Washington baseball is currently sitting at 11-5 on the season, and last week they took two of three from Oregon to begin Pac-12 play
Junior catcher Nick Kahle has had a tremendous season for the Huskies so far. He’s currently batting .392 with two home runs and 17 RBIs. He’s leading the Huskies in batting average and RBIs. He has caught every game except one when he was the designated hitter.
Center fielder Braiden Ward leads Pac-12 in stolen bases with 14. He leads the Huskies in triples with 3, hits at 22, runs scored 18, and is second in batting at .355.
Junior transfer shortstop Ramon Bramasco has gotten off to a good start in his first season with Washington baseball. He’s hitting .350, starting all sixteen games while tied in doubles with Ward at four. Also, he is fielding fine only having three errors right now.
DH/first baseman Joe Wainhouse, who was named a pre-season All-American has struggled at the plate so far hitting .136, but he’s tied for the team lead in home runs (4) with right fielder Connor Blair. Last year he hit .306 while leading the Huskies in home runs with 19 so he could get hot, and head coach Lindsay Meggs hopes he does so real soon. Blair, on the other hand, is hitting .289 and leads the Huskies in slugging percentage of .622.
Now on to the pitching staff, sophomore right-hander Josh Burgmann is undefeated so far with a record of 3-0 and an ERA of .82. He has started five games; he has two shutouts along with two games with double-digit strikeouts.
In his second outing against Northern Colorado, he went seven innings giving up eight hits and one run. He walked no batters and struck out eleven. In his next outing against Cal Poly, he went eight innings giving up 3 hits but not surrendering a run along with one walk and striking out ten. He was named Pac-12 pitcher of the week.
Freshman right-hander David Rhodes has gotten off to a good college career with a record of 3-1. He has an era of 2.25; he has walked nine batters while striking out 20. His lone loss came against Indiana on March 8 when the Huskies were shut out 1-0.
Jordan Jones, who was expected to be the ace of Washington baseball right currently has a 2-2 record with an era of 3.13. In his most recent start against Oregon, he went seven innings giving up six hits and three runs. He recorded the win since the Huskies scored 19 runs.
Washington baseball has three pitchers who are doing the majority of the relief work in Stevie Emanuels, Chris Micheles, and Jack Enger. Enger has an era of 5.14 giving up four runs on five hits while walking five but striking out eleven batters. The season is early so he has room to improve on those numbers.
Emanuels has the most appearances for the Huskies appearing in ten games. He has an era of 3.94, giving up 14 hits in 16 innings while walking six and striking out 24.
Micheles, a lefty has pitched in nine games and currently has a 2.63 ERA. In six of those outings, he hasn’t given up a hit. He’s given up four runs on four hits, with seven walks and 25 strikeouts.
Washington baseball should continue to be successful as long as the three starters continue their good work. The Pac-12 is an excellent baseball league, so it won’t be easy to get back to the College World Series, but anything is possible.