Baseball Closes Out 2000 Season
May 16, 2000
THIS WEEK: The Washington baseball team (25-26 overall, 7-14 Pac-10) closes out the regular season this week with five home games. Tuesday and Wednesday, the Huskies take on Gonzaga (27-23) in a pair of non-conference games, both beginning at 6:30 p.m. and both on KKOL AM-1300 radio. Friday through Sunday, the Dawgs play host to No. 18 USC (35-18, 13-8), which is making its first trip to Seattle since March 8, 1971, when the Trojans swept a doubleheader from the Huskies. Here's a look at this week's games, the last five of the 2000 season, with probable starting Husky pitchers:
Tue., May 16, 6:30 p.m. -- Gonzaga at UW, -- RHP Matt Massingale (6-6, 6.15)
Wed., May 17, 6:30 p.m. -- Gonzaga at UW -- LHP Zack Daniels (4-1, 6.75)
Fri., May 19, 6:30 p.m. -- # 18 USC at UW -- LHP Matt Gardner (3-3, 6.28)
Sat., May 20, 1:00 p.m. -- # 18 USC at UW -- LHP Taylor Grant (2-5, 7.91)
Sun., May 21, 1:00 p.m. -- # 18 USC at UW -- RHP Matt Massingale (6-6, 6.15)
SERIES HISTORY: Washington is 55-43 all-time against Gonzaga, including a split of four games earlier this season. The Huskies won games one and three of a four-game series at Husky Ballpark Feb. 25-27. Ed Erickson went 7-for-17 (.412) with seven RBI over those four games and Jeff Carlsen and Matt Massingale picked up the UW wins. Ken Knutson is 24-14 against the Zags. USC holds a commanding 18-2 record in the series, though the teams have played only six games since 1971. In 1996, the Huskies beat USC in the first game of the Pac-10 Championship Series in L.A., the Dawgs' first-ever win over the Trojans, but USC came back to win games two and three for the title. Last season at Dedeaux Field, USC took two of three. The Trojans won game one (13-6), lost game two (8-7) and won game three (17-6). Knutson is 2-4 against USC.
COACH "K": In seven-plus seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Ken Knutson has led the Dawgs to two Pac-10 championships, four Pac-10 Northern Division titles, two second-place finishes and three NCAA Regionals. His career overall record stands at 284-181 (.611). With those 284 wins, he is the second-winningest coach in UW history, trailing only Bob MacDonald (422). Before becoming the Husky head man in 1993, Knutson served as the Husky pitching coach for eight seasons. In 1985, his UW pitching staff led the nation with a 2.80 ERA. Knutson holds a 138-47 (.746) record in home games. He is 130-77 (.628) in conference games, the highest mark (percentage-wise) of any active Pac-10 coach. A 1981 All-Pac-10 left-handed pitcher at the UW, he is joined by assistant coaches Joe Ross, Ed Gustafson, and Joe Weis.
PLAYER NOTES: Here's a look at the possible starters at each position, with current stats and notes:
Pos. Player, Year Avg.-HR-RBI Notes C -- Jefferson Thiel, Fr. .270-4-20 Freshman has started 40 of 51 at C Tim Rice, So. .200-0-2 JC transfer has made 11 starts at catcher 1B -- Ed Erickson, Sr. .342-10-43 Over last 21 games: 34-for-87 (.391) 2B -- Marc Rittenhouse, Jr. .264-12-34 12 home runs leads team Brent Robertson, So. .164-0-3 RBI triple in Saturday game at Wichita SS -- Tila Reynolds, Fr. .280-1-19 8 sacx one more than UW team total in '99 3B -- Michael Done, So. .264-6-30 Has committed only three errors conference OF -- Todd Linden, So. .399-5-45 Hit in 20 of last 22: 36-for-82 (.390) OF -- Tyler Davidson, Fr. .365-6-33 Last 14 games: 22-for-48 (.458) OF -- Matt Hollod, So. .283-3-17 Has started 15 of last 21 in OF OF -- Ben Miller, So. .250-1-5 Started 4 of last 7 in CF OF -- Justin Drake, Fr. .200-1-6 Has made 20 starts in CF and LF OF -- Daniel Jahn, Jr. .227-1-12 Two-run double in two at bats at Wichita DH -- Jay Garthwaite, Fr. .277-11-32 11 HR is UW freshman record DH -- Bryan Johnson, Fr. .178-1-4 Nine starts at 3B, 2B and DHFRIENDLY CONFINES: Washington was very tough at home in the 1990s, posting a mark of 160-52 (.755) over the previous 10 seasons. Under coach Ken Knutson, the Huskies have posted a remarkable 138-47 record in home games, good for a .746 mark. In 1998, the Huskies moved into Husky Ballpark and have notched a 59-26 (.694) record so far. In two seasons, the Huskies have averaged 30 home games a year after usually having played 15 to 20 each season at old Graves Field. This season, the Dawgs are scheduled to play 30 home games.
