Huskies Head to Albuquerque for Lobo Invitational
Feb. 22, 2008
SEATTLE - The No. 22/23 (NFCA/USA Softball) Washington (4-4-1) softball team travels to Albuquerque, New Mexico, this week for the Lobo Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico.
The Huskies will play two games on Friday and two more on Saturday before bracket play on Sunday. Washington opens on Friday against Texas Tech at 11:30 a.m. PT, and then later takes on Missouri at 4:30 p.m. PT. On Saturday, the UW faces Wichita State at 9 a.m., and New Mexico at 2 p.m.
Last weekend, Washington went 2-3 at the prestigious Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Huskies went 1-1 on both Friday and Saturday before losing 10-4 to No. 3 Texas A&M on Sunday.
Washington lost 2-1 to Texas State to open the three-day tournament and followed that up with a 14-0 five-inning win over the University of Missouri-Kansas City as Aleah Macon pitched a no-hitter. On Saturday, the Huskies dropped a 3-2 decision to Oklahoma State before downing Southern Utah, 8-0, in five innings.
The Huskies are ranked 22nd in the third USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll (Feb. 19), and 23rd this week in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll (Feb. 19). The Huskies have been ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll for each of the last 183 datings.
The Huskies have received immediate help from a trio of freshman this season. Third baseman Jace Williams made her Husky debut last weekend at the Kajikawa Classic and responded by going 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, a home run and four RBI.
Fellow frosh Morgan Stuart has started all nine games at shortstop for the Huskies and is hitting .238 (5-for-21) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.
Aleah Macon, a freshman from Upland, Calif., pitched a no-hitter against UMKC at the Kajikawa Classic and also came on in relief against No. 3 Texas A&M, giving up just one hit and striking out 10 in five-innings of work. Macon has a team-best 1.59 ERA and is 1-2 with 30 strikeouts on the season.
When Washington faces Texas Tech on Friday morning it will mark the second time the two teams have met this season. The UW scored an 8-1 win on Feb. 8, at the Sportco Spring Kick-off Classic in Las Vegas, and now leads the all-time series 5-1.
The Red Raiders are 0-8 on the season under fourth-year head coach Teresa Wilson, who started the UW softball program in 1993 and coached the Huskies for 10 seasons.
Washington leads the all-time series with Missouri, 4-1, including sweeping a pair of games from the Tigers last season. Missouri is 6-4 on the season and has been to the NCAA Tournament in four of the past five years.
The Huskies hold a 2-0 advantage over Wichita State, including a 9-0 win last season. The Shockers are 5-4 on the year and advanced to the title game of the Stanford Invitational last weekend before losing to the Cardinal, 2-0.
Saturday's contest against New Mexico will be just the second-ever contest between the two schools. The Lobos, who are 4-3 this season, won the only other meeting back in 2001, 3-2.
After this tournament, Washington returns to Seattle to host the Husky Softball Classic, Feb. 29 - March 2. Joining the Huskies will be No. 1 Alabama, Portland State and Nevada.