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Washington Husky Softball Goes 6-0, Hands Minnesota First Two Defeats

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The UW Softball team opened up the season at home with a bang, posting 5 run-rule victories as they head into conference play.

Editor’s Note: Ed Strong has kindly volunteered to help us with more of our non-revenue expansion. This article was submitted just before the Lorenzo Romar madness and got bumped. Thanks to Ed and to all of our dedicated non-revenue sports enthusiasts for jumping at this opportunity. —cl

The 8th-ranked UW Softball team hosted the annual Husky Classic over the weekend, playing host to Penn State, Minnesota, South Dakota, and cross-town rival Seattle University. The Huskies (21-3) swept the weekend in style, including a pair of wins against previously undefeated Minnesota. Five of the six wins for the Huskies were by at least eight runs.

Results for UW:

· Wed: #8 Washington 13, Penn State 1 (played at Seattle U’s Logan Field)

· Thu: #8 Washington 9, Penn State 1

· Fri: #8 Washington 3, #7 Minnesota 2

· Fri: #8 Washington 15, Penn State 0

· Sat: #8 Washington 8, South Dakota 0

· Sun: #8 Washington 9, #7 Minnesota 0

Sophomore catcher Morganne Flores fit a solid month into just one weekend, blasting four home runs and driving in twelve runs. The first of her four long balls came in a clutch situation to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth against Minnesota on Friday.

Senior outfielder Casey Stangel had big games to start and end the weekend, as she picked up two hits and four RBI against Penn State on Wednesday and drove in four more on Sunday against the Gophers, including a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the fourth that gave the Huskies enough runs to have a chance to run-rule Minnesota (an 8 run lead after the fifth or sixth inning ends the game early)

Husky pitchers have not allowed a run in 21 innings, the last blemish coming in the first inning against Minnesota on Friday. In the final three games of the weekend, each of the three regular Husky pitchers threw a complete game shutout:

· Freshman Samantha Manti threw a complete game shutout in the Friday matchup with the Nittany Lions, allowing just two hits and striking out four in a five-inning run-rule victory.

· Junior Madi Schreyer shut out South Dakota on Saturday, allowing three hits and striking out three.

· Sophomore ace Taran Alvelo blanked the Golden Gophers on Sunday for her second win in three days against Minnesota.

With this impressive performance, the Huskies improved their record to 21-3 and moved up two spots in the NFCA coaches poll, passing Minnesota and Texas A&M.

Pac-12 conference play begins this weekend. Only nine Pac-12 member schools participate in softball, as three schools do not support softball as an official varsity sport: Colorado, Washington State, and, for some reason, USC (how a powerful athletic university in sunny Southern California doesn’t have a softball team at all is beyond me, but I digress).

This week in #Pac12SB (all series run Friday to Sunday; records as of Monday March 13th):

#21 Arizona State (19-5) at #6 Washington (21-3)

#23 California (16-4) at #3 Oregon (24-0)

#5 Arizona (24-1) at (RV) Oregon State (15-8)

#20 Utah (18-4) at #10 UCLA (21-5)

Stanford (16-10) is off this week.

The schedule for the Huskies Pac-12 opening series vs. the Sun Devils:

· Friday, 6 PM (PDT)

· Saturday, 1 PM

· Sunday, 12 PM