The Huskies reached new heights in 2018 under the direction of ninth-year head coach Lindsay Meggs. The Diamond Dawgs overcame injuries and a slow start to the season to finish strong and earn the program’s first trip to Omaha and the College World Series.
Behind the strength of a a third-place Pac-12 finish and 20-10 Conference mark, Washington was able to overcome the stigma of being the lowest-rated RPI at-large team in the NCAA field. The Huskies won their last five Pac-12 series, including over nationally ranked UCLA and Stanford, and came within three outs of winning the Conference championship, to enter the post-season at 30-23 and one of the hottest teams in the NCAA field.
Meggs guided the Huskies through a land-mine littered post-season route, including a trip to Conway, S.C., where the third-seeded Huskies beat UConn twice and host Coastal Carolina to earn the program’s first trip to a Super Regional. UW took on a historic Cal State Fullerton squad in that Super Regional and won two-out-three over the Titans in walk-off fashion to earn the program’s first Super Regional win and College World Series berth. The Huskies dropped a 1-0 decision to Mississippi State and 14-5 to Oregon State in the CWS, but Meggs and the 2018 squad set a standard to which all other teams will be compared.
Since Meggs took over as Washington’s head baseball coach on July 27, 2009, he has built the Huskies into one of the Pac-12’s premier programs. With renovated Husky Ballpark — the most beautiful setting for college baseball in the West — and one of the world’s most-esteemed academic institutions at his disposal, Meggs has molded the University of Washington into an ideal destination for student-athletes to come and hone their skills on the diamond while receiving a top-notch education.