No. 24 UW Closes Out Pac-10 Play With Four Games in Oregon

May 7, 2008

SEATTLE - No. 24/24 (NFCA/USA Softball) Washington closes out Pac-10 play with a four-game trip to Oregon this week. First up is a 3:00 p.m. game at Oregon State on Thursday. The Huskies then head south to Eugene where they play a doubleheader against Oregon on Friday and a single game on Saturday.

The first game on Friday will be at 1:30 p.m., and will be a makeup of the game on March 28 that was rained out in Seattle. The UW will be the home team in that game. Friday's second game starts at 4:00 p.m., while Saturday's first pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.

All four games this weekend will feature GameTracker as well as audio and video through In addition, Saturday's game will be broadcast live on FSN NW, while Thursday's game and the first game on Friday will air live on KKNW 1150-AM with Mike Brown and John Cowley calling the action. Saturday's game will also be replayed on FSN NW on Sunday at 2:00 a.m., and again on Monday at 1:00 p.m.

The Huskies dropped one spot to No. 24 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll, while moving down three spots to No. 24 in the Softball poll. The Huskies have now been ranked in every NFCA poll (189 straight) since its inception at the start of the 1995 season.

Washington has a 39-14 lead in the series with Oregon State (26-30, 4-14 Pac-10), and has won two in a row in Corvallis. The two teams split a pair of games in Seattle earlier this year. Washington is 4-7 against OSU under Heather Tarr.

The Beavers are facing the possibility of not making the postseason for the first time in 10 years after losing 1-0 at Portland State on Tuesday. OSU was swept this past weekend at home by the Bay Area schools and has lost eight straight. The Beavers are hitting .264 as a team, but just .207 in conference play.

The two teams split in Seattle, with the Huskies winning 1-0 on March 29, and the Beavers claiming a 5-3 victory the next day.

The Huskies hold a 39-13 lead all-time in the series with Oregon (32-24, 4-13 Pac-10), and have won three in a row after sweeping the season series last year. Washington is 20-5 all-time in Eugene, including a 12-2 mark since the 1999 season. The Huskies are 8-2 against the UO under Heather Tarr.

The Ducks went 1-2 against the Bay Area schools last weekend, losing 6-0 to Stanford and 6-1 to Cal, before rebounding for a 4-1 win over the Golden Bears on Sunday. The Ducks have 104 stolen bases, which easily leads the Pac-10, and have three players with at least 20 stolen bases. Senior RHP Alicia Cook picked up the win against Cal after coming back from a frightening injury suffered in practice on Thursday when a ball struck her in the face and left her eye swollen shut for the next day.

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