Washington's Wolfe overcomes injuries to lead Huskies
SEATTLE -- Brian Wolfe has watched the Washington baseball team climb from the ground up, and now they're reaching new heights.
The Huskies are 25-7-1 this season; ranked No. 7 in the latest Baseball America poll. That's the highest national ranking in school history.
"This is beyond my wildest dreams," said Wolfe.
Wolfe, who graduated from Snohomish High School, signed with the Huskies five years ago. He's the longest tenured player on the team.
"I've always grown up a Husky," said Wolfe. "I used to go to football games with my grandpa, basketball games. This is home and I wanted to win here."
Washington is winning plenty of games right now. The Huskies are first place in the Pac-12, one game ahead of Oregon State.
Wolfe, a first baseman and outfielder, is a key to Washington's success. He's hitting .404 and leading the Huskies with 4 home runs and 27 runs batted in this year.
But, it hasn't always come this easy for Wolfe.
"Brian is what people should be talking about when they talk about college athletics," said Washington head coach Lindsay Meggs.
That's because Wolfe has battled injuries, and as Meggs admits, a lack of playing time for the Huskies. Despite his struggles, Wolfe never quit.
"He's why we like to coach," Meggs said. "When we have good days coaching, it's more often than not because you get to coach kids like Brian Wolfe. Brian is what we need to be. He's relentless and committed to finding a way to win."
Wolfe is finally seeing the fruits of his labor. The Huskies are on a roll, and there's only one way he wants to wrap up his career.
"The ultimate goal is to win the College World Series, but we're going to get there with short-term goals," said Wolfe. "It's win the day. Win the next day. And if we take care of each day, then we'll take care of that big goal in the end."