Last Updated: March 12, 2015
Hit: February 22, 2013 vs. Illinois in Palm Springs, Calif.
Double: February 7, 2014 vs. Baylor in Las Vegas, Nev.
Triple: February 7, 2015 vs. UC Davis in Las Vegas, Nev.
Stolen base: February 9, 2013 vs. UAB in Honolulu, Hawaii
2013 (Freshman): Appeared in 33 of the Huskies’ 62 games, including 4 post-season appearances…Made one start as the DP in game three at Arizona State on April 14, her first career start… Appeared in two games at the Paradise Softball Classic…Made her collegiate debut as a pinch runner and scored a run in game three vs. Ole Miss…appeared as a pinch runner in game five vs. UAB, stealing a base and scoring a run…Appeared in 4 games at the Campbell/ Cartier Classic in San Diego…appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run in game one vs. Notre Dame… appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run in game two vs. Kentucky…appeared as a pinch runner and stole a base in game three vs. Oklahoma… Appeared in 3 games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs…appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run vs. Virginia in game one…appeared as a pinch hitter in game three vs. Illinois and recorded her first career hit and RBI, also scored a run… Appeared in 2 games at the Colorado State Tournament in Fort Collins…appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run in game one vs. Brown…Appeared in 5 games in the Husky Softball Classic…appeared as a pinch runner and scored 2 runs in game one vs. Ohio, also was HBP… appeared as a pinch hitter in game four vs. Yale, recording a hit and an RBI…appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run in game five vs. Seattle…Appeared in 4 games in the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton…appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run in game two vs. DePaul…Made 2 appearances in the Arizona series…drew a walk as a pinch hitter in game one…Made 1 appearances as a pinch runner in the Oregon State series…Made her first collegiate start as the DP in game three at Arizona State on April 14, one of two appearances in the series…Made 2 appearances in the Stanford series…Appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run in game one…Made 1 appearance as a pinch hitter in the Utah series…Made 1 appearance as a pinch runner in the Cal series…Appeared as pinch hitter in the NCAA Regionals vs. Hawaii on May 18…Appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run in game one of the NCAA Super Regionals vs. Missouri…Appeared as a pinch hitter in game one of the Women’s College World Series vs. Nebraska…Appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run in game three of the WCWS vs. Michigan.
Hitting Streak: 7 games, February 7-14, 2015 (8-for-17, one double, one triple)
At-Bats: 4 (4x), last: Feb. 16, 2015 vs. Grand Canyon
Runs Scored: 2 (5x), last: Feb. 16, 2015 vs. Grand Canyon
Hits: 3, April 27, 2014 vs. Oregon State
Doubles: 1 (5x), last: Feb. 14, 2015 vs. North Texas
Triples: 1, (2x), last: March 6, 2015 vs. Seattle U.
RBI: 4, April 26, 2014 vs. Oregon State
Stolen base: 1 (7x), last: Feb. 27, 2015 vs. NDSU
Walks: 1 (16x), last: Feb. 27, 2015 vs. NDSU
Strikeouts: 2, May 4, 2014 vs. Arizona
Hit By Pitch: 1 (3x), May 15, 2014 vs. Iona (NCAA Regionals)
2015 (Junior): Has appeared in 25 games, starting 19 - 10 at catcher, five at first base, two as designated player and two in the outfield ... Matched a career best with two runs scored vs. UNLV (Feb. 7) and Grand Canyon (Feb. 16) ... Went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored vs. UNLV (Feb. 7) ... Went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored vs. Grand Canyon (Feb. 16) Posted an RBI single vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (Feb. 13) and Grand Canyon (Feb. 16).
2014 (Sophomore): Earned Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention ... played in 46 games, starting 28, during the 2014 season ... spent the last eight weeks of the season as the Huskies' starting catcher ... batted .294 and handled 123 chances without making a single error ... started 14 of 22 in Pac-12 play ... recorded a hit in each of her first four appearances of 2014 … notched her first career double vs. Baylor Feb. 7 in Las Vegas ... 1-for-3 with one run scored and an RBI vs. UC Davis on Feb. 9 in Las Vegas ... 2-for-3 in March 8 win over Texas ... pinch-hit double March 24 vs. UCLA ... 2-for-3 with an RBI in a start at catcher April 1 vs. SeattleU ... took over as full-time catcher by starting all three at Stanford behind the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the April 11 game ... 2-for-3 with career-high four RBI, plus a walk, April 26 at Oregon State .. 3-for-3 the following day in Corvallis ... 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the NCAA Regional win over BYU ... 1-for-3 with an RBI the following day as the Huskies beat Northwestern to win the regional ... 1-for-3 with an RBI in Washington's win at Florida May 25 at the Super Regionals.
Braun hails from Chehalis, Wash., where she played softball W.F. West High School and was home schooled ... she is a right-handed utility player and played club ball for the Northwest Sidewinders ... with club team was the all-time top hitter ... in 2010 she set her HS record for triples ... in 2009 she was the teams Rookie of the Year, earned Second-Team All-Evergreen Conference and was named the Seattle Times Player of the Week ... in 2010 she earned first-team all-conference and was named The Chronicle All-Area team ... in 2011 she was named MVP by both the Evergreen Conference and The Chronicle ... in 2012 was first-team all-conference, all-area and captain ... along with playing varsity fastpitch, she was also a two-year varsity soccer letterwinner.
Born April 13, 1994 ... parents are Deanna and Jim ... has three siblings, Mitchell, Zach and Kyle ... hobbies include camping, music, hiking and hanging out with friends and family ... lists Hope Solo as her favorite athlete because, "she has always inspired me to be a better athlete." ... admires her mom and dad the most because, "they always have believed in me and because they are true examples of hard work and paying off."
Braun on why Washington
"I've wanted to play for UW since I was a little girl. I want to win a national championship and I believe this program has the capability to do exactly that and bring me to the top of my game."
Coach Tarr on Braun
"Dani is a versatile athlete who will compete for time at any of the infield positions and in the outfield. Offensively, she will make our line up more dynamic as she can hit for both power and average. Dani is a tremendous student who will enter UW as a freshman with an AA degree." Tarr said.
Getting to know Dani
Pre-game routine/superstitions: tucking my shoestrings into my laces
If I wasn’t playing softball, I’d be: playing soccer
Name your favorite songs on your iPod: Happy by Pharrell Willams, 'Till I Collapse by Eminem
Describe coach Tarr in five words or less: always finding a faster way
What’s the best part about playing softball at UW: the memories made with my teammates
Favorite food: mac n' cheese
Favorite movie: Iron Man
Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds
Favorite thing to do other than play softball: hang out with friends and family