December 2011 Archives
Today is the day we've been waiting for. Here are some Husky football news and notes to get you ready for today's game:
- Ryan Divish reports that although UW's defensive stats aren't impressive, Baylor respects the Huskies' defensive unit.
- Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that UW could use a signature victory.
- Ted Miller of ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog provides some details about the new agreement between the Pac-12 and Big Ten.
- You can check out the UW Daily's Alamo Bowl coverage here.
- Here is some UW injury news from SBnation.com. It looks like Kevin Smith won't be able to play due to a sprained knee and Will Shamburger is unlikely to play as well.
Enjoy the game and good luck, Huskies!
Here are some news and notes from around the web from the last few days:
- On Saturday, the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta wrote a story on Senio Kelemete. The Senior left tackle and team captain has come a long way and now looks like a potential draft pick in next year's NFL draft.
- The San Antonio Express-News had a story on Saturday about the last few years at UW under coach Sark and the culture change he has brought with him. The Express-News also has a story giving some insight into Baylor's recent athletic turn-around.
- Scott Johnson of the Kitsap Sun writes about the tough decision that Chris Polk has to make about whether to leave for the NFL or come back to UW for his senior season.
- SportsPressNW.com provides a very detailed statistical comparison between UW and Baylor to see how they match up.
- Baylor Defensive End Tevin Elliott won't be able to play in the Alamo Bowl due to a knee injury.
- Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune writes about the Huskies' under-appreciated wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. While Kearse has taken some criticism over the years, his time at UW has been very productive.
Here are some Husky football tidbits from around the web:
- Scott Johnson takes a look back at John Timu's scary injury against Cal and how lucky he feels to be back to playing football.
- For the Dawgs in diaspora here is a list of viewing parties for the Alamo bowl, courtesy of the UW Alumni Association.
- Bob Condotta writes about the growth and development of Austin Seferian-Jenkins. During his freshman season ASJ has learned some valuable lessons as well as produced on the field.
- Progress has been made on bringing down the old Husky Stadium. Here is video of the south side's roof coming down from yesterday.
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.
Former Husky standout George John, who is currently having a successful career in the MLS with FC Dallas, chatted with Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times. You can check out the Q&A here.
The 24-year-old from Shoreline, Wash. also had his jersey retired at Shorewood High School. Here's the full story.
Here's a quick recap of the weekend's Husky football news and notes:
- Scott Johnson of the Kitsap Sun writes that Keith Price may not be 100% but he's feeling a lot better. All of the time off has really helped but now the dawgs are back to work getting ready for Baylor.
- Former Husky and current Tennessee Titan QB Jake Locker looked good yesterday in relief of a hobbling Matt Hasselbeck against the Indianapolis Colts. Locker led them to their only touchdown of the game and was able to flash some of the magic that Husky fans know all about. The Tennessean writes about the QB dilemma that having both Hasselbeck and Locker presents for the Titans.
- Speaking of former Huskies, Mason Foster of the Tamba Bay Buccaneers is leading all rookies in tackles this season, which doesn't really surprise anyone who watched him play at UW. Here you can see how his stats compare to other rookies.
- In Saturday's Seattle Times Bob Condotta wrote about the legacies of UW's veteran wide receivers Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar.
- The Huskies' cornerbacks are feeling the loss of their position coach since the departure of CB coach Demetrice Martin. Martin left UW last week to join Jim Mora's staff at UCLA.
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/).
Here's some news and notes from around the web:
- With bowl season just around the corner, Bud Withers gives us a quick preview of all 35 bowl games. And ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog has some previews of the bowl games that the Pac-12 is a part of.
- In addition to his Heisman Trophy, yesterday Robert Griffin III was named the Sporting News' Player of the Year.
- It's looking more and more like former dawg Jake Locker could get his first career start in the NFL this Sunday in Indianapolis.
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
San Diego State University has announced that its men's soccer team will be leaving the Pac-12 conference and joining the Big West Conference. A total of 14 of its sports will be making a move to the Big West. Although a majority of its teams will begin the transition in the 2013-14 academic year, men's soccer will stay in the Pac-12 until 2015 or as soon as a replacement can be found, mainly because a conference needs a minimum of six teams to receive an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The Aztecs finished third, behind Washington, this year in the Pac-12 standings.
