Washington Softball Announces Fall Tournament Schedule

Sept. 17, 2004

SEATTLE-- The Washington softball team will host the Husky Fever Northwest Classic Oct. 1-3. The tournament will feature five Northwest teams, including Seattle University, Central Washington (Ellensburgh), Western Washington (Bellingham) and Lower Columbia College (Longview).

'We've had this fall tournament for the last two seasons and it's been a great way to showcase the talent of a variety of Washington State softball teams,' said head coach Heather Tarr. 'We only have two weeks of practice to prepare for the tournament but it will be a good evaluating tool for us to see where we are and what we need to work on.'

Jerseys worn by former players, including head coach Heather Tarr, assistant coach Eve Gaw and Nancy Wagner, wife of assistant coach Robert Wagner, will be raffled off and the tournament will feature appearances by Husky alumni. Nancy Wagner will throw out the tournament's first pitch as she did with the first pitch in the history of Husky Softball.

Admission to the tournament is $7/day for adults and $4/day for children under 12. UW students will get in for free with a UW ID card. All proceeds from the tournament will go toward funding of fall practice, staff positions, team travel and other special products.

Washington will open tournament action with a double header against Seattle University, Oct. 1, with the first pitch slated for 3 p.m. Last season, the Redhawks placed second in the GNAC (17-5) and advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinal where they fell to top-seeded Humbolt State. Seattle University finished the year with a 29-17 record, which set a program record for season victories.

The Huskies will face Central Washington and Western Washington on Oct 2 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Central Washington is coming off its first-ever winning season as it tallied a 22-21 record last spring. The 22 victories set a single-season record for the Wildcats who finished fourth in the GNAC (12-12).

Western Washington finished the 2004 season with a 22-23 record and placed fifth in the GNAC with an 11-13 mark.

Washington rounds out tournament play with a pair of games on Oct. 3. The Huskies will play Western Washington at 9 a.m. and Lower Columbia College at 1 p.m.

The Lower Columbia College softball team captured its sixth consecutive NWAACC championship last season. With the victory, LCC tied Clackamas for the most softball championships in NWAACC history with seven. The Lady Devils finished the season with a 41-6 record.

The Huskies return 10 players from the 2004 squad that advanced to the College World Series, including All-Americans Kristen Rivera and Dominique Lastrapes. Washington returns seven starters in all, including Rivera (C), Sarah Hyatt (1B), Lastrapes (2B), Kathy Fiske (3B), Dena Tyson (LF), Aimee Minor (RF) and Ashley Boek (P). UW also welcomes seven newcomers to its roster, including transfers Jackie Hansen (Stanford) and Kirsten L'Heureux (Western Washington).

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