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May 15, 2008 9:43 AM

Baseball interlude two, more

Posted by Bob Condotta

Another week, another couple wins for the UW baseball team, another assignment to write a story about a player on that team.

So here it is, a little feature on outfielder Kyle Conley who has been tearing up Pac-10 pitching of late, winning the last two conference Player of the Week awards, hitting six homers in his last seen games.

And he also has a little bit of a football background, having played on the defensive line at Richland where he had to tussle a few times with Ryan Tolar, who played at rival Pasco. As he said in the story, Tolar tended to get the better of those matchups. "He's so massive and strong,'' Conley said, adding that Tolar didn't really have to block him but would just "bear hug me'' and fall over.

Last year, Conley said he roomed for a while with mostly football players, including Jake Locker.

His play of late has helped put the Huskies in contention for an NCAA tourney berth. UW is 31-17 overall and 10-8 in Pac-10 play with two series left --- this weekend at conference leader Arizona State and the following weekend at home against second-place Stanford. That's two tough teams and coach Ken Knutson thinks the Huskies have to finish with a winning conference record to have a chance at the tournament, meaning going at least 3-3 the rest of the way. "We've probably got to be over .500 and in the top four,'' he said.

UW's cause isn't helped by the fact that its RPI is just 89. Knutson said UW had a couple of planned non-conference series canceled late in the game and filled them in with opponents who ended up not helping in the RPI department as much. But if UW keeps playing as it has --- it has won seven of eight overall --- it could take make that a moot point.

AROUND THE PAC-10:

Given its mid-May, a surprising amount of Pac-10 football news today, so here goes:

--- USC has agreed to a deal to play at the LA Coliseum for another 25 years. There had been rumblings last year that USC might consider moving to the Rose Bowl.

--- Arizona has gotten some late help for next season, signing a highly-touted JC safety who was also recruited by Florida State and Arizona State, among others.

--- Oregon State is opening a new Sports Performance Center and columnist Kevin Hampton of the Corvallis Gazette-Times says it puts OSU's facilities on par with Oregon.

--- Washington State has suspended safety Xavier Hicks for the first three games of next season after he was sentenced to jail for 45 days for assault and theft.

--- Ted Miller, a former colleague on the UW beat, has these pretty darn informative and exhaustive breakdowns of each Pac-10 team today on ESPN.com

--- Another ESPN.comer, Ivan Maisel, says Brandon Johnson could be the key to UW's hopes for a winning season as part of a look at things to watch for in the Pac-10 this season.

All for now.

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Posted by Bizprodigy

11:52 AM, May 15, 2008

seems like those border line student/athletes are having a bad effect at WSU -- maybe they will have to up their standards a bit? Hard to see how they bash UW all the time with losing scholarships and players being tossed into jail!

Posted by HMFD 82

1:01 PM, May 15, 2008

Woah woah woah, slow down there, standards and wsu? in the same sentence? now there's a something you don't see everyday. but yeah, i agree, standards should be raised. At wsu. There we go, that makes more sense...

Posted by Husky19

1:37 PM, May 15, 2008

You gotta feel for Wsu, it is way out there in no man's land. In the past, Wsu would always recruit risky players this is not something new to them, but this never had an impact until the APR. Most times Wsu was able to turn a bunch of these players around but there were always players that would not make it, academically. They would end up quitting or getting kick off the team and out of school. The APR was really hurt Wsu's strategy in recruiting and now they have to raise standards to ensure no more loss of scholarships.

Posted by Wildman

3:03 PM, May 15, 2008

Hey Bob, thanks for the baseball interludes. I don't remember you doing this last year (maybe you did and I just don't remember). It would have been great to learn more about (Tim) Lincecum before the baseball draft . . . which, by the way, is just a couple weeks off. Keep up the great work . . . it's great to hear about a Seattle baseball team in contention . . .

Posted by Gabe

3:35 PM, May 15, 2008

Troy Must Be Destroyed---and if not, TW should fall on his sword like a Roman general.

Posted by pdxdawg

4:27 PM, May 15, 2008

I wouldn't mind seeing Troy be destroyed, but I'd much rather see the U of Oregon destroyed, and Bellotti fall on his sword. In fact, why stop at the university; let's just destroy all of Eugene.

Posted by Roy

4:53 PM, May 15, 2008

Yeah! Nuke Eugene!

Posted by Gabe

6:27 PM, May 15, 2008

I'm toally down with that too. Troy Must Be Destroyed, but somewhat later in the season than Oregon.

Posted by quick question

6:57 PM, May 15, 2008

So now we have to beat the ducks to have a good season? I didn't know that they were such a high priority.

Posted by Ducks 45 Dawgs 13

8:51 PM, May 15, 2008

Of course beating the Ducks is the key to a good season. They have pounded the Dawgs four years in a row now by 20 pts or more. Time to "reclaim our rightful place among the top of the Pac 10" or however the mantra goes.

Posted by old dawg

1:25 AM, May 16, 2008

I wouldn't get too uppity there quacker...If the dawgs win, it means the ducks begin their annual fade to obscurity that much sooner than usual.

It's simply absurd, in light of the years since the last RB, to think that the standard for "the dawgs being back" would be anything as singular as beating the ducks. We're still waiting for signature wins. Getting big wins in bunches comes sometime after that. The ducks are simply another team. Another speed bump of indeterminate magnitude.

Similarly, it's absurd to presume a lop-sided win for the ducks when they must replace two of their most important players in a scheme that relies on stellar play from both positions. The dawgs must fill holes as well, but have dramatically upgraded both talent and coaching. The QB is in place, and there'll be a flood of talented choices for numerous positions come fall camp. It simply isn't the same as last year, and neither are the ducks.

Posted by Whiteoake Husky

2:15 AM, May 16, 2008

At the national level they are seeing the same thing Husky fans see. The POTENTIAL for a greatly improved passing game due to growth of Jake, a vastly improved defense because we were so bad last year, and a vastly improved special teams because we were so bad there as well last year. Granted they're maybes, but so was the potential for improvement when Don James started. I'm hopeful.
P.S. What is it with the tiny type in the submit a comment field now? Are the IT guys intentionally sadistic? Let's have the same type size in the article, the posts, and in the submit box.

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