Huskies Open Women's College Worls Series Vs. DePaul Thursday
May 29, 2007
UP NEXT: The Washington softball team (40-17) swept Alabama in the Seattle Super Regional last week to advance to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., May 31-June 6. The Huskies, who are making their eighth World Series appearance, are seeded sixth and will open play against No. 14 seed DePaul (46-11) on Thursday, May 31 at 10 a.m. (PT). Joining Washington and DePaul at the double elimination tournament are No. 1 seed Arizona (44-12-1), No. 2 seed Northwestern (50-11), No. 4 seed Texas A&M (46-12), No. 5 seed Tennessee (59-6), No. 7 seed Arizona State (54-14) and No. 8 seed Baylor (50-14). Washington's first round game will be televised live on ESPN and will be broadcast via the Washington ISP Sports Network through KKNW 1150 AM radio on the Dawg Channel on gohuskies.com. Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
UW IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: The Huskies are making their eighth appearance in the College World Series (1996-2000, 2003-04) and first since 2004. Washington has a 13-12 record in those games and was national runner-up in 1996 and 1999. In 2004, Washington lost the opener to Oklahoma 6-2 and was eliminated by Florida State 2-0, marking the first time in program history the Huskies did not win a game at the WCWS. Washington is 58-25 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
UW WINS FIRST SUPER REGIONAL: After knocking on the door the past two seasons, the Huskies swept No. 11 seed Alabama, 4-3 and 7-5, at the Seattle Super Regional over the weekend to advance to their first Women's College World Series since the Super Regional round was added in 2005. Washington lost the 2005 Super Regional to eventual national champion Michigan 2-1 in Ann Arbor and was swept by Texas and pitching great Cat Osterman in Austin last season.
UNDEFEATED IN SEATTLE: With a pair of wins over Alabama in the Seattle Super Regional, Washington remains unbeaten at Husky Softball Stadium in the postseason with a perfect 16-0 record. Before this season, the Huskies had not hosted a postseason tournament since the 2000 season.
HUSKIES WIN 10TH REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Huskies went 3-1 at the Lincoln Regional to capture their 10th Regional Championship and fifth in a row. Washington defeated Creighton 5-1 in the opener and Georgia 8-0 in the semifinal before falling to Georgia 2-1 in nine innings to force the if-game Sunday afternoon. Washington battled back to win the if-game 1-0 with a game-winning single by sophomore Alicia Matthews in the bottom of the seventh inning. Washington's 2-1 loss to Georgia snapped a 16-game regional game win streak dating back to the 2002 season when UW lost to Ohio State in Ann Arbor, Mich. Danielle Lawrie pitched all 27 innings for the Huskies, boasting a 3-1 record, including a 0.52 earned run average, two shutouts and 30 strikeouts. Lauren Greer led the offense with a .400 average, while three other UW players hit above .350, including Marnie Koziol (.385), Lawrie (.364) and Nicole Moojen (.364). Lawrie led the team with five RBIs and a .727 slugging percentage.
UW IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Huskies are making their 14th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Washington has a 58-25 record in those games (42-9 Regionals/ 3-4 Super Regional/13-12 WCWS) and has advanced to the Women's College World Series eight times. UW was national runner-up in 1996 and 1999. The Huskies, who last played at the Series in 2004, have three players with WCWS experience, including seniors Dominique Lastrapes (2004), Jacki Hansen (with Stanford in 2004) and Dena Tyson (2003 and 2004).
CONSECUTIVE NCAA APPEARANCES: Washington's 14-straight regional appearances ties with Oklahoma for the fourth-longest active string in NCAA softball. Here's a look at the top eight streaks. No. 1. Fresno State (26, 1982-present), No. 2. California* (22, 1986-present), No. 3. Arizona* (21, 1987-present), No. 4-t. Washington* (14, 1994-present), No. 4-t.Oklahoma (14, 1994-present), No. 6-t. Massachusetts (13, 1995-present), No. 6-t. Michigan* (13, 1995-present), No. 6-t. Nebraska (13, 1995-present).
* indicates 2007 No. 1 seed
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
DEPAUL (46-11, 20-0 BIG EAST)
Series vs. Washington: The Huskies lead the all-time series 9-1. The teams last met in 2006 when UW won by the score of 8-0. Washington has faced DePaul once in the postseason, defeating the Blue Demons 3-2 to open the 2000 the WCWS.
