SEATTLE – Fresh off a 5-0 start the UNLV/SportCo Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas last weekend, the No. 3 Huskies prepare to head to the Valley of the Sun for a five-game tournament in Tempe, Arizona.
The Huskies will play three games over five days at the Littlewood Classic on the campus of Arizona State University, beginning on Friday. The Huskies had been scheduled to play Delaware State on Saturday, but inclement weather on the East Coast cancelled the team’s flight and forced them to withdraw from the tournament. Complete schedule updates for the Littlewood Classic are below, as well as available here.
Game One: Friday, February 14 vs. Illinois State Redbirds (1-3) at 8:00 a.m. (Pacific)
Game Three: Saturday, February 15 vs. Southern Illinois Edwardsville Cougars (0-4) at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific)
Game Four: Saturday, February 15 vs. Michigan State Spartans (2-1) at 7:15 p.m. (Pacific)
Game Five: Sunday, February 16 vs. Oklahoma Sooners (3-2) at 10:15 a.m. (Pacific)
All Games to be played at Farrington Softball Stadium unless otherwise specified.
· The Huskies are now ranked third in both major polls, moving up from No. 5 to No. 3 in the ESPN.com/USASoftball Coaches Poll and staying at No. 3 in the NFCA poll. This is the Huskies highest ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Coaches Poll since March 25, 2012, when they were also ranked third.
· Junior Kylee Lahners was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week on Tuesday. Lahners hit .400 with three home runs and 13 RBI over the past weekend at the UNLV SportCo Kick-Off Classic, as the Huskies went 5-0. Lahners is the fifth Husky to win the award, joining four-time honoree Danielle Lawrie, teammate Kaitlin Inglesby, as well as Niki Williams and Dena Tyson.
· Former Husky infielder Ashley Charters announced her retirement from the Fastpitch softball Tuesday. Charters, a three-time All-American at Washington from 2005-2009, played an integral role on the 2009 National Championship team. Charters also played on the Huskies 2007 team that advanced to the WCWS. A native of Beaverton, Oregon, Charters holds the Huskies all-time record for stolen bases with 133. After her playing career at Washington, Charters went on to play in the National Pro Fastpitch league, garnering 2013 NPF Defensive Player of the Year honors, as a member of the USSSA Pride. The Pride, coached by Huskies assistant coach J.T. D’Amico, won the 2013 NPF Championship.
· The Huskies opened the 2014 season at the UNLV/ SportCo Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada last weekend. The Huskies went 5-0 over the three-day tournament. The Huskies opened the tournament Friday with a 7-4 win over Baylor and a 3-0 shutout over the University of San Diego. On Saturday, the Huskies defeated Arkansas, 6-1, and beat host school UNLV, 7-1. The Huskies closed out the tournament with a 16-2 rout of UC Davis on Sunday.
· With the Huskies 7-4 win over Baylor on Friday, the Huskies improved to 9-1 in opening day games under head coach Heather Tarr.
· 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