on Comcast SportsNet Northwest television, which is channel 179 on Puget Sound-area Comcast cable. Senior righty Jacob Clem will start on the mound for the UW Friday at Oregon and sophomore RHP Aaron West goes on Saturday, with Sunday' starter yet to be determined. Next week, the Dawgs play SeattleU Tuesday at Bannerwood Park before hosting California next weekend. Here's a look at this weekend's games:
Fri., April 8: UW at Oregon, 6:00 p.m. PT - RADIO: KKNW AM-1150
COACH MEGGS: Lindsay Meggs was named the Huskies' head coach in July of 2009, just the third different UW head coach in 34 years. In 2010, his first season in charge, he improved the Huskies' season record by five wins over the previous year, going 28-28 against a schedule ranked as high as third-toughest in the nation. 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. Currently, he boasts a 650-354-4 record over 17 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: The UW's history vs. Oregon is long, but given that the Ducks didn't field a team from 1982 through 2008, the teams haven't played as many times as the UW and Washington State and Oregon State. The Ducks hold a 136-123-1 advantage in the all-time series. Last year, the Ducks and Dawgs split a pair of non-conference games in Eugene early in the schedule. Oregon won the first game, 6-2, and the Huskies won the second, 5-3. Later in the year the conference series in Seattle, Washington won game one, 13-11 in 11 innings (both teams scored four in the 10th and a two-run homer from Chase Anselment ended it) before the Ducks won the next two, 5-2 and 5-2. In 2009, the UW and Oregon played two non-conference games in Seattle, two games in Portland as part of a tournament (a 6-4 Oregon win and a 5-1 Husky victory) and three games in Eugene in Pac-10 play. The Huskies swept the two games in Seattle early in the season, winning 5-3 and 10-2. In the Pac-10 series in Eugene, the Huskies swept the three games, 11-2, 2-0 and 6-3.
ANOTHER TOUGH SCHEDULE: Each year, Washington boasts one of the toughest schedules in the season, if only by virtue of playing the rigorous Pac-10 Conference. According to well-regarded college baseball website, boydsworld.com, the Huskies have the eighth-toughest schedule in the country, though all of the Pac-10's team rank highly. The Huskies, of course, face the nine other Pac-10 teams. Six Pac-10 teams (Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA) were ranked in either the Baseball America and USA Today coaches' preseason polls, or both. Oregon State and Washington State also each also received votes in the coaches' poll. Additionally, the Huskies traveled to Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series at Husky Ballpark. The Titans were ranked in the top 10 in both polls.
WHERE ARE THEY FROM?: Washington's baseball roster has traditionally been heavily dominated by in-state players. The 2011 team is much more diverse than what had been the norm for many years as, of the 35 players, nine players completed their high school career in a state other than Washington (generally over the past few decades, that number has averaged closer to two or three out-of-state players). So, 26 Huskies come from in-state while there are six from California and one each from Minnesota, Indiana and Utah. Of the 26 players from the Evergreen State, 25 come from west of the Cascades, (the western half of the state).
POSITION PLAYER NOTES (in alphabetical order):
#11 Chase Anselment, So. C/OF: Started 22 of 26 so far (16 RF, 3 C, 3 DH) ... 1-for-3 with RBI Tue. vs. SeattleU ... 2-run homer in win over BYU Mar. 5 ... 4-for-10 in BYU series ... 2-for-5 with 2 RBI Fri. at CSUB ... 5-for-13 with 2 doubles in Texas State tourney ... made 33 starts, mainly at DH, last season ... earned third-team Freshman All-America (Ping! Baseball) after batting .347 in 2010 ... 5 of 6 homers in 2010 came in Pac-10 play ... last summer, led West Coast League with 7 home runs and was second in league with 34 RBI and 15 doubles.