To read more about the move, visit here: http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2011-12-12/sdsu-accepts-bid-big-west
Here are some Husky football-related goodies from around the web:
- Ted Miller of ESPN.com lists Austin Seferian-Jenkins on his list of the Pac-12's top true freshmen and defensive lineman Josh Shirley is on his list of the conference's top redshirt freshmen.
- Chris Polk received an honorable mention for SI.com's 2011 All-America list.
- The San Antonio Express-News writes that since Baylor QB Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy ticket sales for the Alamo Bowl have been on the rise.
The complete statistics for men's soccer have been finalized today for the 2011 season.
In the Pac-12, Washington finishes second in the conference with a 12-4-2 record and is in the top-3 for shots, points, goals/per game, assists/per game and shutouts. UW also has the least goals allowed and is ranked second in average home game attendance.
Seniors Brent Richards and Jacob Hustedt is in the top five for shots, points, goals and game-winning goals. Fellow seniors Casey McCool and Jamie Finch also ranks in goals and assists, respectively. Sophomore goalkeeper Spencer Richey ranks in the top three for goals against average, saves and shutouts.
Here are the rest of the team and individual stats (in PDF file):
Statistics for all Division I NCAA schools have been updated, as well. Washington ranks 15th in the nation for team goals against average (0.75), 14th in shut-out percentage (0.50), 11th in won-lost-tied percentage (0.722) and 28th in save percentage (0.808).
Individually, Richards ranks 29th in points per game (1.39) and Richey is 20th in goals against average (0.748) and 27th in save percentage (0.808).
To see the complete list of stats, click here: http://web1.ncaa.org/stats/StatsSrv/rankings?sportCode=MSO
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.
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/).
Here's a quick roundup of some Husky football-related news and notes from the weekend:
- In case you missed it, Baylor's Robert Griffin III won the first Heisman Trophy in Baylor history. The Huskies will be facing Griffin and the Baylor Bears Dec. 29 in the Alamo Bowl but coach Sark doesn't think playing against the Heisman winner won't give the dawgs any extra motivation.
- Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that Chris Polk isn't worrying about his pro prospects just yet. There's still work left to do this season before deciding whether or not to go pro.
- And if Polk does decide to stay, ESPN.com thinks he's on the short list of Pac-12 players that could win the Heisman in 2012.
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.
Here are a some news and notes from around the web:
- Yesterday coach Sark and Baylor coach Art Briles met with media in San Antonio. The coaches discussed the lack of a history between the two schools, both schools' impressive quarterbacks and more.
- Adding to his trophy case, last night Baylor QB Rober Griffin III became the seventh Big-12 signal caller in the last eleven years to win the Davey O'Brien award. This award is given to the top quarterback in the nation.
- Scott Johnson of the Kitsap Sun writes that coach Sark sees a lot of similarities between his own team and the Baylor squad he will be facing later this month.
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who led the Huskies to the NCAA Championships again in the 2010-2011 season as a senior, is now making a name for himself and moving up the professional ranks. In the last month alone he's won two tournaments. On November 14 he beat fellow Indian Vishnu Varhad in two sets to win the India F10 Futures tournament. Two weeks later he followed that up with another two set victory in the India F12 Futures tournament. According to the ITF website the 23 year-old lefty is 12-3 on the year and is definitely on the rise.
Here are some news and notes from around the web:
- Sportingnews.com is the latest to give a preview of the Alamo Bowl. They believe that Robert Griffin III will be the difference in the game and will lead Baylor to victory. And here's a picture of the coaches that will be participating in this highly anticipated game, taken at a press conference today.
- We all know that Chris Polk is one of the conference's best running backs, but yesterday Bucky Brooks of NFL.com listed Polk as the 5th best running back in all of college football. All week long Brooks is releasing his lists of the best college players by position.
- Athlonsports.com has made some early predictions of what 2012's preseason rankings might look like. They have Washington at no. 24.
- Bud Withers of the Seattle Times explains his Heisman vote.
