Washington Hosts Robert Morris in 2022 Home Opener
SEATTLE – After four straight weekends on the road to open the 2022 season, Washington will take on Robert Morris in its home opener Tuesday at 6:00 pm PT.
The Dawgs have never competed against Robert Morris. The Colonials started their Pacific Northwest tour with a split against Portland State Friday. Robert Morris will also compete against Oregon State and Seattle U before returning to Pennsylvania.
Last weekend, the Huskies went 4-1 at the Boyd Gaming Classic in Las Vegas. Baylee Klingler continued her dominance at the plate, hitting .500 with three home runs, one double and 11 RBI. Her 31 season RBIs are the most by an individual in the NCAA. Senior Madi Huskey homered in the first three games of the weekend, and freshman Angie Yellen recorded her first career hit, a home run. All five pitchers saw time in the circle, with Kelley Lynch earning her first complete game shut out against New Mexico State Sunday.
Tuesday's first pitch against Robert Morris is set for 6:00 pm PT. The game is available via the Washington live stream.
Senior Baylee Klingler has continued to find success at the plate throughout the start of the 2022 season. She currently leads the Pac-12 in home runs (9), which ranks fifth in the nation. Her 31 RBI are the most by an individual in the NCAA. The Texas native hit her third grand slam of the season against New Mexico State Friday. Against NMSU, she recorded her second multi-home run game of the year (last against Tennessee). She also tallied seven RBI. The last Husky to record seven RBI was Morganne Flores on 2/20/21. Only two other Dawgs have had more RBI in a single game, Michelle Church (8) on 4/30/93 and Taylor Smith (8) on 3/21/10.
Washington's freshmen have made quite the splash in the first weeks of competition. Most recently, Olivia Johnson hit two home runs in the Boyd Gaming Classic, hitting .286 and slugging .714. She also tallied six RBI for the weekend. Kinsey Fiedler currently leads the team in stolen bases (6). Angie Yellen hit her first career home run Saturday against UNLV. She had only seen two at-bats prior to entering as a pinch hitter in the competition. Rylee Holtorf has seen extensive time at shortstop, and is hitting .208 on the year.
PLAIN AND SIMPLE
Gabbie Plain continues to cement her legacy in the Husky record books. Against UNLV Saturday, Plain struck out a season-high 13 batters. This was her 32nd game with 10+ strikeouts. This season, she ranks second with eight wins, third with 76 strikeouts in the Pac-12. The Australian native is tied for first in the nation with six shutouts. She earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors for the first two weeks of the 2022 season.
LAST TIME OUT
Washington has never competed against Robert Morris. The Colonials started their Pacific Northwest tour with a split against Portland State Friday. Robert Morris will also compete against Oregon State and Seattle U before returning to Pennsylvania.
SURE GLAD SHE'S A HUSKY
Madi Huskey had the hot home run hand this past weekend, going yard in the first three games of the Boyd Gaming Classic. The senior is currently on a five game hit streak, recording a hit in every game from the past weekend. On the year, Huskey is hitting .308 with five home runs and 22 RBI (good for second-most on the team).
IRON SHARPENS IRON
Washington has compiled a tough schedule that will challenge the purple and gold from the get-go. 24 of the Husky's 51 scheduled games are against opponents ranked or receiving votes in the preseason USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The breakdown is as follows: No. 3 UCLA (3) // No. 5 Oklahoma State (1) // No. 8 Arkansas (2) // No. 9 Arizona (3) // No. 11 Missouri (1) // No. 14 LSU (1) // No. 15 Clemson (1) // No. 18 Oregon (3) // No. 21 Arizona State (3) // No. 22 Tennessee (1) // RV Northwestern (1) // RV Iowa State (1) // RV Stanford (3)
RED, WHITE AND BLUE
Selected by members of the USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Committee, Coach Heather Tarr will lead the red, white and blue at the 2022 World Games, in addition to various international competitions throughout 2022. Various Huskies have competed for Team USA over the year, and have been named to future rosters as well. The Husky freshmen trio of Kinsey Fiedler, Olivia Johnson and Rylee Holtorf won the WBSC U-18 World Cup in December 2021 as part of USA Softball's U-18 Women's National Team. The three also won gold at the 2021 Junior Pan American Games, where the U.S. recorded a 10-0 run-rule victory over Mexico in the gold medal game, to finish the tournament undefeated at 6-0.
Seniors Sami Reynolds and Baylee Klingler were named to the USA Softball roster for the 2022 Canada Cup, held in Surrey, B.C., June 20-26, and the Japan All-Star Series, which will take place in Fukushima, Japan, Aug. 1-9. Earlier this year, Reynolds was named as an alternate for the 2022 USA Softball National Team that will compete at the 2022 World Games in July in Alabama.