#21 Caleb Brown, Jr. OF: 19 starts, all in CF, so far ... 2-for-4 with 2 RBI vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff 3-for-9 with 2 doubles in Fullerton series ... started all 3 games in CF opening weekend ... started 54 of 56 games last year, all in center field ... batted .295 last season ... finished 2010 season on six-game hitting streak ... broke his leg in his third game of last summer and missed all of summer and fall while recovering ... 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.
#37 Brendan Gardner-Young, Sr. OF: 1-for-2 with 3 runs vs. UAPB ... 1-for-3 as starting LF Mar. 11 vs. DBU ... started all 3 games at Bakersfield, 2 in CF and 1 in LF ... 2-for-4 with a 2-run double over the the 3 games ... played in only 2 games last year as he suffered an injury after opening weekend ... fully recovered for start of 2011 season ... started 44 games two years ago, batting .275 ... teammate of Ben Guidos at Highline HS, just south of Seattle.
#12 Reggie Jones, Fr. IF: 2-for-2 vs. UAPB ... 1-for-3 in start Mar. 12 vs. DBU ... started at 2B Mar. 3 vs. BYU ... saw action in all 3 at Bakersfield, including first start (at 2B) in middle game of series ... played in 2 of 3 games at Texas State tourney ... had 3 at bats off the bench ... true freshman is a candidate to start at second base ... batted .500 with 7 homers and 15 RBI as a senior at Jordan HS last season ... older brother, Zach, is a senior baseball player at Stanford.
#18 Jacob Lamb, So. IF: Has started all 26 games (8 at SS, 8 at 3B, 10 at 2B) ... 1-for-3 with RBI Tue. vs. SeattleU ... 3-for-5 with 2 RBI in win over Portland on Mar. 29 ... went 8-for-11 in the three-game series vs. Nevada ... 2-for-3 vs. UAPB ... 3-for-11 in DBU series ... went 4-for-5 in game 3 of Bakersfield series ... went 5-for-12 with a double and 2 homers in 3 games at Texas State tourney ... homered vs. Missouri State and Air Force ... started 54 of the Huskies' 56 games last year ... 52 of those starts were at 3B ... first-team Freshman All-America (Collegiate Baseball) in 2010 ... batted .347 with 14 doubles and 4 HRs last season ... hit. 363 in Pac-10 games last year (fourth in the conference) ... 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, So. OF: Had 10-game hit streak broken Mar. 27 vs. Nevada, when he was 0-for-1 with BB, 2 HBPs and a sacrifice ... 5-for-8 in Nevada series ... went 1-for-3 with 5 RBI Mar. 22 vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff ... made UW debut as starting LF Mar. 5 vs. BYU ... singled on the first pitch he saw and went 2-for-3 with an RBI ... 4-for-12 in 3 starts at CS Fullerton ... missed first 8 games after hand injury suffered in practice ... transferred from Indiana State prior to last season and redshirted 2010 due to NCAA transfer rules ... 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.
#25 Eric Peterson, So. IF: 1-for-3 with RBI Tue. vs. SeattleU ... 3-for-9 in UCLA series, including game-tying RBI in the 9th on Apr. 3 ... 3-for-4 vs. UAPB and 2-for-4 vs. Oklahoma State ... 2 starts at 1B in DBU series, going 2-for-4 in middle game ... 2-run double Mar. 8 vs. SeattleU ... 2-for-3 with 2 RBI Mar. 4 vs. BYU ... 3-for-7 in 2 games at CSUB ... came off the bench in 2 of 3 games at Texas State tourney, going 1-for-2 ... played in 23 games, starting 9, last season ... hit .296 in six Pac-10 starts ... batted .339 with 14 doubles and 37 RBI last summer with Wenatchee (Wash.) ... 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.
#2 Willy Reel, Fr. IF: Three starts at 2B in Fullerton series ... 2 RBI in second game at CSF ... started twice at 2B in Dallas Baptist series ... 2 starts at 3B and 1 at 2B at CSU Bakersfield ... 2-for-6 in Sunday doubleheader vs. Roadrunners ... started 2 of 3 games at 2B at Texas State ... 2-for-9 with a double and 2 RBI so far ... ould play any of the infield spots outside of first base ... 3A first-team all-state selection and KingCo 3A/2A MVP as a senior at Mercer Island High ... hit .438 with 29 RBI and 8 HRs as a high-school senior ... hit two grand slams in a game vs. Interlake as a senior.