THE POWER HOUSE: History will eventually be the judge of whether the new Husky Ballpark favors the hitters or the pitchers. So far, however, it definitely has been advantageous to the offense. Through 85 games at Husky Ballpark, the Huskies have belted 141 home runs, an average of 1.7 per game, while visitors have hit 104 home runs, or 1.2 per game. In 85 games, a total of 1,198 runs have been scored (both teams combined), an average of 14.1 per game.
POSITION PLAYER NOTES (alphabetical):
DAVIDSON: Freshman Tyler Davidson has taken over the starting right field spot, starting 24 of the last 25 there ... second on the team with his .365 batting average and has collected 33 runs batted in on 35 hits .. over his last 14 games, has batted 22-for-48 (.458) with 10 runs and 18 runs batted in ... has 10 multiple-hit games and is batting .447 with runners in scoring position ... in last weekend's series as ASU, went 4-for-11, with all four hits being doubles.
DONE: After a sluggish start, sophomore 3B Michael Done has become the player that the Husky coaches thought he would be ... a transfer from Seward County CC in Kansas, had to sit out last season after having burned the year by playing in a fall game at Seward ... got off to a slow start in 2000 before going on a 14-game hitting streak ... had the streak broken by going 0-for-4 April 19 vs. USF ... has made only 11 errors ... has made only three error in 21 league games ... has hit safely in 26 of the last 35.
DRAKE: Freshman OF Justin Drake has started 15 games in center field and five in left ... hit first career home run March 7 at Portland, a two-run HR ... probably the fastest runner on the team ... has started only two of the last 13 games.
ERICKSON: Senior 1B Ed Erickson is closing out his career in excellent fashion, as he's batting .342 with 43 runs batted in, 17 doubles and 10 home runs ... the lone senior on the UW roster ... broke the career HR record last season and currently ranks first in UW history with 41 homers, 11 clear of Kevin Miller's old record ... also ranks in the UW career top 10 in the following categories: games (5th with 186), at bats (9th with 609), runs (10th with 134), hits (10th with 187), RBI (fifth with 155), doubles (5th with 40), strikeouts (4th with 116) and hit by pitch (tied for 1st with 33) ... has shown rare speed lately, stealing three bases in the May 7 WSU game after having stolen only four in his career prior to that ... added another steal last Wednesday ... also has hit his first two career triples this year ... missed much of the last part of last season after breaking bones in his wrist and hand ... was hitting .325 prior to the injury, but played on and saw his average drop to .270 ... spent 21 weeks in a cast after surgery ... has been on fire in recent weeks, batting 31-for-74 (.419) with five homers, seven doubles and 19 runs batted in over his last 18 games ... named the Pac-10 Player of the Week last Monday after going 6-for-8 with five RBI and two homers in first two games against WSU.
GARTHWAITE: Freshman Jay Garthwaite has started 41 at DH and two in left field this year ... has set the UW freshman record with 110 home runs, breaking Ed Erickson's 1997 mark of eight ... has four homers in four games vs. Washington State ... has hit safely in 17 of his last 21, going 27-for-81 (.333) with nine homers and 25 runs batted in for that stretch.
HOLLOD: Sophomore OF Matt Hollod has started 26 games in CF and RF this year ... has started seven of the last 13, all in center field ... all three of his home runs have come in the last six starts ... had two homers in two games at Wichita State ... over last 11 starts (starts only), has gone 14-for-40 (.350) with 10 runs batted in.
