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Pride Stay Hot, Beat Bandits 9-0 in Disney Opener

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USSSA Pride Release:

The USSSA Pride continued their winning streak against the Chicago Bandits with a dominating 9-0 win on Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.

Pride pitcher Cat Osterman (5-4) had an outstanding outing, allowing only three hits and one walk in the shutout, and striking out seven.

Kelly Kretschman started the game off for the Pride with a sacrifice fly that brought shortstop Natasha Watley in. Jessica Mendoza kept it going in the next inning, hitting a 3-run double to solidify the Pride's lead.

The offense didn't stop there, though. Andrea Duran hit a homerun to start off the fourth inning and was followed up shortly after by Kristyn Sandberg, who hit a deep 2-run homerun, bringing the score to 7-0.

Ashley Charters scored the eighth run of the game after Watley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth.

The home runs continued into the sixth inning, when, on her first at bat of the game, Charlotte Morgan hit one deep into left field, bringing the score to 9-0.

The Bandits once again struggled with pitching, bringing in three different pitchers in the course of the game, each pitching about two innings before being yanked from the game. 

USSSA Pride: Ashley Charters Moonlights as Business Owner

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Former Husky and three-time All-American Ashley Charters was featured on USSSAPride.com. The article talks about Charter's job off the field as a co-CEO of Glitterbandz, a small business that designs and sells sparkly headgear. 

USSSA Pride Player Updates

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Here are the recent up-to-date stats and game recap of the four former UW softball players currently playing for the USSSA Florida Pride in the NPF league:

Danielle Lawrie
Lawrie is 4-2 on the year with a 4.05 ERA. She has 54 strikeouts and allowed just 10 walks this season.

Ashley Charters
Charters is batting .321 on the season with 3 home runs, 18 RBI's and 15 runs scored. This past weekend, Ashley went 4-15 with a home run and 4 RBI's.

Jenn Salling
Salling is hitting .136 on the year with 2 RBI's, 5 runs scored and 6 walks. 

Nikia Williams
Williams is hitting .077 this season with the Pride. She recently had 3 pinch-hit appearances over the weekend.

Below is a link to a recap of all of week seven's action in the NPF:

Be sure to follow the players and team live by watching live streamed games at www.profastpitch.com or by downloading the Official NPF App for iPhone and Droid and have the game stream live to your mobile operating devices. The App can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. 

USSSA Pride Player Updates

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Four former Huskies, Jenn Salling, Danielle Lawrie, Niki Williams, and Ashley Charters, are currently playing for the Florida USSSA Pride in the National Pro Fastpitch league. Here are how they did in their games last week and up-to-date season stats (courtesy of Jessica Ives at NPF):

Jenn and the Pride had a high scoring series with the Chicago Bandits. They scored 36 runs in the 4 game series. The Pride will travel to Akron, Ohio to take on the Racers for a 4-game series starting tonight.

Danielle pitched 5 innings of series as she got a start in one of the games. She struck out 9 of the 22 batters that she faced and only walked one.

Nikia worked her way into the games as a pinch hitter for the Pride.

Ashley saw action in 3 of the games over the weekend. She hit .250 with a double and only struck out once against the Chicago pitching staff.

For a complete recap of week 5 action click the link below:

For a complete recap of week 6 action click the link below:


Be sure to follow these former Dawgs by watching live streamed games at www.profastpitch.com or by downloading the Official NPF App for iPhone and Droid and have the game stream live to your mobile operating devices. The App can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.

Also join the fun with the new NPF Fantasy League by Pointstreak Technologies:

Lawrie Strikes Out Nine, Charters Records Three RBIs in USSSA Pride Win

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News release from USSSAPride.com:

The USSSA Pride players kicked off their return to Kissimmee in grand style, beating up the Chicago Bandits 17-2. The Pride (12-10) scored more runs in the game than any other this season, and scored runs in nearly every inning against the Bandits (15-8).

The Bandits struggled with pitching all night, starting with the first inning. Bandits pitcher Michelle Moses (0-3) walked three batters and allowed five runs in the first inning, two of which came on bases-loaded walks. Moses failed to record an out and was replaced by Meagan Denny-White (2-2) before the end of the first. Denny-White went on to pitch three innings, allowing four more runs and three more walks before being replaced by recent signee Chanda Bell (0-0).

In all, Pride players were walked 10 times and were hit by pitches four times, putting them in excellent offensive position for most of the game.

Three Pride players, Kelly Kretschman, Ashley Charters and Kelly Bruder, had three RBIs each, and 11 of the 15 players in the game scored at least one run, making in at all-around great offensive performance for the team.

Any attempts by the Bandits to make a comeback were halted by strong defensive plays by the Pride. The most exciting defensive play of the night came at the top of the third inning, after the Bandits seemed poised to rally. Following a two-out RBI double by Alisa Goler, Pride outfielder Jessica Mendoza made a spectacular diving catch in left field to end the inning.

Pride pitcher Danielle Lawrie (4-2) struck out nine and allowed only one run and seven hits in her start. 

With the win, the Pride move to 2.5 games behind the Bandits in the 2012 NPF standings. The Pride and Bandits finish up the series Monday night at 7:05 p.m. at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee.

Former Husky Player Updates in the NPF

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Four former Washington softball players are currently playing in the National Pro Fastpitch league with the USSSA Florida Pride. Here are up-to-date season stats and updates from the past few games they have played in. 

Lawrie currently holds 3 wins and 2 losses under her belt this season.

In her last game on July 7, she went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored.

On July 7, Salling helped her team to an 11-6 victory over the Carolina Diamonds.

In her last game on Jun 29, her team was unable to pull out a win against the Chicago Bandits in a close 0-1 game.

For a complete recap of week 4 action click the link below:

For a complete recap of week 5 action click the link below:

Next up for the USSSA Pride is a doubleheader against the Chicago Bandits on Saturday, 7/14/12, starting at 5:05pm and 7:35 pm local time. 

Be sure to follow the former Huskies live by watching live streamed games at www.profastpitch.com or by downloading the Official NPF App for iPhone and Droid and have the game stream live to your mobile operating devices. The App can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.

Racers Fall to Bandits in National Pro Fastpitch Matchup

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AKRON, OH - The Akron Racers (5-7) started off the game, in the bottom of the first, with two runs scored by the first two batters when Sharonda McDonald took a hit-by-pitch to reach first base and Lisa Modglin singled to reach safely. One batter later, after another hit-by-pitch, the Racers scored their first run when they had the bases loaded; Nicole Pauly drew a walk to set the score at 1-0.

Taylor Schlopy followed her up with a fielder's choice single to second base, earning an RBI on the play to give the Racers two runs. 

The Racers scored three more, but it would not be enough as the Bandits (9-3) rallied behind two Kristen Butler home runs to defeat the Racers, 8-5, sweeping the weekend series.

In the top of the first inning Kristen Butler blasted a three-run home run, putting the Bandits on the board with an early 3-0 lead. She then had a two-run home run in the second inning and an RBI single in the third. Butler assisted in scoring six of the eight runs from the Bandits in today's ball game.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Racers slugging Nicole Pauly blasted a solo home run to close the scoring gap to 7-4. Herron pinch ran for Trimboli and scored in the sixth inning but the Racers couldn't come back to beat the Bandits in the seventh.

Hillary Bach (1-2) started the game off in the pitching circle for Akron, pitching 1.2 innings allowing six runs on eight hits and now has an ERA of 3.39.

Lisa Norris (1-2) pitched five innings for the Racers; she had eight strikeouts, one walk, and allowed two runs on 10 hits. Thorson finished the game pitching 0.1 innings and has an ERA of 3.70 after today's game.

Nikki Nemitz (3-1) started in the pitching circle for the Bandits, tossing 5.1 innings with nine strikeouts, one walk, and five runs on seven hits.

Michelle Moses also saw the pitching circle for one inning, giving up one hit and had one walk. Monica Abbott finished the game off for the Bandits pitching 0.2 innings and has an ERA of 1.24.


About National Pro Fastpitch:
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women's fastpitch softball since 2002. Visit www.profastpitch.com for more information.

USSSA Pride Doubleheader to Broadcast on ESPN3

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The USSSA Pride and the Carolina Diamonds face off at the NTC Softball Complex in Clermont, FL on Saturday, June 22nd at 1 pm and 4 pm EDT. The games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and on WatchESPN.com

Former Husky greats Danielle Lawrie, Ashley Charters, Jenn Salling, and Niki Williams will suit up for the Pride.

The two teams have already played a double header Thursday night, the Pride being victorious in both. In the first game of the series, Charters hit her first home run of the season to lead the Pride to an easy victory. The Pride put up at least a run in five of the six innings, having their biggest outburst in the 4th inning when they scored six.

Go to http://usssapride.com/ to follow the team throughout the season.

USSSA Pride to Air Regular Season Games on Comcast Sports Net

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National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) affiliate, USSSA Pride, has struck a deal with Comcast Sports (CSS) to air two regional regular season games. The broadcasts will feature the USSSA Florida Pride and the Carolina Diamonds.

Here are the dates that the match-ups will be aired on CSS:

Saturday, June 30th, 12:00 p.m. EST (game recorded on June 21st)
Sunday, July 15th, 12:30 p.m. EST (game recorded July 6th)


Check out the games and watch former Huskies Ashley Charters, Danielle Lawrie, Jenn Salling, and Niki WIlliams.

Final Softball Statistics Set, UW Finishes 18th in RPI Rankings

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The final softball statistics have been set and are available at NCAA.org.

The Washington softball program finished 18th in RPI rankings among the 289 Division I schools for the 2011-2012 season. 

Here are the final rankings for Washington (team and individual):

Team Rankings

Categories (Top 300 ranked): rank (average)
Triples per Game: 25 (0.24)
Scoring: 26 (5.33)
Batting Average: 37 (0.294)
Stolen Bases per Game: 38 (1.43)
W-L %: 43 (0.672)
Fielding Percentage: 42 (0.968)
Double Plays per Game: 49 (0.36)
Slugging %: 50 (0.436)
Earned Run Average: 69 (2.54)
Home-Runs per Game: 91 (0.71)
Doubles per Game: 118 (1.12)

Individual Rankings

Batting Average
Kaitlin Inglesby: 78 (0.385)
Kimi Pohlman: 142 (0.366)

Home Runs per Game
Kylee Lahners: 151 (0.19)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 190 (0.18)

Runs Batted In per Game
Kaitlin Inglesby: 11 (1.13)

Doubles per Game
Kaitlin Inglesby: 64 (0.27)

Triples per Game
Niki Williams: 22 (0.09)

Earned Run Average
Kaitlin Inglesby: 127 (2.24)
Bryana Walker: 147 (2.36)

Stolen Bases
Kimi Pohlman: 51 (0.42)
Victoria Hayward: 77 (0.36)

Strikeouts per Seven Innings
Kaitlin inglesby: 151 (6.0)
Bryana Walker: 171 (5.7)

Victories (100 ranked)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 81 (19.0)

Saves (100 ranked)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 9 (5.0)
Bryana Walker: 96 (2.0)

Walks
Niki Williams: 23 (0.76)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 221 (0.48)

Slugging %
Kaitlin Inglesby: 76 (0.673)
Niki Williams: 198 (0.575)

Hit by Pitch per Game (30 ranked)
Kimberlee Souza: 30 (0.31)

Triples (30 ranked)
Niki Williams: 14 (5.0)

Sacrifice Flies (30 ranked)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 23 (4.0)
Shawna Wright: 23 (4.0)
Niki Williams: 23 (4.0)


To see more softball statistics, go to www.ncaa.com/stats/softball/d1.

Williams Makes Professional Softball Debut

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Former Husky All-American Niki Williams made her professional softball debut this past weekend. 

Williams, who signed with the NPF USSSA Pride as the 16th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NPF Draft, played in three games against the Akron Racers, scoring a run in the first game. Along with Williams, former Huskies Danielle Lawrie, Jenn Salling, and Ashley Charters all play for the USSSA Pride.

The Pride (4-4) face the Carolina Diamonds this weekend, starting with a double header on Friday and a game on Sunday. You can stream live games online at www.profastpitch.com and follow live stats here.

2012 Senior Class Has Eight Most Win Percentage In Nation

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Washington's 2012 senior class finishes their career eighth in the nation in win percentage with a 177-55 record from 2009 to 2012. 

Seniors Jenna Clifton, Kimi Pohlman, Taylor Smith, and Niki WIlliams have all been a vital part of the softball program's success at UW. They made it to the Super Regionals all four years and, most notably, won the National Championship in 2009 during their freshman season. 


Here is a look at the top graduating classes in the nation:


Top 13 Senior Class Win Percentages

# School (Record) = Win%
1. Alabama 219-40 = .846
2. Florida 216-41 = .840
3. Missouri 200-49 = .803
4. Louisiana 194-48 = .802
5. Arizona State 203-51 = .799
6. Georgia 193-56 = .776
7. Oklahoma 185-57 = .764
8. Washington 177-55 = .763
9. California 185-58 = .761
10. Tennessee 190-59-1 = .760
11. Notre Dame 175-56 = .758
12. UCLA 167-59 = .739
13. Arizona 179-67 = .728

UW Softball Ranked Nationally In Numerous Categories

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The NCAA released its Division I national softball statistical rankings, updated through games of Sunday, June 3. 