#26 Spencer Rogers, Fr. OF: Has started in all 3 OF spots and as DH ... 2-for-4 in start in RF Tue. vs. SeattleU ... 3-for-11 in Nevada series ... 3-for-8 with 2 doubles, 3 walks and 2 HBPs in opening weekend ... had a .615 OBA in first weekend of the season ... three-time team MVP at Issaquah High School ... hit .494 with 10 doubles and 26 RBI while going 6-1 with 49 strikeouts in 43.2 inning as a senor ... named KingCo 4A MVP and first-team all-state as a senior.
#8 B.K. Santy, Jr. C: Started 20 of 26 at catcher ... has allowed only 10 steals ... 2-for-7 with 2 doubles and 2 walks in UCLA series ... provided game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning vs. Portland on Mar. 29 ... 2-for-5 in that game 4-for-9 in DBU series ... 2-for-8 with a double and an RBI over the weekend ... transferred to the UW after two seasons at Palomar College near San Diego ... teamed with fellow Husky Ty Afenir last year at Palomar ... first-team all-conference catcher in 2010, hitting .312.
#32 Troy Scott, Sr. IF: 15 starts at 3B and 7 at 1B ... 1-for-5 with RBI Tue. vs. SeattleU ... 3-for-10 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI in UCLA series ... 2-for-4 with 2 RBI in mar. 29 win over Portland ... 7-for-12 (.583) in Fullerton series, including 5-for-8 in Sat. doubleheader ... RBI double Mar. 4 vs. BYU ... 3-for-11 in Bakersfield series ... solo homer Sunday (game 1) ... 2 hits and 2 RBI in opening weekend ... easily the Huskies' most experienced position player ... enters 2010 season with 153 career starts, all at first base ... also enters year with 553 at bats and 25 homers in three-year UW career ... started 51 of 56 last year, hitting 7 homers ... drafted by Minnesota in 48th round of 2010 draft ... batted .251 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 2009, when he committed just one error ... honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2008 ... hit .354 over the summer with the Green Bay (Wis.) Bullfrogs ... batted .600 with 9 homers, 27 runs and 17 steals as a high school senior at Auburn High ... league MVP and Rawlings All-American ... also drafted by Twins in 2007 draft ... older brother, Ryan, played catcher at the UW.
#33 Will Sparks, Fr. OF: 1-for-1 in start in RF vs. Nevada ... started in RF Sat. (game 1) at Fullerton ... earned 1st 2 starts in Dallas Baptist series (both in LF) ... drove in the game's only run with a single Mar. 12 vs. DBU ... also 2 HBPs in that game ... got three at bats off the bench in the Air Force game, going 1-for-3 and playing RF ... 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.
#43 Cody Stephens, Fr. IF: 3 starts at 2B ... scored 2 runs in win over BYU ... doubled in start in game 3 at Bakersfield ... team MVP and all-league pick at Clayton Valley last year, batting .436 with 26 RBI, 8 doubles and 10 SB.
#38 Ryan Wiggins, Fr. C: 10 starts at DH, 3 at C, 1 at 1B ... made 1st start at C vs. UAPB (2-for-4, 4 runs) ... also 2-for-4 with 2 runners caught stealing (in 2 attempts) in start the next day at Oklahoma State ... 1 start at DH at Bakersfield and pinch hit in other 2 ... started all 3 games opening weekend at DH ... 3-for-10 on the weekend ... slugging freshman could catch, play first or DH ... 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.
