Top-Five Clash In Los Angeles
SEATTLE - Fresh off three Pac-12 wins over Oregon, the #4 Washington Huskies to to Los Angeles to take on the #2 UCLA Bruins in a four-game set this weekend. Games one, two, and three will be aired on the Pac-12 Network, with game four set to air on ESPN 2.
Washington enters this weekend 34-6 overall this year and 13-2 in Pac-12 play. The Huskies were the first team to reach double-digit conference wins in the Pac-12 this year and sit just half a game behind UCLA in the standings, with the Bruins at 8-1 in Pac-12 play. This will be the second straight week Washington has played a top-five opponent after taking three of four games from #4 Oregon last weekend in Seattle.
Sami Reynolds homered every day of last weekend, hitting three homers in four games against #4 Oregon. Reynolds has now homered five times in seven career games against Oregon. She also reached the double-digit homer mark for the first time in her career, joining Baylee Klingler in that regard. That earned Reynolds her third career Pac-12 Player of the Week award: she joins Jaime Clark (4) and Kristen Rivera (3) as the only Husky hitters to ever earn three or more Player of the Week awards. Reynolds also earned Freshman of the Week in 2019, tying her with Clark for the most Pac-12 weekly awards by a hitter in Washington history.
Six hitters in the Pac-12 have hit four or more homers in conference play so far this season. Three of those hitters are on Washington: Baylee Klingler, Morganne Flores, and Sami Reynolds. Klingler currently leads the conference in homers (five) and RBI (16) in Pac-12 play. She is tied with Flores for the lead in Pac-12 RBI. Washington leads the conference in extra-base hits in Pac-12 play with 37: its 18 homers are second to Arizona State, while its 17 doubles leads the Pac-12.
Sis Bates became just the third Husky ever with 300 hits last weekend, joining Sara Pickering and Ashley Charters in that regard. Bates needs 14 more hits to tie Charters and 17 more to tie Pickering. Bates is third among active Division I softball players in hits, behind only Sami Williams of Iowa State (311 hits) and Amber Bishop of Liberty (307). Bates has recorded 50+ hits in all four of her full college seasons and needs four more to make it 60+ every full year.
THE CONFERENCE OF MORGANNE
Morganne Flores now has 41 extra-base hits and 91 RBI against Pac-12 opponents in her career, spanning 91 games. Flores has hit 20 of her 56 career home runs against Pac-12 opponents. Since the beginning of the 2019 season, Flores has hit .336/.432/.809 in conference play. After leading the Pac-12 in homers and finishing fifth in RBI in 2019, Flores is currently second in homers and first in RBI this season.
AN AUSTRALIAN INVASION
Gabbie Plain continues her assault on the record books, now leading the nation in both strikeouts and wins. Already the record-holder for longest undefeated start to a season, Plain needs just one more win to reach 80 and tie Stephanie Burns for ninth in Husky history: Plain has started 16 fewer games than every other pitcher above her in the wins leaderboard. Plain also needs 27 more strikeouts to become the fifth Husky ever with 800 career strikeouts. Plain has not recorded a loss since February 28, 2020, a span of 34 appearances.
A NICE LEISURELY WALK
The Huskies are fifth in the nation and first in the Pac-12 in walks, leading second-place Arizona State by 18 walks. Washinton has recorded at least one walk in 38 of 40 games this year and has 13 games of 5+ walks this year. The Huskies have had multiple walks in seven consecutive games. Two of the four players in the Pac-12 with 20+ walks are on Washington in Baylee Klingler and Kelley Lynch. Five different Huskies have recorded 15+ walks already this year.
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