SEATTLE – After finishing third at the 2013 Women’s College World Series and earning the No. 3 ranking from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association last week, the Washington Huskies softball team has caught the attention of the coaches in the Pac-12.
The Huskies are in a tie with Arizona State for first place in the Pac-12 coaches preseason poll, receiving four first-place votes, as announced by the conference Thursday. The Huskies received 60 points total.
“Meeting the preseason expectations of the Pac-12 coaches poll is a great challenge for our team,” head coach Heather Tarr said. “This gives us a great opportunity to prove what we can do this year.”
This marks just the fourth time in the history of the Pac-12 coaches poll that two teams have tied for first place.
The Huskies return 14 letterwinners from last season’s team, which finished 3rd in the Pac-12 with a record of 16-8 in conference. The Huskies finished 45-17 overall and ended the year ranked fourth in both the NFCA poll and the ESPN/USA Softball poll.
The Huskies open the 2014 season at the UNLV/SportCo Kick-Off Classic on Friday, February 7 vs. No. 18 Baylor at 9:00 a.m.
2014 Pac-12 Softball Coaches Poll
1. Washington 60
Arizona State 60
3. Oregon 48
4. UCLA 42
5. Stanford 38
6. Arizona 28
7. California 18
8. Oregon State 15
· The 2014 season is just 8 days away. The Huskies open the season Friday, February 7 vs. Baylor in Las Vegas. The Huskies complete 2014 schedule is available here.
· Reserve season tickets for the 2014 season today. Single-game tickets for the Huskies 12-game home schedule go on sale Wednesday, February 26. More information is available here.
· The Huskies open their home schedule Friday, March 14 against Pac-12 foe Utah at 5:00 p.m. at Husky Softball Stadium. Promotions include "Softball Friday Night Under the Lights" and Professor Appreciation night, where professors with an invite gain free admission, and faculty and staff tickets are just $3.
· New this year to Husky Softball is the Team of the Game promotion. Youth softball team with players currently in 8th grade and under, plus two coaches, will receive free General Admission tickets, be on the field with the Huskies for the national anthem, and receive an autographed team poster, as well as a group welcome during the game. Family and friends can also purchase General Admission tickets at a discounted rate of $3. Space is limited. To sign up, contact email firstname.lastname@example.org