Notes: The No. 14 seed DePaul Blue Demons upset No. 3 seed Oklahoma in straight games last week at the Super Regional to advance to their fourth WCWS. DePaul is making its 14th NCAA appearance and boasts a 32-23 all-time postseason record. The Blue Demons last appeared in the WCWS in 2005 where they placed seventh. DePaul's best WCWS finish was third in 1999. The team is led by Amber Patton and Sandy Vojik with .359 and .335 averages, respectively. Patton is hitting .600 in the postseason, while Vojik has six RBIs in the postseason. Vojik and Marcy Wilus are tied for the team led with 12 home runs apiece, while Wilus headlines the squad with 40 RBIs. DePaul has a pair of pitchers with 20 or more wins, including Tracie Adix (21-2) and Becca Heneniak (20-6). Adix has a 0.74 earned run average with 10 shutouts and 160 strikeouts in 180.1 innings. She is 3-0 in the postseason with a 0.00 ERA. Becca Heneniak has a 1.23 ERA with five shutouts and 174 strikeouts in 153.1 innings. She is 2-0 in the postseason with a 1.08 ERA.
THREE HUSKIES NAMED TO ALL-PACIFIC REGION TEAMS: Three Washington players were named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Pacific Region softball teams, including first team utility/pitcher Danielle Lawrie and first baseman Dena Tyson and second team shortstop Ashley Charters. This is the first all-region honor for Lawrie and Tyson, and the second for Charters who was a third team at-large All-America pick last season. All three players are now on the All-America ballot.
SIX EARN PAC-10 ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: Six Washington softball players were named to the Pac-10 All-Conference teams including first team selections Ashley Charters (shortstop), Danielle Lawrie (pitcher) and Dena Tyson (first base). Second baseman Dominique Lastrapes was a second team selection, while outfielders Lauren Greer and Marnie Koziol were honorable mention picks.
HUSKIES PLACE THIRD IN PAC-10: Washington finished the Pac-10 season with a 12-9 record which tied with UCLA for third place in the conference. Arizona won the Pac-10 title with a 15-5-1 record, while Arizona State finished second with a 13-8 record. Washington, who was picked to finish sixth in the conference by the league's coaches, doubled its win total from last season (6-15) and posted its highest finish and most wins since the 2002 season (13-8, third).
LAWRIE ON POTY WATCH LIST: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie was among 25 Division I players named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year watch list. It is her second time making the list as she was the nation's only freshman on the 2006 top-50 watch list. Senior Dominique Lastrapes and junior Ashley Charters were on the top-50 list to start the season. The award, given out by the Amateur Softball Association, is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of the award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden and three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman.
LASTRAPES NAMED CANDIDATE FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Senior Dominique Lastrapes has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award, which recognizes student-athletes for their successes in four categories: classroom, character, community and competition.
NOBLE NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM: Junior Caitlin Noble was named to the ESPN The Magazine All-District XIII softball second team. It marks Noble's second academic all-district award after earning first team honors last season. Washington players have won 14 academic all-district awards in the program's 15-year history. Noble, a Sammamish, Wash., native, boasts a 3.38 grade-point average in History.
LAWRIE/NOBLE NAMED NSCA ALL-AMERICANS: Washington pitchers Danielle Lawrie and Caitlin Noble have been named National Strength and Conditioning Association All-Americans in recognition of their achievements in the development of improved athletic performance through total conditioning.
HUSKIES VS. TOP-25: Washington is 16-12 overall against ranked teams with three wins over No. 10/16 Oregon, two wins over No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 LSU and No. 12 UCLA, and victories over No. 3 Arizona, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 10 Texas , No. 10 Oregon, No. 12 UCLA, No. 15/16 Stanford (twice), No. 16 Oregon State and No. 24 USF.
LAWRIE BREAKS STRIKEOUT RECORD: Danielle Lawrie has struck out 403 batters this season, surpassing the previous record of 387 strikeouts she set last season. Lawrie is the only UW player in program history to amass 400 strikeouts in a season and her 403 Ks rank third in the Pac-10 this season. Her career total stands at 790 strikeouts, which ranks third all-time at UW. Lawrie has tallied double figure strikeouts in 23 of 33 starts this season.
