Final Regular-Season Home Weekend On Tap For No. 1 UW

May 5, 2010

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#1 Washington (40-5, 12-3) vs. #15 Stanford (32-14, 5-10)
Husky Softball Stadium - Seattle, Wash.

Friday, May 7 - 6 p.m.
• Live stats available via Gametracker
• Radio: KKNW 1150 A.M. (listen here)
• TV: Fox Sports Net
• Promotions: Strikeout Cancer Day (Pink Jerseys); Trading Cards of Sophomores to first 100 fans
• Tickets: General admission outfield only

Saturday, May 8 - 4 p.m.
• Live stats available via Gametracker and live webcast at
• TV: UWTV (
• Radio: KKNW 1150 A.M. (listen here)
• Promotions: Black Out at Husky Softball (Black Jerseys); Trading Cards of Freshman class to first 100 fans
• Tickets: SOLD OUT - Standing Room Only (Sold for $4 15 minutes before game)

Sunday, May 9 - 12 p.m.
• Live stats available via Gametracker and live webcast at
• TV: UWTV (
• Radio: KKNW 1150 A.M. (listen here)
• Promotions: Pink Jersey Auction (11 a.m. - Noon); Lorenzo Romar First Pitch; Trading Cards of Juniors & Seniors to first 100 fans; Senior Day Celebration After the Game
• Tickets: General admission outfield only

Holders of a two-game Pac-10 lead, the No. 1 Washington softball team (40-5, 12-3) stays home this weekend for their final regular-season games in 2010 at Husky Softball Stadium, taking on the No. 15 Stanford Cardinal (32-14, 5-10) in a three-game series, May 7-9. The Huskies are looking to move closer to securing their third-ever Pac-10 title and first since 2000 as they hold a two-game lead with six to play, needing to win four games to clinch at least at share of the title. The weekend kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. in a game that will air on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net. Saturday's game takes place at 4 p.m. followed by the finale on Sunday at Noon, when UW will honor its four seniors - including reigning National Player of the Year, Danielle Lawrie.

All three games can be either seen or heard if you can't make it to the ballpark this weekend. Friday's game will air on a tape-delayed basis on Fox Sports Net while 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 with an All-Access Pass. Additionally, all three games can be heard on the radio on KKNW 1150 AM. For those not in Seattle, links to listen online can be found on As always, live stats are also available via Gametracker.

For those who can make it to the ballpark, it will be a busy weekend of activities. Saturday's game is already sold out - with standing room only available 15 minutes prior to the game - but a limited amount of general admission outfield tickets are still available for Friday and Sunday's games. The Huskies will wear pink jerseys for Friday's 'Strikeout Cancer Day,' which will then be auctioned off prior to Sunday's game. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink to Friday's game to support Cancer Awareness. Trading cards of UW sophomores will also be handed out to the first 100 fans.

Saturday is 'Black Out at Husky Softball,' with UW wearing black jerseys and fans encouraged to also wear black. The first 100 fans will also receive trading cards of the Husky freshmen, Finally, Sunday is a big day as the Huskies will honor their seniors in a ceremony that will take place after the game. Prior to the game, Husky men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Additionally, the first 100 fans will receive trading cards of UW's juniors and seniors and the auction for Friday's pink jerseys will take place between 11 a.m. and Noon.

Fans can follow the Husky softball team and receive updates throughout the season on the UW Softball Twitter page by logging on to 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 and The Huskies can also be found on Facebook via the Washington Softball fan page at To become a fan of Danielle Lawrie, search Facebook for Danielle Lawrie.

2010: 32-14, 5-10
2009: 48-11, 13-8
Series vs. UW: Washington leads, 35-21
About Stanford: The Cardinal are looking to get back to their winning ways from earlier in the season when they started out 25-4 before slipping of late in conference play. Stanford has lost nine of their last 11 since freshman sensation Teagan Gearhart gave up seven runs in a loss to Oregon State and three in 2.2 innings against Arizona and has not pitched since. The Cardinal ace holds a 22-6 record with a 1.67 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 188.1 innings pitched and made history early this year when she fired three-consecutive no-hitters. Ashley Chinn and Jenna Rich have pitched valiantly in her absence and the offense has been bolstered by All-American Alissa Haber, who carries a gaudy .450 average, adding five home runs, 29 RBI and 20 stolen bases, while the freshman Rich has made a big impact, leading the team with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. The Cardinal also plays solid defense, ranking second in the conference behind UW with a .975 fielding percentage while also ranking second in stolen bases, with 73.
Series History: The Huskies lead the all-time series decisively, but Stanford is coming off a series win last year when they took both games in Palo Alto before the Huskies came back to dominate the Cardinal, 7-0, in Seattle. Stanford took a pair of close games in the first week of conference play, a 1-0 win in 11 innings and a 2-0 win despite a two-hitter from Lawrie, who threw 8.1 hitless innings in the first game before the Cardinal broke through on a bases loaded hit batter in the 11th. UW would finally get even in the finale but UW hasn't won a season series with Stanford since 2007 and has dropped six of the last seven.