Washington (39-19) made its 19th straight NCAA appearance this year and fourth straight Super-Regional. After another 30+ win season, the Huskies finished the year ranked nationally in several categories. As a team, UW was ranked among the top 50 schools in eight out of eleven categories. 

Here are the full rankings for Washington (team and individual):

Team Rankings

Categories (Top 300 ranked): rank (average)
Triples per Game: 25 (0.24)
Scoring: 26 (5.33)
Batting Average: 37 (0.294)
Stolen Bases per Game: 38 (1.43)
W-L %: 43 (0.672)
Fielding Percentage: 43 (0.968)
Double Plays per Game: 49 (0.36)
Slugging %: 50 (0.436)
Earned Run Average: 69 (2.54)
Home-Runs per Game: 91 (0.71)
Doubles per Game: 118 (1.12)

Individual Rankings

Batting Average
Kaitlin Inglesby: 79 (0.385)
Kimi Pohlman: 142 (0.366)

Home Runs per Game
Kylee Lahners: 151 (0.19)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 189 (0.18)

Runs Batted In per Game
Kaitlin Inglesby: 11 (1.13)

Doubles per Game
Kaitlin Inglesby: 64 (0.27)

Triples per Game
Niki Williams: 22 (0.09)

Earned Run Average
Kaitlin Inglesby: 127 (2.24)
Bryana Walker: 147 (2.36)

Stolen Bases
Kimi Pohlman: 50 (0.42)
Victoria Hayward: 76 (0.36)

Strikeouts per Seven Innings
Kaitlin inglesby: 151 (6.0)
Bryana Walker: 171 (5.7)

Victories (100 ranked)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 81 (19.0)

Saves (100 ranked)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 9 (5.0)
Bryana Walker: 96 (2.0)

Walks
Niki Williams: 23 (0.76)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 220 (0.48)

Slugging %
Kaitlin Inglesby: 76 (0.673)
Niki Williams: 199 (0.575)

Hit by Pitch per Game (30 ranked)
Kimberlee Souza: 30 (0.31)

Triples (30 ranked)
Niki Williams: 14 (5.0)

Sacrifice Flies (30 ranked)
Kaitlin Inglesby: 23 (4.0)
Shawna Wright: 23 (4.0)
Niki Williams: 23 (4.0)


To see more softball statistics, go to www.ncaa.com/stats/softball/d1.

Inglesby Named Madness Softball All-American

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College Sports Madness has announced the top college softball players of the 2012 season.

Sophomore pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby was honored with third-team All-American. This is the first time Inglesby has been selected to the All-American list after being named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team by College Sports Madness.

Here is the full list for the 2012 Madness Softball All-Americans:

Field Player of the Year: Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State
Pitcher of the Year: Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma
Freshman of the Year: Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma
Coach of the Year: Diane Ninemire, California


First Team:
P Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma
P Jolene Henderson, California
P Sara Nevins, South Florida
IF Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State
IF Logan Foulks, North Carolina
IF Stephany LaRosa, UCLA
IF Adriana Perez, Texas Tech
IF Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma
OF Kristin Austin, Louisville
OF Michelle Moultrie, Florida
OF Lauren Lackey, South Carolina
UTIL Christi Orgeron, Louisiana


Second Team:
P Rachele Fico, LSU
P Chelsea Thomas, Missouri
P Sara Plourde, Massachusetts
IF Raven Chavanne, Tennessee
IF Tiffiani Brown, Florida State
IF Sam Fischer, Loyola Marymount
IF Hanna Winter, Stanford
IF Marisa Bast, Northwestern
OF Ashley Fleming, Missouri
OF Taylor Hoagland, Texas
OF Frani Echavarria, California
UTIL Valerie Arioto, California


Third Team:
P Jackie Traina, Alabama
P Ellen Renfroe, Tennessee
P/IF Kaitlin Inglesby, Washington
IF Jessica Shults, Oklahoma
IF Lauren Gibson, Florida
IF Michelle Fuzzard, Chattanooga
IF Nerissa Myers, Louisiana
IF Dani Miller, Notre Dame
OF Jamia Reid, California
OF Delaney Willard, Brigham Young
OF Jessica Cooley, Mississippi State
UTIL Andrea Harrison, UCLA


Fourth Team:
P Stephanie Ricketts, Hawaii
P Hannah Rogers, Florida
P/UTIL Nikki Armagost, Pacific
IF Kory Hayden, Coastal Carolina
IF Lexy Bennett, Texas
IF Amanda Chidester, Michigan
IF Stefanie Carramusa, New Mexico
IF Courtney Ceo, Oregon
OF Katie Schroeder, UCLA
OF Kim Damian, Sam Houston State
OF Maggie Hull, Kansas
UTIL Amanda Locke, Alabama

Eight Pac-12 Softball Teams Make NCAA Tournament

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Eight Pac-12 teams earned NCAA Tournament bids, including the No. 1 overall seed California, as the NCAA committee announced the complete field on Sunday. The Pac-12 has eight teams in the postseason for the first time since 2007.

Washington earned the 16 overall seed and will host regionals for the third straight season against Harvard, Texas Tech, and Maryland at Husky Softball Stadium.

Along with Washington, Arizona State, Arizona, California, Oregon, and UCLA will host regionals. Oregon State and Stanford will be on the road. All regionals will be conducted May 18-20, except for the Eugene Regional, which will take place May 17-19.

30 conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 34 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and will play at campus sites this weekend. Four teams will participate at each of 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament.

Regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series that will be conducted May 24-27 at eight campus sites. The Women's College World Series, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament, will be conducted May 31-June 6 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

With a storied traditional in softball, Pac-12 teams have won 23 NCAA championships in the sport, including the last six.

Madness 2012 Pac-12 Softball All-Conference Teams Announced

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College Sports Madness has announced the Pac-12 Softball All-Conference Teams. 

From the Washington softball team, senior outfielder Kimi Pohlman, junior utility hitter Jerrin Faasua, and sophomore pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby have all been named Second-Team All-Pac-12. This is the fourth time Pohlman has been selected to an All-Pac-12 selection, the second for Inglesby, and the first for Faasua. 

Here is the complete list for College Sports Madness 2012 Pac-12 All-Conference Teams:

Field Player of the Year: Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State
Pitcher of the Year: Jolene Henderson, California
Freshman of the Year: Hanna Winter, Stanford
Coach of the Year: Diane Ninemire, California

First Team:
P Jolene Henderson, California
P Hillary Bach, Arizona State
P/UTL Valerie Arioto, California
IF Hanna Winter, Stanford
IF Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State
IF Stephany LaRosa, UCLA
IF Whitney Holm, Utah
IF Courtney Ceo, Oregon
OF Jamia Reid, California
OF Katie Schroeder, UCLA
OF Frani Echavarria, California
UTIL Andrea Harrison, UCLA

Second Team:
P Dallas Escobedo, Arizona State
P Jessica Moore, Oregon
P/IF Kaitlin Ingelsby, Washington
IF Jenna Rich, Stanford
IF Samantha Camuso, UCLA
IF Shelby Pendley, Arizona
IF Lini Koria, Arizona
IF Elizabeth Santana, Oregon State
OF Kimi Pohlman, Washington
OF Elizabeth Caporuscio, Arizona State
OF B.B. Bates, UCLA
UTIL Jerrin Faasua, Washington


UW Softball Highlighted In The Daily

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The Washington softball team was featured in Friday's paper in The Daily. The article talks about the upcoming games against Arizona State this weekend and highlights the four seniors, Kimi Pohlman, Jenna Clifton, Niki Williams, and Taylor Smith, who will play their last regular-season series at home.

Watch UW Softball Special On UWTV

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The Washington softball team has been featured on UWTV's segment, UW|360. The show will air Sunday, April 8 at 9 p.m. on UWTV Comcast channel 27, or watch online at uwtv.org/uw360

UWHuskyFever.Com Live

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During the Winter Quarter at UW, one of the sports journalism classes dedicated its huge class project to the UW softball team. Every member of the class was assigned a student-athlete or coach on the team and wrote feature stories and produced video. It all came together and is now live on www.uwhuskyfever.com.

Inglesby Featured In The Daily

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Husky sophomore standout Kaitlin Inglesby was featured in The Daily. She talks about where she gets her competitiveness from and the season, with inputs from her coaches and teammates. 

Check out the article in The Daily: Kait the Great

Inglesby Named Madness Softball Pac-12 Player of the Week

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Washington sophomore pitcher/designated player Kaitlin Inglesby has been named to Madness Softball Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness after her outstanding performance during this past week's action, announced Monday.

The Portland, Ore. native led the No. 3/3 Huskies to a perfect 4-0 record at the Judi Garman Classic last weekend, hitting .692 with nine hits. In the circle, she went 2-0 with a save in three appearances, owning a 0.68 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched. 

College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in their weekly feature. 
Check out the entire list of Players of the Week for each conference: http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/softball/weekly-awards

Williams Named to Top Performers of the Week

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Inglesby Named Madness Softball National Pitcher of the Week

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Husky pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby was recently named Madness Softball National Pitcher of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Sports Madness! 

The sophomore was honored after her exceptional performance during this past week's action, where she helped the Huskies to a 4-1 record against five top 25 teams, including No. 1 Florida, at the Cathedral City Classic. Inglesby went 3-0 in the circle and also had four hits and five RBIs. 

College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in its weekly feature. Check out the entire list at http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/softball/weekly-awards

Tickets On Sale for World Cup of Softball

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The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) released information on ticket sales for the World Cup of Softball VII:

OKLAHOMA CITY - The world's best softball returns to Oklahoma City June 27-July 2 as the ASA of America Hall of Fame Complex hosts the World Cup of Softball VII and Border Battle IV. Tickets for the six country event are now on sale by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at SoftballOutlet.com.

Now in its seventh year, the World Cup line-up is highlighted by the 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team, which will also compete for the program's eight consecutive International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship title in July. The World Cup, an ISF sanctioned event, also features the women's fast pitch teams from Australia, Brazil Canada, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Australia claimed the Bronze Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games while Canada took third at the 2010 Worlds.

The United States won the 2011 World Cup over Japan, clinching a fifth title in six tries, but were defeated by Canada during the event. Canada finished third and Australia was fourth. Brazil and Puerto Rico are making their first appearances at the World Cup while Netherlands last appeared in 2009.

The World Cup also features men's slow pitch with the Canadian Men's Slow Pitch National Team, the USA Softball Men's Slow Pitch National Team and the USA Softball Men's Futures Slow Pitch National Team competing in Oklahoma City. On June 27, the World Cup will kick off with the new Slow Pitch Showdown between the two USA teams followed by an autograph session with all teams, including the USA Women's team. The Border Battle IV on June 30 will feature Canada against the US Men's Slow Pitch National Team. After suffering a 30-29 loss to Canada in 2010, the Red, White and Blue rose to the occasion last year, run-ruling the Canadians 25-3 in a four inning Border Battle shown live on ESPN.

The tentative schedule for the World Cup of Softball is listed below. The complete World Cup of Softball schedule, including special promotions and autograph sessions with the USA Softball teams, and the television schedule will be announced at a later date.

All-session tickets, which are $275 for the Ultimate Fan Zone reserved seating in the first three rows of the stadium, $80 for other reserved seating and $45 for general admission seating, can be purchased by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at SoftballOutlet.com. An official World Cup program is included with all-session tickets. Single session general admission tickets will be on sale in early June.

The Ultimate Fan Zone package also includes a private autograph session and meal with the USA Softball Women's National Team, tentatively scheduled for Sunday at a local hotel and open only to Ultimate Fan Zone ticket holders, as well as free parking and a replica USA Softball jersey customized with a name and number of the fan's choice.

The 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team roster will be finalized in June following the USA Softball Women's National Team and Women's Elite National Team Selection Camp in Ashland, Ohio. The members of the 2012 USA Softball Men's Slow Pitch Natonal Team and Men's Futures Slow Pitch National Team will be announced in the spring.

Schedule for World Cup
All times are Central Standard Time (local to Oklahoma City).

Wednesday, June 27
Slow Pitch Showdown (USA Men vs. USA Men's Futures) at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 28
Puerto Rico vs. Brazil at 9 a.m.
Canada vs. Netherlands at 11:30 a.m.
Australia vs. Brazil at 2 p.m.
USA vs. Puerto Rico at 6 p.m.

Friday, June 29
Brazil vs. Netherlands at 9 a.m.
Canada vs. Australia at 11:30 a.m.
Netherlands vs. Puerto Rico at 2 p.m.
USA vs. Australia at 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 30
USA vs. Netherlands (pink game) at 11 a.m.
Border Battle IV (USA vs. Canada men's slow pitch) at 2 p.m. 
Puerto Rico vs. Canada at 5 p.m.
Canada vs. Brazil at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 1
USA vs. Brazil at noon
Netherlands vs. Australia at 2:30 p.m.
Puerto Rico vs. Canada at 5 p.m.
Canada vs Brazil at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, July 2
No. 5 vs. No. 6 at 1 p.m.
No. 3 vs. No. 4 at 4 p.m.
No. 1 vs No. 2 at 8 p.m.

