No. 25 Huskies Play at No. 4 UCLA on Wednesday
April 1, 2008
SEATTLE - The No. 25/24 (NFCA/USA Softball) Washington Huskies play three ranked Pac-10 Conference opponents this week, starting with a 2:00 p.m. game at No. 4/1 UCLA on Wednesday. The Huskies then host No. 23/21 California on Friday at 1:00 p.m., before hosting No. 7 Stanford on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's game starts at 3:00 p.m., while Sunday's first pitch is set for 12:00 p.m.
UCLA holdS a 38-21 advantage in the series against the Huskies that dates back to 1993. Washington took two of three last season, splitting a pair of games in Los Angeles, before winning in Seattle.
The Bruins enter the game ranked No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and have won six in a row and 25 of their past 26 games. They opened Pac-10 play last week by sweeping Oregon by scores of 2-0 and 12-0 on Saturday and Sunday, and also defeated Oregon State, 3-0, on Friday.
UCLA leads the Pac-10 in earned run average and ranks second in the conference in batting average at .335. Freshman Donna Kerr and senior Anjelica Selden have split most of the pitching duties, and rank No. 1 and No. 3 in the Pac-10 in ERA. Kerr is 12-1 with a 0.48 ERA and 116 Ks in 87.1 IP, while Selden is 15-2 with a 0.76 ERA and 173 Ks in 111.0 IP.
At the plate, freshman GiOnaa DiSalvatore leads the team with a .406 average and 35 RBI, while fellow frosh Samantha Camuso is hitting .390 and has 29 RBI. Head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez is in her second season with the Bruins.
The Huskies dropped two spots this week in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll (Apr. 1) to No. 25. The Huskies have now been ranked in the poll for each of the last 189 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). Also, the UW moved up one spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll (Apr. 1) to No. 24, marking the first time this season they have been ranked higher in the USA Softball poll than the NFCA poll.