No. 3 UW To Host New Mexico In Three-Game Series
March 18, 2009
No. 3 Washington vs. New Mexico
Husky Softball Stadium, Seattle, Wash.
Saturday, March 21
No. 3 Washington vs. New Mexico, Noon
Little League & ASA Day
Free General Admission Outfield Seating
Sunday, March 22
No. 3 Washington vs. New Mexico, Noon
Free General Admission Outfield Seating
All games available via Gametracker and broadcast on KKNW-1150 AM
The No. 3 Washington Husky softball team stays home this weekend for their final non-conference tune-up before heading into Pac-10 play next weekend. The Huskies will play a three-game series against New Mexico, with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 21, at Noon followed by a single-game on Sunday, March 22 also at Noon.
Following their three games against the Lobos, UW will kick off Pac-10 play next weekend when they head to the Bay Area to take on No. 7/10 California and No. 4 Stanford.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
This weekend marks the season debut of Husky softball on KKNW-1150 AM as all three games will be broadcast live on the Seattle station. Mike Brown will call the action for the 11th consecutive season with John Cowley providing color commentary for the seventh season in a row.
Live stats will also be available for all games via Gametracker on www.gohuskies.com. The live chat will not take place during home games but updates will still be sent via Twitter.
FOLLOW THE HUSKIES ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK
Fans can follow along for occasional updates during the season on the UW Softball Twitter page by logging on to www.twitter.com/UWSoftball. The Huskies can also be found on Facebook via the Washington Softball fan page. To access the fan page, search for Washington Husky Softball on Facebook.
DAD'S AND DAUGHTERS WEEKEND APPROACHING
The Huskies and KJR-AM radio will team up for the UW-KJR Dads & Daughters Day at Husky Softball Stadium, Saturday, April 4 when UW plays defending national champion Arizona State at 3 p.m.
For just $6 per person, fans will receive one general admission outfield ticket, one Dads & Daughters t-shirt and the opportunity to participate in a post-game Q&A with UW coaches and student-athletes. Pre-game activities include free trading cards of the UW Freshmen to the first 500 fans and all participating daughters will be invited to join the Huskies on the field for the National Anthem at approximately 2:50 p.m.
To order your tickets, visit GoHuskies.com. Within 24 hours you will receive a confirmation email, as well as t-shirt size information. Space is limited so order early to guarantee your spot. For more information, email Amy Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Huskies had a successful weekend at the prestigious Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., compiling a 4-1 record in one of the toughest tournaments in the country.
The Huskies earned victories over No. 22 Florida State, No. 8 Michigan and No. 25 Fresno State along with a 14-13 slugfest over Penn State. Danielle Lawrie earned all three of the victories over ranked teams, allowing just one run and five hits in 27.1 innings while striking out 47 batters. She allowed just two hits against Florida State, with Ashlyn Watson again provided the clutch game-winning hit in a 4-1 win. After UW outslugged Penn State in a wild game - with the Huskies overcoming deficits of 7-1, 11-4 and 13-6 to win in the bottom of the seventh - the Huskies won a much different ball game, 1-0 over Michigan. Lawrie allowed just one hit and struck out 13 while Morgan Stuart's home run provided all the offense.
Lawrie came back the next day to allow just two hits in 11 innings while striking out 18 as the Huskies outlasted Fresno State, 3-0. Ashley Charters provided the game-winning hit to give UW its fourth extra-inning win of the season. Stuart led the Huskies over the weekend with a .471 average and two home runs.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
New Mexico (9-14 2009, 25-26 2008)
Series vs. UW: Series tied 1-1
About New Mexico: The Lobos are coming off a tough weekend in the Judi Garman Classic where they played five games, four of which were against ranked teams. NMU was able to snag one victory, a 1-0 decision over No. 21 DePaul. The Lobos have been led at the plate by senior outfielder Samantha Hughes, who leads the team in average (.397), runs (19), hits (31), home runs (3) and stolen bases (12). Senior Analise Rubalcava, who did not pitch her previous three seasons, has led the Lobos in the circle, earning five of the team's nine victories.
Series History: The Huskies won the first meetnig between the two teams, a 3-2 decision in 2001. The Lobos came back last season to beat UW for the first time, earning a 3-2 win in the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque.
LAWRIE EARNS THIRD PAC-10 HONOR
With her three wins last weekend, Danielle Lawrie was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season. Lawrie won three games against ranked teams and allowed just one run, five hits and five walks in her four appearances to go along with 47 strikeouts.
Lawrie had a very economical performance against No. 8 Michigan, which came into the game averaging 4.6 runs per game. She allowed just one hit and did not walk a batter - retiring the first 15 batters of the game - and struck out 13 Woverines while throwing just 85 pitches. She came back the next day to throw 11 strong innings against Fresno State, allowing just two hits and striking out 18, her most Ks since a career-high 20-strikeout performance in 2007.
The award is the seventh of Lawrie's career, tying her with Arizona standout Jennie Finch.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS
UW is No. 3 in both polls this week, earning two first-place votes in the NFCA/USA Today poll and one in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
The Huskies spent two weeks at the top spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 earlier this season after going 5-0 in the Cathedral City Classic, including a 1-0 win over current No.1 Florida. That performance gave the Huskies their first No. 1 ranking since the 2000 season. It was also the first time the Huskies have ever been ranked No. 1 in the ESPN.com poll, which has been in existence since 2003.
BEAT THE BEST TO BE THE BEST
The Huskies have proven so far this season they can compete with anyone in the country, which will bode well for their chances of winning the program's first National Championships. The Huskies have already beaten five of the top 10 teams in the country and have three more top-10 teams to play in No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 UCLA and No. 7 California.