Schedule is subject to change

USA Softball National Team To Play In US & Canada

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that the 2012 USA Softball Women's National Team will participate in exhibition doubleheaders June 14 in Summersville, W.Va., and June 18 in Ashland, Ohio, before beginning international play in Oklahoma City and continuing on to Canada. Oklahoma City will host the team June 23 for a special exhibition Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game against Canada and June 27-July 2 for the World Cup of Softball.

Later this month, tickets to the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game and all-session tickets for the World Cup of Softball will go on sale through SoftballOutlet.com. Tickets for the doubleheader exhibitions against the USA Softball Women's Elite National Team, which serve as preparation for the team's three international competitions, will be on sale this spring.

The Women's National Team is slated to compete June 27-July 2 at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, July 4-9 at the Canadian Open FastPitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and July 13-22 at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The 2012 USA Softball Women's Elite National Team was also scheduled to compete at the World University Softball Championship, Aug. 4-10, in Colorado Springs, Colo., but the tournament was canceled earlier this month.

In 2010, the United States won a seventh consecutive World title, bringing the program to nine overall Gold Medals at the Women's World Championship. USA Softball comes into the 2012 event having won the recent World Cup of Softball, the fifth consecutive time Team USA has won that tournament, and the Pan American Games. The 2011 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team closed out the year for USA Softball, winning the ISF Junior Women's World Championship.

2012 USA Softball Women's National Team Schedule

June 10-12, 2012

Women's National Team Selection Camp

Ashland, Ohio

June 14, 2012

Exhibition doubleheader at 6 p.m.

Women's National Team vs. Women's Elite National Team

Summersville, W.Va.

June 18, 2012

Exhibition doubleheader at 6:30 p.m.

Women's National Team vs. Women's Elite National Team

Ashland, Ohio

June 23, 2012

Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game

Women's National Team vs. Canada

Oklahoma City

June 27-July 2, 2012

World Cup of Softball

Oklahoma City

July 4-9, 2012

Canadian Open FastPitch Championship

Surrey, B.C., Canada

July 13-22, 2012

ISF Women's World Championship

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

In January, 12 athletes were named to the 17-member USA Softball Women's National Team roster by the USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC). Athletes already on the team are Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./Cal senior), Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State 2009), Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee junior), Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama 2009), Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky 2010), Stacy May-Johnson (Reno, Nev./Iowa 2006), Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona 2009), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida senior), Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma junior), Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan 2011), Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri 2011) and Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa/Missouri junior). All were members of the 2011 USA Softball Women's  National Team.

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NCAA Women's College World Series Tickets Now Available

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Tickets for the 2012 NCAA Women's College World Series are now available for purchase online and by phone! 
All-session tickets include access to a minimum of 14 games and up to 17 games. Prices range from $70 to $100. All seats are reserved.

This year's tournament will take place May 31 - June 6 at ASA Hall of Fall Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and will feature the nation's top-eight teams battling it out in a double-elimination tournament format for the 2012 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

Fans wishing to purchase tickets over the phone can do so by calling 855-208-0048. For a complete list of ticket options and all the information on the Women's College World Series, visit ncaa.com/WCWS

Kylee Lahners On Front Cover Of 'World Softball' Magazine

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UW freshman infielder Kylee Lahners, along with the USA Junior Women's National team, is on the front cover of 'World Softball' magazine for the January - April 2012 issue! Lahners and her teammates are featured after they won gold at the ISF IX Jr. Women's World Championship in South Africa. 

Check out the full publication here (in pdf format): 

Softball Alum Danielle Lawrie Talks Family With ESPN

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Here's a great read about former Husky All-American pitcher Danielle Lawrie, who was featured on ESPN with younger brother Brett Lawrie, a third baseman for the MLB Toronto Blue Jays. 

ESPN Feature On Husky Softball

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The Washington softball team was featured on ESPN's College Sports Blog. Graham Hays breaks down the upcoming season as well as an in-depth look on sophomore and starting pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby.

Check out the article here: 

Husky Softball Featured in The Daily

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Check out this story by The Daily on the UW Softball team where they reflect on last year's run in the Women's College World Series, talk about the upcoming season, and introduce the freshmen squad. 

Post-practice Interview With Hooch Fagaly

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Check out this post-practice interview with RS sophomore infielder Hooch Fagaly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B7x05N39Ac&feature=channel_video_title

College Sports Madness Announces Pac-12 Softball Preseason All-Conference Teams

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College Sports Madness has announced the Pac-12 Softball Preseason All-Conference Teams and several Huskies have made the list.


The following Washington players have made the Preseason All Conference Team.

OF Kimi Pohlman, 1st Team

P/IF Kaitlin Inglesby, 2nd Team

UTIL Nikia Williams, 2nd Team


Other top conference preseason honors have gone to:

Coach of the Year: Clint Myers, Arizona State

Field Player of the Year: Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State

Pitcher of the Year: Jolene Henderson, California

Freshman of the Year: Cheyenee Cordes, California


To see the complete list of Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Teams, visit:

Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference Teams

To see the National All-American Preseason Softball Teams, visit:
National All-American Preseason Softball Teams


The Madness is now counting down the Top 44 Softball teams with in-depth previews and predicting the tournament bracket.  Their coverage also includes key draft eligible player profiles and NPF mock drafts. Each team and conference has its own page that consolidates all of this information and makes it easy for fans to see information across all sports.

Nikia Williams Named College Sports Madness Preseason Softball First Team All-American

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Washington's Nikia Williams has been honored as a College Sports Madness Preseason Softball First Team All-American.  The following are several of the other national preseason honors.
 
Coach of the Year: Clint Myers, Arizona State
Field Player of the Year: Katelyn Boyd, Arizona State
Pitcher of the Year: Jolene Henderson, California
Freshman of the Year: Lauren Haeger, Florida
  
To see the complete College Sports Madness National Preseason Softball Awards, visit this link.  Conference awards will be announced over the next two weeks.
 
In addition to projecting the Softball players who will have the biggest impact in the sport, The Madness is counting down the Top 44 Softball Teams teams with in-depth previews. They are predicting the NCAA Softball World Series bracket as teams are previewed. Their coverage also includes key draft eligible player profiles and recruits rankings. Each team and conference has its own page that consolidates all of this information and makes it easy for fans to see information across all sports.
 


USA Softball Wins ISF Junior Women's World Championship

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CAPE TOWN --The United States claimed the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championship today in Cape Town, South Africa, with a 4-1 defeat of Japan in the Gold Medal Game. After a semifinal loss to Japan on Friday, the Americans topped Chinese Taipei 12-3 in the six inning Bronze Medal Game and then topped Japan to secure the Gold Medal.

"This is one of the greatest days  of my life," designated player Cheyenne Tarango (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) said.

Tarango provided all the offense the Americans needed to claim the title. With bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, she hit the first home run of her USA Softball career, a grand slam home run over the left field fence.

"Honestly in my head, I was just thinking about a base hit," said Tarango, who appeared in six games in the tournament. "I thought that if I could just get the first RBI, Lauren Haeger would be able to take care of the rest."

Pitcher Haeger (Phoenix, Ariz.) did her part in the circle, allowing only five hits to a Japanese team that pounded three U.S. pitchers for 11 hits and nine runs Friday. The sole run crossed the plate in the sixth when a Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) fielding error allowed third baseman Mina Yamashiro to cross the plate.

"I felt really honored that my team had faith in me," Haeger said.  "I was so excited. To get to pitch against Japan in any game is awesome, let alone the Gold Medal Game. I feel honored to have had the chance to pitch a game like this for my country."

Haeger struck out eight batters including the last two.

"I was really excited to just get in the Gold Medal Game and play," she said. "I was hitting my spots and doing everything right today. I was throwing hard. Everything, every pitch worked out."

The United States finishes the tournament with a record of 10-1, the only loss being the 9-0 five inning loss to Japan.

"It is always tough to take a loss like we did to Japan last night but I think that it was good for them," Head Coach Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.) said. "It showed them how much they wanted to have a Gold Medal around their neck and gave them the motivation to fight for it. I am so proud of them and how they performed today. Without a doubt, they deserve to be called Junior Women's World Champions."

It is the second consecutive title for the Americans. Team USA has played in each of the six previous Championship Games held, defeating China for the inaugural title in 1987, losing to Japan in 1991, defeating Japan in 1995 and losing to Japan in 1999 and 2003 before reclaiming the top spot from Japan in 2007.

The U.S. qualified for the Junior Women's World Championship in August 2010 by winning the III Pan American Championships (18-Under) in Bogota, Colombia, with a 9-0 record that included two wins against Canada and another against Puerto Rico. In the Championship Game, Team USA defeated Canada 3-1. The two teams also met in pool play during that event with the U.S. claiming a 3-0 victory. In the semi-final, the Americans defeated Puerto Rico 6-1.

Since competing in Bogota, the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team played in a summer exhibition series against the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team in Tampa, Salem, Va., and Bowie, Md. The team rejoined in Cape Town for the first time since early July.

The members of the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team hail from seven states and 11 universities. Team members are Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif./UCLA freshman), Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma freshman), Cheyenne Cordes (Fairfield, Calif./California freshman), Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif./Florida sophomore), Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo./Florida freshman), Escobedo, Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif./Arizona State freshman), Erin Gabriel (Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary High School senior), Goodacre, Lauren Haeger (Phoenix, Ariz./Florida freshman), Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif./Washington freshman), Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Oklahoma sophomore), Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md./South Florida sophomore), Cheyanne Tarango (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Tennessee freshman), Nyree White (Eugene, Ore./Stanford freshman), Hallie Wilson (North Tustin, Calif./Arizona freshman) and Chelsea Zgrabik (Nokomis, Fla./Florida Gulf Coast sophomore).

Coyle was named to the roster in late July by the USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) after Shelby Pendley (Albuquerque, N.M./Arizona freshman) withdrew from the team due to injury. Madison Shipman (Valencia, Calif./Tennessee sophomore) also withdrew from the team due to injury in September and was replaced by Damico.

The Junior Women's National Team is coached by Johns with assistants Suzy Brazney (Huntington Beach, Calif./head coach Golden West College) and Tony Rico (Huntington Beach, Calif./coach Worth Firecrackers). Joe Salvatore (Monroe Township, N.J./coach New Jersey Breakers) serves as the volunteer assistant coach. Michael White (Eugene, Ore./head coach Oregon) is the batting practice pitcher.

Americans Outlast Aussies To Stay Undefeated at ISF Junior Women's World Championship

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CAPE TOWN -- The United States overcame a two-run deficit Thursday to beat Australia 7-4 in the first round of playoff action at the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa. On Friday at the 5:30 p.m. South African Standard Time/9:30 a.m. CT, Team USA (8-0) will play Japan with the winner advancing to Saturday's Gold Medal Game. 

Australia, the No. 2 seed behind Japan in Pool B, challenged the U.S., the top seed in Pool A, from the start. To lead off the first, left fielder Taylah Tsitsikronis hit a fly ball that landed between left field, center field and shortstop after it was lost in the sun. Tsitsikronis advanced to second on a passed ball and then third baseman Megan Home reached with a walk. Second baseman Georgia Casey slapped one to center field. 

With bases loaded, Stacey Webber hit a two-run single to left field that scored Tsitsikronis and Home. It was the first time the U.S. trailed in the entire tournament. 

"The start of the game was not what was expected," Head Coach Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.) said. "I am incredibly proud of these young women for not letting that bad start result in a bad finish. It would have been easy to give up but they kept their heads in the game. Their ability to make mistakes and then move forward is what made the difference." 

The U.S. went scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. Hallie Wilson (North Tustin, Calif.) drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md.) sacrifice bunt. Wilson moved to third on a Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) ground out but first baseman Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) struck out to end the inning. 

Catcher Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif.) put the Americans back on track in the second with the first home run of her USA Softball career. With the score even at two runs after the long ball over the center field wall, shortstop Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif.) singled to left field and stole second before center fielder Wilson walked for the second time. Salvarola drove in a third run with a grounder. 

"Basically I was just thinking about my pitcher Dallas and how we were down two runs," said Freeman, who went 2-for-3 against Australia. "I wanted to get the runs to get us back in the game." 

In the team's five home run performance Wednesday against Puerto Rico, Freeman went hitless, hitting two fly outs and later grounding into a double play. 

"I had a talk with my dad and he told me 'You can do better'," Freeman said. "I knew that I didn't want yesterday to get me down so I used it as motivation for today's game."  

Wilson and Salvarola scored when a Lahners fly ball was dropped by center fielder Jess Bahn. In the fourth, Team USA took a 6-2 when Coyle scored on a Lahners single up the middle. Wilson scored the seventh run on a passed ball. 

Webber, who plays first base for Australia, collected her third and fourth RBI of the game with a home run in the seventh. She went 2-for-3 on the day with one walk. 

