Huskies Travel To UCLA & Nevada
April 20, 2005
UP NEXT: The No. 23/25 (USA Today/ESPN.com) Washington softball team (21-14, 3-5 Pac-10) hits the road this weekend for a four-game, two state trip. The Huskies will face No. 10/10 UCLA (23-10, 4-4 Pac-10) on Friday and Saturday at Easton Stadium before flying to Reno to take on Nevada (18-21, 4-2 WAC) in a double header on Sunday. Friday's softball game will be broadcast on the radio at www.uclabruins.com. Gametracker will be available for both Bruin games.
A LOOK AT THE OPPOSITION:
No. 10/No. 10 UCLA (21-14, 4-4 Pac-10)
Series vs. UW: UCLA leads 33-16
Last meeting: The Huskies went 3-1 against the Bruins last year, including a sweep of the three-game Pac-10 series for the first time in school history. Washington lost to UCLA 5-3 at the San Diego State Tournament, before picking up 3-1 and 6-5 wins in Seattle and a 1-0 victory on the road. Kathy Fiske had the game-winning home run against UCLA last year in L.A.
Notes: After opening the Pac-10 season 0-4, the Bruins have won four in a row including a pair of wins over No. 2 Arizona last weekend. Andrea Duran leads the team with a .390 average and is hitting .500 (11-for-22) in Pac-10 games. Emily Zaplatosch is hitting .337 and has driven in 12 runs in eight Pac-10 games, including three home runs. Kristen Dedmond leads all Bruins with 34 RBIs, while Lisa Dodd has driven in 29. Freshman Angelica Selden leads the pitching staff with a 15-6 record and 0.52 ERA. She has thrown nine shutouts and has struck out 269 batters in 162.2 innings. Dodd is 6-4 from the circle with a 2.13 ERA
NEVADA (18-21, 4-2 WAC)
Series vs. UW: First meeting.
Last meeting: N/A
Notes: Nevada has three playe
rs hitting above .300, including Brittany Lorenzen (.354), Candice Rainwater (.339) and Jiliane Hartfield (.337). Rainwater is the WAC Player of the Week after hitting four home runs and driving in 12 runs in a three-game series vs. Utah Valley State. The Wolf Pack has hit 31 home runs this season, including nine by Hartfield, and has given up just 15. Jordan McPherson headlines the pitching staff with a 1.85 earned run average and 8-6 record. McPherson has thrown three shutouts and has struck out 72 batters in 102.1 innings.
HUSKIES AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS: Washington ranks among the nation's best in four statistical categories, including home runs per game, scoring, slugging percentage and stolen bases per game. The Huskies' 1.29 home runs per game rank fourth nationally, while their 6.11 runs per game rank eighth. UW boasts a .484 slugging percentage and 1.63 stolen bases per game, which rank 11th and 29th, respectively. Five Washington players are also listed on the national ranking summary, including Ashley Charters, Sarah Hyatt, Aimee Minor, Caitlin Noble and Kristen Rivera. Charters ranks second and fifth in the country with 1.11 runs per game and 0.74 stolen bases per game. Hyatt ranks 12th and 16th with .31 home runs per game and 1.06 RBIs per game. Minor ranks 12th and 27th with 0.31 home runs per game and 0.97 RBIs per game. Noble ranks eighth nationally with 11.3 strikeouts per game. Rivera leads the country with 1.18 walks per game and .917 slugging percentage. She also ranks 12th with 0.31 home runs per game and 23rd with 0.91 runs per game.
WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: The Huskies are ranked 23rd in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll. The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 151 datings. Washington's streak began with the team's No. 15 preseason ranking in 1994 and also includes smaller streaks of 66 straight top 6 rankings (2/28/96 - preseason 2001 poll) and 69 consecutive poll datings in the top 10 (preseason 1996 - 2/28/01). Washington is ranked 25th in the latest USA Softball/ESPN.com top 25 poll.
UW ADDS FOUR GAMES TO SCHEDULE: Washington has added a pair of double headers to its schedule to help make up for games lost to rain outs earlier this season. Washington will play a double header at Nevada on April 24 and a double header at Utah Valley State on May 5. The Huskies have missed seven games because of wet weather this season.
ESPN PICKS UP TWO GAMES: Washington's games at Arizona on May 7 and 8 have been picked up for television. The May 7 game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and has been moved up one hour to a 6 pm start. The May 8 game will be broadcast on ESPN at 1pm.