Washington baseball started out well going 11-5 in their first sixteen games. This included taking two out of three games from the Oregon Ducks in Eugene starting Pac-12 play
Things started to go downhill from there, getting swept by Pac-12 rivals Oregon State at home, and then getting swept by Arizona. The Huskies went back on the road and got swept by Stanford last weekend, and have lost nine straight conference games. After beating Santa Clara 11-1, the Huskies now have an overall record of 16-15.
Washington baseball is now in ninth place with a Pac-12 record of 5-10. Only Utah and Washington State have worse records in conference, and this excludes Colorado, who doesn’t have a baseball team.
The Huskies have 22 games remaining in the season with 15 of the games in Pac-12 conference. Stanford is at the top of the conference with a league record of 10-2, so it will be a tough stretch for the Huskies to make it back to the College World Series.
Junior catcher Nick Kahle is having an outstanding season, leading the Pac-12 with a .419 batting average. He’s also second on the team in home runs with six behind right fielder Connor Blair, who has seven. Kahle also leads the Huskies in walks with 31 and RBIs with 34.
The struggles of Joe Wainhouse have been very evident with this Husky team. He’s batting .126 this season after hitting .306 last year. He hit 19 home runs last season where now he has only hit five home runs. Also, he had 61 RBIs last season and only has 9 so far this season. The success of the Huskies will depend on Wainhouse coming alive.
Sophomore righthander Josh Burgmann has been excellent, with a 3-2 record over his nine starts. He has an ERA of 2.62 with 64 strikeouts, which is second in the Pac-12. His best game was against #6 national ranked Oregon State, striking out 13 Beavers in six innings. The Huskies ended up losing the game in 11 innings 4-3.
Freshman David Rhodes has cooled off after a hot start, but is a promising member of the rotation. He has a record of 4-4 with an ERA of 3.77 overall. The Huskies are hoping he will bounce back in his next outing.
Junior starting pitcher Jordan Jones expected to be the ace on the Huskies squad has had a rough first half of the season having a record of 2-4 in nine starts with an ERA of 5.37. He has given up 14 doubles, which leads the team by a large margin.
The Huskies have a lot of work to do if they want to make it back to the College World Series, but nothing’s impossible!