The four Aussie runs marked the first earned runs of the tournament for Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz.), who improved to 3-0 with her eight strikeout performance. She leads the six member Team USA pitching staff with 25 strikeouts in the tournament. 

"I started off a little shaky and I really just had to pace myself. I had to gather my thoughts and slow the game down," said Escobedo, who has pitched 15 innings over four games in Cape Town. "I feel like as the game went on, I did much better than I did in the first inning. It just took me a few batters to get in my zone and focus mentally." 

Escobedo pitched the entire outing for the Americans, allowing 10 hits. She walked two batters in the first, one in the third and another in the seventh. 

The U.S. returns to action with a semi-final match up against undefeated Japan. The winner of the Japan/USA game will advance to Saturday's Gold Medal Game while the loser advances to the Bronze Medal Game. The Bronze Medal Game winner will advance to the championship. 

Team USA came to Cape Town as the reigning Junior Women's World Champions, having went 10-0 at the 2007 tournament in Enschede, The Netherlands. In the Championship Game, the U.S. topped Japan 3-1. Team USA has played in each of the six previous Championship Games held, defeating China for the inaugural title in 1987, losing to Japan in 1991, defeating Japan in 1995 and losing to Japan in 1999 and 2003 before reclaiming the top spot from Japan in 2007.  

Live stats for all of the U.S. games in Cape Town are available at USASoftball.com. Playoff games are also streamed live through the tournament website (http://jwwc2011.co.za/).

Five Homers Help USA Softball Run-Rule Puerto Rico, Finish Pool Play Undefeated

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CAPE TOWN -- Four 2011 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team athletes combined for five home runs Wednesday at the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa, helping the United States run-rule Puerto Rico 12-3 in five innings. With the win, Team USA secured the No. 1 seed in Pool A with a 7-0 record. 

The Americans start playoff action Thursday at 5:30 p.m. South African Standard Time/9:30 a.m. CT against Australia, the No. 2 seed in Pool B. The winner will play again at 5:30 p.m. Friday while the loser will play at noon SAST/4 a.m. CT. 

Center fielder Hallie Wilson (North Tustin, Calif.) and left fielder Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md.) were issued consecutive walks to start the bottom of the first. With two outs after second baseman Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) struckout and first baseman Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) reached on a fielder's choice that put Wilson out at third, starting pitcher Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) singled up the middle to score Salvarola. Lauren Haeger (Phoenix, Ariz.), the designated player, followed suit with an RBI single that scored Chamberlain for a 2-0 lead. 

"I was pleased that the team was able to come out and score runs early," said Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.), who is in her second year as head coach. "When you take the lead with your fifth batter, it takes a little bit of the pressure off." 

Puerto Rico responded with a Monica Santos double to right field off Carda. With a Nicole Osterman sacrfice bunt, Santos moved to third. Malerie Figueroa grounded out but Yahelis Munoz followed with an RBI single to left field. It marked the first earned run of the tournament for the U.S. pitching staff. 

Cheyenne Cordes (Fairfield, Calif.) ledoff the second with a home run to center field. Another run scored when Salvarola, who doubled, crossed the plate on a Lahners single. Chamberlain then made it a 6-1 contest with a center field homer, her second of the tournament. A Carda single led to Jocelyn De Leon coming in to pitch for Puerto Rico. 

Haeger singled then catcher Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif.) hit a flyball, bringing Cordes back to the plate for the second time. She hit a three-run home run to give the U.S. a 9-1 advantage heading into the third. 

"I just went up there nice and relaxed, looking for a pitch. Both of my home runs were off first pitch strikes," said Cordes, who is 9-for-15 in the tournament. "I was just nice and relaxed, not thinking about anything important. I just went up there and swung." 

With Haeger in the circle, another Puerto Rico run scored on a wild pitch. 

The American's lone run of the third came from a Chelsea Goodacre (Temecula, Calif.) leadoff home run. Batting for Lahners, Goodacre hit one over the center field fence, marking the first long ball of her USA Softball career. 

"It was relieving to hit that home run," Goodacre said. "After having a few bat at-bats earlier this week, it was nice being able to go back to what I know. It is a great feeling to have any hit for for your country but a home run is even more special." 

Puerto Rico scored another run on a wild pitch in the fourth. 

After Cordes flied out to center field to start the bottom of the fourth, just narrowly missing a third home run, Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif.) knocked one over the fence. It marked her first home run since joining the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team in July as a replacement for injured shortstop Shelby Pendley (Albuquerque, N.M.). 

Erin Gabriel (Poland, Ohio) pitched the fifth for the U.S., striking out one batter. Carada, who threw a no-hitter against China earlier in the tournament, improved her record to 2-0 in the circle with the win. 

Live stats for all of the U.S. games in Cape Town are available at USASoftball.com. Selected playoff games will be streamed live through the tournament website (http://jwwc2011.co.za/).

Team USA rolls past Czech Republic to remain undefeated in Cape Town

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CAPE TOWN -- The 2011 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team overcame the rain to run rule Czech Republic 15-0 in three innings Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa. With the win, the Americans improve to 6-0 at the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championships.

 

Catcher Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif.), batting with two outs, finished the Czechs with a double to left field that scored designated player Lauren Haeger (Phoenix, Ariz.), who singled to shortstop, and third baseman Cheyenne Cordes (Fairfield, Calif.). Cordes, who went 2-for-2 in the game, drove in the other two runs when she reached on a single to center field and advanced on an error by the center fielder. 

 

"When I came to the plate in the third, I was soaking wet from playing in the pouring rain," said Freeman, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI. "[Petra Sudolska] threw me the pitch that I was looking for so I just took a swing, hoping that it was enough to end the game. I wanted to keep my teammates from having to go back out there."

 

The Americans took a 1-0 lead in the first when the fifth batter, Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif. ), was hit by a pitch with bases loaded. With bases loaded, Haeger took a ball before rain temporarily suspended play. The action continued about a half-hour later with two runs scoring on catcher Ivana Malkova's mistakes. Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) scored on a passed ball then on the same play, Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) advanced home a throwing error.

 

With a 3-0 lead, Haeger hit a single to left center that scored Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.), who was pinch running for Carda. Freeman lined into a double play to end the inning.

 

Seven more runs scored in the second with the first coming when Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif.) scored on a wild pitch. With Sudolska in to pitch for starter Petra Zvolankova, Lahners doubled to score Hallie Wilson (North Tustin, Calif.), who reached base on a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Lahners later scored on another wild pitch.

 

A Damico RBI single scored Chamberlain to make it an 8-0 contest. Haeger singled to left field to move Damico to third. Tarango reached on an error that scored Damico. Freeman followed with an RBI single to left that scored Erin Gabriel (Poland, Ohio), the pinch runner for Haeger. Tarango and Freeman moved on a passed ball. Coyle hit an RBI sacrifice fly to left field. With an 11-0 lead, Wilson flew out to left field.

 

Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz.) picked up the win, striking out nine.

 

The United States plays its final pool play game Wednesday against Puerto Rico at 2 p.m. SAST/6 a.m. CT. No matter the outcome, the Americans will head into the playoffs on Thursday and Friday as the No. 1 seed in Pool A. The Canadians are currently 5-1 with one game remaining but were run ruled by Team USA earlier in the tournament. All other teams have two or more losses.

 

Should the U.S. advance from the playoffs, the medal rounds are Saturday. The Bronze Medal game is at noon SAST/4 a.m. CT with the winner advancing to the Championship Game at 3 p.m. SAST/7 a.m. CT.

 

Live stats for all of the U.S. games in Cape Town are available at USASoftball.com. Selected playoff action and the medal rounds will be streamed live  through the tournament website (http://jwwc2011.co.za/).

Team Canada Defeats Puerto Rico at ISF Junior Women's World Championships

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Team Canada got their second win of the ISF Junior Women's World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa by beating Puerto Rico, 7-0, on the run rule.  Canada improves to 2-1 and will next face New Zealand, who is also 2-1, at 5:30 am EST Sunday, Dec. 18.  Husky Victoria Hayward (Toronto, ON) played an important part in the win for Team Canada.  With one out in the bottom of the first, Hayward beat out a drag bunt but was forced out at second when teammate Erika Polidori hit a ball back to the pitcher.  In the second inning, she also hit a single, sending an eventual scorer, Jennifer Gilbert, to third.  Canada had seven hits, with Hayward and teammate Shannon Davidson leading the team with two each.  For all tournament information, visit the host website at http://jwwc2011.co.za or the Softball Canada website at http://www.softball.ca.

Team USA Improves To 5-0 in 2011 ISF Junior Women's World Championships

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CAPE TOWN -- The United States thumped Botswana 17-0 in three innings Monday at the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa. Nyree White (Eugene, Ore.) threw a perfect game, striking out three, to help the team remain undefeated after five pool play games.

"The team put up a ton of runs today so it was pretty easy for me just going out there throwing strikes," White said. "I wanted to use my defense, roll up ground balls, which is the same approach that I usually have. I wanted to make sure that we got back in the dugout so we could keep scoring some more runs."

The Americans set the tone in the top of the first with 11 runs scored. Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) started the offensive outpouring with a single to left field that scored Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md.), who was hit by a pitch, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cheyenne Cordes (Fairfield, Calif.) doubled to move Carda to third. Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif.) reached on an error, scoring Carda. Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.), pinch running for Freeman, stole second.

Cheyenne Tarango (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) made it 4-0  with a double to score Cordes and Damico. Chelsea Goodacre (Temecula, Calif.) singled to center field, moving Tarango to third, then stole second. Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif.) walked to load the bases. Pitcher Tjitjoo Rapelang then walked Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) for her first of five RBI in the game.

An error in left field allowed Salvarola to reach base and score Goodacre and Coyle. With Chamberlain on third, Carda hit an RBI single. A Cordes triple scored Salvarola and Carda, who went 3-for-3 on the day. Freeman singled up the middle to score Cordes, which marked the final run of the inning. The first ended with a Tarango fly out.

Goodacre and White started the second with consecutive singles. Coyle doubled to left field to score Goodacre. With two-on, Chamberlain hit a home run to make it a 15-0 contest. The homer marked Chamberlain's first of the tournament but the second for the team, which benefited from a Chelsea Zgrabik (Nokomis, Fla.) homer against South Africa on Sunday.

"The game was all about adjustments," said Chamberlain. "The team adjustment was to wait back, see it deep and that was my plan. I got a good pitch and good things happened."

In the third, White doubled to score Goodacre, who reached on an error by the second baseman than advanced to second on a passed ball. Chamberlain later added a run to the board when White scored on her double.

"Hitting wise, I've just tried to get a nice pitch and take a good hack, see the ball deep," said White, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. "It's cool when I'm hitting and pitching because it keeps me from getting to wrapped up in either side of the game. It's cool to be able to balance it out that way."

Team USA has two pool play games remaining in Cape Town before the playoffs (Dec. 15-16) and medal rounds (Dec. 17). The Americans face Czech Republic on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. SAST/9:30 a.m. CT and close out pool play Wednesday with Puerto Rico at 2 p.m. SAST/6 a.m. CT.

Live stats for all of the U.S. games in Cape Town are available at USASoftball.com. Team USA's games with Botswana and the Czech Republic are also scheduled for live streaming through the tournament website (http://jwwc2011.co.za/).

Team USA run rules Canada 11-4 to open ISF Junior Women's World Championship

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CAPE TOWN -- In their first contest of the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa, the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team defeated Canada 11-4 in five innings Thursday. The bottom of the fifth started with a Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md.) single up the middle and ended on a similar note, a walk-off Salvarola single up the middle that scored Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.).
 
"At that point in the game, the lead that we had was kind of short, it was kind of small so I was just trying to get on base and give ourselves that base runner that would widen the gap again," Salvarola said. "When I got back up at the end, I was honestly just freezing, really cold and we just wanted to end the game. I was trying really hard to hit the first pitch and end it."
 
The action was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. but did not get underway until after 9:30, delayed by previous games including the Czech Republic's 9-8 victory over Puerto Rico. The pool play match-up between Canada and the U.S. ended just short of midnight in Cape Town, with the temperature in the low 50s and winds continuing at nearly 20 MPH.
 
"I am really proud of how the team performed with the tough weather conditions and the late start," said Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.), who is in her second year as head coach of the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team. "It would have been easy for these young women to get distracted tonight but they fought through the adversity, which is a huge positive. We have to make some improvements if we want to be Junior Women's World Champions but an 11-4 victory over Canada is not a bad way to start the tournament."
 
Team USA headed into the bottom of the fifth holding a two run lead over the Canadians. With Natalie Becker in the circle, the first four USA batters reached base. Salvarola advanced to second on a Hallie Wilson (North Tustin, Calif.) hit then scored on Ally Carda's (Elk Grove, Calif.) single. Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.), the 2010 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team Athlete of the Year, was walked to load the bases.
 
Jaycee Affeldt walked Kylee Lahners, the first batter she faced, to put the Red, White and Blue up 8-4, and then allowed an RBI single to shortstop Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif.). Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) struck out swinging to record the first out. Then Affeldt walked Cheyenne Cordes (Fairfield, Calif.), allowing Chamberlain to score, and struck out Chelsea Goodacre (Temecula, Calif.) before facing Salvarola.
 
