Dawgs Welcome Stanford For Weekend Series; Hosts Utah Valley On Monday
SEATTLE – The No. 10 Washington Huskies close out their five-game homestand with four games in four days. The Huskies host No. 21 Stanford for a three-game series, Friday through Sunday, before welcoming Utah Valley on Monday.
All four games will air on the Washington live stream. Friday's game will be a 6 p.m. first pitch, Saturday with a 2 p.m. game and the Sunday series finale at 12 p.m. Monday vs. Utah Valley is an 11 a.m. first pitch, and admission to the game is free.
KLINGLER IS CLUTCH
Senior Baylee Klingler hit her fourth grand slam of the season in game two at No. 19 Arizona to give the Huskies the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. In the game, the Houston native hit two homers, her fourth multi-home run game of the season. Klingler has four career grand slams. The Husky softball program record is five. Baylee also needs five home runs to match the single-season record.
LEADER OF THE PAC
Baylee Klingler currently leads the Pac-12 in home runs (20) and batting average (.450). The 20 homers are the fourth-most in the nation and the .450 batting average is ninth nationally. Her 58 RBI are the third-most by an individual in the NCAA. Her 1.031 slugging percentage leads the conference is third in the nation.
Gabbie Plain leads the Pac-12 with eight shutouts this season. The number is fifth-nationally. Olivia Johnson is first with .74 walks per game.
PLAIN AND SIMPLE
Gabbie Plain continues to rewrite the Husky record books in her fifth and final year. This season, she ranks third with 143 strikeouts in the Pac-12. The senior leads the Pac-12 with eight shutouts and fifth nationally, after recording two this past weekend at Oregon. She's earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors three times this season after
opening the season with back-to-back nods and after her performance this past weekend at Oregon.
Washington has compiled a tough schedule thus far. In the first 40 games, the Huskies have faced 11 Top 25 opponents and hold a record of 12-8. Two of the four remaining series will see the Huskies face current USA Today/NFCA Top 25 opponents No. 21 Stanford (4/29-5/1) and No. 9 Arizona State (5/12-14).
A pair of Huskies have been named finalists for two awards in the past couple of weeks. Gabbie Plain was recognized as one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Senior infielder Baylee Klingler was named as one of 25 nominees for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
ALL-TIME VS. STANFORD
The Huskies hold the all-time record over Stanford, 57-30. Washington is 32-7 all-time in Seattle vs. the Cardinal.
ALL-TIME VS. UTAH VALLEY
Washington is 5-0 all-time vs. Utah Valley. The last meeting between the team came on Feb. 21, 2021 in a 17-0 victory for the Huskies in five innings.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Stanford is coming off a series win over No. 10 Arizona State this past weekend. The Cardinal has also won a series vs. #2 UCLA two weekends ago. The four losses between those two teams have come from Stanford.
The Cardinal are led at the plate by Taylor Gindlesperger with a .382 batting average and 10 stolen bases. Emily Young leads the team with 34 RBI on the year, while Kaitlyn Lim leads with six home runs. Alana Vawter leads the pitching staff with a 20-7 record with a 1.62 ERA, 19 complete games and eight shutouts.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Utah Valley holds a record of 19-20 on the season. Madison Carr leads the team at the plate with a .438 average, which also leads the WAC. Megan Gibbs and Mikaela Thomson lead the Wolverines with nine home runs on the season.
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