March 1, 2012
SEATTLE - With a 14-1 record and a No. 4/3 ranking, the UW softball team will head to its smallest tournament of the season, the Louisville Slugger Invitational in Stockton, Calif. This four-team tournament hosted by the University of the Pacific, features the Tigers, Huskies, Sacramento State Hornets and the Delaware Blue Hens. Each team will play each other once Friday and Saturday and then the there will be two semifinals on Saturday and a consolation and championship on Sunday. View all the game times, ticket prices and directions on the tournament page: http://pacifictigers.com/sports/w-softbl/2011-12/tournaments/louisville_slugger/louisville_slugger.html.
Scouting Sacramento State
The Hornets are 6-5 on the season with wins over UC Riverside, Fresno State, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado and San Jose State. Last weekend, they competed in the PSCS Crossover Tournament in Moraga, Calif. Taylor Stroud leads the team in the circle with a 5-1 record, 1.12 ERA, one save and four complete games in 43.2 innings. Caitlin Brooks is 1-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 19.2 innings and Shelby Voelz is 0-1 in 13.2 innings with a 3.59 ERA. At the plate, Shannon Kaufman is batting .342 with a team-high 13 hits, one double and four stolen bases. Emily McCormick has a team-best seven RBI. Washington leads the overall series 3-0. The last meeting between the two was a 7-4 Husky victory on Feb. 8, 2011.
The Huskies and Blue Hens have never met before in softball. Delaware is 3-8 on the year and 2-6 in neutral games. Last week, Delaware went 1-3 in Norfolk, Va., falling to Norfolk State and Monmouth (twice) and defeating Army, 13-2. They are led by Michelle McKinnon at the plate with a .361 average, 13 hits and 21 putouts on defense. Lara Andrews had nine RBI and Gina Knutson has four stolen bases.
The Tigers are 6-6 on the year and receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN.com Top 25 poll. They also went 4-1 in Cathedral City, with wins over Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Syracuse and Texas A&M. Their lone loss was a 3-2 heartbreaker vs. BYU. Nikki Armagost leads the Tigers in the circle and at the plate. She is batting .375 with 15 hits, four doubles and seven RBI. She also has a 1.43 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. Tori Shepard is 1-3 with three saves in 32.1 innings and Dani Bonnet is 2-1 with one shutout in 17.1 innings. UW leads the overall series 12-0 and won the last meeting on March 17, 2007, 9-0.
Huskies Take Down Four Top 25 Teams In Cathedral City
UW went to the Cathedral City Classic undefeated and ready to face five Top 25 teams. The Huskies were impressive on the week, handing No. 1 Florida its first loss of the season in the 5-2 victory. UW also defeated No. 16 Texas A&M (8-2), No. 13 Georgia (7-5) and No. 22 Nebraska (6-3). UW's only loss was a 2-0 game to No. 11 Missouri.
Become A Husky Fan On Social Media
Fans can follow the Husky softball team and receive updates throughout the off-season on the UW Softball Twitter page by logging on to www.twitter.com/UWSoftball. Head coach Heather Tarr has her own account, follow her at www.twitter.com/CoachTarr. The Huskies can also be found on Facebook via the Washington Softball fan page at www.facebook.com/UWHuskySoftball.
GoHuskies.com Honors Inglesby
For her performance in the Cathedral City Classic, Kaitlin Inglesby was named the GoHuskies.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 20-26. Inglesby went 3-0 in the circle, picking up wins over No. 1 Florida, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 22 Nebraska. At the plate, she led UW in RBI and was one of the top overall hitters on the weekend. She also was named Pitcher of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week by College Softball Madness.