"I was just looking for a pitch that I could at least put in play," said Salvarola, who went 2-for-2 with two walks. "I went up there knowing that she wasn't throwing many pitches for strikes so I was focused on getting a good pitch and putting it in play."
 
The Americans scored one run in the first when Canada's starting pitcher Karissa Hovinga walked Coyle with bases loaded, scoring Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif.). A total of 11 U.S. batters were walked including Amber Freeman, who was hit by a pitch with bases loaded in the third, and Salvarola also with bases loaded in the third.
 
Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz.) pitched the first three innings for the win. Of the 11 batters faced by the Arizona State sophomore standout, she allowed two batters to reach base, walking Shannon Davidson and then giving up a single to Natalie Wideman in the second. Escobedo struck out three batters.
 
"I felt really great warming up and was excited that we were finally playing games," Escobedo said. "We've been out here practicing for about a week now. Finally getting out there and playing against another team really adds fuel to my fire. I was just ready to perform and I think I did well."
 
Nyree White (Eugene, Ore.) pitched 1.2 innings, with all four Canadian runs crossing the plate with her in the circle. Only two runs were earned, while another pair came on a sloppy play that started with a throwing error from third baseman Cordes to first baseman Chamberlain.
 
White was relieved in the fifth by Cheyenne Tarango, who faced three batters.
 
The United States returns to action Friday at 2:30 p.m. local time/6:30 a.m. CT against China. Live stats for all USA Softball games played in Cape Town are available through USASoftball.com.

Changes To Kajikawa Classic Schedule

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A few changes have been made to the original schedule for the 2012 Kajikawa Softball Classic on Feb. 9-12 in Tempe, Ariz., with a few changes affecting UW's schedule during the tournament.  Below is a link to the entire tournament schedule.

Kajikawa Master Schedule Sheet.pdf


Former Huskies Raise Money, Awareness For Burn Victims

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This weekend, as the Huskies take on the Oregon Ducks, former Husky and NFL tight end Cam Cleeland and his wife, former UW softball and basketball player Mindy (Williams) Cleeland lead an initiative, alongside several Huskies and area firefighters, to collect donations for a special cause.  Their Play2Heal Project is raising money for young burn patients at the UW Medicine Burn Center at Harborview, where their then-3 year old son was treated last year.  The group will be collecting donations at several places around Husky Stadium starting at 5:30 on Saturday before kickoff between the Dawgs and Ducks.  The Cleelands were recently on King 5's New Day Northwest show to talk about the cause and the interview can be seen at the following link:

http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/New-Burn-Facility-for-Children-at-Harborview-132919668.html


2012 Softball Schedule Changes

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The Husky softball team has made two changes to their spring 2012 schedule.  The game versus North Dakota on Mar. 7 has been deleted.  Also, the doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield has been moved to Monday Mar. 19.

Husky Softball Clinic at Safeco Field

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NPF All-Star Game Photo Gallery

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Check out some great pictures by Scott Eklund at the UW softball game vs. the NPF All-Stars at Safeco Field last Saturday.

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Team Canada Takes Silver at Pan American Games

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The Canadian softball team, led by UW sophomore Victoria Hayward and former Husky star Jenn Salling, had a great run at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico before falling to the USA Softball Women's National team in the gold medal game, 11-1. They advanced to the final game after defeating Cuba 4-0 earlier in the day. Team Canada had a strong start to the contest, immediately putting a runner in scoring position when Melanie Matthews reached base on a walk before stealing second, but the team wasn't able to advance any more runners in the first inning after Jen Yee also reached base on a walk. Canada tied the game 1-1 in the top of the second when Hayward drove in Heather Ebert with an RBI base hit. Canada put two more runners on base with one out in that inning, resulting in a pitching change for the US, but they were not able to make any more serious threats the rest of the game. The Canadian National softball team comes away from the Pan Am games with a silver medal and a 7-3 overall tournament record.

Softball Fall Trip Video

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Check out the video taken by UW softball on its 2011 fall trip to Central Washington and Idaho.

 

Meet Kasey Stanchek

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Charters, Lawrie Named NPF All-Stars

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Three former Huskies played in the NPF Championship Series this past weekend for the USSSA Florida Pride. Ashley Charters, a three-time All-American and Washington's career leader in stolen bases, was selected All-NPF at second base. Danielle Lawrie, a two-time National Player of the Year during her career at Washington, was also selected All-NPF. Lawrie helped the USSSA Pride win the 2010 Championship her rookie season. Jenn Salling was the third overall pick in the first round in the NPF draft. Salling was a four-year member of the Canadian National team and named First team All-Pac-10, First-Team All-Pacific and Outstanding Athlete of the Year as a Husky. The Pride, the defending and regular season champions, lost to the Chicago Bandits 10-3, capturing the championship in two games.

 

Charters, Lawrie & Salling To Play For Championship

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The Pride Start the NPF Championship Series tonight vs the Chicago Bandits - Tonights game at 8 ET/7 CT on USSSAPride.com (available in HD) - game 2 at 2 PM ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com - game 3 if necessary live on ESPN3.com - tape delayed Monday night at 10 PM ET on ESPN 2.

Schedule released for ISF Junior Women's World Championship

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The 2011 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team will open the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championship (19-Under) in Cape Town, South Africa, on Dec. 8 against Canada. The schedule for the tournament, Dec. 7-17, was released August 10 by host organization Softball South Africa.

 

"We are incredibly excited to start the tournament against one of the most competitive countries in our sport. To be the best, you have to play against the best," Head Coach Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.) said. "If our team wants to take home a Gold Medal from Cape Town, they have to be ready from the first pitch of the tournament through the last out in the Championship Game. I am confident that this group of young women has everything it takes to continue the great tradition of the USA Softball program."

 

Following the contest with Canada, the U.S. is scheduled to play six other Pool A opponents: China on Dec. 9; New Zealand on Dec. 10; South Africa on Dec. 11; Botswana on Dec. 12; Czech Republic on Dec. 13; and Puerto Rico on Dec. 14. Playoffs are Dec. 15-16 with the Gold Medal Game scheduled for Dec. 17. The schedule is subject to change.

 

Tickets for the event are now on sale through Computicket.

 

Team USA enters the competition as the defending Junior Women's World Champions, having went 10-0 at the 2007 tournament in Enschede, The Netherlands. In the Championship Game, the U.S. topped Japan 3-1. Team USA has played in each of the six previous Championship Games held, defeating China for the inaugural title in 1987, losing to Japan in 1991, defeating Japan in 1995 and losing to Japan in 1999 and 2003 before reclaiming the top spot from Japan in 2007.

 

Japan plays in Pool B with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Germany, Russia and Zimbabwe. The Aussies won the Bronze Medal at the 2007, 2003 and 1995 ISF Junior Women's Worlds.

 

The U.S. qualified for the upcoming Junior Women's World Championship in August 2010 by winning the III Pan American Championships (18-Under) in Bogota, Colombia, with a 9-0 record that included two wins against Canada and another against Puerto Rico. In the Championship Game, Team USA defeated Canada 3-1. The two teams also met in pool play during that event with the U.S. claiming a 3-0 victory. In the semi-final, the Americans defeated Puerto Rico 6-1.

 

Since competing in Bogota, the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team competed in exhibitions against the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team earlier this summer in Tampa, Salem, Va., and Bowie, Md. The juniors will rejoin in Cape Town a week prior to the Junior Women's Worlds for training.

 

Sixteen athletes have been named to the 17-member USA Softball Junior Women's National Team, which currently has representatives from six states and 11 universities. Team members are Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif./UCLA freshman), Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Oklahoma freshman), Cheyenne Cordes (Fairfield, Calif./California freshman), Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif./Florida sophomore), Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz./Arizona State sophomore), Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif./Arizona State freshman), Erin Gabriel (Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary High School senior), Chelsea Goodacre (Temecula, Calif./Arizona freshman), Lauren Haeger (Phoenix, Ariz./Florida freshman), Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif./Washington freshman), Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Oklahoma sophomore), Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md./South Florida sophomore), Cheyanne Tarango (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Tennessee freshman), Nyree White (Eugene, Ore./Stanford freshman), Hallie Wilson (North Tustin, Calif./Arizona freshman) and Chelsea Zgrabik (Nokomis, Fla./Florida Gulf Coast freshman).

 

Coyle was named to the roster in late July by the USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) after Shelby Pendley (Albuquerque, N.M./Arizona freshman) withdrew from the team due to injury. Madison Shipman (Valencia, Calif./Tennessee sophomore) has also withdrawn from the team due to injury. The WNTSC has not announced a replacement.  

 

Four Huskies Win Softball Tournament

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On August 13 & 14, current Huskies Hooch Fagaly, Shawna Wright, and Whitney Jones and incoming freshman Kimberlee Souza competed in a six-team tournament and won the 23U Women's Major National Championship.  All four athletes competed for the Cobras in the 23U "A" Western Nationals in the tournament at Marine Park in Salem, Ore.  The Cobras won four games to take the title, beating West Coast Angels 11-3 in game one, Hardball in game two, Oregon Rampage 6-4 in game three, and Oregon Reign for the Championship.  All four Huskies made the All-Tournament team and Whitney Jones won batting champion and was named MVP for the tournament.

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Jenn Salling Video

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Watch the video below that Jenn Salling did with her new team, the USSSA Pride.

 

Softball Camp Photos

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The UW softball team hosted a camp earlier this week. Check out some pictures below from the first day and the photo gallery.

 

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Lahners Homers In Come Back Win

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Future Husky Kylee Lahners homered yesterday as her team came from behind to win the Under Armour All-American game. Former Husky Jenn Salling was one of the coaches.

Read the recap below.
 
Fans who spilled out of the stands at the ESPN Wide World of Sports were treated to some bonus softball at the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game on Tuesday. After all, what else would you expect from teams comprised of the nation's best?

Sara Driesenga was named MVP after lacing a bases-loaded, walk-off double off the left field fence to cap a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 6-5 win for Team Swagger.
 
"[The MVP] could have gone to anybody because this was truly a team effort," said Driesenga, who also pitched the final two innings to earn the win. "It's just an honor to be here with the 30 best players in the nation."

Although cliche, there was some truth to the "total team effort" statement on this day. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Team Swagger standouts Lauren Chamberlain and Kylee Lahners blasted back-to-back home runs that swung momentum.

"I came up to the plate thinking, 'Wow, the only way to follow [Chamberlain's home run] is to just hit another one,'" Lahners said. "So I went up there and waited for my pitch, got my pitch and put a good swing on it."

Ally Carda, the pitcher for Team Hype who surrendered the two home runs, swung it back to her team's favor by taking two bases after an attempted pick-off throw went awry. She scored from third on an RBI single by Delaney Guy.

Team Hype took its 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh, when Kelsi Jones played the role of savior with a one-out single that scored Lahners to tie the game.

After Danielle Henderson was hit in the ankle by a pitch, Team Swagger suddenly had a golden opportunity to win the game in regulation with the bases loaded and only one out. But Corrin Genovese flashed some leather at second for Team Hype, snaring the potentially game-winning line drive and doubling off the runner at first base for an unassisted inning-ending double play. 

Playing by international tie-breaking rules (each extra inning starts with a runner on second base), the game progressed to the ninth inning, where scoring suddenly became en vogue.

Team Hype opened the inning with two runs in the top half, highlighted by a two-out RBI single by Jessica Damico, who went 2-for-4 on the day. Damico and Swagger's Janie Takeda, who went 2-for-3, were the only players with multiple hits.

Facing a two-run deficit for the second time in the game, Team Swagger responded in the bottom of the ninth.

After a hit by Takeda and a walk by Jones, A.J. Andrews reached on an error to load the bases with only one out. Down 5-4, Driesenga ended the game with her drive to left. Jones, who hit the game-tying RBI single to force extra innings, scored the winning run.

"After we fell behind, you still saw smiles on the girls faces, and that's the key" said Leah O'Brien Amico, coach of Team Swagger. "A lot of times, if you're wearing that negative emotion it will pull you down. It's fun to be on the winning side. You play this game to have fun but obviously we're all competitors and it's always nice to get that W."

The game airs at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPNU.
 
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Where Are They Now: Tami Storseth

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Check out a recent Q&A with former Husky softball player Tami Storseth (1993-96).

 

Courtney Gano Feature

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Check out the great feature story on incoming freshman Courtney Gano from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

When you're the daughter of one of the San Gabriel Valley's all-time softball legends and a high-profile football coach, expectations sort of come with the territory.

That's how it is for Courtney Gano, whose mother, Rhonda Wheatley, was the 1983 Division II-A softball player of the year after leading Workman High to the divisional title, and who also was an All-American at Cal Poly Pomona. Her father, Greg Gano, is the football coach at Damien, but is most known for winning four CIF titles at Los Altos, which is where Courtney Gano started her high school career before transferring to Bonita and finishing off her senior season in style.

