Josh Fredenhall, the Huskies sixth year starting pitcher, made his last appearance as a Dawg last night. And it was a good one.
Fredenhall threw six scoreless innings while strking out five and allowing just one hit as the Huskies would go on to beat the Utah Utes 1-0 on Sunday Night. The win gave UW a series sweep at Husky Ballpark on Senior Night.
It was a big night for UW's 7 seniors as well as junior Catcher Austin Rei. With a couple of outs in the eighth inning and UW running out of chances, Rei stepped up to the plate and belted his seventh homerun of the season. It would be all the offense that UW would get or need for the night.
For Fredenhall, it was an especially sweet senior night. Elbow injuries had taken away not one, but two seasons from the UW righty, including last year's amazing run into the NCAA's. He came back this season and has started 12 games giving his Huskies nearly 50 innings of quality pitching. While last night may be the conclusion to his career in competitive baseball, Fredenhall is an inspiration to his teammates and to everybody who follows the Purple and Gold.
With the sweep, the Huskies close the season at a record of 29-25. Coach Lindsay Meggs and his staff will now go back to the drawing board as they look for ways to bounce back from another wave of senior losses in the ultra-competitive Pac 12. The Huskies had a record eight players from the 2014 team drafted in last year's MLB amatuer draft. With the loss of seven more seniors, UW will be leaning heavily on the recruiting and development work that has been going on in the program the past several years to pay big dividends next spring.