The Huskies won their fifth-straight series in conference play and earned their second sweep, taking three-straight games from last-place Oregon State, two via the mercy rule. UW outscored OSU, 23-1, in the series, winning by scores of 13-1 and 9-0 in five innings in the first two games before squeaking out a 1-0 win on Sunday to stay in first place. Danielle Lawrie won all three games, allowing just two runs and six hits in 16 innings, striking out 31 to earn her fourth Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor in the last five weeks and sixth this season to tie her own single-season record and extend her career record to 16. Niki Williams had a big weekend, batting .571 (4-for-7) with a double, a home run and five RBI while Jenn Salling reached base seven times in nine plate appearances, walking four times. The Huskies used 12 hits and a season-high 10 walks to take the first game, with Hooch Fagaly going deep for the first time since the first game of the season, then had a season-best four home runs and added four doubles in the second game. Williams, Shawna Wright, Morgan Stuart and Taylor Smith all went yard in the 9-0 win and while the offense sputtered a bit on Sunday, a Williams RBI single and Lawrie's three-hitter and 13 Ks was enough to pull off the sweep.

The Huskies retained the No. 1 spot in both national polls this week, something they have done all 13 weeks since the preseason polls were released. And after two straight weeks of feeling some pressure from No. 2 Michigan, UW regained its unanimous standing in both polls, earning 30-of-30 first-place votes in the NFCA poll for the seventh time this year and taking all 20 votes in the Softball poll for the sixth time. The only poll where UW does not rank No. 1 is in the RPI, which takes strength of schedule into consideration. UW is No. 3 in that poll behind Alabama and Michigan.

UW started the season ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history. Seven of the eight Pac-10 teams are currently ranked, with four of those seven in the top 10 (Washington, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State).

The Huskies stayed atop the Pac-10 standings with their fifth-consecutive series win last weekend against Oregon State and opened up a two-game lead over Arizona and UCLA with six games to play. UW has won all five of its series this year, including a three-game sweep of the second-place Wildcats and a 2-1 win over UCLA in the opening weekend, giving them the tiebreaker over both teams. Should the Huskies win both series over Stanford and Arizona State to close out the season, they would earn at least a share of their third-ever Pac-10 title and first since 2000. UW's 12-3 start in conference play is their best since that 2000 team went 13-2 before finishing 17-4 to earn a share of the Pac-10 title. The 1996 team, which won the school's only out-right title with a 23-4 record, also started 12-3 in conference play.

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 and Cal to take over sole possession of the top spot. They now own their biggest lead of the season heading into the final two weekends.

The Huskies won their 40th game of the season last Sunday to reach the milestone for the 14th time in the 18-year history of the program. The 40-5 start is UW's second-best 45-game start in school history and just one off the record held by the 2000 team, which started 41-4. That team did not lose their fifth game until the 52nd contest of the season, going on to win a school-record 62 games (62-9) before finishing fifth in the College World Series. The 1996 team also had a good start, going 38-7 before winning the Pac-10 title and finishing second in the nation. Last year's Husky team was 36-9 through 45 games before finishing 51-12 and winning its first National Championship. The Huskies have won 50 or more in a season seven times.

Perhaps overshadowed by Danielle Lawrie and a powerful offense, the Husky defense may be the most underrated reason why UW has been ranked No. 1 in the nation all season and controls the Pac-10 standings. The Huskies lead the Pac-10 by a wide margin and rank third in the nation with a .979 fielding percentage, making just 25 errors in 45 games. The Huskies have been solid in conference play, making just six errors in 15 games for a .984 percentage and they have not committed an error in their last eight games. With just six regular-season games remaining, UW is on pace to smash the school record for fewest errors in a season, set by the 2000 team which made 48 and also owns the highest fielding percentage in school history (.977). The Huskies have given up just six unearned runs in 45 games this season after giving up 31 in 63 games last year

With five home runs last weekend against Oregon State - including a season-high four in one game - UW has now surpassed their home run total from all of last year when the Huskies hit 51 in 63 games. UW has 52 in 45 games after hitting just 34 home runs through 45 games last season. The Huskies also have 14 multi-home run games equaling their number for all of last year. In fact, the Huskies have hit three or more home runs in a game nine times this year, something they did just twice all last year. The 52 home runs are already tied for the fourth-most in school history, equaling the number hit by the 2002 team and trailing teams from 2003 (75), 2005 (80) and 2000 (84).

Danielle Lawrie leads the squad with 11 home runs which would have tied for the team lead last year, although she has not hit one since March 19 when she hit two against Louisiana Lafayette. Freshman Shawna Wright is right on her heels with 10, having gone yard a team-best three times in conference play, while Niki Williams has a career-best nine long balls. And while sophomore Taylor Smith has started just 12 of 45 games, she's tied for fourth on the team with six home runs, hitting one every 6.67 at-bats.