Gano worked relentlessly and carved out her reputation on the travel ball circuit before arriving at Los Altos. After her freshman year she verbally committed to the University of Washington, where she's headed this fall.

Unlike others, though, who coast late in their high school careers with their futures already inked, Gano committed herself even more and had a monster senior year for the Hacienda League co-champion Bearcats, who finished 23-5 and advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs



Read more:http://www.sgvtribune.com/preps/ci_18327559?source=email#ixzz1QUpBfL8j

 

Athletes arrive in Chula Vista for USA Softball Women's National Team tryout

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The journey begins Monday morning for 35 athletes as they begin selection camp for a spot on the 17-person roster for the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team.  The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball will host the athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., June 12-16.  Kicking off Monday with position drills followed by exhibition games all week, the athletes will perform before the Women's National Team Selection Committee who will announce the 17-person roster on Friday, June 17 at 11 a.m. CST.

 

The 17 athletes selected to the USA Softball roster will compete in six different events in three countries. Fans in the United States will get four opportunities to see the team in action with three exhibition stops scheduled as well as the World Cup of Softball VI, July 21-25, in Oklahoma City. For ticket information on the World Cup as well as the tour stops in Plant City, Fla., Salem, Va., and Bowie, Md., go to www.usasoftball.com.

 

The 2011 Women's National Team will also participate in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship July 9-17 in Surrey B.C. Canada.  This squad will later seek the program's eighth Pan American Championship title at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 17-23.

 

New to the list of athletes who accepted an invitation is Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee).

 

Below are the final 35 athletes who will compete this week for a spot on the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team:

Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California)
Ashley Holcombe-Bell (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama)
Ashley Brignac (River Ridge, La./ULL)
Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Florida)
Whitney Canion (Aledo, Texas/Baylor)
Kaylyn Castillo (Norco, Calif./Arizona State)
Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee)
Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State)
Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif./Florida)
Brigette Del Ponte (Peoria, Ariz./Arizona)
Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz./Arizona State)
Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md./Tennessee)
Kelly Grieve (Asheville, N.C./Tennessee)
Andrea Harrison (Garden Grove, Calif./UCLA)
Jolene Henderson (Elk Grove, Calif./California)
Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas/Texas)
Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky)
Stacy Johnson (Reno, Nev./Iowa)
Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Michigan)
Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif./UCLA)
Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona)
Annie Lockwood (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State)
Blaire Luna (Austin, Texas/Texas)
Meagan May (Spring, Texas/Texas A&M)
Jen Mineau (Schaghticoke, N.Y./Fordham)
Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla./Florida)
Christine Orgeron (New Orleans, La./ULL)
Jenna Rich (El Segundo, Calif./Stanford)
Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif./Oklahoma)
Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif./Florida)
Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif./Oklahoma)
Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan)
Rhea Taylor (Buford, Ga./Missouri)
Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa/Missouri)
Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif./Washington)

Two Incoming Softball Student-Athletes Earn Honors

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Kylee Lahners and Courtney Gano will be freshmen at UW in the fall of 2011 and signed NLIs earlier this year to play softball under head coach Heather Tarr. Both student-athletes just earned more honors at the end of their high school careers.

 

Lahners is a second baseman from Laguna Hills and a Team USA Junior National Team member. She was named to the All-Orange County first-teamfor the third consecutive season. Lahners batted .506 with three doubles, four triples and eight home runs. She drove in 17 runs and scored 31 runs. She had a .594 on-base percentage and a .938 slugging percentage.

 

 

Gano, from West Covina, Calif., played in the San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star game. She was on the North team that defeated the South team, 21-8.

 

 

The game was played to honor the Wilson High School coach who died suddenly last summer. Bruyninckx's 3-year old grandson Brody Schatzman, accompanied by Bruyninckx's widow, Joyce, threw out the first pitch.

 

Gano was the designated hitter and led off with singles for the North. Two errors and a single gave the North a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Gano had three hits, including a triple and a home run, and scored four runs for the North.

 

"It's an honor to play here," Gano said. "I've been here every year to support my teammates and I'm just happy to play with the best in the area."

 



NPF Begins June 10

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Former Huskies Danielle Lawrie, Ashley Charters and Jenn Salling will begin play in the National Pro Fastpitch League on June 10. The 40-game season begins tomorrow as the Pride take on the Chicago Bandits at 4 p.m. PT. All 40 games for the Pride this season can be watched live on their website: http://www.usssapride.com/.

On June 11, fans can watch the Pride live on ESPN2 at Noon PT.

The Pride won the championship last year as Lawrie was a part of that team. Charters joins the team this season as does Salling who just wrapped up her outstanding career at UW and was the No. 3 pick in the NPF Draft this year.

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Missouri Day 3

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Sport Science: Danielle Lawrie

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Softball Video....On The Road To Missouri

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Seattle Times Softball Recap

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Special to The Seattle Times

Freshman pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby used a mix of power and off-speed pitches to toss a two-hitter, and she and her teammates provided just enough offense to lift Washington to a 4-1 win over Brigham Young on Friday at Husky Softball Stadium, advancing to Saturday's NCAA regional championship round.

Read the full story here: tp://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2015109910_uwsoft21.html.

Matt Hasselbeck At Softball Interview

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Matt Hasselbeck was at the UW softball game Thursday night and got on the air with John Cowley and Mike Brown on 1150 AM KKNW. Listen to the interview below.

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Seattle Times Story On Regionals Day 1

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Huskies cruise in NCAA softball opener; BYU next

The 12th-seeded Huskies (35-14) advance to face Brigham Young (39-17) Friday at 3 p.m. in the second round at Husky Softball Stadium.

Read the whole story here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2015101125_uwsoft20.html?prmid=head_main.

Special to The Seattle Times

The Washington softball team reached the Women's College World Series the past two seasons relying on a skillful pitcher who swings a powerful bat. Freshman Kaitlin Inglesby gives the Huskies hope that they might make a third straight trip.

Two-time national player of the year Danielle Lawrie is gone, but Portland native Inglesby continued her good-arm/good-bat output Thursday night to help Washington cruise to a 6-2 win over Portland State in its NCAA tournament opener in front of 1,035 at Husky Softball Stadium.

The 12th-seeded Huskies (35-14) advance to face Brigham Young (39-17) Friday at 3 p.m. in the second round of the double-elimination regional. The Cougars defeated 21st-ranked Auburn 2-1 earlier Thursday.

Win that game and UW will play again Saturday for the regional championship at 2:30. Lose, and they play at 8 p.m. Friday.

Softball Regional Coverage

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Several media members from all over the Puget Sound area came out to the Dempsey Indoor on Wednesday for UW's first Regional practice. Check out the links below to two stories that were written yesterday.

Scott Johnson, Everett Herald: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110519/SPORTS/705199905/1129/SPORTS06.

Dave Boling, The New Tribune: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110519/SPORTS/705199905/1129/SPORTS06.

Seattle Times Live Chat Recap

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For those of you that missed the Seattle Times live chat on Tuesday afternoon with head softball coach Heather Tarr and senior shortstop Jenn Salling, you can view it all here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2015079466_livechat18.html.

Tuiasosopo Honored Academically

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Ashley Tuiasosopo, senior outfielder for the University of Washington softball team, was presented the UW Athletic Scholar award at the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity and Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 41st Annual Celebration, Fête and Honors on Thurs., May 5, at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in downtown Seattle.


A mathematics major and education, learning and society minor, Tuiasosopo was one of 15 UW students honored for their impressive contributions on campus and in the community, while achieving academic excellence. The dinner and scholarship fundraiser was attended by approximately 500 community and University members.

 

Tuiasosopo comes from a long line of Huskies, as numerous family members before her have attended UW and have been involved in athletics.  She has contributed greatly to the team from the very start, driving in a run in her first career game as a Husky in 2008.  During her sophomore year, she scored the last run in the final inning of UW's 5-1, 15-inning win in the deciding game of the NCAA Regionals.  She also received the Husky Coaches Award in 2010.


Also recognized at the event was the 2011 recipient of the Charles E. Odegaard Award, Assunta Ng ('74, '76, '79). The Odegaard Award was established in 1973 to honor a member of the community whose leadership sustains the former UW President's distinguished work on behalf of diversity. It is regarded as the highest achievement in diversity at the University.  


For the second-straight year, Cameron Wong ('93) served as one of two emcees for the event. Formerly of FSN, Wong also has UW athletic department ties. He is a senior account executive for the Washington IMG College Network and is a former member of the UW football team.

 

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Q&A With Ashley Tuiasosopo

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UW senior right fielder Ashley Tuiasosopo (Woodinville, Wash.) from the UW softball team answered a few questions for the Dawg Blawg.

Gohuskies.com: Do you have a motto/saying you live by?
Ashley: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

GH: What is your favorite thing about Seattle/favorite thing to do in Seattle outside of campus?
Ashley: "Go to Wow Bubble Tea and play board games."

GH: What is your favorite opposing field to play on?
Ashley: "Besides the fields at the WCWS, I'd have to say ASU and UO because they have the best dugouts."

GH: If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Ashley: "South Pacific, most likely American Samoa."

GH: If you were given 1 million dollars, how would you spend it?
Ashley: "I would first give at least 10 percent to my church, then buy my parents a house, then pay off all my bills and save the rest."

GH: If you could train with any professional athlete in any sport who would you choose?
Ashley: "My brother Matt."

GH: What do you want to do after you're finished playing softball?
Ashley: "Become a high school math teacher and coach high school girl's basketball and softball."

GH: What is your favorite moment of your softball career at UW so far?
Ashley: "Winning the 2009 National Championship."

GH: What don't people outside of your hometown know about where you grew up that you think they should know?
Ashley: "Out city motto is 'Country Living, City Style'."

GH: If you were trapped on a desert island with one teammate, who would you want to be stranded with and why?
Ashley: "Bryana (Walker) because she is an engineer major and I'm a math major so we would be able to build something to get off the island."

GH: What is one TV show you can't miss?
Ashley: "Minute to Win It."

GH: Better three-hour blockbuster, Titanic, Lord of the Rings or Avatar?
Ashley: "Tie between Lord of the Rings and Avatar."

GH: What's something surprising that most people don't know about you?
Ashley: "I love doing puzzles."

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UW 360 - Jenn Salling

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Watch the UW360 video on Jenn Salling.

 

Softball Feature - Seattle Times

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Terry Wood from the Seattle Times wrote a softball Pac-10 opening day feature.

Balancing a rockin' offense with a sometimes rocky group of young pitchers, the sixth-ranked Washington softball team opens Pac-10 play at home this weekend against 14th-ranked Oregon.

The Huskies (25-2) begin a three-game series Friday at Husky Softball Stadium at 6 p.m., followed by games Saturday (4 p.m.) and Sunday (noon). Oregon (28-4) has won 12 straight games since losing 10-0 to top-ranked Alabama on March 5.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2014652445_uwsoft01.html.

Softball FSN Air Dates

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Friday night's Pac-10 opener vs. Oregon will air tape delayed on FSN. Below are the dates, times and channels that the game is available.

 

PAC-10 SOFTBALL '11

OREGON AT WASHINGTON

Network Date Time Zone L,D.R

FOX SPORTS ARIZONA Saturday - 04/02/2011 1:00 PM Pacific Delay

FOX SPORTS DETROIT Saturday - 04/02/2011 12:00 PM Eastern Delay

FOX SPORTS FLORIDA (Non-Panthers) Sunday - 04/03/2011 2:00 AM Eastern Delay

FOX SPORTS HOUSTON Saturday - 04/02/2011 12:00 PM Central Delay

FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Saturday - 04/02/2011 12:00 PM Central Delay

FOX SPORTS MIDWEST (Non-Cardinals) Tuesday - 04/05/2011 1:00 AM Central Repeat

ROOT SPORTS NORTHWEST Saturday - 04/02/2011 12:00 PM Pacific Delay

FOX SPORTS OHIO Saturday - 04/02/2011 12:00 PM Eastern Delay

ROOT SPORTS ROCKY MOUNTAIN Saturday - 04/02/2011 12:00 PM Mountain Delay

FOX SPORTS SOUTH (Non-Thrashers Min) Saturday - 04/02/2011 12:00 PM Eastern Delay

FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST Saturday - 04/02/2011 12:00 PM Central Delay

FOX SPORTS WEST Saturday - 04/02/2011 2:00 PM Pacific Delay

PRIME TICKET Saturday - 04/02/2011 5:00 PM Pacific Repeat

COMCAST BAY AREA Saturday - 04/02/2011 11:00 AM Pacific Delay

COMCAST BAY AREA Monday - 04/04/2011 3:00 PM Pacific Repeat

COMCAST CHICAGO Saturday - 04/02/2011 3:30 PM Central Delay

COMCAST NEW ENGLAND Sunday - 04/03/2011 12:00 PM Eastern Delay

COMCAST PHILADELPHIA Saturday - 04/02/2011 3:00 PM Eastern Delay

 

 

UWTV Garners Three Telly awards

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A trio of original UWTV productions recently received recognition for Outstanding Achievement by the Telly Awards, a nationally respected competition for the broadcast industry.

