Fall Report: WashingtonFeatured
Washington hopes to make last season a distant memory.
The Huskies made history two seasons ago by reaching the College World Series for the first time in school history after a thrilling series win over Cal State Fullerton. However, as most programs do a year after getting to Omaha, the Huskies had some rebuilding to do last season. They also had some key players not perform to expectations. Joe Wainhouse, who was a one-man wrecking crew two seasons ago, for instance, still hit for power last season, but also had an average well below .200. That was a recurring theme throughout the 2019 campaign as UW finished the year with a 28-24 overall record and a 12-17 mark in the Pac 12.
Instead of reflecting on last season, the Huskies were full speed ahead during fall workouts. They have plenty of impressive pitching talent returning, while the offense, though not overly powerful, has some intriguing pieces, too.
“I feel really good about the way we finished up fall workouts,” Washington coach Lindsay Meggs said. “We always say fall ball is too short, because we want to spend as much time as possible teaching our guys how they should play the game in our program. By the time we start to feel comfortable with that, the fall ends.
“I think our guys played really hard this fall. I know it’s a silly thing to say, but this group of guys love the game of baseball maybe more than any team I’ve ever had here. They’re all out each day,” he continued. “That means they’re committed to putting in a lot of work. They’ve got some good chemistry and we’ll see what happens from here.”
In addition to some changes from a player personnel standpoint, the Huskies also have a fresh and familiar face in new pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Elliott Cribby. The former UW standout pitcher arrived this past summer after heralded pitching coach Jason Kelly surprised some by leaving UW for Pac-12 foe Arizona State. Though Kelly is a loss, Cribby has earned a solid reputation with stints at Seattle and Purdue.
“Jason Kelly did a great job for us, but I knew in the back of my mind that when he moved on at some point, Elliott would be the guy that I wanted,” he said. “I’m excited for our guys, and from what I saw this fall, Cribby has been able to add some things to their repertoire. Some guys have made a jump in velocity. Jason Kelly did some amazing things with our pitchers, and Elliott is adding to that.”
So, what’s in store for UW in 2020?
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