Huskies Hit The Road To Face #14 ASU
SEATTLE - Pac-12 play is well underway as the Huskies hit the road this weekend, heading to Tempe to take on the #14 Arizona State Sun Devils in a four-game set. Washington started Pac-12 play with a sweep of #7 Arizona in a series reduced to two games due to inclement weather. This will be Washington's first road Pac-12 series of the year and first time facing a ranked opponent on the road.
GABBIE GONNA GABBIE
Gabbie Plain leads the nation in strikeouts after two more double-digit K games last weekend. Plain has 165 strikeouts, 64 more than any other Pac-12 pitcher. Only four pitchers in the nation have throw 50+ innings and have a lower ERA than Plain's 0.62 mark. Plain's K/9 mark of 12.83 would be the highest single-season mark in program history. Plain has struck out at least ten batters in five straight starts and ten of her last 11.
LEADING THE PAC
Sis Bates and Baylee Klingler are first and second in the Pac-12 in hits thus far, the only two players with 30+ hits in the conference. Only once has that duo not reached base multiple times between them when in the lineup: February 26 against San Diego State. In the other 37 games that those two have both started for the Huskies, they have combined to reach base at least twice. Bates has not gone hitless back-to-back times for 74 straight games, while Klingler has 26 multi-hit games in her 48 games as a Husky.
MORGANNE, MO' RUNS
Morganne Flores has driven in runs in four straight games, giving her 24 RBI on the season and 209 in her career. Flores' next RBI will tie her with Ali Aguilar for sixth in Washington history. Flores needs seven more RBI to move into the top five, tying Sara Pickering for fifth. Flores is one of only four Huskies in program history with 50+ homers and 200+ RBI, joining Kristen Rivera, Jaime Clark, and Ali Aguilar.
Washington has had eight different players see time in the outfield this year: that group has hit a combined .351, with six of those eight players hitting over .300. Lilly Agan leads that group with a .440 batting average when playing in the outfield. Washington's outfielders have scored or driven in 105 of Washington's 179 runs this year, or 58% of Washington's offensive production.
The Huskies have allowed just eight home runs all year after Arizona hit a solo shot in Friday's game. Three of those eight home runs came in one game, a 19-13 win over Southern Utah. Exempting that game, Washington's opponents are hitting just .162/.240/.230. Only two other times have the Huskies allowed as many as five runs in a game this year. The Huskies have shutout ten opponents and have not allowed as many as three runs in six consecutive games.
Sami Reynolds is on a five-game hitting streak entering this weekend and has reached base safely in nine consecutive games. Reynolds has not reached base safely in just one of her last 55 games, stretching back through the 2019 postseason. Only twice in Reynolds' career has she gone back-to-back games without reaching base, both in 2019. Reynolds has reached safely in 96 of her 102 career games.
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