2022 Position Previews: Battery
SEATTLE, Wash. -- With the three-time All-American, Gabbie Plain, leading the way for Washington, the 2022 season has a strong foundation for success. Along with Plain, veteran Pat Moore and juniors, Brooke Nelson and Kelley Lynch will contribute in the circle. Sophomore, Sarah Willis, rounds out the pitching corps for the Huskies.
There's no question, the Plain show will once again see the spring. Already an all-time Husky great, Plain will continue to cement her legacy among the UW legends. The Huskies will look to continue to develop the rest of the pitching staff, to take some of the pressure off Plain.
In the 2021 season, Plain claimed the honor of being Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, along with USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, top 3 finalist. Plain was named to First Team All American, Pac-12, and All-Region in the 2021 season. Plain is second in Washington history in perfect games and no-hitters, as well has the second Husky to ever throw a perfect game in a season opener. In her fifth season in Purple and Gold, Plain will look to add to an already decorated and record-breaking career. Last season, Plain had an ERA of 1.45 and 337 strikeouts.
Moore returns to Washington for her fifth season, ready to add versatility to the Washington squad. Moore will contribute not only in the circle, but as a pinch-runner where she saw success in the 2021 season. She threw the seventh postseason no-hitter game in Washington history when the Huskies beat Seattle U 8-0 in five innings in the Regionals.
The Huskies will bring back Nelson and Lynch that add more depth to the roster. Along with their pitching prowess, both will build upon hitting success they found last season. Lynch finished the 2021 season with a .271 batting average and an OPS of .833.
Willis, coming off her freshman season and being named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, will continue to contribute for the Dawgs. Last season, Willis finished with an OPS of .693.
A difficult task to replace Morganne Flores, who spent the last five seasons as the UW backstop, Freshman Olivia Johnson and sophomore Jenn Cummings will share the duties in replacing the Flores workload. Cummings posted a .429 slugging percentage last season and will work to build upon that this year. Along with Cummings, Johnson will provide depth behind the plate and bring more power the lineup.
Overall, the battery squad for the 2022 season is packed with star-studded experience and new faces that will carry on the pattern of greatness that is Washington Softball.
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