Next Up For UW Softball Is A Trip To San Diego
Feb. 14, 2013
SEATTLE - The first four weeks of the 2013 softball season are on the road for the Huskies and after a successful run to the tournament title in Hawai'i on opening weekend, they head to another beautiful location, San Diego.
San Diego State hosts the 23rd Annual Campbell/Cartier Classic, Feb. 14-17, featuring the host Aztecs, No. 18/16 Huskies, No. 2/1 Oklahoma, No. 24/22 Kentucky, Cal Poly, Notre Dame and UC Riverside. The Huskies will face every team at the tournament with the exception of San Diego State.
Washington (4-2) starts the tournament against Notre Dame on Friday morning at 9 a.m. and will play Kentucky immediately after.
The Irish are 2-2 on the year with wins over Charlotte and Presbyterian last week in N.C., and two one-run losses to Wisconsin. Washington leads the all-time series 4-1 and won meetings in each of the last three seasons by a total score of 19-6.
Kentucky jumped into the USA/Today/NFCA poll this week at No. 24 with a 4-2 record. They are No. 22 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll after receiving votes last week. Kentucky won the only meeting between the two, 6-1 in 2006. The Wildcats defeated three Pac-12 schools last week in Cal, Oregon State and Stanford and lost to Arizona State.
Saturday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. the Huskies take on No. 2/1 and undefeated Oklahoma. Senior pitcher Keilani Ricketts pitched two no-hitters for the Sooners on opening weekend and was named the National Player of the Week by multiple media outlets. They defeated Stanford, Oregon State, Oregon, New Mexico and Northwestern at the Kajikawa Classic. Washington leads the all-time series 9-8 but lost the last meeting, 7-6 in nine innings in 2011.
At 8:15 p.m. Saturday night the Huskies meet the Mustangs from Cal Poly. Washington leads the series 4-1 and won the last meeting in 2011, 5-3. The Mustangs are 1-4 on the year with a win over New Mexico and loses to Western Michigan, Arizona, Stanford and San Jose State.
Before heading back to Seattle the Huskies will face UC Riverside at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday. The Highlanders are 2-3 with wins over Sacramento State and Southern Mississippi in Fresno, Calif., last weekend. Washington won the first and only two meetings between the team teams in Las Vegas in 2011.
Fans can listen to Mike Brown call all five games live for free at www.gohuskies.com. San Diego State will also provide live stats for all five games and those links can be found on the tournament page.