#5 Brian Wolfe, So. 1B/OF: After missing 2 weekends with illness, returned at Fullerton, starting 2 of 3 ... 1-for-2 in start at DH Mar. 29 vs. Portland ... started 2 of 3 at UCLA ... 3-for-11 for series at CSUB ... started all 3 games opening weekend at 1B ... 3-for-8 for the tournament at Texas State ... played in 14, starting 11, last season, but missed latter part of season with injury ... 10 of 11 starts came in right field ... homered vs. Cal State Fullerton ... four-year letterman at Snohomish HS, where he teamed with Aaron West on 4A state title team in 2008 ... hit .311 last summer for the Kelowna (B.C.) Falcons.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHER NOTES (Sunday starter TBD):
SAT. - Aaron West, Sophomore RHP: Got another unlucky loss Apr. 1 at UCLA as the UW fell, 2-1 (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) ... suffered a tough lost Mar. 25 vs. Nevada in a complete game (9.0 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) ... also picked off 3 runners in that game ... allowed 2 hits, but took loss Mar. 19 (game 1) at CSF: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) ... took the loss Mar. 11 vs. Dallas Baptist (6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) ... struck out a career-high 8 in start Mar. 4 vs. BYU (no decision): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K ... no decision in start Feb. 27 at Bakersfield (game 2): 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K ... started and took loss vs. Air Force on Feb. 20 (2.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) ... pitched in just 4 games, starting 3, last year before a season-ending injury ... started 5 and relieved in 11 others as a freshman ... started in the Huskies' game vs. Arizona State at Safeco Field in 2009 ... got first victory in relief at Stanford, working 4.0 scoreless innings ... went 7-0 with a 0.62 ERA for state-champion Snohomish HS as a high-school senior in 2008 ... threw a two-hitter in the title game to beat Kentlake.
BULLPEN NOTES: Jeff Brigham (Fr. RHP) pitched in 2 of 3 UCLA games (combined 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) ... got no decision despite great start Mar. 26 vs. Nevada, a 4-3 Husky win (8.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) ... picked up a win in first start Mar. 22 vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff (6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) ... pitched final inning of 3rd game of Fullerton series ... pitched final inning Mar. 8 vs. SeattleU ... worked final 3 innings for the save Mar. 5 vs. BYU (3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) ... appeared in all 3 vs. BYU ... pitched in 2 games at Bakersfield, allowing 2 hits and 0 runs over 3.0 innings ... struck out 4 total in those 2 outings ... earned the win Feb. 18 vs. Missouri State, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings of relief ... hit .447 and posted a 0.76 ERA as a HS senior ... 3.98 high school GPA ... Geoff Brown (Sr. LHP) start Tue. vs. SeattleU (3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) ... pitched in 1 of 3 at UCLA (0.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) ... solid in first start of season at Oklahoma State (ND, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) ... pitched 1.2 perfect innings over 2 relief outings at CS Fullerton ... pitched a scoreless 9th Mar. 10 vs. DBU ... appeared in relief in first 2 games vs. BYU ... pitched in 2 of 3 games at Bakersfield ... got the save Feb. 18 vs. Missouri State, retiring the one batter he faced to end the game ... also pitched vs. Nebraska ... entered senior season with 71 career appearances, second-most in UW history ... 20 outings last year, including 11 starts ... went 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA for the Newport (R.I.) Gulls last summer, his third summer with the team ... 