Josh Kirshenbaum recaps the conclusion to the Washington softball team’s season yesterday, when the Bruins broke a scoreless 10th inning deadlock via a three-run walk-off home run off of the bat of Rachel Garcia, UCLA’s two-time national player of the year. The Bruins will face Oklahoma in a three-game series for the national championship starting today at 4:30 p.m. Pacific in an ESPN telecast.
Scott Hanson writes that despite yesterday’s heartbreaking finish for UW’s softball team, they’re well positioned to continue making runs deep into the Women’s College World Series for the foreseeable future:
The Huskies return 18 of 22 players, and lose just two starters.
It will certainly be hard to replace co-ace pitcher Taran Alvelo, a third-team All-American and one of the best players in team history. Starting outfielder Amirah Milloy, who had the winning hit in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Oklahoma State, is also a senior as are backup catcher Rachel Ogasawara and reserve infielder Brittany Ware.
But most of the core is returning, including a pair of first-team All-Americans, shortstop Sis Bates and pitcher Gabbie Plain, and a second-team All-American in catcher Morganne Flores.
Evan Wong details the accomplishments of the women’s rowing team over the weekend in Indianapolis, where the Dawgs took first place in all three of the day’s grand finals races:
The varsity eight marked the first grand final race of the day for the Huskies. Washington trailed Michigan and Texas at the 500-meter mark by about a second, and with 500 meters left to go in the race, they both had had a few seconds over the Huskies. The UW made an incredible push going into the finish line and emerged with a come from behind victory and a winning time of 6:07.284. Texas came in second with a time of 6:07.971.
ICYMI ➡️ The @UW_Rowing women's team claimed its fifth national title this morning after sweeping the 2019 #NCAARow Championship regatta.— Washington Athletics (@UWAthletics) June 3, 2019
Recap: https://t.co/HB74P7ML6p#RowingU // #GoHuskies pic.twitter.com/Re46JrGETP
- 247Sports’ Brad Crawford rates Washington’s football schedule as the seventh easiest among Power 5 programs.
- Atlanta Falcons head coach talks about what role he sees Kaleb McGary filling in his first season in the NFL.
- UW’s president recaps an event the university hosted yesterday thanking all who helped in the wake of the marching band’s bus crash last fall.
Today we had a celebration to thank everyone who helped our students after last Thanksgiving's bus crash. They turned a terrible situation into a shining example of how we're all one community, and we'll always be grateful for their compassion. pic.twitter.com/4X0UVQw4Ow— Ana Mari Cauce (@amcauce) June 3, 2019
- Something for all of you recruitniks.
Top schools coming soon— Kelee Ringo (@KeleeRingo) June 3, 2019
- And finally, one of the greatest self-owns I’ve seen in some time.