No. 18/19 UW Heads to Prestigous Judi Garman Classic
March 20, 2008
SEATTLE -The No. 18/19 (NFCA/USA Softball) Washington Huskies head to Fullerton, Calif., for the prestigous Judi Garman Classic, marking their sixth-straight appearance in the tournament. This year's field is comprised of 16 teams that will play a round robin format over four days.
Washington will play five games, including three against ranked 0pponents. The Huskies open up the tournament with an 8:00 p.m. game against No. 25/22 San Diego State, then play two games on Friday, against Florida State at 3:30 p.m. and No. 23/20 Long Beach State at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, the UW will face No. 14/18 DePaul at 11:15 a.m., and then close out the tournament with a 3:45 p.m. game against Utah.
Washington is 12-0 against SDSU, including winning all three games against the Aztecs in the 2004 season, the last time the two teams hooked up. SDSU (24-9) enters the tournament having won three in a row and six of their past seven, including a 3-0 win over No. 5 Texas A&M this past weekend.
Florida State has a 5-4 advantage in the series with the Huskies. The Seminoles (23-9) have won the past four games, including a 3-1 win last season. FSU enters the Judi Garman Classic riding a 12 game winning streak under head coach JoAnne Graf.
The Huskies lead the series with Long Beach State, 8-1, and have won five in a row. The 49ers (20-8) won two games last week against Top 25 teams, defeating No. 23 San Diego State, 1-0, and No. 5 Texas A&M, 2-1. They are now 6-5 on the season against ranked opponents. They have won six of their past seven games after starting the season 0-4 and are now rankedin both polls for the first time this season.
Against DePaul, the Huskies have a 10-1 lead in the series and have won six in a row, including a 3-1 win on May 31 last season at the Women's College World Series. DePaul had last week off and enters the tournament with a 17-6 record under 27th-year head coach Eugene Lenti, who has led the Blue Demons to four Women's College World Series appearances.
Utah, which is 14-12, on the season, went 2-2 at the San Diego State Classic last weekend, including a 3-1 loss to No. 5 Texas A&M. Washington leads the series, 12-1, and has won 12 in a row, including a 3-1 win on March 20 of last year.
The Huskies have won nine straight after picking up three wins last weekend at the Cascade Clash in Portland, Ore. Washington has also won 15 of its past 17 games after a 4-4-1 start. The nine-game streak is their longest winning streak since winning nine in a row during the 2004 season (Feb. 7-Feb. 15).
Washington is hitting .336 on the season and .383 over its current nine game winning streak. Six UW players are hitting over .300 and two are over .400, led Jace Williams with a .456 average and Bailey Stenson with a .400 average. Also, Marnie Koziol is hitting .386, Alicia Blake is hitting .384, Amanda Fleischman is batting .357, Morgan Stuart is hitting .318.
Williams ranks third in the Pac-10 in batting, and seventh in both slugging percentage (.706) and on-base percentage (.493), while Stenson is 10th in batting and tied for ninth in hits (36). Blake is eighth in the conference in slugging at .699 and Koziol is fourth in stolen bases with 15.