HOMER HYSTERIA: Senior Dena Tyson ranks third in the Pac-10 with 17 home runs this season, which also ranks sixth on the UW all-time single-season list. Tyson had a stretch of six consecutive games with a home run, leading to back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Week honors and the National Player of the Week award. Tyson has 33 career home runs, which ranks sixth on the UW all-time list and is one home run away from tying Kathy Fiske for the No. 5 spot on the UW career list (34, 2002-05).
1-2-3 STRIKES YOU'RE OUT: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie has a 29-11 record this season and averages 11.2 strikeouts per seven innings, which tops in the Pac-10 and ranks third nationally. She averages 11.5 strikeouts per seven innings over her career, which ranks fifth on the NCAA all-time list and ranks third among active players. Junior Caitlin Noble ranks 35th on the NCAA all-time list with 9.1 strikeouts per seven innings.
NCAA DIVISION I CAREER STRIKEOUT RATION ( MINIMUM 400 INNINGS/ BOLD INDICATES ACTIVE PLAYER)1. 14.3 Cat Osterman, Texas2. 13.4 Angela Tincher, Virginia Tech3. 11.8 Monica Abbott, Tennessee4. 11.6 Sarah Pauly, Texas A&M Corpus Christi5. 11.5 Danielle Lawrie, Washington
TARR PICKS UP 100TH CAREER WIN: Third year head coach Heather Tarr earned her 100th career victory on April 25 with a 8-3 victory over UCLA. Her career record now stands at 110-64. Tarr won 35 games in her first two seasons at the UW helm and has won 40 games this year.
ALMOST PERFECT: Danielle Lawrie has struck out 20 batters twice this season, surpassing her own school record of 19 strikeouts set last season. Lawrie fanned 20 vs. No. 24 USF in seven innings on Feb. 18 and struck out 20 vs. No. 6 LSU in nine innings on March 3.
NOBLE JOINS 600 STRIKEOUT CLUB: Caitlin Noble had five strikeouts against Arizona in the Pac-10 finale (May 12) to become just the fifth player in UW history to collect 600 career strikeouts. She ranks fifth on the Husky career list with 603 career strikeouts.
NOBLE NO-HITS TEXAS: Junior Caitlin Noble picked up her second career no-hitter March 18 when she shutout No. 8 Texas at the Judi Garman Classic, 4-0. Noble's first no-hitter came in 2005 vs. Kansas. There have been just 25 no-hitters in Washington's 15 year history.
IN THE CLUTCH: Ashley Charters has driven in 32 runs this season, 20 of which with two outs. Lauren Greer (39) ranks second with 17 two-out RBIs, while Dena Tyson (46) ranks third with 15 two-out RBIs. Tyson led the Huskies last season with 13 two-out RBIs last season.
TYSON HITS FOR AVERAGE: Dena Tyson leads Washington with a .406 average, which ranks sixth on the UW all-time list. Tyson ranks third in the league in Pac-10 only games with a .431 average. Heading into the 2007 season, Tyson had a .245 career average, including a .296 average as a freshman. Her totals for this season have bumped her career average up to .282.
GREER IS GREAT: Junior Lauren Greer leads the Huskies with 13 doubles this season, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10. She also leads the Pac-10 with a 1.000 fielding percentage as Washington's starting right fielder.
GREER SHINES IN PAC-10 PLAY: Lauren Greer has tallied 39 RBIs this season, 20 of which have come during the Pac-10 season, which ranks second in the conference. Greer also leads the league in Pac-10 games with seven doubles.
PATIENCE PAYS OFF: Dena Tyson has taken over the No. 4 spot on the UW all-time career walks list (115), surpassing Sarah Hyatt who drew 102 walks between 2003-06. She ranks among the league's top-10 in five categories including slugging percentage (.805, third), batting average (.406, third), on-base percentage (.544, third), home runs (17, third) and walks (40, third).
CHASING CHARTERS: Ashley Charters ranks among the league's top-10 in seven categories. She ranks third in triples (3), fourth in stolen bases (33), fifth in runs (56) and hits (75), sixth in batting average (.393), eighth in on-base percentage (.470) and 10th in total bases (111). Charters has stolen 93 career bases to surpass Tami Storeseth (89/97, 1993-96) for fourth on the UW career list. She is six steals away from the No. 3 spot held by Angie Marzetta (99, 1993-94).