The awards were given for the UWTV programs "Fostering Leadership," "Media Space," and "Husky Softball: A Championship Journey."UWTV was honored with Bronze Awards for all three programs in the 32nd Annual Telly Awards. All three were new shows launched by UWTV in the spring and fall of 2010.

Watch the softball video here: http://uwtv.org/programs/displayevent.aspx?rID=31197.


The winning episode of "Fostering Leadership: Extreme Leadership" was a new collaboration with the UW's Foster School of Business to challenge existing leadership models. "Creating "Fostering Leadership" gave the UW Foster School of Business an opportunity to inform a broader audience about our unique approach to educating the next generation of leaders," commented Pamela McCoy, Executive Director of Foster Marketing & Communications and Executive Producer of "Fostering Leadership." "Receiving the Telly Award is highly gratifying and validates the creative approach we've used to tell our story."


"Media Space: Entertainment & Content" was the award-winning episode that featured alternate reality gaming entrepreneur Elan Lee in its debut season, discussing his pioneering work in entertainment and immersive gaming. "Media Space is our very public effort to connect to what's next in technology and communication. Elan Lee's pioneering work in reinventing storytelling clearly foreshadows how we'll all be interacting with media in the years to come," said host and MCDM Director Hanson Hosein. "I'm thrilled that we've won this recognition for such cutting-edge subject matter - it's truly the best of what we do."


"Husky Softball: A Championship Journey" showcased the UW's 2009 NCAA championship softball team as they prepared for their 2010 season.


John Haslam, General Manager of UWTV, said "It's wonderful to receive industry recognition for these shows, which represented a shift in our programming to bring more original, entertaining and thought-provoking shows to UWTV. We are continuing our mission to create more original programming, including new arts shows premiering this spring, that showcase the people and stories from the University of Washington."


The Telly Awards honors outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. The field of over 13,000 entries includes work from advertising agencies, production companies, and network TV stations.

Williams and Wright Earn Invite To National Team Selection

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The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced the initial group of 12 athletes who have accepted an invitation to the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team tryout camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., June 12-17. Names of additional participants will be released upon acceptance of athletes.

The approximately 17 athletes selected to represent USA Softball will compete in over seven different events in four different countries. Fans in the United States will get four opportunities to see the team in action with three exhibition stops scheduled as well as the World Cup of Softball IV, July 21-25, in Oklahoma City. For ticket information on the World Cup as well as the tour stops in Salem, Va., Bowie, Md. and Tampa, Fla., go to www.usasoftball.com. The 2011 Women's National Team will also seek the program's eighth Pan American Championship title at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 17-23.


Below is the initial list of 12 athletes who will compete to earn a spot on the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team:

Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California)
Ashley Holcombe-Bell (Fayetteville, Ga./Alabama)
Katelyn Boyd (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State)
Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee)
Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif./Arizona State)
Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky)
Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif./UCLA)
Jenae Leles (Sacramento, Calif./Arizona)
Blaire Luna (Austin, Texas/Texas)
Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan)
Niki Williams (Mission Viejo, Calif./Washington)
Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif./Washington)


The next group of athletes invited to camp will be announced at the beginning of April with the final selection in May.

ESPN Softball Feature

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By Graham Hays. View the entire story here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/columns/story?columnist=hays_graham&id=6216833.

Some things never change in Seattle, where the rain familiar to all seasons save summer washed out Sunday's finale of the Husky Softball Classic. That Mother Nature is just about the first opponent to shut down Washington's lineup this season suggests that other supposed Emerald City identifiers are more malleable.

Before the rain, Washington scored 36 runs in three games in the tournament it hosted, wins against South Carolina-Upstate (twice) and Seattle University that pushed its record to 19-0 this season. It wasn't the kind of competition the Huskies will face next weekend at the Judi Garman Classic in California, but it hasn't much mattered who coach Heather Tarr's team has faced this season. From Northwestern and San Diego State to Massachusetts and Texas A&M, postseason potential hasn't been enough for opponents to avoid a serious ERA hit against Washington. Only Fordham held the Huskies to fewer than five runs.

Washington scored 216 runs through its first 19 games. It reached double figures on 11 occasions, including two games of more than 20 runs.

Two seasons ago, the Huskies scored 115 runs in their first 19 games and didn't reach 216 runs until April 19, game No. 41. To refresh memories, that team won a national title a little more than a month later.

"It's early in the season, but I like what we're doing," Tarr said recently. "I like just kind of the collection of our offense, the mindset of it."

Some of that -- perhaps much of that -- may stem from the effects of the lineup losing its most productive power hitter of a season ago, a player who led the team in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage. That player, of course, was Danielle Lawrie, who happened to also be one of the best big-game pitchers in the long annals of college softball.

If the Huskies got Lawrie two or three runs of support, they knew they had a good chance to come out with the win. But at just over five runs per game for the 2010 season, they didn't always get her much more than that. Why fill the tank when you can buy just enough gas to get you where you're going?

"When you play behind somebody who you know is going to guarantee a great game, like Danielle, somehow, someway, I don't know why, but teams sometimes that have that don't have an explosive offensive mindset," Tarr said. "I think we were very good offensively, but we weren't crazy, off-the-charts over the last few years. So I think it just gives you a different sense of urgency, maybe not knowing that you have that kind of pitcher."

UW Signee Lahners Prepares for Summer With Junior National Team

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The USA Softball Junior Women's National will prepare for the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championship with exhibition games against the 2011 USA Softball Women's National Team, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. The team will also briefly train in Tampa, Fla., Salem, Va., and Bowie, Md., in addition to playing in the exhibitions.  

 

For the roster of 2010-11 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team athletes, please click here.

 

"Since the team was formed last summer, their ultimate goal has been to win the Gold Medal at the Junior Women's World Championships," said Junior Women's National Team Head Coach Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.). "Playing against the USA Softball Women's National Team, the best team in the world, will be invaluable for them as they prepare for the challenge of the junior teams from Canada, Japan and the other international softball powerhouses. The USA has an amazing group of junior women representing them. I know they are looking forward to the opportunity of playing in Florida, Maryland and Virginia before taking on the world, and they will be ready for the challenge."

 

Joining Johns on the Junior Women's National Team staff are Suzy Brazney (Huntington Beach, Calif./Head coach at Golden West College), Stacy Iveson (Prescott Valley, Ariz./Head coach at Yavapai College), Tony Rico (Huntington Beach, Calif./Coach for the Worth Firecrackers) and Joe Salvatore (Monroe Township, N.J./Coach for New Jersey Breakers). Rico, coach of the Worth Firecrackers, is making his first coaching appearance with the program while the three other assistants were instrumental in the team's Gold Medal showing at the III Pan American Championship in Bogota, Colombia, in August.

 

The Junior Women's National Team will play against the National Team June 24-25 at the University of South Florida, where team member Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md.) currently plays under the direction of Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla.), who is also the USA Softball Women's National Team Head Coach. The teams will clash again on June 29 at LewisGale Field, home of the Salem Red Sox, in Salem, Va., and July 1 at Prince George's Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox, in Bowie, Md.

 

For ticket information on the three exhibitions, please visit USASoftball.com. Tickets for the exhibitions in Salem and Bowie are currently on sale with ticket information for Florida to be announced.

 

The Junior Women's National Team will hold practices June 23-26 in Tampa, June 27-29 in Salem, June 30-July 1 in Bowie as well as Dec. 2-6 in Cape Town, South Africa, the site of the Junior Women's World Championship.

 

Competition at the Junior Women's World Championship is Dec. 7-17. Last August, Team USA, which is currently has a record of 9-0, qualified for Junior Worlds by taking the Gold Medal at the III Pan American Championships (18-Under) with a 3-1 defeat of Canada. Silver Medalists Canada, Bronze Medalists Puerto Rico, fourth place finisher Brazil and fifth place finisher Argentina also qualified out of Bogota along with the USA.

 

The United States is the defending Junior Women's World Champion, beating Japan 3-1 at the 2007 event in Enschede, Netherlands. Team USA has never finished lower than third in the tournament, winning silver in 1981, bronze in 1985, gold in 1987, silver in 1991, gold in 1995, silver in 1999 and silver in 2003.

Softball Heads to New Mexico

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The No. 5/6 UW softball team leaves at 10:30 a.m. this morning for a three-game series at New Mexico. You can follow live stats for all three games at www.gohuskies.com. There will not be live audio or video.

Check out the preview in The Daily today: http://dailyuw.com/2011/3/4/consistency-focus-huskies-head-new-mexico/

Softball Pictures In San Diego

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Check out some pictures from practice in San Diego yesterday.

 

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BECU Presents UW's "Bow Down to Washington"

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Five Questions About Softball In 2011

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Graham Hays, a writer for espn.com covers college softball and yesterday posted his top five questions entering the season. He listed Jenn Salling as one of the top players to watch:

Jenn Salling, SS, Washington: Things won't look the same in Seattle without Danielle Lawrie casting contemptuous glances from the circle at overmatched hitters, but don't be too quick to label this a rebuilding effort. The Huskies still have one Canadian Olympic veteran in Salling, and coach Heather Tarr singled out her All-American as someone who returned this season with a newfound focus. If she can galvanize a young team as well as she hits and fields, look out.

View his complete article here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/columns/story?columnist=hays_graham&id=6101499.

Hays also listed Salling as a pre-season Second-Team All-American.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/columns/story?columnist=hays_graham&id=6105332.

FSN To Televise UW-Oregon Softball Game

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The following Pac-10 softball games will be televised this spring as part of the Conference's agreement with Fox Sports Net:

 

Date of game

Friday, April 1 Oregon at Washington, 6:00 p.m. PT

Friday, May 6 Arizona at UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PT

Thursday, May 12 Stanford at Arizona State, 7:00 pm PT

 

The April 1 game for UW will be the 2011 Pac-10 opener and the first of three games on the weekend vs. the Ducks.

 

Distribution

Fox Sports Net; a two hour tape-delayed show will be distributed on the day following the game.

 

 

NPF Schedule Announced

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The National Pro Fastpitch league announced its schedule last week. Fans can follow former Huskies Danielle Lawrie and Ashley Charters on the USSSA Pride througout the season. View the entire schedule here: http://www.profastpitch.com/news/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30200&ATCLID=208177575?article_id=1497.

Vote for Danielle Lawrie in Best of BC Awards

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Danielle Lawrie is up for the Best of BC Award at the 45th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards in British Columbia, Canada.  This particular award is voted on by the public and at the moment, Danielle is in second place.  She needs votes in order to take home the award, that athletes such as Justin Morneau, Jeff Francis, Steve Nash and Joe Sakic have won in the past.

 

You can vote online at http://sportbc.com/programs-and-events/athlete-of-the-year-awards/best-of-bc/

 

Huskies Ranked Fourth by Conference Coaches

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The pre-season Pac-10 coaches poll was released today for softball and the league's coaches predict the Huskies to finish fourth in 2011.

Arizona and UCLA tied for first with four first-place vote and 46 total points. Arizona State was picked second (30), follow by Cal and Washington tied with 26. Stanford was picked sixth with 22 votes, just one ahead of Oregon. Oregon State finished eighth with seven votes.

Washington has won the Pac-10 three times since joining in 1993. The Huskies won in 1996, 2000 and 2010.

The Huskies are ranked No. 10 in the pre-season NFCA coaches poll and No. 11 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.

Graham Hays Ranks Husky Softball No. 15

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No. 15 Washington
Last season:
50-9, lost in Women's College World Series

Who returns: At the top of the list is a Canadian Olympian who rates among the very best at her position in the last decade or so. That is, of course, shortstop Jenn Salling. In her first full season on the field for the Huskies, Salling posted a 1.051 OPS, was perfect on the bases in 14 stolen base attempts and committed just six errors. Niki WIlliams edged out Salling for the team batting title with a .357 average (and 1.038 OPS), and Kimi Pohlman erased the first word in "potential star" by hitting .347 with gap power and 22 stolen bases as a sophomore. Morgan Stuart endured a tough season at the plate but remains one of the very best with the glove at third base.

Who departs: At the top of the list is a Canadian Olympian who rates among the very best at her position in the last decade or so. Actually, forget the last decade; Danielle Lawrie rates as one of the best pitchers in the history of the college game, dominating hitters at a time when aces like her seem to be a vanishing breed. But the Huskies also lost one of their best run producers at the plate: Danielle Lawrie. The two-time Player of the Year led Washington last season in slugging percentage, home runs and RBIs. Amanda Fleischman, Bailey Stenson and Alyson McWherter were also integral parts of back-to-back World Series appearances.

Sophomore first baseman Hooch Fagaly is an unexpected loss. After posting a .442 on-base percentage as a freshman, Fagaly could miss the entire season with an injury.

Who arrives: Among the freshmen generating the most buzz are first baseman/pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby, pitcher/outfielder Whitney Jones and outfielder Victoria Hayward, the last apparently yet another gem from the Canadian national team (by way of high school in California).

Complete breakdown: http://espn.go.com/ncaa/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30200&ATCLID=208230204_/name/college_sports/id/6053471/washington-looks-life-lawrie

Jenn Salling & Kaitlin Inglesby Video Interviews

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Check out some interviews at practice on Thursday with senior Jenn Salling and freshman Kaitlin Inglesby.