In last year's Women's College World Series, UW's offense was carried mostly by underclassmen and through the first five weeks of conference play, the freshmen and sophomores are once again being clutch down the stretch. Sophomores Kimi Pohlman and Niki Williams and freshmen Shawna Wright and Hooch Fagaly have led the way for the Dawgs, combining to hit .347 (58-for-167) and leading the team in most categories. Pohlman has been on fire, ranking second in the conference in hits (20), third in runs (13) and fifth in average (.417). Wright, meanwhile, has supplied the power, ranking tied for second in doubles (5), tied for third in RBI (17) and seventh in slugging percentage (.683) in the Pac-10.

Fagaly has also quietly made an impact with her patience, drawing at least one walk in 11 of 15 conference games, ranking second in the conference with 15 walks total. She also ranks fifth in on base percentage at .553. Williams has also been crushing the ball lately, ranking second on the squad with 14 RBI which ties for eighth in the conference. She has hit safely in each of the last four games, batting .500 (5-for-10) with seven RBI.

Danielle Lawrie is closing in Arizona legend Alicia Hollowell for the Pac-10 career strikeout record and the senior could break the record before the end of conference play. With 31 strikeouts last weekend, Lawrie moved just 45 behind Hollowell, who is fifth in NCAA history with 1,768 Ks. Lawrie has been averaging more than 32 strikeouts per weekend in Pac-10 play, recording 10 double-digit K performances in 14 appearances including nine of the last 11 games. She had a high of 39 for a conference weekend against then-No. 2 Arizona and has had at least 31 in every other weekend except the first against UCLA. While it's highly unlikely Lawrie will get the record at home this weekend, she could very well break the record in Tempe next weekend.

Lawrie could reach as high as No. 4 all-time in NCAA history by the time the season is up. With 1,723 strikeouts she is just 45 behind Hollowell for fifth and then another five behind Southern Mississippi great Courtney Blades. The No. 3 spot all-time is held by Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher, who finished with 2,149, out of reach for the Husky senior.

While she has no one else to chase in the Husky record books, Danielle Lawrie is doing a pretty good job of chasing down her own records, most of which she set last year. With 358 strikeouts on the season, Lawrie is fourth on the UW single-season charts and 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.

Lawrie also won three games last week to give her 30 on the season, her third-career 30 win season. That mark moves her into fifth on the single-season charts, behind her record 42 last year, Tia Bollinger's 36 in 2001 and Spediacci's 34 in 2000 while sitting just one behind her own mark of 31 in 2007. Lawrie also moved into the NCAA all-time top-10 for career wins last week and now ranks tied for ninth with UMass' Brandice Balschmiter. Her 126 wins are four shy of UCLA's Keira Goerl for eighth in NCAA history and second in the Pac-10 annals. Alicia Hollowell holds the Pac-10 wins record with 144.

After her performance against California two weeks ago, Danielle Lawrie was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the fifth time in 2010, also giving her 15 POW honors in her career to break Alicia Hollowell's all-time conference record. This week, Lawrie added to that mark by winning her fourth honor in the last five weeks and her sixth overall this season, equaling her own single-season mark set last year. The senior was named Player of the Week once her freshman year, three times her sophomore year and now 12 times over the past two seasons.

What has made Danielle Lawrie perhaps even better in 2010 than she was in her record-setting 2009 season is the lack of walks the pitcher has allowed this season. Lawrie has given up just 28 walks in 215.1 innings amd 35 appearances this season, a 0.91 walks-per-seven innings ratio which ranks fifth in the nation. By comparison, Lawrie had 46 walks through 35 appearances last year and finished the season with 76. She had already reached 28 walks by March 14 and went into conference play with those 28. This season she had just seven walks heading into Pac-10 play before conference batters have had a little better eye against her. Still, Lawrie has gone 18 appearances without a walk this year after just 16 appearances without a walk all last year (52 appearances).

Since giving up a season-high tying four runs in her third loss of the season against Oregon on April 17, Lawrie has allowed just one earned run in her last 41 innings pitched. She threw 25-consecutive scoreless after the loss to Oregon before Oregon State scored a run in the first inning of their first game last weekend. Since then, Lawrie has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings. The longest scoreless streak of Lawrie's career came early last season when she went 64.1 consecutive innings without allow a single run and also went 90.0 straight without allowing an earned run.

Shawna Wright's 10 home runs in her first year in Seattle are the most by a Husky freshman since four-time All-American Kristen Rivera hit 16 in 2002. Jaime Clark holds the record for a true freshman with 23 in 2000 while redshirt freshman Jenny Topping had 24 in the same season. Both ended up playing for the U.S. National Team abd winning gold medals while Rivera was a three-time First Team All-American.

Jenn Salling has proven to be one of the most patient hitters in the college game, drawing 31 walks this season to lead the squad and rank eighth in the conference. She reached base in each of the first 14 games this season via either hit or walk and has reached base via either hit, walk or hit by pitch in 39 of 45 games this season. Last weekend, she drew a career-high three walks in the final game against Oregon State to move one shy of breaking into UW's single-season top-10.

Overall as a team, UW has 157 walks this year. Should they reach their same number of games played this year as last year (63) and continue at that pace, UW would finish the season with 220 walks, which would rank as the second-most in school history behind the 2000 team, which drew 251 walks in 71 games, roughly the same average of walks per game (3.50) as this year's team.

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