Softball Enjoys Busy Weekend Celebrating National Championship
Sept. 21, 2009
SEATTLE - Last weekend will go down in the memories of many Husky fans who were there to see the Washington football team pull of a stunning upset of No. 3 USC. But the weekend was also memorable for those close to the Washington softball program, which picked a perfect weekend to celebrate their recent National Championship.
The current Huskies and a large group of alumni got together for a weekend-long celebration of the victory in June, starting Friday afternoon with an alumni game. Highlights included four-time All-American Kristen Rivera showing she's still got the skills by going yard. Another Husky All-American, Tia Bollinger, pitched well for the alums, who were pesky as always in hanging around with the National Champs. When the going got tough though, who better to step it up than National Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie, who struck Rivera out late in the game to preserve the win.
After the past and present of Husky softball mingled for a post-game barbeque, the group gathered again Saturday morning for a tailgate at Husky Softball Field while head coach Heather Tarr and Lawrie did an interview with KJR's Dave 'Softy' Mahler at The Zone. The entire group then made their way to The Zone to watch the 2009 team receive their national championship rings in front of a big crowd of fans.
The Huskies then watched the football team's historic victory, during which Danielle Lawrie was honored between the first and second quarters for her National Player of the Year Award and Honda Award while the team was honored at halftime for their National Championship. The weekend wrapped up Sunday with the Cruise of Champions.