April 18, 2012
SEATTLE - The Huskies and Beavers currently sit in sixth and eighth place, respectively, in the Pac-12 standings, entering this weekend's series both needing to get some wins. UW dropped two spots in the NFCA poll to No. 9 this week and three spots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll to No. 11. The Huskies are 35-9 overall and 6-8 in league play. UW is also 11-9 vs. teams ranked or receiving votes in either poll.
Live stats via gametracker will be available for all three games, provided by Oregon State and linked to the UW softball schedule page.
Scouting RV/24 Oregon State
The Beavers fell out of the NFCA top 25 this week after going 1-4 in Pac-12 play last week. OSU is still ranked No. 24 in the second poll. The Beavers took the first game of the series vs. defending national champion Arizona State in extra innings and dropped game two. Game three was cancelled due to weather. Stanford then hosted OSU and swept the Beavers. OSU is 27-14 overall and 4-7 in conference play. The Beavers are led by Elizabeth Santana at the plate, batting .359 in 131 at bats with 47 hits and 31 RBI. Erin Guzy has a team-high eight double and Dani Gilmore has five home runs, 30 walks and 11 stolen bases. In the circle, Paige Hall is 12-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 66.2 innings. Marina Demore has pitched the most, 86 innings, with a 7-2 record and 3.01 ERA. Tina Andreana has pitched 77.2 innings, with a 5-9 record and 4.33 ERA. UW leads the series 48-17 and won two out of three last year in Seattle.
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.
UCLA Takes Two Games, Series From UW
The Huskiesl lost a heartbreaker in game one of the series vs. UCLA. On Friday, the Huskies were up 5-0 heading into the sixth inning before allowing seven runs with two outs to fall 7-5. UW was shutout 5-0 in game two but came back on Sunday for a 5-2 victory for the game three win.
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-win game-winning home run in the ninth of game two for the win.
Huskies Vs. Sun Devils To Air On FSN
The Pac-12 Conference has announced the TV broadcast schedule for 2012 and Fox Sports Net has chosen three collegiate softball games to televise during the 2012 season, as part of their agreement with the Pac-12 conference, and the Huskies have received the honor of being chosen for one of these three games.
Arizona State at Washington will take place on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. PT and will be televised at a time and date, TBD, soon after the contest. The network will also air California at Stanford, taking place on Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. PT and Arizona at UCLA, which will be played on Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. PT.
Steve Physioc is tentatively scheduled to provide play-by-play for the games. Physioc has most recently served as the play-by-play announcer for local telecasts of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Olympic gold and silver medalist Jessica Mendoza and Olympic gold medalist Amanda Freed will likely provide analysis for the games.