First Place, No. 1 Huskies Return Home To Host OSU
April 28, 2010
No. 1 Washington (37-5, 9-3) vs. Oregon State (22-24, 2-10)
Husky Softball Stadium - Seattle, Wash.
Friday, April 30 - 6 p.m.
Live stats available via Gametracker
Radio: KKNW 1150 A.M. (listen here)
The No. 1-ranked and first-place Washington softball team (35-7, 9-3) returns to Husky Softball Stadium this week to start a two-week homestand, playing its final two regular-season series at home this year. The homestand kicks off this week with a three-game series against Oregon State (22-24, 2-10) starting this Friday at 6 p.m. The two teams will square off again on Saturday at 4 p.m. before wrapping up the series on Sunday at Noon.
WATCH OR LISTEN LIVE
All three games can be either seen or heard if you can't make it to the ballpark this weekend. The final two games of the weekend will air live on UWTV with former Husky All-Americans Angie Mentink and Dena Tyson-Slye calling the action. If you do not have UWTV in your area, the broadcast will also be streamed live on GoHuskies.com with an All-Access Pass. Additionally, all three games can be heard on the radio with Friday and Saturday's games on KKNW 1150 AM and Sunday's game on KIXI 880 AM. For those not in Seattle, links to listen online can be found on GoHuskies.com. As always, live stats are also available via Gametracker.
AT THE BALLPARK
For those who can make it to the ballpark, it will be a busy weekend of activities. Saturday and Sunday's game have already been sold out - with standing room only available - but tickets are still available for Friday's game. Prior to the opener, UW men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Free outfield general admission tickets will be available for the game, which runs simultaneously with UW football's annual Spring Game. Sunday is busy with Dads and Daughters Day, the Husky band in attendance along with UW's live mascot, Dubs, who will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Additionally, UW student-athletes will be canvassing multiple Husky athletic events this weekend, including the softball game on Friday, in order to solicit extra change. The donations will support local initiatives dear to a lot of students' hearts due to their connection with sports growing up. The project, named 'Coins for Kids,' involves all of Washington's student-athletes and seeks to provide extra funding for local schools. All proceeds benefit the Seattle Public School Physical Education Program. The goal for Washington is to provide enough funding to help local schools purchase much-needed athletic equipment to implement their new PE curriculum.
PARTICIPATE IN PITCH, HIT & RUN
Boys and girls between the ages of 7-14 can test their baseball and softball skills at Husky Softball Stadium during the 2010 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run skills competition on Sunday, May 2. The competition, which will take place following the Huskies game against Oregon State, gives kids the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities along with a chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif.
The competition is free and tickets to the softball game are not required for participation. Competition will take place in four age divisions, including the 7-8 year-old division, the 8-9 year-old division, 11-12 and 13-14 year-old divisions. Age is determined as of July 17, 2010 and a copy of a valid birth certificate or baptismal record for age verification must be provided. Registration takes place starting at 2:30 p.m. with competition starting at 3 p.m., or 30 minutes following the Washington-Oregon State game should it extend past 3 p.m. To register and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 543-6072.
BECOME A HUSKY FAN ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER
Fans can follow the Husky softball team and receive updates throughout the season on the UW Softball Twitter page by logging on to www.twitter.com/UWSoftball. Head coach Heather Tarr and National Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie have their own Twitter accounts as well and fans can follow them at www.twitter.com/CoachTarr and www.twitter.com/daniellelawrie5. The Huskies can also be found on Facebook via the Washington Softball fan page at www.facebook.com/UWHuskySoftball. To become a fan of Danielle Lawrie, search Facebook for Danielle Lawrie.
LEADERS OF THE PAC
The Huskies stayed atop the Pac-10 standings with their fourth-consecutive series win last weekend at California and return home one game ahead of Arizona in the standings. UW has won all four of their series this year, including a three-game sweep of the second-place Wildcats three weeks ago. UW won two-of-three at home against UCLA in the season opener, then swept Arizona for the first time in school history before hitting the road for a two-week swing, taking two-of-three from both Oregon - which went into the series tied for first with the Huskies - and Cal to take over sole possession of the top spot.
