Softball To Host Four Games This Week
April 28, 2009
All Times Pacific All Games at Husky Softball Stadium
Games available via Gametracker, www.GoHuskies.com
Wednesday, April 29
No. 4/5 Washington (35-9, 8-6) vs. No. 2 UCLA (35-8, 10-4), 1 p.m.
Live Audio - KKNW 1150 AM
Friday, May 1
No. 4/5 Washington vs. Oregon State (24-25, 3-10), 1 p.m.
Live Audio - KKNW 1150 AM
Dawg Pack Friday - Free Food for UW Students
Saturday, May 2
No. 4/5 Washington vs. Oregon (15-29, 2-13), 3 p.m.
Spring Fling - Free Outfield Seating
Real Dawgs Wear Purple.. And Pink - Free Pink T-Shirts to First 300 Fans
Sunday, May 3
No. 4/5 Washington vs. Oregon, Noon
Free trading cards - Husky sophomores & juniorsArmed Services Day
After an eight-game road swing, the No. 4/5 University of Washington softball team returns home for their final seven games of the regular season, including four big games this week. The Huskies will host No. 2 UCLA on Wednesday at 1 p.m. followed by a three-game series against the Oregon schools over the weekend. UW will wrap up the season series against Oregon State on Friday at 1 p.m. followed by two games against the Ducks over the weekend, with Saturday's game taking place at 3 p.m. and Sunday's game getting underway at Noon.
The Huskies are currently fourth in the crowded Pac-10 standings which seem to drastically change on a daily basis. Two teams - UCLA and Arizona - have four losses, Stanford has five while Washington and ASU have lost six times each with the five teams having played an unequal amount of games. With two weeks remaining in conference play, the Pac-10 title is still up in the air with the Huskies one of five teams that still have a shot at the title.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
Two of this week's games will air live on KKNW 1150 AM with Mike Brown and John Cowley calling the action. Wednesday's game against UCLA will air live on the radio as will Friday's game versus Oregon State. Either turn your dial to 1150 AM or find audio at http://www.newschannel1150.com/.
Saturday and Sunday's games can be seen via live webcast with audio on the Huskies' official website, www.GoHuskies.com. Additionally, all four games can be followed via Gametracker on GoHuskies.com
BECOME A HUSKY FAN ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER
Fans can follow the Husky softball team and receive updates throughout 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. Search for 'Washington Husky Softball' on Facebook to find the official fan page.
BUSY WEEKEND AT THE BALLPARK
In addition to some exciting Pac-10 softball on the field, there will be lots going on at Husky Softball Stadium this weekend. After the Huskies take on UCLA Wednesday, all UW students are invited to attend the Huskies' practice on Thursday at 4 p.m. where there will be a free barbeque along with a home run derby. Students will have the opportunity to dig into the batter's box (albeit against a pitching machine, not Danielle Lawrie) and see who can knock the ball out of the park.
The following day when UW faces Oregon State, students will again be encouraged to come out for Dawg Pack Friday with free food available. The Husky band will also be in attendance as the Huskies try to sweep the season series from the Beavers. Saturday is Spring Fling at UW, with several exciting sporting events taking place including rowing's prestigious Windemere Cup along with Husky baseball against USC. Outfield seating at Husky Softball Stadium will be free Saturday when UW takes on Oregon at 3 p.m. Saturday will also be 'Real Dawgs Wear Purple... And Pink' Day as the first 300 fans will receive pink t-shirts while the Huskies will don pink jerseys in support of cancer awareness.
Finally on Sunday, fans will receive free trading cards of the Husky juniors and sophomores while the Husky band will again be in attendance. Sunday is also Armed Forces Day as the Huskies take on the Ducks at Noon.
The Huskies picked up a win in three games over the weekend in Arizona, falling 9-2 to No. 4 Arizona State on Friday before knocking off No. 7 Arizona, 4-1, on Saturday to clinch the season series from the Wildcats. After winning the first two games against Arizona State back in March to clinch the series from the Sun Devils, the Huskies picked up their second win over the Wildcats on Saturday to guarantee series wins over both the Sun Devils and Wildcats for the first time since 2000.
