2012 Record: 30-25
2012 Finish: Washington nearly doubled the amount of wins it had in 2011, which to me was really surprising. The Huskies were not picked to do much better than last place in the conference. While seventh place is not the greatest, it is a step in the right direction for this program that was in shambles in past years.
Washington returns just one of its starting pitchers from its 2012 weekend rotation in Austin Voth. He went 2-5 with a 5.19 ERA in his 13 starts. Washington will have to rely on its newcomers for help on the mound.
Offensively, the Huskies will rely on Joe Meggs, who led the team in batting average last season while hitting .317. Junior catcher Ryan Wiggins also will add depth and experience to the Washington lineup.
I don’t expect Washington to win quite 30 games this season but certainly will beat out Utah.
Key Series: Although I wouldn’t call it a key series, but perhaps the biggest series for Washington early is when it travels down to Baton Rouge for a three-game set with LSU. Although a sweep is likely, I think Washington could pick up a game down there, which could be a confidence booster right before conference play.