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How the Washington Huskies Turned Their Season Around in the Redemption Regionals
The Washington Huskies baseball team had a rocky start to the 2023 season, losing four of their first six games on the road. But they bounced back with a dominant performance at home, sweeping Northern Colorado and Rhode Island in four-game series. They also won their first Pac-12 series against Utah, before falling to Tulane in a midweek game.
What changed for the Huskies? How did they go from struggling to scoring 32 runs in one game? And what are their chances of making it to the College World Series for the second time in school history?
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the Huskies’ turnaround and what makes them one of the most exciting teams to watch in college baseball.
The Huskies’ Offense: Power and Speed
One of the main reasons for the Huskies’ success is their explosive offense, which ranks among the best in the nation. The Huskies have scored 223 runs in 23 games, averaging 9.7 runs per game. They have hit 42 home runs, second only to Arizona State in the Pac-12. They also have 48 stolen bases, third-most in the conference.
The Huskies have a balanced lineup that features power hitters like senior first baseman **Ryan Holgate**, who leads the team with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs, and sophomore outfielder **Noah Hsue**, who has nine homers and 29 RBIs. They also have speedsters like junior outfielder **Braiden Ward**, who has 18 stolen bases and a .407 on-base percentage, and freshman infielder **Cody Schrier**, who has 14 steals and a .333 batting average.
The Huskies have shown that they can score runs in bunches, as evidenced by their record-breaking 32-7 win over Northern Colorado on March 3. In that game, they set school records for runs, hits (28), home runs (8), and total bases (60). They also tied the NCAA record for most players with at least four hits in a game (6).
The Huskies’ Pitching: Depth and Consistency
Another key factor for the Huskies’ turnaround is their solid pitching staff, which has a 3.84 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The Huskies have a deep rotation that features four starters with at least three wins each: senior right-hander **Logan Gerling** (4-1, 2.70 ERA), junior left-hander **Jack Enger** (3-1, 3.38 ERA), sophomore right-hander **Gabriel Hughes** (3-0, 4.50 ERA), and freshman left-hander **Dylan Ross** (3-1, 4.91 ERA).
The Huskies also have a reliable bullpen that includes senior right-hander **Will Smith** (2-0, 1.80 ERA, 4 saves), junior right-hander **Dylan Lamb** (2-0, 2.25 ERA), sophomore right-hander **Cole Fontenelle** (1-0, 2.45 ERA), and freshman left-hander **Caden Vire** (1-0, 3.00 ERA).
The Huskies have shown that they can pitch well in tight situations, as evidenced by their 3-2 win over San Jose State on February 25. In that game, they held the Spartans scoreless for the final eight innings, with six different pitchers combining for nine strikeouts and only three hits allowed.
The Huskies’ Outlook: High Hopes and Challenges Ahead
The Huskies have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with in college baseball, but they still have a long way to go to achieve their ultimate goal of reaching Omaha. The Huskies face a tough schedule ahead, with series against ranked opponents like Oregon State, UCLA, Stanford, and Arizona. They also have to contend with the competitive Pac-12 conference, which has six teams in the top 25.
The Huskies have shown that they have the talent, the grit, and the confidence to overcome any challenge. They have also shown that they have the support of their fans, who have packed Husky Ballpark[^1^] with enthusiasm and energy. The Huskies hope to reward their loyal fans with another memorable season that ends with a trip to the College World Series.
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