Huskies Host UCLA This Weekend
April 18, 2008
April 16, 2008
SEATTLE - No. 22/20 (NFCA/USA Softball) Washington returns to Seattle for a pair of games against No. 5/4 UCLA this weekend. The two teams meet on Friday at 3:00 p.m, while Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
Both games will feature live stats through Game Tracker, as well as live audio streaming. Both can be found by visiting www.GoHuskies.com and going to the Events Calendar. Friday's game will also be broadcast live on KKNW 1150 AM with Mike Brown and John Cowley calling the action.
The Huskies, who went 1-2 last weekend in the Pac-10, moved up one spot to No. 22 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll, while moving up three spots to No. 20 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. Washington's win was a big win, though, as Aleah Macon threw a complete-game shutout in a 3-0 win over No. 1 Arizona State on Sunday.
In the series with UCLA, the Bruins hold a 39-21 lead, including a 7-6 win in eight-innings earlier this season in Los Angeles. Last season, the Huskies took two of three from UCLA, as the two teams split a pair of games in LA, and the UW winning in Seattle. The Huskies have won four of the past five in Seattle.
The Bruins dropped three spots to fourth in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball poll after holding the top spot for three straight weeks. UCLA went 1-2 on the road last weekend, losing to ASU, 3-0, and to Arizona, 8-0 in six innings. UCLA's lone win came against the Wildcats, a 2-1 victory in Tucson. The Bruins rank first in the Pac-10 in ERA (0.96), second in batting (.321) and third in fielding percentage (.974).
Huskies freshman infielder Jace Williams continues to rank third in the Pac-10 in batting with a .411 average. She also ranks in the top 10 in slugging percentage (8th/.634) and on-base percentage (6th/.476).
In the circle, Macon continues to shine in her freshman season, as she is sixth in the conference in strikeouts with 182 and ninth in earned run average at 1.92. She is also seventh in opponent batting average (.194), while senior Caitlin Noble is ninth in strikeouts (126).
Washington is fourth in team batting average at .304, and six players are hitting better than .300, led by Williams. Also over the .300 mark are Alicia Blake (.350), Bailey Stenson (.349), Amanda Fleischman (.347), Morgan Stuart (.321) and Marnie Koziol (.318).
Following the two games against UCLA, the Huskies will hit the road to face Stanford and California next weekend.