April 24, 2012
SEATTLE - UW hosts Arizona State in the final regular season home series for the Huskies of 2012. There is a lot going on at Husky Softball Stadium this weekend as Friday the game will be tape delayed on FSN. Saturday the entire team will be signing autographs after the game. Sunday is senior day as the Huskies will honor Jenna Clifton, Kimi Pohlman, Taylor Smith and Nikia Williams after the game. Friday's game is at 6 p.m., Saturday's is at 4 p.m. and Sunday's game is at noon.
Friday's game will air on FSN tape delayed at 9:30 p.m. PT. Live stats via gametracker will be available for all three games and live audio and video provided by Mike Brown for the final two games of the series will be on www.gohuskies.com for free.
Scouting No. 3/2 Arizona State
The defending national champion Arizona State is up to No. 3 in the NFCA poll and No. 2 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll this week after sweeping Stanford last weekend. They are 39-5 overall and 11-2 in Pac-12 play. Katelyn Boyd leads the team batting .438 with 53 hits, seven doubles, 17 home runs, 29 RBI, 38 walks and 17 stolen bases. Bailey Wigness and Alix Johnson are also hitting over .400. In the circle, Hillary Bach is 19-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 111.2 innings. Dallas Escobedo is 14-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 121 innings with 141 strikeouts. Arizona State leads the overall series 51-18 and swept UW in Seattle last season.
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.
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 9:30 p.m. that night.
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.
Oregon State Gets Best Of Huskies
UW played three run-one games in Corvallis, Ore., vs. the Beavers. Oregon State won games one and three while UW took the middle game in nine innings. Bryana Walker went 1-1 in the circle and Nikia Williams hit the game-winning home run Saturday.