SEEING TRIPLE: Ashley Charters tripled against Georgia on May 19, marking her fourth triple of the season and the 10th of her career to tie for fourth on the UW all-time list with Becky Simpson (10, 1999-2002). She is two triples away from the No. 3 spot held by Tami Storeseth (12, 1993-96).
HITTING STREAKS: Sophomore Marnie Koziol put together a 15-game hitting streak, marking the second-longest streak in the Pac-10 this season. Two other Huskies have had double-figure hitting streaks this season including Ashley Charters (11 games) and Dena Tyson (10 games).
MANUFACTURING RUNS: Washington has manufactured many of its runs this season, with 53 sacrifice bunts, which ranks second in the league, and 11 sacrifice flies. The Huskies had 20 sacrifice hits all of last season in 60 games and five sacrifice flies. Sophomore Marnie Koziol leads the Pac-10 with 16 sacrifice hits, which is a UW single-season record, while sophomore Alicia Matthews leads the conference with five sacrifice flies, which ties for fifth on the UW single-season list with All-American Sara Pickering (5, 1995). Pickering holds the school record with seven sacrifice flies in 1996 and again in 1997.
WASHINGTON IN THE POLLS: UW maintained its No. 11 ranking in the most recent USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll (May 9). The Huskies have been ranked in the poll for each of the last 180 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 also ranked No. 11 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 poll (May 15).
Dena Tyson NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK & REPEATS AS PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (April 24): Senior first baseman Dena Tyson was selected as the USA National Collegiate Player of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week on April 24 after blasting four home runs in nine at-bats over three games to extend her home run streak to six games. Tyson led Washington to a 2-1 record vs. California and Stanford with a .667 average, 2.000 slugging percentage and perfect fielding percentage. She scored five runs and drove in six more of the team's total of 18 runs over the weekend.
Dena Tyson NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (April 18): Washington senior Dena Tyson was named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for Apr. 10-16 after leading the Huskies to a 3-1 record, including wins over Portland State, Oregon and Oregon State. Against No. 10/11 Oregon, Tyson led the UW line-up with three hits in four at-bats, including her 10th home run of the year as Washington came away with a 7-2 win. Tyson made the difference again on Saturday vs. the 16th-ranked Beavers. She hit an RBI-single in the fourth inning to give UW a 2-0 lead, then after OSU cut the lead to one, Tyson homered to lead off the seventh inning to give the Huskies some insurance and they held on for the 3-1 win. In Sunday's finale, Tyson again went 3-for-4 at the plate with her third home run in as many days. Tyson's fifth inning two-run blast, her 12th of the year, put the Huskies ahead, 4-1, but Oregon State rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to escape with a 5-4 win. For the week, Tyson hit .750 (9-of-12) with four runs, a double, three home runs and seven RBI. The senior slugged 1.583 with an on-base percentage of .733.
LAWRIE NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK- x3: Sophomore Danielle Lawrie has earned the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award three times this season. She has won the award four times in her career and is the first Husky since All-American Jennifer Spediacci to win the award three times in the same season (2000).
LAWRIE POTW #3 (May 1): Danielle Lawrie earned every decision in a 3-1 week for the Huskies, not allowing more than two runs in any appearance, and fanning 39 batters on the week to move into second on the UW single-season strikeout list with 335 behind her own freshman year total of 387 Ks. On Wednesday, Lawrie led the Huskies to a 2-1 series win over 12th-ranked UCLA, entering in relief and surrendering just two hits and one run over 4.1 innings to qualify for the victory. The only run Lawrie allowed came in the seventh inning with UW leading 8-2. She walked none and struck out six on the day. Lawrie pitched well but suffered from lack of run support vs. Oregon State on Friday. The sophomore threw a complete game, striking out 15 Beavers and giving up two runs on five hits, but the Huskies were blanked, 2-0. Lawrie pitched another three innings of relief on Saturday vs. Oregon, striking out eight and picking up the win despite allowing two runs in Washington's 6-4 victory. Lawrie's best outing came on Sunday, as she threw a one-hit shutout against the Ducks, who had only been blanked in one previous game all season. The only hit she allowed was a bloop single in the fifth inning, and the Huskies run-ruled the Ducks, 8-0, in six innings. She did not issue a walk and fanned 10 batters.