Against the Wildcats, Danielle Lawrie shut down the nation's highest scoring offense again, limiting Arizona to just one run on four hits while striking out 13 to give UW a 4-1 win. Ashley Charters was again the leader at the plate, going 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot while freshman Kimi Pohlman continued to hit Pac-10 pitching well, going 2-for-4. Fellow freshman Niki Williams also had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a walk.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
No. 2 UCLA (35-8, 10-4 2009; 51-9, 17-4 2008)
Series vs. UW: UCLA leads 43-21
About UCLA: The Bruins come to Seattle as the hottest team in the conference, riding a nine-game winning streak. All nine wins have come in conference play and followed a four-game losing streak which saw the Bruins start a surprising 1-4 in conference play. Since then, UCLA has been unbeatable, led by Megan Langenfeld in the circle, who is 11-0 on the season. The Bruins swept three games on the road against the Arizona schools last weekend, capping the weekend with a school-record seven home runs in a 10-4 win over ASU. They also run-ruled the Sun Devils, 9-1, on Saturday after defeating Arizona, 2-1, on Friday. The Bruins are led by Katie Schroeder at the plate, who sports at .410 average and 13 home runs, while Langenfeld has carried UCLA in the circle with her 1.11 ERA.
Series History: The Bruins have already clinched the season series over the Huskies after winning both games in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. UCLA has now now five consecutive meetings between the two teams after sweeping the season series last season. The Huskies took two-of-three from the Bruins in 2007 including one at Husky Softball Stadium.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Oregon State (24-25, 3-10 2009; 28-31, 6-15 2008)
Series vs. UW: Washington leads 42-16
About Oregon State: The Beavers are looking to get back on track after being swept last weekend in the Bay Area by Cal and Stanford. Oregon State is looking to get back above the .500 mark to become eligible for postseason play. Despite the losses last weekend, the Beavers set a new school record by turning their 29th double play of the season. OSU is led at the plate by sophomore Audrey Roderfeld, who carries a .326 average and also leads the team with 12 home runs and 34 RBI. Freshman Paige Hall has carried most of the load in the circle, going 14-10 with a 3.11 ERA while Kelly Dyer leads the team with 107 strikeouts in 163.1 innings.
Series History: The Huskies clinched the season series over the Beavers two weeks ago by winning a pair of games in Corvallis and will look to sweep the season series for the first time since 2004. UW had dropped two-of-three to the Beavers in four consecutive seasons.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Oregon (15-29, 2-13 2009; 35-29, 5-16 2008)
Series vs. UW: Washington leads 42-14
About Oregon: Like their state counterparts, the Ducks are also coming off a weekend in the Bay Area in which they were swept by Cal and Stanford. Oregon has been led by their speedy trio of Neena Bryant, Sari-Jane Jenkins and Cortney Kivett, who have a combined 59 stolen bases this season. Bryant leads the team with a .338 average and 26 steals, the latter of which ranks third in the conference. Jenkins, an All Pac-10 outfielder who is the Ducks' all-time leader in steals, sports a .309 average with 12 steals. Samantha Skillingstad has led the way in the circle, going 11-12 with a 2.14 ERA.
Series History: The Huskies hold a commanding lead in the series and have won six of the last seven against the Ducks, including a win in Eugene two weeks ago. UW won the season series last year, 2-1, and has captured the season series from the Ducks in five consecutive seasons. They last swept the three-game series in 2007.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS
UW is No. 4 in the NFCA poll this week and No. 5 in the ESPN.com rankings. UW has been in the nation's top-5 for 10 consecutive weeks since being ranked No. 7 in the NFCA poll on Feb. 17. UW is No. 3 in the all-important RPI rankings, which take strength of schedule into account. The Huskies only trail No.1 Florida and No. 2 Alabama - both of whom they've beat - in the RPI.
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.
HOME SWEET HOME
With their 9-0 record at Husky Softball Stadium this season, the Huskies are off to their best home start in school history. The 2005 team previously started 8-0 at home before the 2009 team surpassed that mark recently. The nine-game home winning streak is still a ways off from the longest home winning streak in school history, which is a 15-gamer held by the 1996 team. That team went 18-2 overall at home en route to its first World Series appearance.
