National Champs Release 2010 Schedule
Sept. 15, 2009
SEATTLE - The defending national champion Washington softball team released its 2010 schedule today, which features six preseason tournaments, a re-vamped Pac-10 schedule and the first-ever night games at Husky Softball Stadium.
The Huskies had one of the most difficult schedules in 2009 en route to the first national championship in program history. This season, UW will once again face a challenging pre-season schedule in addition to the always difficult Pac-10 slate of games.
UW will travel to prestigious tournaments such as the season-opening Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs Calif., and the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. Additionally, the Huskies will return to the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego and the Hawai'i Invitational Tournament in Honolulu.
The Huskies will also once again host the Husky Softball Classic, but this time with a new twist. The tournament is scheduled to feature the first-ever night game played at Husky Softball Stadium on Thursday, March 11 when the Dawgs take on Miami of Ohio at 5 p.m. Thanks to generous donations from Husky softball supporters, lights will be in place at the stadium in an effort to allow UW to host NCAA Tournament games.
The Husky Softball Classic takes place March 11-14 and will include Portland State and Seattle in addition to Miami. UW will play three night games throughout the course of the weekend.
Following a doubleheader at Portland State in late March, the Huskies embark on the Pac-10 season which will change dramatically this season. Instead of home-and-home series against the other seven Pac-10 schools, teams will play one three-game series against a school over a single weekend. UW will start the Pac-10 campaign with back-to-back home weekend series, hosting UCLA, April 1-3, and Arizona, April 9-11. The Huskies will then travel down to Eugene, Ore., for a three-game series at Oregon, April 16-19, followed by a three-game series at California, April 23-25.
UW will close out the Pac-10 schedule by hosting Oregon State and Stanford in consecutive weekend before traveling down to Tempe to face Arizona State. The teams will flip-flop venues in 2011, with UW heading down for three-game series at the teams they hosted in 2010 and vice versa.
Postseason play in 2010 will be pushed ahead one week, with the Women's College World Series taking place in Oklahoma City, June 3-9, where the Huskies hope to become the first team to win back-to-back Women's College World Series titles since Arizona in 2006 and '07.
The Huskies graduated seven seniors from last year's squad but return 2009 USA Softball National Player of the Year and Women's College World Series Most Outstanding Player Danielle Lawrie, along with All-Region selection Kimi Pohlman and fellow Women's College World Series All-Tournament selections Morgan Stuart and Niki Williams. The Huskies will also enjoy a full season of All-American Jenn Salling who made a huge impact after joining the team last April as a transfer.
The installation of lights at Husky Softball Stadium will begin next week with construction scheduled to be completed in late October. The Huskies report to campus for fall practice this week and will host the Husky Softball Fall Classic, Oct. 2-4.
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