31 appearances in 2009 were second-most in UW history, only one short of school record ... helped lead Jackson HS to state title in 2006 ... drafted by Royals in 23rd round of 2007 draft ... Adam Cimber (So. RHP) suffered the loss Tue. vs. SeattleU, giving up 2 in the 10th ... took the loss in 3-2 defeat at UCLA April 3 (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) ... got the win Mar. 29 vs. Portland when he struck out the side in the 10th inning (UW won, 5-4, in 10) ... picked up a save with 1.2 innings Mar. 27 vs. Nevada ... threw 2.0 in relief vs. UAPB ... pitched 0.2 to close out game 2 of Fullerton series ... worked 1.2 scoreless vs. DBU Mar. 10 ... worked 2 perfect innings in relief Mar. 8 vs. SeattleU ... pitched final 0.1 innings Feb. 27 (game 1) at Bakersfield ... worked 0.2 innings in relief vs. Missouri State ... pitched in 31 games, starting four, as a freshman in 2010 ... six saves tied for fourth in the Pac-10, while 31 appearances ranked seventh ... picked up a victory vs. then-No. 1 Arizona State last season ... won league title as a junior and senior at Puyallup HS ... Michael Garber (Jr. RHP) started and took the loss Feb. 27 (game 1) at Bakersfield (3.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) ... took loss in start vs. Nebraska on Feb. 19 (2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) ... spent the last two seasons at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif. ... Terik Gofinch (So. RHP) worked 3.0 IP Fri. at Fullerton (2 H, 1 R, 0 ER) ... pitched 2.2 IP in relief vs. Nebraska ... transferred to the UW after one season at Tacoma CC ... 0.58 ERA over 31 innings last year ... Jeff Gonzales (Fr. RHP) pitched Mar. 11 vs. DBU ... worked 3.0 solid innings in relief vs. Nebraska on Feb. 19 (2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) ... went 7-0 with a 1.20 earned run average at perennial power Newport High last year ... struck out 51 and allowed only 26 hits in 41 innings in 2010 ... Ben Guidos (Sr. LHP) pitched final 1.2 innings Fri. at Fullerton ... pitched 0.1 Mar. 11 vs. BYU ... worked 1.1 IP Mar. 4 vs. BYU ... pitched in 2 games at Bakersfield, combining for 3.1 IP of scoreless relief ... worked 1.2 in relief vs. Air Force ... entered senior season with 37 career appearances, including 15 starts ... started 6 games last year and relieved in 13 others ... earned wins over Gonzaga and Seattle U. in starts last year ... second-team All-West Coast League last summer, playing for Bend (Ore.) ... Tyler Kane (Fr. RHP) worked 2.0 scoreless innings Tue. vs. SeattleU ... took a loss in relief Apr. 2 at UCLA (1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) ... worked 3.0 scoreless innings in Huskies' 5-4 win over Portland Mar. 29 (3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) ... pitched in 2 games vs. Nevada, combining for 2.2 scoreless innings ... had 2.0 scoreless IP at Oklahoma State ... pitched 1.2 innings in game 3 at Fullerton ... got a K-CS double play on only batter he faced Mar. 10 vs. DBU ... struck out 4 in 2.0 scoreless IP Mar. 8 vs. SeattleU ... pitched final 0.2 IP Mar. 4 vs. BYU ... took the loss in relief Feb. 27 (game 1) at CSUB ... was named Cascade Conference MVP and Everett Herald area player of the year as a senior at Archbishop Murphy HS last year ... hit .400 and went 7-1 with a 1.81 ERA as a high-school senior ... 3.90 grade point average in high school ... Austin Voth (Fr. RHP) didn't figure in decision in start vs. Portland Mar. 29 (6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) ... took the loss last Fri. at Fullerton (3.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) ... took a loss in solid start Mar. 10 vs. Dallas Baptist (5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) ... earned a win in starting debut Mar. 5 vs. BYU (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) ... worked 2.0 innings in relief vs. Air Force ... led Kentwood to 4A state title as a senior in 2010 ... winning pitcher in state semifinal game at Safeco Field ... hit. 607 and made all-state as an infielder last year ... Zach Wright (Fr. RHP) gave up 1 unearned run in 2.0 IP Tue. vs. SeattleU ... pitched a scoreless ninth inning Apr. 1 at UCLA ... threw a scoreless inning vs. UAPB ... struck out 3 in 1.1 no-hit inningss Mar. 11 vs. DBU ... gave up 1 run in 1.0 IP Feb. 27 (game 2) at CSUB ... pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning vs. Air Force in college debut ... missed much of HS senior season due to injury, but still made honorable mention all-league.