The Huskies have earned victories over No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Tennessee, No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 Georgia. They have also defeated No. 14 Ohio State, No. 22 Florida State and No. 25 Fresno State. In all, UW is 8-2 against teams currently ranked in the Top 25.
In one of the craziest games in Husky history, UW scored eight runs in the final two innings to defeat Penn State, 14-13, in last week's Judi Garman Classic. The Huskies allowed season highs in runs (13) and hits (14), but also had season highs of their own in doubles (5) and triples (2) and saw several individual players establish career highs. Ashley Charters tied a school record by scoring five times in the game, going 2-for-2 with a triple and three walks. Niki Williams had a career-day, going 4-for-5 with three runs and five RBI, setting career highs in hits, runs and RBI. Ashlyn Watson also chipped in a career-high five RBI.
The Huskies fell behind early as Penn State jumped out to leads of 5-1 after one inning and 7-1 after two. While the Dawgs chipped away, Penn State kept extending their lead and took a 13-6 lead into the sixth. But UW scored five in the sixth and three in the seventh to win the game on Williams' game-tying triple and Alicia Blake's game-winning single.
In all, UW has come-from-behind to win seven games this season.
CHARTERS CLOSING IN
As her senior year approaches the half-way point, Ashley Charters is starting to leave her mark on the Husky program as she nears a couple of career records.
With two steals and two triples last weekend, Charters moved closer to the record in both categories. She now has 112 stolen bases in her career, just one shy of tying Rosie Leutzinger's career record in that category. She also legged out two triples over the weekend to give her 13 in her career, the second-most in school history behind Becky Newbry's 16.
Charters also scored seven runs over the weekend - including tying the single-game record with five against Penn State - to jump over three people and move into sixth all time with 179. Charters also moved up to ninth in walks with five last weekend and needs just one hit to move up into the top 10 in that category.
HURTS SO GOOD
Speaking of records, Morgan Stuart is on pace for a painful record as she has been hit by pitch nine times already this season, which already ranks tied for sixth on the single-season charts. She still has a few bruises to go to catch Kim DePaul's record of 19 set in 2000.
RISING TO THE TOP
In just over two seasons, Danielle Lawrie is carving a name for herself in not just the UW record books, but also the Pac-10 record books as well.With 47 Ks last week, Lawrie's career total now stands at 1,052, moving into the Pac-10's career leaders, replacing Jennie Finch in the No. 10 spot. Lawrie is already UW's career and single-single record holder and will look to challenge her own single-season record of 457 set in 2007. The Pac-10 record is 522 by Taryne Mowatt in 2007. Lawrie needs just 148 strikeouts to move into the 1,200 K club, which only 23 pitchers in NCAA history are a part of.
Additionally, Lawrie's 12 shutouts this season already rank second on the UW single-season charts, just four shy of the record of 16 set by Jennifer Spediacci in 2000. Her 32 career shuouts moves her into sole posession of second all time, just eight shy of Spediacci's career record.
Senior Ashlyn Watson has had a breakout year for the Huskies, making the most of her first healthy season by leading the Huskies in average (.427), doubles (6), home runs (7) and RBI (25). Her double and home runs totals are already career highs while she is one shy of her career high of 26 RBI established her freshman season.
A career .219 hitter coming into 2009, Watson has been the most consistent force in the Husky lineup this season, hitting safely in 20 of the 26 games she's played in. She also leads the team in mult-hit (11) and multi-RBI (7) games and has risen to the occasion against some of the toughest pitching in the country. Watson batted .438 (7x16) in the Cathedral City Classic, including a 2-for-4 effort against All-American Stacey Nelson of Florida. In the Easton SEC/Pac-10/Big 12 Challenge against three ranked teams, Watson hit safely in every game, batting .533 (8x15) with two doubles, two home runs and two RBI along with three multi-hit games. Both of her home runs came in UW's 2-0 win over No. 7/8 Georgia.
TRIPLE YOUR PLEASURE
The Huskies did not have a triple in 56 games last season, the first time in school history UW went an entire season without a three-bagger. Senior Ashley Charters made sure the Huskies wouldn't repeat the effort when she picked up a three-bagger against UC Santa Barbara in the opening game of the Campbell Cartier Classic.
UW now has eight triples on the season and could challenge the school record of 20 set by the 2002 team.
FLEXING THEIR MUSCLES
After hitting just 29 home runs in 2008, the Huskies have the pop back in their bats this season, and have nearly equaled that output. UW has connected for 24 home runs in their first 27 games with nine different players going deep, including four freshmen. Ashlyn Watson has already equaled the team's individual high set last season with seven home runs (Morgan Stuart and Alicia Blake each had 7 in '08) while leadoff hitter Ashley Charters has gone yard five times.
The Huskies have also received clutch hitting throughout their lineup in 2009 as eight different players have 10 or more RBI. Besides Watson's team-leading 25, Blake has also knocked in 18 while freshman Felecia Harris has driven in 16. Charters has 15 while two more freshman - Niki Williams and Kimi Pohlman - are among those with 10+ RBI.
SPEAKING OF FRESHMEN...
Kimi Pohlman has worked her way into a full-time starting position in the outfield, proving she's got the speed and power to play every day. Pohlman is third on the team with a .368 average (25x68) and second with eight stolen bases while also belting two home runs. Pohlman's 11 RBI ranks tied for sixth on the team. Her biggest impact this season was a game-winning single in the ninth inning against All-American Stacey Nelson to lead UW to a 1-0 victory over current No. 1 Florida.
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