Softball Hosts Fall Tournament Oct. 14-16

Oct. 12, 2005

SEATTLE-- The Washington softball team will host the Louisville Slugger Northwest Classic, Oct. 14-16. The tournament will feature six Northwest teams, including Seattle University, Western Washington (Bellingham), Central Washington (Ellensburg), Columbia Basin (Pasco) and Lower Columbia (Longview).

'We are really excited to be hosting a fall tournament this season,' said head coach Heather Tarr. 'The timing is great for our team because it provides a good finish to the fall practice season. We take a lot of pride in having local colleges play in this tournament because it really showcases talent at all levels of college in our state from Division I to the Community College level.'

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. 14, with the first pitch slated for 3 pm. Last season, the Redhawks posted their best record in school history with a 30-15 mark. Seattle placed second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) with a 17-7 record.

The Huskies will face Lower Columbia and Central Washington on Oct 15 at 1:30 pm and 3:15 pm, respectively.

Lower Columbia went 35-6 overall last season and posted a 28-4 record to win the league title.

Central Washington finished the 2005 season with a 22-25 record and was 14-10 in the GNAC.

Washington rounds out tournament play with a pair of games on Oct. 16. The Huskies will play Columbia Basin at 11:30 am and Western Washington at 1:30 pm.

Columbia Basin finished the season with a 26-2 record to win the NWAACC East Region Championship, while setting 12 school records.

Western Washington is coming off its second winning season in a row with a 22-19 record. The Vikings placed third in the GNAC with a 16-8 record, just behind second place Seattle.

The Huskies return nine players from the 2005 squad that fell just one game shy of the College World Series, including All-American Dominique Lastrapes (2B) and All-Pac-10 selections Ashley Charters (SS), Lauren Greer (OF), Sarah Hyatt (1B) and Aimee Minor (OF). UW also welcomes seven newcomers to its roster.

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