Fans Invited To Ceremony Sunday For National Champion Softball Team

June 4, 2009

SEATTLE - An official ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 7 at 5 p.m. in the Don James Center to honor the Washington softball team, the 2009 Division I softball National Champions.

Players and coaches from the team will be present as will UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward, who will address the crowd before head coach Heather Tarr speaks as well. Tarr, who played for the Huskies from 1994-97 and played in the National Championship game in 1996, brought the title home to Seattle in her fifth season as head coach.

Governor Gregoire's Chief of Staff and former UW regent Cindy Zehnder will be on hand to read a proclamation from the Governor.

The event is free and open to the public with food and beverages provided.

The Huskies swept then-No. 1 ranked Florida, two-games-to-none, in the best-of-three Championship Series earlier this week to cap off the Women's College World Series. Junior Danielle Lawrie was named the Most Outstanding Player of the WCWS exactly a week after being named the USA Softball Division I Collegiate Player of the Year on the same field. She is the first Player of the Year ever to win the National Championship in the same season.

Four other Huskies were named to the World Series All-Tournament, three of whom will return in 2010. Senior Ashley Charters, a three-time All-American, was named All-World Series for the second time in her career after earning the honor in 2007. Sophomore Morgan Stuart and freshmen Kimi Pohlman and Niki Williams were also named to the team. Stuart set a World Series record with four doubles during the week and also tied a record with five hits in one game. Williams set WCWS records for RBI in a game (7) and series (10) while Pohlman batted .375 in the series.

The ceremony will be a chance to also send off UW's seven seniors who capped their careers with the first national championship in the program's 17-year history. Alicia Blake, Ashley Charters, Lauren Greer, Marnie Koziol, Dani Stuart, Jessica Ventoza and Ashlyn Watson played their last game in the Purple and Gold on Tuesday night.

The Huskies will be honored at Safeco Field Friday night with Lawrie throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at approximately 7:00 p.m.

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