A fast start in conference play has always been a good sign for the Dawgs. UW's 9-3 record is tied for the third-best in school history and is their best 12-game start in Pac-10 play since 2000. That team started 10-2 en route to the second of the program's two Pac-10 titles with a 17-4 record. The 1996 team also started 10-2 and went on to win the program's first Pac-10 title, eventually getting to the national title game. UW also started 9-3 in 1998 and went on to finish second in the conference and second in the Women's College World Series.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE
2010: 22-24, 2-10
2009: 25-30, 4-17
Series vs. UW: Washington leads, 43-16
About Oregon State: The Beavers are looking to snap a three-game losing streak after being swept last weekend by No. 3 Arizona and sit at the bottom of the Pac-10 standings. The Beavers won a game against No. 8 Stanford a few weeks ago before having the tough task of facing No. 7 UCLA and No. 3 Arizona in back-to-back weeks. OSU did squeeze a game against Portland State in between, defeating the Vikings, 2-1. Freshman Lea Cavestany leads the Beavers at the plate, hitting .373 with seven home runs and 32 RBI, the latter two of which are second on the squad. Junior Audrey Roderfeld leads those two categories, belting 13 home runs and driving in 42. Paige Hall has seen most of the action in the circle, going 16-19 with a 3.39 ERA.
Series History: The Huskies swept the season series from the Beavers last year, 3-0, winning by scores of 1-0 and 7-1 in Corvallis and 5-2 in Seattle. It was UW's first series win over the Beavers since 2004 when they also earned a three-game sweep. UW won the season series with OSU 11 of the first 12 years of the program until the Beavers finally broke through in 2005.
The Huskies won their second-straight Pac-10 road series, taking two-of-three from the No. 13/17 Cal Bears. Danielle Lawrie dominated the Bears, throwing 17 scoreless innings and allowing just three total hits, while striking out 32 batters. She held Cal scoreless over 10 innings on Friday, striking out a season-high 18 and keeping her team in the game long enough to pull out 1-0 win. Lawrie got a rest on Saturday after throwing 173 pitches the previous day and the Bears roughed up freshman Baily Harris in a 9-1 five-inning win. But the Huskies bounced back on Sunday to take the series behind Lawrie's third perfect game of the year in which she struck out 14 batters. Niki Williams blasted a two-run home run and Bailey Stenson and Hooch Fagaly each drove in runs to help UW stay atop the Pac-10 standings.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS
The Huskies retained the No. 1 spot in both national polls this week, something they have done all 12 weeks since the preseason polls were released. For the second straight week, however, they did lose ground to No. 2 Michigan, which received 11 votes in the NFCA poll and eight in the USA Today poll, up from seven and six, respectively, last week. It marks the closest any team has been to the Huskies all season.
UW started the season ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history and have held the top spot every week, seven times unanimously. Seven of the eight Pac-10 teams are now ranked, with four of those seven in the top 10 (Washington, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State).
Danielle Lawrie tied a Pac-10 record this weekend when she fired her third perfect game of the season. She now has four in her career, one shy of another conference record. Lawrie kicked off the season in style with her first-career seven-inning perfect game against Auburn in the season opener, then did the same against Miami (OH) in UW's home opener. She struck out 16 of the 21 batters she faced in the 5-0 win over Auburn and fanned 14 against Miami, needing just 62 pitches to mow down all 21 hitters.
Lawrie is now tied for second in Pac-10 history with Arizona's Hollowell with four perfect games, one shy of former Cal great Michelle Granger. With seven no-hitters, she also moved into a tie for seventh in that category. Lawrie joins Marcy Crouch of Stanford in 1999 and Hollowell in 2005 as pitchers with three perfectos in a season. The seven no-hitters also are a school record, breaking a tie with Eve Gaw and Jennifer Spediacci who were each a part of six no-hitters, but both had four solo and two combined. All seven of Lawrie's no-hitters were of the solo variety.