JAHN: Junior Daniel Jahn has made 10 starts in RF and DH ... has struggled with back problems all season and has therefore not pitched ... three-run home run vs. Dayton on March 18 provided all of the Huskies' runs that game.
JOHNSON: Freshman Bryan Johnson has started three games at second base, two at third base and four at DH ... switch hitter often appears at pinch hitter ... two hits in April 23 game at Wichita State and March 23 vs. Southern Utah ... lone home run was a two-run shot at Southern Utah ... also has begun to catch, but hasn't seen any game action at that spot.
LINDEN: Sophomore LF Todd Linden has been the Huskies' most consistent hitter this season, leading the Huskies in batting average, hits and runs batted in throughout the year ... the switch hitter began the season on a roll at the Rawlings Spring Training Tournment, where finished the five-game weekend with a .750 batting average (12-for-16) and reached base safely in 16 of his 20 plate appearances (four walks) and earning the first Pac-10 Player of the Week for the 2000 season ... had a 15-game hitting streak broken in 0-for-2 effor May 7 vs. WSU (two walks and a HBP) ... has still hit in 20 of last 22 ... has batted .439 (36-for-82) with 19 runs batted in , 28 runs scored and 10 doubles over that stretch ... trying to become only the fourth Husky to hit .400 under Ken Knutson (others were Derrin Doty ('93), Nick Stefonick ('97) and Chris Magruder ('97 and '98) ... has stolen 15 bases in a row since last being caught.
MILLER: Sophomore Ben Miller has burst onto the scene only recently ... has made only six starts all year, but has started four of the last seven in center field ... after beginning his career 0-for-23 over the last two years, finally got first hit April 26 vs. St. Martin's when he belted a two-run homer in the ninth ... has hit in all three of four games since and has collected six hits in his last 13 at bats while adding two doubles, five RBI and three walks in that span.
REYNOLDS: Freshman Tila Reynolds has been the regular at shortstop all year, getting the starting nod in 45 of 51 games ... average hasn't dipped below .278 since April 1 ... has made only one error in last 11 games (40chances) ... 31 walks is second on the team ... had "Tommy John" elbow surgery last spring ... batting .324 in conference games ... has made only four errors and is fielding .949 in 21 league games. RICE: Sophomore Tim Rice has made 11 starts at catcher ... transferred from Tacoma CC after the fall quarter ... top game was most recent start, last Wednesday vs. Portland when he went 2-for-3 with a run ... had an RBI single at Wichita State on April 22.
RITTENHOUSE: Junior Marc Rittenhouse is currently the Huskies' starting second baseman, though he began the year as the starter in center field ... has started 24 at second base, 21 in center field and two at shortstop ... despite being one of the Huskies' smaller players, leads the team with 12 home runs ... had only five homers prior to this season ... also leads the team in runs, walks and strikeouts and is second in steals ... best game was a 3-for-6, two-homer, six-RBI vs. Southern Utah on March 22 .. has hit safely in 25 of the last 33 and seven of the last nine ... one of only three Huskies ever to compile double-digit homers and steals in the same season (Woods & Magruder '98) ... has made only three errors at second base ... missed the second half of last season after breaking a bone in his foot ... last year, UW was 24-11 with Rittenhouse in the lineup and 9-12 without him.
ROBERTSON: Sophomore Brent Robertson backs up both second base and shortstop ... has made 13 starts at second and four at short ... last start was April 26 vs. St. Martin's ... had an RBI triple at Wichita State on April 22 ... only two-hit game was March 19 vs. Dayton ... five of 10 hits have gone for extra bases ... 16 walks gives him a solid .350 on-base percentage.
THIEL: Freshman Jefferson Thiel has started 40 of the Huskies' 51 games behind the plate ... hit two home runs three of four homers have come vs. WSU ... over his last 13 games, has batted .313 (15-for-48) with nine runs, eight RBI and has raised his average from .243 to .270.
PITCHER NOTES (in projected order):
MASSINGALE (Tuesday & Sunday): Junior RHP Matt Massingale has come on recently to get himself on a roll ... has won three of last four starts, going the distance in all three wins -- at Wichita State, at Oregon State and vs. Washington State ... has fanned a career-high 10 vs. OSU and WSU ... has thrown five complete games this year, most by a Husky since 1993 and most nine-inning CGs since at least 1987 (three of Chad Hartvigson's five CGs in 1993 were seven-inning games) ... has made 52 relief appearances but had never started prior to this season ... suffered one-run losses in two of his complete games -- 2-1 at UCLA and 3-2 vs. Arizona ... beat Gonzaga, Dayton and Portland for other three victories this season.
