Huskies Host Cal and Stanford This Weekend

April 3, 2008

SEATTLE - The No. 25/24 (NFCA/USA Softball) Washington Huskies play host to two ranked Pac-10 Conference opponents this weekend, starting with a 1:00 p.m. game against No. 23/21 California on Friday. The Huskies then host No. 7/7 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.

The Huskies dropped a close decision to No. 4/1 UCLA on Wednesday, losing 7-6 in eight innings. The UW scored a run in the top of the first before the Bruins scored six in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead. Washington responded right back, though, scoring five runs in the fifth to tie it up at 6-6.

The game went into extra innings where UCLA took advantage of four walks issued by the Huskies to claim the win. With the loss, Washington fell to 22-11-1 and 1-2 in the Pac-10.

Despite losing two of its past three agmes, Washington has still won 18 of its past 25 games after a 4-4-1 start. The Huskies entered the Judi Garman Classic on March 20 riding a nine-game winning streak, but had it snapped in their first game against No. 25 San Diego State. It was their longest winning streak since winning nine in a row during the 2004 season (Feb. 7-Feb. 15).

California will enter Friday's game at 32-12 and 1-2 in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears own a 31-25 lead in the series against the UW, but the Huskies took the season series last year by winning two of three. The two teams split in Seattle before the Huskies won in Berkeley.

The Golden Bears went 1-2 last weekend against Arizona to open conference play and entered the USA Today/NFCA poll at No. 23, while moving up two spots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll to No. 21. Freshman utility player Sanoe Kekahuna leads the team in several offensive categories, including batting average (.392), doubles (14), home runs (7) and RBI (42).

Stanford will play at UCLA on Friday before heading to Seattle for two games. The Cardinal are 32-5 and 0-3 in the Pac-10 after losing all three games to Arizona State last weekend in Palo Alto. They entered conference action riding a 12 game winning streak.

Washington holds a 33-16 lead in the series and won two of three last year. The two squads split a pair of games in Palo Alto, before the UW won in Seattle.

Stanford sophomore catcher Rosey Neill ranks in the top-10 of five major Pac-10 statistical categories, including first in home runs (15) and slugging percentage (.904), second in RBI (42), sixth in the batting (.404) and tied for seventh in on-base percentage (.479). 12th-year head coach John Rittman is 465-224-3 at Stanford, and was an assistant coach at the UW for four seasons from 1993-96.

Notes: Washington's game against Oregon that was rained out last Friday (Mar. 28), has been rescheduled for Friday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m. It will part of a doubleheader as the two teams were originally scheduled to play at 4:00 p.m. that day. The Huskies will be the designated home team in the first game.

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