ALONE AT THE TOP
After her performance against California last weekend, Danielle Lawrie was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for third third time in the last four weeks and the fifth time overall this season. Additionally, it was the 15th Player of the Week honor for Lawrie, breaking Alicia Hollowell's all-time conference record. Lawrie is now one shy of tying her own single-season record of six weekly honors set last year. The senior was named Player of the Week once her freshman year, three times her sophomore year and now 11 times over the past two seasons.
SECOND TO ONE
In addition to breaking Alicia Hollowell's Pac-10 record for career Player of the Week honors, Danielle Lawrie is also closing in on the Arizona legend for the conference career strikeout record. With 32 strikeouts last weekend, Lawrie passed Arizona State's Katie Burkhart for second in Pac-10 history - and sixth in NCAA history - to put herself just 76 behind all-time conference leader Hollowell, who is fifth in NCAA history with 1,768 Ks. Lawrie now has 327 strikeouts on the season, moving her into fourth on the UW single-season charts. She now owns the top four spots all time, setting the record with 521 last year, as well as ranking second with 457 in 2007 and third with 387 in 2006. Jennifer Spediacci is the only other Husky in the top five, striking out 316 in 2000.
Looking at the statistics, it's a little surprising UW is 9-3 in conference play and perhaps even more alarming they've outscored their four opponents - UCLA, Arizona and Oregon - by a total of 44-23, in those 12 games when their three best hitters the majority of the season have yet to click against conference pitching. UW's most reliable hitters in the preseason - Danielle Lawrie, Jenn Salling and Niki Williams - are hitting a combined .213 (23-for-108) with just 15 RBI through the first four weeks of Pac-10 play, nine of those RBI coming from Williams. In contrast, the foursome went into conference play hitting a combined .396 (105-265) with 94 RBI in 30 games.
Thankfully, a trio of underclassmen have picked up the slack as freshmen Shawna Wright and Hooch Fagaly and sophomore Kimi Pohlman have led the way, combining to hit .367 (36-for-98) with 16 runs and 16 RBI in the first 12 games against some of the best teams in softball. Pohlman has been on fire, tying for the conference lead wth 17 hits and ranking fourth with a .415 average. Wright's 13 RBI rank fourth in the conference and she is tied for second with five doubles while also belting two home runs. Fagaly, meanwhile, has drawn 12 walks in 12 games, ranking second in the conference.
HUSKIES IN NATIONAL STATS
The Huskies appear highly in national statistical rankings, most notably ranking sixth in fielding percentage (.978). UW also ranks 15th in ERA (1.75), 20th in scoring average (6.02/game) and 23rd in home runs per game (1.12). Individually, Danielle Lawrie has her name littered throughout the pitching statistics. She leads the nation in shutouts (16), is fifth in strikeouts (327) and walks per seven innings (0.84) and sixth in strikeouts per seven innings (11.5) and wins (27). She also ranks ninth in ERA (1.02) and 11th in hits per seven innings (3.55).
COMING INTO HER OWN
After an outstanding freshman campaign, in which she earned Second Team All-Region and All-Pac-10 honors, Kimi Pohlman is showing no signs of a sophomore slump, leading the team with a .378 average, 54 hits and 16 stolen bases (16-for-19) while ranking second with 33 runs scored. While she spent most of the early part of the season at the leadoff spot, Pohlman has since settled nicely into the No. 2 spot as Jenn Salling has taken over the leadoff position. The move has paid off as Pohlman has been on a roll in Pac-10 play, batting a team-high .415 with eight runs, hitting safely in 10 of 12 conference games. That stretch included a career-high 10-game hitting streak, during which she batted .500 (17-for-34) with five multi-hit games.
Pohlman got off to a slow start to this season but has come on strong lately. After an eight-game stretch when she hit just .160 (4-for-25) which included four-straight games without a hit, Pohlman has since hit safely in 23 of 28 games, batting .421 (40-for-95). She hit safely in 10 of 11 games between the Bank of Hawaii Invitational and the Husky Softball Classic, during which she hit .515 (17-33) with 11 runs scored. Pohlman has four triples third year, a mark that ranks tied for ninth on the single-season charts, and she is 16-for-19 on the base paths, including swiping three in a game against Utah in the Judi Garman Classic. She is now an impressive 36-for-40 in her career on steal attempts.