Let There Be Lights!

Sept. 14, 2009

SEATTLE - The Washington softball team may not have won the 2009 National Championship without a memorable three-week road trip for the NCAA Tournament, which took them to Massachusetts, Georgia and Oklahoma City and back home again with a trophy in hands.

But as much as those three weeks may have contributed to the team coming together to win the Women's College World Series, the Huskies would no doubt rather make another run to a national title in front of their home crowd.

In 2010, that possibility could now be a reality, thanks to generous supporters of Husky Softball, who came together to raise enough money to fund the installation of lights at Husky Softball Field.

Last season, the NCAA made it mandatory that teams have lights in order to host NCAA Regionals and/or NCAA Super Regionals. The Huskies were unable to raise enough funds leading up to the tournament in order to get the host bid, but the team's spirited run through the tournament - traveling to the University of Massachusetts where they withstood a 15-inning marathon Regional Final game, followed by a direct flight to Atlanta for the Super Regionals, followed by another direct flight to Oklahoma City all as the No. 3 national seed - inspired many in the Husky community to step up and help the program reach their goal.

Crews will break ground on the new light stands in September, with the project slated to be completed in November. The Huskies plan to host night games not only in the Husky Softball Classic in March, but also throughout the Pac-10 season. Should the national champions have a successful regular season, they will be eligible to host NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals in hopes of defending their title.

Stay tuned to GoHuskies.com for the entire 2010 schedule, including the date of the first-ever night game in UW softball history, which will be released later this week.

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