 

Softball Begins Practice

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Official practice for the 2011 softball season began on Tuesday as the team spent three hours in the Dempsey Indoor. The team will practice six days a week in preparation for the season-opener on Feb. 11 vs. Illinois-Chicago in Las Vegas. See some pictures of the practice below.

 

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Softball Announces Husky Softball Classic Schedule

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The UW 2011 softball schedule is nearly complete as the Huskies announce the Husky Softball Classic schedule.

 

The tournament will be held at Husky Softball Stadium, March 11-13 and will feature Washington, Oregon State, Portland State, Seattle University and USC Upstate.

 

Washington will play four games over the weekend, two vs. USC Upstate and one each vs. Seattle and Portland State.

 

Live stats will be provided for all games of the tournament. For more information on the tournament stay logged on to www.gohuskies.com.

 

  Husky Softball Classic

03/11/11

USC Upstate vs. Oregon State

Seattle, Wash.

1:00 p.m. PT

 

Seattle University vs. Oregon State

Seattle, Wash.

3:30 p.m. PT

 

vs. USC Upstate

Seattle, Wash.

6:00 p.m. PT

03/12/11

USC Upstate vs. Oregon State

Seattle, Wash.

10:00 a.m. PT

 

Seattle University vs. Portland State

Seattle, Wash.

1:00 p.m. PT

 

vs. USC Upstate

Seattle, Wash.

3:30 p.m. PT

 

vs. Seattle University

Seattle, Wash.

6:30 p.m. PT

03/13/11

Seattle University vs. USC Upstate

Seattle, Wash.

10:30 a.m. PT

 

vs. Portland State

Seattle, Wash.

1:00 p.m. PT

 

Cathedral City Classic Tickets On Sale

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Husky fans that are looking to traveling with the softball team to the Cathedral City Classic this February can now purchase tickets through the Husky Softball Team. Call (206) 543-6072 to purchase your tickets.

 

The Cathedral City Classic will be held in Cathedral City, Calif., Feb. 24-26. It is the third pre-season tournament of the year for the Huskies. In that tournament, UW will face Sacramento State (2 p.m.) and Fresno State (7 p.m.) on Feb. 18, Northwestern (11:30 a.m.) and Missouri (2 p.m.) on Feb. 19 and San Diego State (2 p.m.) on Feb. 20.

Jenna Clifton Interview

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Check out the interview with softball player Jenna Clifton after practice last week.

 

ESPN.com Feature: Alyson McWherter's New Team

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Check out this special feature from ESPN.com on former Husky softball player Alyson McWherter.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/columns/story?columnist=hays_graham&id=5782490

Softball Halloween Blog

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In the spirit of Halloween, see what some of the softball players had to say about their costumes and favorite candy!

 

Jerrin Faasua:

This year for Halloween I dressed as: a hula dancer
My all-time favorite costume I've worn is: Baby Bop costume from Barney
My favorite scary movie is: The Orphan 
My favorite Halloween candy is: Licorice

 

Kaitlin Ingelsby:

This year for Halloween I dressed as: a firefighter
My all-time favorite costume I've worn is: mermaid
My favorite scary movie is: Scary movies aren't really my thing. I can watch them but hey just freak me out!
My favorite Halloween candy is: Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups

 

Taylor Smith:

This year for Halloween I dressed as: a cat/mouse and a hippy with Shawna
My all-time favorite costume I've worn is: Baby Spice
My favorite scary movie is: I can't handle scary movies, I hate scary movies 
My favorite Halloween candy is: Peanut M&M's

 

Ashley Tuiasosopo:

This year for Halloween I dressed as: I didn't dress up this year but I enjoyed my nephew's costumes as they dressed up as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and a monkey.
My all-time favorite costume I've worn is: In first grade I was a football player.
My favorite scary movie is: I absolutely hate scary movies. I will not watch scary movies at all.
My favorite Halloween candy is: Kit Kat, Starburst, Dots

 

Maggie Wagner:

This year for Halloween I dressed as: a mermaid one night and Pocahontas the other
My all-time favorite costume I've worn is: definitely my mermaid this year! Kimi Pohlman and I were both mermaids but instead of just buying a costume we went out and made them ourselves which made it so much more fun!
My favorite scary movie is: The Ring 
My favorite Halloween candy is: Kit Kats

 

Niki Williams:

This year for Halloween I dressed as: an Army girl and a gypsy
My all-time favorite costume I've worn is: Hippy costume in high school
My favorite scary movie is: The Saw series 
My favorite Halloween candy is: Kit Kat!

 

 

 

Softball Practice Pictures

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The softball team is wrapping up the 2010 fall season and last week they held the Purple-Gold challenge. One of the activities involved was kickball. Check out some pictures from practice.

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Freshman Year As A Student-Athlete

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Sophomore softball player Jerrin Faasua (Oceanside, Calif.) talks about how she balanced her freshman year at UW as a student and an athlete. Hopefully some of this year's newcomers to UW can take some tips from her.

 

Freshman Year:

For many people like me, coming into an elite academic and athletic school like UW can be a very intimidating and frightening time in their lives. Separately, both school and sports are very challenging but when combined it can be a true test of how mentally strong you are when dealing with them at the same time. Some can handle both while others struggle with one or the other. Not everyone can be great at balancing the two but here at UW we, student-athletes, strive to be great in both aspects of this college.

 

On our team Coach Tarr always emphasizes on the title student-athletes. As you can see, the first part to our title is student. We are students before we are athletes; therefore, before we can play we must focus on our studies before we can focus on hitting the ball or playing catch. As a student-athlete here at UW, it can be difficult playing a sport and going to school but that is where time management saves us. When I first arrived here my freshmen year (2009-2010), my high school habits were not going to cut it. I was not able to put off a paper until the night before it was due or not study as much as I needed to for tests. Time was a very crucial element everyday and I learned that pretty fast. During the year, even in the off season, our time as an athlete was very limited. We were always doing something every single day and even if we had an off day, we would still be doing something; whether it was going to the weight room and doing some extra cardio or going to the Shellhouse to work on homework or study for upcoming tests. My freshman year I was a little overwhelmed at how little of time I had. Even getting a bite to eat for lunch was hard during the day because I would have classes back-to-back and then have to run down to Husky Softball Stadium for practice right after. That is why I had to prepare for the day before it even happened whether I packed a snack the night before or wore my work out clothes to class so I had time to grab something on the go.

 

My classes in the fall season were fairly easy considering I was in a FIG (Freshmen Interest Group) which included English 131, Communications 202 and a General studies class. Since UW is a quarter system school, the speed of the courses was pretty quick and subjects in the classes would only be discussed within a couple of days and then we would continue on. Even though I had two classes a day, it was hard for me to keep up with some of the lectures. Like taking notes while listening to a lecture and once your done writing down what he just said you're already lost at what he stated when you writing. I hated taking notes that I didn't understand so whenever I skimmed over some notes when I studied I would go back into the textbooks and reread the material that confused me. Studying became an everyday thing for me with the coaches having us do mandatory study hall and our academic advisors scheduling tutor sessions right after practices. It was hard because you didn't have all the time in the world like you did in high school but overall, the experience to do both was great. As the year went on, my grades improved because my time management and study habits became better.  I learned to stop wasting my leisure time and put it to good use. Balancing both school and softball is a hard thing to do; but that is what we student-athletes are here to do. We want to succeed both on and off the field in every aspect of our lives. We work hard, play hard, and study hard to stay on top in our sport and our academics.

 

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Heather Tarr Interview

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Check out an interview with head coach Heather Tarr that was taped before last week's Fall Tournament.

http://www.youtube.com/user/soundsportsscene?feature=mhum.

 

 

 

2011 Softball Schedule Updates

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The 2011 softball schedule is close to being finalized as the tournament schedules for four spring tournaments have just been released.

 

UW opens the season Feb. 11-13 at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic hosted by UNLV. There, the Huskies will play Illinois-Chicago, UC Riverside (twice), UNLV and Mississippi State.

 

At the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif., Feb. 18-20, the Huskies will face Sacramento State, Fresno State, Northwestern, Missouri and the host Aztecs.

 

The next weekend, Feb. 24-26, Washington heads to the Cathedral City Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., where the Huskies will take on Texas A&M, Fordham, Cal State Fullerton, UMass and Cal Poly.

 

The Judi Garman Classic is one of the top tournaments in the country every year hosted by Cal State Fullerton. This year, the Huskies will face Fresno State, Texas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Illinois and Boise State, March 17-20.

 

Check back later for the complete schedule as we are waiting on the final schedules from the New Mexico tournament and the Husky Softball Classic.

 

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9 Days on the Road

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By softball sophomore Jerrin Faasau

 

6 a.m. came too early Saturday morning when we had to report to the softball field to leave for our long and anticipated week. All week the coaches had planted in our minds that we would be camping in Idaho or Utah or anywhere else we would have to travel. Though none of us were familiar with camping, our anticipation of the nine-day trip would leave some of us in dismay and confusion. We were extremely surprised when we arrived in Heber City, Utah that the coaches had tricked us and rented out a luxurious eight bedroom house for four days. Each room came with a couple of bunk beds and queen or king sized beds to fit 3-4 girls per room (Fitz and I lucked out and shared a king size bed to ourselves). The house included a home theater, pool table, and ping pong table (where Tui, Hooch, Bry, and Coach Glasoe dominated everybody) downstairs while outside it also came with a sandy volleyball court and a basketball hoop. While living in the Utah mansion, every morning a group of us would take turns waking up to make breakfast before 9 a.m. rolled around. Luckily for us (especially me since I can't cook to save my life), our group had outside help from Coach Tarr and Morgan Littlefield. Coach Tarr and Kimi worked on their delicious Dutch Babies (which is just flour, eggs, and milk) and Morgan instructed Baily and Bry to cook sausage and bacon while I cut up the watermelon. Our morning breakfasts usually consisted of this plus occasional pancakes and French toast.

               

Living in an extraordinary home like this, we could not lose focus of why we were even out there in the first place. Every day we worked out; whether it would be a team practice at a local park or high school or just Jillian Michaels workouts off of Coach Tarr's iphone. We did something every day to keep us in shape and ready to go when game time rolled around. Monday afternoon we took on Utah Valley at BYU's softball stadium. We beat them 6-2 with Bryana Walker, a rookie pitcher, pitching her first college game. Both she and the other rookies on our team showed no first game jitters as they played along the side of us veterans. They would continue to play this well as we also took on Utah and BYU the following days. Though we fell to both of them, our team deemed relentless as we continued to keep fighting to score runs inning after inning. Our game against Utah was definitely a battle and grind for our team to stay on top. We had previously scheduled to play them for a length of 10 innings rather than seven and so it put our team in an uncomfortable spot with our small amount of healthy pitchers. Fitz had pitched five great innings following with Jenna and Bry sharing the last five. With a well pitched game by all three of them, the game would not truly end until the bottom of the 10th when Utah's No. 5 hitter came up and hit a grand slam over the fence propelling them to outscore us. The following day we also dropped a game to BYU in a very close game 8-6. Our runs would not come until later in the game with Morgan blasting a solo homerun and Hooch hitting a 3-run homer but it would not be enough to surpass them.

               

After playing in Utah, we drove all day Thursday and Friday until we arrived in Selah, Washington. Once there, we were welcomed by many people of the community for the weekend. Saturday morning we played Central Washington at a city park. We beat them 10-1 with Maggie hitting her first home run of her collegiate career. Many of our team's family and friends came to support our game as well as much of the community. After the game we all lined up along the side of the fence to sign autographs and take pictures with the little girls and other fans. Many of us were able to join our families after signing and pictures to spend time with them and go out for lunch before we had to report back to the hotel to leave for an auction. This auction dinner in Selah was able to raise a lot of money for our softball program with a big help from Bill Harris who put our trip to Selah together. One of our biggest sales of the night was four on-the-field passes to the UW vs. Stanford game bought by a man for about $1400. The auction was a success for everybody. The next morning we did a big softball camp for all the girls around the local area to come out and learn and have fun. The camp lasted for five hours where we split the girls into age groups with the morning half of the camp was the young girls doing all-skills part of camp and having the high school girls doing the pitching part of camp. Then we switched halfway through the camp. While the girls got something out of our Selah trip, so did the team. It was our way of giving back to the community and being there for the little girls. Bill Harris, the man who put together the trip, spoke to me about this. He told me that he was so happy that we were able to come to Selah and spend time with the girls because it means so much to them and that they look up to us as role models. After the clinic, our team packed up the bus and traveled back to Seattle. Once we had arrived at the school, we all were in relief that we made it home safely and happy to sleep in our own beds again.

 

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UW Softball Cribs - Utah

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Check out the video taken by the UW softball team during their Utah fall trip.

Softball Photo Gallery vs. Utah Valley

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Fans can check out a photo gallery from the first fall game of the season on Sept. 20 at Utah Valley. Thanks to Utah Valley SID James Warnick for the pictures!

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