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No. 2 Huskies Prepare For Two Top 25 Matchups
Release: 02/19/2014
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SEATTLE – The No. 2 Huskies (10-0) will set out for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. this week with a pair of Top 25 matchups on the horizon.

The Huskies will play five games over three days, beginning with the Maryland Terrapins (1-9) on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:00 p.m. The Huskies will take on No. 23 LSU (8-4) later in the day at 5:30 p.m.

In the first of two games on Friday, the Huskies will face No. 25 Texas (6-6) at 10:30 a.m. and Northwestern (7-2) at 1:00 p.m. The Huskies will wrap up the tournament against BYU (4-6) on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8:00 p.m.

All games will be played in Cathedral City, Calif. at the Big League Dreams park – an athletic complex that features scaled-down versions of MLB stadiums, such as Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium.

Game One: Thursday, February 20 vs. Maryland Terrapins (1-9) at 3:00 p.m.
Live Stats | Wrigley Field

Game Two: Thursday, February 20 vs. No. 23 LSU Tigers (8-4) at 5:30 p.m.
Live Stats | Fenway Park

Game Three: Friday, February 21 vs. No. 25 Texas Longhorns (6-6) at 10:30 a.m.
Live Stats | Wrigley Field

Game Four: Friday, February 21 vs. Northwestern Wildcats (7-2) at 1:00 p.m.
Live Stats | Wrigley Field

Game Five: Saturday, February 22 vs. Brigham Young Cougars (4-6) at 8:00 p.m.
Live Stats | Yankee Stadium

Notable

·      The Huskies are now ranked No. 2 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, moving up a spot from No. 3 last week. The Huskies stayed at No. 3 in the NFCA Coaches Poll, a spot they have held since being ranked third in the preseason poll.

·      The Huskies continued their strong start with a 5-0 mark at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz. last weekend. The Huskies defeated Illinois State, 9-1, and San Jose State, 18-1, on Friday. The Huskies shutout their opponents on Saturday, besting Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 17-0, and topping Michigan State, 8-0. The Huskies completed their sweep with a 3-1 win over 2013 National Champions and then-No. 7 Oklahoma on Sunday.

·      With a 10-0 start to the season, the 2014 Huskies are the sixth team in Washington Softball history to start a season with wins in at least their first 10 games (2002: 10-0; 2003: 19-0-1; 2009: 18-0; 2011: 20-0; 2012: 11-0).

·      Senior pitcher Bryana Walker was named NFCA National Player of the Week on Tuesday. Walker posted a 4-0 record with three complete games and an ERA of 0.33 and 30 strikeouts over 21.0 innings pitched, as the Huskies went 5-0 at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz. last weekend. Walker turned in her most dominant performance of the weekend against 2013 National Champions and then-No. 7 Oklahoma on Sunday, striking out a career-high 14 batters while holding the Sooners to just three hits in a 3-1 win.
Walker is the second Husky in as many weeks to win a national player of the week award, joining Kylee Lahners, who was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week on Feb. 11.

·      After posting nearly identical numbers as her first week when she was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, Kylee Lahners was named PAC-12 Player of the Week on Tuesday. Lahners hit .643 with two doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBI this past weekend at the Littlewood Classic. During the UNLV/SportCo Kick-Off Classic a week earlier, Lahners hit .400 with three home runs and 13 RBI. Lahners leads the Huskies in home runs (6) and RBI (26), and is second on the team with a .517 batting average.

·       Former Husky infielder Ashley Charters announced her retirement from 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.

Short Hops

·      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 eallett@uw.edu

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