Breaking It Down With Bailey

May 11, 2009

Make up blog: recap of the Oregon weekend ANNNNND Bay Area schools.

So basically, I need to earn back the respect of my blog fans. I have been slacking more than ever and apologize profusely!

When we hosted the Oregon schools it was a great treat to be able to sweep another weekend at home and continue our home winning streak! Being at home has been more than amazing this season, and our fans are a big part of that! We have also lucked out and the weather has held off so we could get all our games in without any issues!

Friday's game against Oregon State was a big turning point for our team this season. At the beginning of the year we would like, bait the other team to score and then decided we would come back and beat them. It was like a small game within the game that we were subconsciously playing. Sort of like 'oh ok, you scored, I guess we should stop letting you hang around with us.' Well as the season progressed, once we got down, we would start to press and freak out around the 4th inning if we hadn't scored by then. Friday that was not the case. Down by two runs late in the game, we rallied to put up five runs and ultimately take the game from the Beavs who thought they were gonna get away with one. They're always looking to help out the Pac-10 by sniper-ing wins from conference-leading teams. But we took care of business the way we should. We also had the cutest bat boy EVER named Jack. I asked him, 'Who's your favorite baseball player, Jack?' and he responded with, 'Well I don't know who my favorite baseball player is, but my favorite softball player is Monica Abbott because she is left-handed and I am left-handed.' So cute! He also knew just about everything there is to know about UW softball and we want him to become out permanent bat boy.

[In Wednesday's game against UCLA we had TWO bat girls, who looked almost identical even though one (Lauren) is from Washington and the other (Sarah) is from Ketchikan, AK! What a great treat!]

Saturday we just lit up Oregon with 11 runs on 11 hits in five innings, which was great to see our team open up a game like that. To have six different players contribute hits and four of them with multi-hit games, that's huge. Saturday was also my Daddy-O's 42nd birthday! He's growing up so fast!!

Sunday, Ashlyn Watson homered for the second straight day to lead our team to an 8-2 victory and seal the weekend sweep to keep our hopes for a conference title alive!

And how about that brunette pitcher of ours, Danielle Lawrie! Sixth All Pac-10 honor this season to make her the first pitcher in history to win the title six times in a season (and she's not done yet). Or, how about being the only pitcher in NCAA history to no-hit UCLA and Arizona in the same season... LET ALONE HER CAREER! That's pretty impressive to say the least.

Moving on to our final home weekend against the Bay Area schools...

Going into the weekend a perfect 13-and-0 at home, we felt pretty comfortable when we were facing the No. 2 Cardinal at Husky Stadium even though they had already taken two from us at the beginning of the year. This time, we put up seven runs on eight hits to stay in contention for a Pac-10 title by dominating the Card. We are clearly a better team the second time around the PAC-10 than we had been in the first half, but the Huskies have always been a team that makes great adjustments and figures it all out at the right time (according to Coach Tarr).

Friday's game was really a very frustrating game. We beat the Golden Bears at Levine-Fricke field earlier this season in a 9-1 route in five innings. But this game went a little differently. We couldn't seem to string together any offense. We were just off a little bit. We got runners on, but lack of execution wound up with our 14-game home winning streaked snapped and our hopes of a Pac-10 title were put out of reach. But that isn't ultimately what we want in the end anyway...(knock on wood). Losing 1-0 to the Cal Bears made the mood after the game somewhat somber. I honestly felt that someone had just was brutal. And to top it off, I was the chosen 'Player of the Game' for the radio by Mike Brown and John Cowley (which I told them they have picked me to be the radio guest after losses two straight years, brutal hahaha!) but it was a lot of fun. I told them things just didn't come together for us today but tomorrow we will come out early and put runs on the board and let Cal know we're out to get a victory, especially for our seniors who would be playing their last regular season home game.

And what did we do on Saturday? First inning, we jumped out with six runs to put the game out of reach early. Like I said we needed to do. Sending 11 hitters to the plate in the first is something I haven't seen our team do all season. We got the game over with in five innings, which always makes Danielle happy, and were able to send our seven seniors out in style! After the game was our honoring of the girls I have spent the last three years of my life with, and I can tell you, I wasn't short of any tears. Me, being the emotional person I am, stood next to my best friend Amanda Fleischman while she held her tears back like a champ, in fact when I asked her why she wasn't bawling like a fool like I was, she responded with, 'I'm still in competitive mode I guess.' Once all of the seniors got through though, she started crying harder than I was! I guess I am just really going to miss them. They are all just really stand up people, overall amazing individuals who I cannot imagine what my life would be like had they not been in it (ok, a tear just hit my keyboard...I'm lame).

Anyway, going 15-1 at home isn't too shabby.

On Sunday, a.k.a tell-your-mom-how-awesome-she-is day, we got together to see our post-season fate unveiled in the Binger Boardroom (I just got the chills writing that, since it refers to a long time friend of UW, Marlin Binger, who passed away earlier this season). We gathered around the big screen with family and friends anxiously waiting through three commercial breaks to see where we would end up. We were seeded #3 overall out of 64 teams and, much to our surprise, are being shipped across the country to Amherst, Massachusetts...but if anybody can do it, the Washington Huskies can. We are very used to having to travel around the country to play, and this should be quite the adventure since many of us have never been to Massachusetts. Bring on the frequent flier miles baby!

Well, this is by far the longest, most emotional blog I could have concocted, and thank you for your patience in reading it!

I just wanted to give another shout out to our fans! Thanks for your support at home this season!! Please continue to follow us through this post season as we hope to make history!

Stay classy and GOOOOO TEAM PURP!

Love, 20

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