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Huskies Return Home For Four-Game Set

Mar 30, 2021

SEATTLE - After splitting the four-game series with Arizona State, the #6 Washington Huskies return to Montlake to face another Pac-12 opponent, the California Golden Bears. Washington will look to get a few more Pac-12 wins under its belt: the Huskies sit at 3-2 in conference play right now after two weekends against the Arizona schools.

Washington and Cal will play four games, beginning on Thursday at 5:00 pm. All four games will be streamed free via the Washington live stream, with links available on the Washington schedule page.

The Huskies mashed nine home runs this weekend against Arizona State, including back-to-back games with four home runs each. The Huskies have never hit more home runs in a Pac-12 weekend series and have only once hit as many as nine: in 2015, when the Huskies hit nine in a three-game series against Stanford. Washington recorded its highest-scoring and second highest-scoring games ever against Arizona State.

Morganne Flores now has 53 career home runs, just one away from tying Kylee Lahners for fourth in Washington history and five from matching Ali Aguilar for third. Two more RBI will move Flores into a tie for fifth in Husky history with Sara Pickering. Six more RBI will tie her with Jennifer Cline. Flores is one of only four Huskies ever with 50+ homers and 200+ RBI, joining Kristen Rivera, Jaime Clark, and Ali Aguilar in that regard.

Noelle Hee hit her fifth and sixth home runs last weekend, putting her just one homer away from matching her career high, set in 54 games in 2018. Hee also hit her third and fourth singles of the year last weekend. Nine of Hee's last 15 hits have left the yard. Sunday marked the first time someone other than Hee had driven Hee in since April 22, 2019.

Sis Bates is now on a five-game hitting streak, her third hitting streak of 5+ games this year. Bates has started a hitting streak of at least five games after each of her last five hitless games, stretching back to the 2019 season. Bates has not had back-to-back hitless games since March 10 and 15 of 2019. Bates needs five more hits to tie Jaime Clark for third in Washington history.

Baylee Klingler hit her 10th home run of the season, matching her career total from her first two college years, accomplished in 80 games. Klingler took just 27 games to reach the ten-homer mark, the quickest a Husky has reached that mark since Kristyn Thomas did so in 18 games in 2018. Since joining the Huskies, Klingler has averaged a home run every 10.67 at-bats. That is the fourth-best AB/HR rate in Washington history.

Gabbie Plain took sole control of the national lead in strikeouts, now with 178 strikeouts, 13 more than any other pitcher in the nation and 61 more than any Pac-12 pitcher. Plain has struck out at least seven batters in 14 of her 15 starts: in the other, she struck out six. In every game Plain has thrown more than 5.0 innings, she has struck out double-digit batters. Her next strikeout will make her the seventh Husky ever with 700+ strikeouts in their careers.

Gabbie Plain is undefeated in her 15 starts this season and in her last 18 starts stretching back to 2020. Her 14-0 start is the best since Kaitlin Inglesby started 2012 16-0. The Washington record for most undefeated decisions to start a year is 18-0, set by Danielle Lawrie in 2010. Plain has one loss in her last 33 appearances: Washington is 30-3 as a team in those games.

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