Kimberlee Souza and Coach Tarr.
April 12, 2012
SEATTLE - With the addition of Utah to the Pac-12 this season, it has made for one crazy week in the softball world. Each team is playing two Pac-12 foes on the week, one mid-week and one on the weekend. After battling the rain in Oregon, UW returns home to the sunshine to host No. 16/17 UCLA.
Live audio, video and stats all for free can be found at www.gohuskies.com for all three games this weekend. Mike Brown will be calling the games live.
Scouting No. 16/17 UCLA
UCLA is No. 16/17 in the polls this week with a 27-11 record overall, 4-5 Pca-12 record and 5-3 road record. In their mid-week series, the Bruins took two of three from Stanford, snapping a five-game losing streak. They are led by Stephany LaRosa batting .442 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI. Kate Schroder is hitting .430 with 44 runs and 13 stolen bases. In the circle, Jessica Hall is 12-6 with a 3.02 ERA in 125.1 innings with 114 strikeouts. Ally Carda is 12-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 93.2 innings. UCLA leads the overall series 45-26 and took two out of three from UW last year in Westwood.
New Parking/Gate Information For Home Games
Due to construction at Husky Stadium, fans attending 2012 UW softball games will have a different entrance for the outfield GA seating. For opening weekend Saturday and Sunday of the Husky Softball Classic, fans wishing to sit in the outfield bleachers must purchase tickets at the make ticket box near the main gate and enter through the East Field Entrance out past center field. In the future, the Husky Ticket Office hopes to have tickets for purchase at the new entrance as well. The rates for parking this year during games has also changed. For weekday games the cost is $7 after 5 p.m. Before 5 p.m. the cost in E12 is $15 and $10 in E1. For weekend games, they cost will be $7 in all lots. For more information visit the transportation page: http://www.gohuskies.com/transportation/index.html.
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.
Vote For Niki For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Washington senior outfielder Nikia Williams was among 30 elite Division I softball student-athletes named to the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award watch list at the beginning of the season and on April 4 was selected as one of 10 finalists. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I head coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com. Fans can vote ONCE PER DAY until May 14 at: http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/softball_2012/. Williams, a two-time All-American, is the fifth Washington player in softball history to be selected and is one of only four candidates from the Pac-12 this season. Jenn Salling was a top-10 finalist and a Second-Team Lowe's Senior CLASS Award All-American in 2011. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native has been a big contributing factor in each of her three seasons at UW. She is a two-time All-Pac-10 Conference and All-Pacific region selection, two-time NFCA All-American, and was a member of the 2009 National Championship team, where she was named to the Women's College World Series All-Tournament team after setting WCWS records for RBI in a game and series, and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. She also was named to the "Watch List" for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School (CLASS), it focuses on the complete student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2012 NCAA Women's College World Series, which will be held May 31-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Huskies And Ducks Split, Game Three Rained Out
After two days and multiple rain delays, the No. 7/8 Huskies and No. 19/15 Ducks finally got two Pac-12 games in in Eugene, Ore. Oregon won game one, 5-3 and UW took game two, 6-3 in nine innings. Kaitlin Inglesby hit a three-run game-winning home run in the ninth of game two for the win.