Softball Hosts Annual Fall Classic

Sept. 30, 2009

SEATTLE - The defending national champion Washington softball team will take the field in front of their home crowd for the first time since winning the Women's College World Series this weekend when they host the annual Husky Softball Fall Classic.

This year's tournament includes Seattle U, Lower Columbia College, Canadian power Simon Fraser and Bellevue Community College, which is coached by former Husky softball players Leah Francis, Sarah Hyatt and Rita Roach.

The Huskies are fresh off a big opening weekend of fall play in which they defeated Boise State in a doubleheader by a combined score of 27-1. The Dawgs blasted seven home runs in the two games - including two each by freshman Melanie Fagaly and sophomore Jenna Clifton. Defending National Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie also went yard in addition to throwing one-hit shutout, and sophomores Niki Williams and Felecia Harris each had long balls for the Dawgs.

Half a dozen freshmen will make their debut this weekend at Husky Softball Field, including Fagaly and fellow Californians Shawna Wright - a catcher -and infielder Jerrin Faasua. Local standouts Amanda Fitzsimmons (pitcher/infielder), Baily Harris (pitcher) and Maggie Wagner (infielder) are also helping the Huskies reload in hopes of defending their national title this spring.

This weekend's tournament is also the last time to see the Huskies play before lights are installed over the next two months at Husky Softball Field. The lights should be in place and working for UW's first spring home game on March 11 against Miami of Ohio at 5 p.m.

Below is this weekend's complete schedule:

2009 Husky Softball Fall Classic Schedule

Date Teams Location Time
Fri., Oct. 2 Washington vs. Seattle Husky Softball Stadium 3 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3 Bellevue C.C. vs. Seattle Husky Softball Stadium 9 a.m.
Sat., Oct. 3 Simon Fraser vs. Seattle Husky Softball Stadium 10:40 a.m.
Sat., Oct. 3 Simon Fraser vs. Lower Columbia College Husky Softball Stadium 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3 Washington vs. Lower Columbia College Husky Softball Stadium 2:20 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3 Washington vs. Simon Fraser Husky Softball Stadium 4:10 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 4 Lower Columbia College vs. Bellevue C.C. Husky Softball Stadium 9 a.m.
Sun., Oct. 4 Lower Columbia College vs. Seattle Husky Softball Stadium 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Oct. 4 Bellevue C.C. vs. Seattle Husky Softball Stadium 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 4 Washington vs. Bellevue Community College Husky Softball Stadium 3 p.m.
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