LAWRIE POTW #2 (March 6): Danielle Lawrie also earned the award for her performance at the Husky Softball Classic, March 2-4. Lawrie continued to overwhelm opposing batters, earning two wins and a save in three appearances as the Huskies captured the Husky Softball Classic title. Washington easily defeated Portland State, 15-0 on Friday, then picked up consecutive upset wins over No. 7/6 LSU on Saturday and Sunday. In Friday's opener against Portland State, Lawrie rolled through five innings, allowing just one hit and no runs while the Husky offense helped make quick work of the Vikings. Lawrie struck out 13 and hit a home run. Facing the Tigers, who were 17-1 on the season coming in, Lawrie dominated, carrying a perfect game into the ninth inning on Saturday before an attempted sacrifice bunt was popped up over the first baseman and fell for a hit. LSU scored its first run on an error that inning, but the Huskies came back with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the inning to give Lawrie the win. In her nine innings, Lawrie allowed just the one hit and unearned run, while walking zero and tying her personal and program record for strikeouts with 20. The next day, Lawrie entered the game with LSU in the fifth inning to hold UW's lead, and earned the save with three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out five. For the weekend, Lawrie pitched 17 innings and two complete games, gave up three hits and no earned runs, walked five and struck out 38.
LAWRIE POTW #1 (Feb. 20): Lawrie was also named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Feb. 20 after she chalked up four wins at the USF Wilson Tournament which Washington won with a 5-0 record. She started three games, going the distance in each outing and picked up another win in relief while continuing to strikeout batters at a dominant rate. In the Huskies' first game vs. Eastern Tennessee State, Lawrie entered a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning and kept ETSU in check until Washington came up with three runs in the top of the ninth. Lawrie was perfect in her two innings of relief, and fanned five of the six batters she faced. Against host-school and 24th-ranked South Florida, Lawrie powered the Huskies to a 1-0 win by striking out a school-record 20 batters in seven innings. Lawrie allowed only four hits in shutting out the home team. The sophomore broke her own record for single-game strikeouts of 19, set on April 28, 2006 vs. Arizona State. Lawrie also had complete game wins over Hofstra and Wichita State over the weekend, allowing only one run to Hofstra and recording double-digit strikeouts each time in the circle. For the week, Lawrie was 4-0 with an ERA of 0.33. She struck out 51 batters in just 21.0 innings pitched, giving up 14 hits and walking seven. Lawrie averaged 17 strikeouts per seven innings.
HUSKIES WIN JUDI GARMAN CONSOLATION TITLE: Washington bounced back from an 0-3 record in pool play at the Judi Garman Classic to sweep its three bracket games to win the Consolation Championship. The Huskies did not give up a run in the championship bracket, defeating Pacific 9-0 (six innings), No. 8 Texas 4-0 and NC State 2-0. Washington out-scored its opponents 14-0 in bracket play and out-hit its opponents 29-4. Ashley Charters finished the tournament with a .529 average (9-for-17), while Dominique Lastrapes hit at a .400 clip (8-for-20). Noble tossed a no-hitter vs. Texas and went 2-1 with 29 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.
WASHINGTON WINS HUSKY SOFTBALL CLASSIC: Washington went 3-0 at the Husky Softball Classic to win their home tournament title. The Huskies defeated Portland State 15-0 in five innings, before upending sixth-ranked LSU twice, 3-1 in nine innings and 6-3. Sophomore pitcher Danielle Lawrie was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after going 2-0 with a save over the weekend with a 0.00 earned run average. She finished the weekend with 38 strikeouts in 17 innings (2.23 k/inning). Lawrie threw a complete game shutout vs. Portland State on Friday, allowing just one hit and striking out 13 in five innings. She took a perfect game into the ninth inning on Saturday against No. 6 LSU before an attempted sacrifice bunt was popped up over the first baseman and fell in for a hit. She earned the complete game, one-hit victory with 20 strikeouts, tying her own school record, and no walks. Lawrie earned the save on Sunday vs. No. 6 LSU, pitching three innings of relief, allowing no runs on one hit and fanning five. She also went 3-for-10 from the plate (.333), driving in three runs and belting her third home run of the season. Other Huskies named to the all-tournament team were Dena Tyson, Ashley Charters and Marnie Koziol. Tyson led the team with a .500 average (4-for-8) and drove in a team-leading six runs. She finished the weekend with a home run, .875 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage. Charters hit .444 (4-for-9), scored seven runs and had three RBIs from her game-winning, extra-inning home runs vs. LSU Saturday. Koziol also hit .444 (4-for-9), scoring two runs and recording two sacrifices.
