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One Road Weekend Left In Regular Season

May 11, 2021

SEATTLE - The #5 Washington Huskies will head to California for the final weekend of the regular season. The Huskies will play four games against the Stanford Cardinal, with that series beginning Thursday. Washington's postseason fate will be determined this Sunday on the NCAA Selection Show.

Washington needs one more win to reach 40 on the season, which would be the fourth consecutive full season that Washington has won 40 games. If the Huskies reach that mark, they would join Florida, Louisiana, and Oklahoma as the only schools to do so in each of the last four years. Four other schools (Liberty, UCLA, Tennessee, and Florida State) are within two wins of reaching that mark as well.

Morganne Flores tied Ali Aguilar for third in Husky history in home runs last weekend, hitting the 58th of her career. That also gave Flores her third double-digit homer season, making her the sixth Husky ever to have three or more seasons of 10+ homers. She joins Ali Aguilar, Kylee Lahners, Kaitlin Inglesby, Kristen Rivera, and Jaime Clark in that regard. Flores also needs just one more RBI to tie Rivera for second in Husky history and 11 more to tie Clark for first.

Baylee Klingler became the first player in the Pac-12 to reach 50 runs scored and 50 runs driven in last weekend. Klingler is the first Husky to have a 50/50 season since Ali Aguilar in 2017. Klingler now leads the Pac-12 in runs scored and is second in RBI, behind only Arizona State's Maddi Hackbarth. Only one other player, Dejah Mulipola of Arizona, has scored and driven in at least 40 runs this season. Klingler is the sixth player in the country with 50 runs and 50 RBI.

Now at 308 hits, Sis Bates needs just seven more to tie Ashley Charters for second in Washington history and ten more to tie Sara Pickering for the all-time Husky record. Bates is 11 runs scored away from second and 17 from that record, held by Ali Aguilar. Bates recorded her 60th hit of the season last weekend, giving her four seasons of 60+ hits in her career. She is the first Husky to do that since Taylor Van Zee and the fourth to do so since 2000, joining Van Zee, Kimi Pohlman, and Ashley Charters.

MAKING IT 100    
Sami Reynolds needs two more RBI to reach 100 in her career after reaching 100 runs scored last weekend. Reynolds has scored a run and/or driven in a run in 29 of 45 games this year. Reynolds would be the third active Husky, along with Sis Bates and Morganne Flores, and first non-senior to reach 100 runs and 100 RBI in their career.

Sarah Willis extended her hitting streak to six games last weekend, with five extra-base hits in that time. It is the longest hitting streak by a Husky freshman since 2019, when Sami Reynolds had a seven-game hit streak. Sis Bates and Morganne Flores are the only other active Huskies to have had as long of a hitting streak as a freshman, as each had six-game hitting streaks in 2017 (Bates) and 2016 (Flores) as freshmen. Kimberlee Souza is the last Husky to have a double-digit hitting streak as a freshman, with a 13-game streak in 2012.

Kelley Lynch earned the fourth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award of her career this week after recording hits in all four games against Utah. Lynch now has the most Freshman of the Week awards in Husky history. She had previously been tied with Gabbie Plain, who earned three such awards in her career.

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