Home On Horizon As Huskies Head To Hawaii
SEATTLE - The #8 Washington Huskies will play their final road games of the non-conference slate this weekend, heading to Hawaii for a three-game set. Washington will begin the series with Hawaii on Thursday, March 4. After this weekend, Washington will have its first home games since the 2019 season, hosting the Husky Classic next week.
SARAH SPINNING A GEM
Sarah Willis did not allow a hit for the first 5.1 innings of her first career start last week. She walked the leadoff batter, then retired 16 consecutive batters before allowing two singles in the sixth. The 5.1 hitless innings were the most by a freshman since 2018, when Gabbie Plain held Stanford hitless for 5.2 innings on March 31. The last Husky to allow fewer hits in their first career start was Ashley Boek, who allowed one in 4.0 shutout innings in 2002.
LILLY AGAN HITS GOOD
After starting her career 1-for-5, Lilly Agan has hit .550, with hits in six of the last seven games. Agan has four multi-hit games in that time. Entering this weekend, Agan has driven in at least one run in three straight games and has extra-base hits in two of those.
DRIVING IN TWO HUNDO
Morganne Flores drove in her 200th career run last weekend, becoming the seventh Husky in program history with 200 RBI and the first to reach that mark since Ali Aguilar in 2017. Flores needs 16 more RBI to move into the top five in Washington history. Flores is the fourth active player in NCAA Division I with 200 career RBI. She has 56 career multi-RBI games and is one of seven Huskies ever with 4+ games of five or more RBI.
THE RUN QUEEN
Sis Bates has 191 career runs after scoring three runs last weekend. Bates is first in the nation among active players in runs scored, two ahead of Division II Cameron's Brenna Busby. Nine more runs would make Bates the fourth Husky ever with 200 runs in their career. So far this season, Bates has scored or driven in multiple runs in nine of 15 games this season. She has scored or driven in a run in every game of the 2021 season.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
Over the last five games, Kaija Gibson has had 17 plate appearances. She has drawn a walk eight times and gone 5-for-8. Three of those hits have gone for extra bases, including Gibson's first-ever grand slam. Gibson's nine walks this season are tied for the Pac-12 lead. Gibson has 20 fewer at-bats than every other player in the conference's top five.
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