On To Oklahoma For The Huskies
SEATTLE - The Huskies make their fifth consecutive Super Regionals trip and 14th in Heather Tarr's 17 years as head coach, with the postseason not played in one of those 17 seasons. Washington is 16-14 all-time in Super Regionals and 6-1 in the last four years. Washington has not been on the road for Supers since 2016, when it fell in two games to Alabama. All-time, Washington is 8-11 on the road in Super Regionals, advancing three times. Washington will play at #1 Oklahoma in this year's Super Regionals, with game one set for Friday, May 28.
Morganne Flores extended her program-record for postseason home runs, hitting two more during Regionals to become the first Husky ever with double-digit postseason home runs. Flores now has 11 postseason homers and 27 postseason RBI in her career, both Washington records. One more hit would make Flores the sixth Husky ever with 30+ career postseason hits and the first to do so since Taylor Van Zee. Her .795 postseason slugging percentage is third all-time (min. 20 ABs), behind only Jennifer Cline (.829) and Jaime Clark (.829).
Sis Bates is now at 317 career hits, the second-most in program history and just one away from tying Sara Pickering for the all-time Washington record. Pickering, Bates, and Ashley Charters (315 hits) are the only Huskies ever to record 300+ hits in their careers. Only two other active Division I players, Sami Williams of Iowa State (332 hits) and Amber Bishop of Liberty (331 hits) have more career hits than Bates.
GABBIE THE WORKHORSE
Gabbie Plain became the first Husky since Danielle Lawrie in the 2010 Super Regionals to throw back-to-back postseason complete games on the same day last weekend, helping the Huskies defeat Michigan twice to earn a Super Regionals trip. Plain has thrown 227 innings this year, the most since Taran Alvelo threw 254 in 2017. In the last 20 years, only four Huskies have thrown more innings than Plain has this year: Danielle Lawrie (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010), Tia Bollinger (2001), Ashley Boek (2007), and Alvelo (2017). Plain's 331 strikeouts are the fifth-most in a single season in program history, trailing only Danielle Lawrie.
Baylee Klingler started her collegiate postseason career going 0-for-3 as a freshman at Texas A&M. Since then, Klingler has hits in all seven of her postseason games, hitting .417 in postseason play. Klingler hit .500 during Regionals this year for the Huskies and is on a six-game hitting streak, her fifth hitting streak this season of 5+ games. Only ten times in 56 games this year has Klingler been held without a hit: she has reached base in 51 of 56 games.
MOORE MOORE MOORE!
Pat Moore made her Husky postseason debut last weekend with 0.1 innings of relief against Portland State, then made her first postseason start since her freshman year at DePaul the next day. Moore would throw the seventh postseason no-hitter in Washington history, facing the minimum in the game as the only baserunner, a walk in the fifth, was caught stealing. Moore had made just one other start this season and had three complete games in her Husky career before the no-hitter. Moore was also the first Husky other than Gabbie Plain or Taran Alvelo to start a postseason game since 2016, when Madi Schreyer started in Super Regionals against Alabama. Since then, Alvelo and Plain have combined to throw 217.2 of 233.2 possible postseason innings.
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