NO SLOWING DOWN
Since having her 16-game hitting streak snapped three weeks ago against UCLA, Ashley Charters has bounced right back into form. The senior collected four hits in 10 at bats last weekend against the Arizona schools - including her eighth three-hit game of the season against Arizona - and has now hit safely in five of the last six games and in 21 of 24 overall. With a .459 overall average, Charters is threatening to break UW's long-standing single-season average record of .472, set by Angie Marzetta in 1993.
Charters has especially enjoyed hitting Pac-10 pitching, hitting safely in 11 of 14 conference games and collecting at least two hits in 10 of those games. She is hitting an even .500 in conference play (25x50), scoring 12 runs and driving in six. Her .459 overall average ranks second in the Pac-10 and eighth nationally. She also ranks second in the Pac-10 in stolen bases, fourth in hits and seventh in runs scored.
MOVING ON UP
With her four hits over the weekend, Ashley Charters moved into a tie for third all-time in UW history with 286 knocks. She needs just six more to tie Jaime Clark for second and needs 33 to tie the all-time record established by Sara Pickering. Charters also inched closer to the all-time runs record with one over the weekend, giving her 196 compared to all-time leader Clark, who crossed home plate 223 times in her career.
SILENCING THE CATS
After no-hitting the nation's highest-scoring offense back on April 3, Danielle Lawrie was at it again last weekend, silencing Arizona's potent bats in a 4-1 Husky victory. While the Wildcats made sure there would be no no-no from the get-go when Brittany Lastrapes doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning, Lawrie was nearly as unhittable the rest of the way, retiring 11 in a row after Lastrapes' hit. She struck out 13 in the game and allowed just four hits, keeping the Wildcats' high scoring offense at bay.
Lawrie was most impressive in the fifth inning of the game when she worked herself into some trouble but promptly worked her way out. After walking the first two batters of the inning and allowing a single to load the bases, Lastrapes struck again with an RBI single. But Lawrie, as she has done all season, bore down and got K'Lee Arredondo to ground into a fielder's choice put out at home for the second out. Then facing No. 3 hitter Jenae Leles with the bases juiced and the nation's HR leader Stacie Chambers on deck, Lawrie went to a 3-0 count before coming back to strike out Leles on a wicked change up to escape the jam. She would go on to record her 26th win of the season.
With 16 strikeouts over the weekend, Danielle Lawrie can now lay claim to the top three single-season strikeout marks in UW history. Lawrie now has 325 strikeouts on the season, passing Jennifer Spediacci's 316 in 2000. Lawrie holds the No. 1 spot with her 457 Ks in 2007 and the No. 2 spot with 387 in 2006.
Lawrie could have up to four chances this week to tie and/or break UW's single-season shutout record. She has 15 this season, one shy of Spediacci's 16 in 2000.
Kimi Pohlman continues to impress in her first season with the Huskies, proving to be one of the more consistent hitters in UW's lineup this season. With speed and power to boot, Pohlman has solidified herself in the No. 2 spot in UW's lineup and has been a mainstay in the outfield. The freshman is batting .373 on the season, which ranks ninth in the Pac-10, making her one of just two rookies in the Pac-10's top-10 in average. Pohlman has yet to be caught stealing this season, going a perfect 14-for-14 on her attempts. She has also shown some pop in her bat, belting two home runs, including a grand slam for her first career long ball.
Pohlman hasn't backed down against the toughest competition either as she's hitting a robust .390 in conference games. Earlier this season, Pohlman showed her clutch ability when she provided the game-winning single in UW's 1-0 victory over current No. 1 Florida, notching the single against All-American Stacey Nelson.
GETTING HER SEA(TT)LEGS
While new Husky Jenn Salling is still getting her timing back after not playing in game competition since the 2008 Olympics, the Canadian superstar appears to finally be coming around for the Huskies at just the right time as they head down the stretch toward postseason play.
Salling, who was a First team All-American and the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year with Oregon in 2007, will face her former team again this weekend after picking up her first career hit as a Husky against the Ducks two weeks ago. Since making her debut at home in early April against the Arizona schools, Salling has been a solid contributer from the No. 3 spot in the lineup, driving in five runs and scoring four times.
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