DANIELS (Wednesday): Mostly a midweek starter, sophomore LHP Zack Daniels has run his record to 4-1 with four straight victories ... has won three straight starts ... over his last three starts, he has gone 19 innings, allowing 22 hits, but only seven earned runs and seven walks, good for a 3.32 earned run average over that span ... struck out a career-high seven in a five-inning outing vs. Portland on March 29 ... has yet to appear in a Pac-10 game.
GARDNER (Friday): Junior LHP Matt Gardner has made five starts and eight relief appearances ... Gardner's last five outings (one start): 13.0 IP, 6 runs, 4.15 ERA ... picked up a win in relief last Wednesday vs. Portland, allowing three hits, two runs and no walks while fanning a career-high six in 4.1 innings.
GRANT (Saturday): Sophomore LHP Taylor Grant has begun to be a starter with the loss of junior Mike Bomar to shoulder surgery ... has made a start each of the last three weekends, against OSU, WSU and ASU ... picked up a win vs. WSU, going five and a third on Sunday ... leads the team with six saves, third in the Pac-10 ... struck out a season-high five batters in 3.1 relief innings vs. Northern Iowa on Feb. 20 ... had saves in three straight outings April 4, 5 and 11.
CARLSEN (injured): Junior RHP Jeff Carlsen has become one of the most successful pitchers in UW history ... with a victory Monday over Washington State, he improved to 22-7 over his three-year UW career and currently ranks tied for second on the UW career victories list ... only the fifth Husky ever to win 20 games in a career ... one start short of Jeff Heaverlo's UW career mark of 41 ... leads the team with 80 strikeouts this season ... needs only three more Ks to become only the third Husky in history to reach the 200-strikeout plateau ... currently ranks third in career strikeouts despite having struck out 10 or more in a game only once in his career ... posted those career-high 10 Ks in a win over Cal April 1 ... 3-3 in conference play this season ... wins over WSU, Cal and Arizona ... gave Ben Diggins his first loss of 2000 on April 7, when he out-dueled him in a 6-2 UW win ... in that game, he walked only one and struck out seven as he faced only four over the minimum, earning the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for his efforts.
BULLPEN NOTES: RHP Brian Barton leads the team with 20appearances ... has yet to allow a home run in 26.2 innings ... struck out two in 0.2-inning outing vs. WSU a week ago Sunday ... career-high five Ks Feb. 27 vs. Gonzaga ... RHP Shawn Kohn has appeared only nine times this year, but six times in the last 16 games ... threw scoreless innings vs. USF and St. Martin's and gave pitched three no-hit innings in last Tuesday's win over Portland for first career save ... fanned three and walked one in that one ... LHP Cam McCoy is third on the team with 18 appearances ... over his last 13 outings, he's worked 13.0 innings, allowing 13 hits, six ERs and fanning nine (4.15 ERA) ... seven of the 16 earned runs he has allowed came in one outing on March 5 vs. OSU ... RHP Tyler Shepple has worked in 11 games ... over his last five appearances, he's given up six earned run and 10 hits over 9.2 innings (5.59 ERA) ... picked up only win with two no-hit innings at Wichita State ... RHP Sean White has made three starts and nine relief appearances ... starts have come at Stanford, at Wichita State and home vs. Portland ... lone win was April 11 vs. Lewis-Clark State in relief ... has fanned career-high four batters on three occassions.
TEAM NOTES: Washington reached the .500 mark for the first time all season with last Monday's win over Washington State, but dipped under after the ASU sweep ... the Huskies have had double-digit hits in their last 12 of the last 17 games ... they had had only 13 double-digit hit games in 34 prior games ... the UW is 18-1 when it collects more hits than the opposition ... as a team, the Huskies have been caught stealing only three in their last 22 tries ... UW has laid down 24 successful sacrifice bunts this season after having had fewer than 10 in each of the last three seasons ... the UW had 33 sac's in 1994, most in Ken Knutson's tenure.