Terrence Ross saved his best for the bright lights of New York City.
While the Huskies lost a nail-biter to Marquette on a late 3-pointer, the 180-degree alley-oop by the Washington sophomore (from frosh Tony Wroten) had more than just the Madison Square Garden crowd buzzing. The dunk - which was the No. 1 play on ESPN's Sportscenter - elicited plenty of reaction on Twitter, from reporters to former Huskies to casual fans. So much so that it was trending nationally.
We put a sampling of the best tweets below...
Seattle Times Columnist Jerry Brewer (@Jerry_Brewer)
"Ohmigod Terrence Ross. That was sick."
Kristofer Habbas (@NBADraftInsider)
"People are starting to notice Terrence Ross, if only they listened to @GoodmanCBS and I in the pre-season."
Former Husky guard Eldridge Recasner (@erecasner)
"WOW! What an incredible 360 dunk off the lob by Terrence Ross. Gotta be Sportscenter #1 play of the night!"
Here are some more husky football links from around the web:
- The UW-WSU rivalry is heating as Mike Leach has taken over the helm in Pullman. ESPN.com has a story about how Leach thinks they can win big at WSU. Also included in the story is a caveat in his contract, a $25,000 bonus for winning the Apple Cup, not that much extra incentive is needed.
- Also on ESPN.com, Ted Miller ranks the bowls that Pac-12 teams are participating in. Miller, along with many other members of the media, is expecting an exciting shootout for UW and Baylor.
- On his Husky football blog, Bob Condotta does "five questions, five answers" with John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald.
- Condotta also writes that Baylor's star QB contemplated going to WSU.
- Kevin Gemmell of ESPN.com provides a quick season recap for UW.
The final RPI rankings of the 2011 season for Division I women's soccer was announced earlier today by the NCAA. Out of the 322 schools, seven of the Pac-12 teams finished with RPI Rankings of under 100, including the Washington Huskies which finished with a ranking of 87. Fellow Pac-12 school and the 2011 National Champions Stanford finished 2nd behind runner-up Duke.
The complete list of the rankings can be found here: http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-women/d1
Here are some Husky football links from around the internet:
- Scott Johnson of the Kitsap Sun writes that Baylor coach Art Briles isn't reveling in the fact that his team is a 10.5 point favorite over UW. He knows that the bears can't take this game for granted.
- Ted Miller of ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog shares his thoughts on year #1 of the new Pac-12.
- As many anticipated, the Huskies will be facing a Heisman finalist in their bowl game. Yesterday the list of those players that will be heading to New York for the Heisman presentation include Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Also included on the list of finalists is Stanford QB Andrew Luck.
- The Baylor Lariat gives a preview of what the bears and their fans can expect to see when they face the Huskies. As usual, Keith Price and Chris Polk are drawing most of the attention.
Here are some links from around the web for your viewing and listening pleasure:
- Yesterday UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward was a guest of the Dave "Softy" Mahler show on KJR-AM. You can listen to the the show here and you can read some notes from the show on Bob Condotta's Husky football blog.
- Stewart Mandel of SportsIllustrated.com writes that WSU did well landing Mike Leach.
- Today is the inaugural Pac-12 Championship game. Many, including ESPN.com, are not expecting an especially close game as Oregon hosts UCLA, but you never know what will happen once the game starts.
It's the beginning of December, good news for those of you out there who can't wait for Bowl season. To hold you over for now, here are some Husky football news and notes from around the web:
- The Husky Haul discusses how the hiring of Mike Leach by WSU affects UW because of his reputation for recruiting well and winning.
- Yesterday we mentioned that coach Sark is moving up the experience ladder among pac-12 coaches. Today, the Kitsap Sun takes a more in depth look at the relative experience of coach Sark and his Pac-12 peers.
- Bleacherreport.com has a slideshow of who it thinks deserves UW's team awards this season. It gives its MVP, runner up and honorable mentions for Offense, Defense and Special Teams.
- In a telephone conference call yesterday, coach Sark talked about Chris Polk, bowl practices, Austin Seferian-Jenkins playing basketball and more.
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