HUSKIES TIE FOR THIRD AT PALM SPRINGS CLASSIC: The Washington Huskies tied for third place at the 26-team Palm Springs Classic, Feb. 23-25, with a 4-1 record. Tennessee and Oklahoma shared the tourney title with 5-0 records. Senior Dena Tyson led all players with a 1.417 slugging percentage and ranked second with a .667 average (8-for-12). She also tied for the tournament lead with three home runs and 10 RBIs. Danielle Lawrie led the pitching staff and ranked third among all pitchers that threw 21 or more innings with a 1.00 earned run average and 35 strikeouts.
HUSKIES WIN USF WILSON INVITATIONAL: Washington won the USF Wilson Invitational after winning all five of its games, Feb. 17-19. The Huskies opened the weekend with a 5-2, nine inning victory over East Tennessee State and a 8-1 romp of Hofstra. Washington also recorded victories over Florida A&M, 11-0 in five innings, host and 24th-ranked USF, 1-0, and Wichita State, 9-0 in five innings. Washington out-scored its opponents 34-3 over the weekend.
HUSKIES CAPTURE SHARE OF MUSTANG CLASSIC TITLE: Washington opened the season with a 3-1 record at the Cal Poly Mustang Classic last week. The Huskies split a pair of extra-inning games vs. Cal Poly, winning the opener 4-3 in eight innings, before dropping the nightcap, 7-6 in nine innings. Washington capped off the tournament with a 3-1 win over Santa Clara and a 4-0 shutout against Sacramento State to share the tourney title with Cal Poly who also finished the weekend 3-1. Sophomore Danielle Lawrie led the pitching staff with a 2-0 record with a 1.45 earned run average and 29 strikeouts in 15 innings. Junior Caitlin Noble went 1-1 from the circle, earning the shutout against Sacramento State and leading the Huskies at the plate with four RBIs. Sophomore Marnie Koziol led the UW offense with a .400 average (4-for-10) and junior Ashley Charters recorded a hit in all four games.
HUSKIES ON THE AIRWAVES: The Washington ISP Sports Network will carry all WCWS games live on KKNW 1150 AM. Longtime baseball play-by-play man Mike Brown returns for his 10th season behind the microphone, while John Cowley delivers color commentary for his seventh season with the Dawgs. All games will be available over the internet for free at www.gohuskies.com on the Dawg Channel.
UW PICKED SIXTH: Washington was selected to finish sixth in the league by the Pac-10 Conference softball coaches. Head Coach Heather Tarr, who begins her third season at the helm of the UW program, returns eight starters for the 2007 campaign, including two All-Americans. Arizona, the defending national champion, was predicted to win the conference title, receiving 47 points, followed by UCLA (45), Arizona State (35), Oregon State (32), Stanford (21), Cal (18) and UW (18), and Oregon (8).
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 17-player Washington roster includes 11 returning letterwinners and eight starters. The 2007 team is comprised of four seniors, three juniors, five sophomores and five freshmen. Ten players hail from Washington, five from California, one from Oregon and one from British Columbia.
HEAD COACH Heather Tarr: Heather Tarr, a former Washington player, embarks on her third season at the helm of the Husky Softball team. She has led UW to back-to-back NCAA Super Regional appearances and has helped mold three All-Americans and a Pac-10 Player of the Year. Under her guidance, Washington has won three All-America nods, six All-Pacific Region honors and 12 All-Pac-10 awards. The Huskies have also collected 37 wins over top-25 opponents over the last three seasons. Tarr has a career record of 110-64 at Washington.
2006 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Last season, Washington swept through the Provo Regional as a No. 1 seed with tournament MVP Danielle Lawrie not allowing a run in three starts. The Huskies advanced to the Austin Super Regional where they fell to Cat Osterman's Texas Longhorns to just miss out on the WCWS berth. Junior second baseman Dominique Lastrapes and sophomore utility Ashley Charters each earned third team All-America honors and five players received All-Pac-10 honors. Washington finished the season with a 35-25 overall record and a No. 15 national ranking. The Huskies tallied 11 wins over opponents ranked in the top-25, including victories over No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 Oregon State and No. 5 Stanford.