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The Huskies travel to Utah for the final Pac-12 matchup of the regular season

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SEATTLE – No. 9 Washington Softball closes out the regular season in Salt Lake City for a three-game series at Utah that begins Friday night.

The Huskies enter the series with an overall record of 31-10 and 13-8 in Pac-12 play. UW currently sits in third place in the conference standings heading into next weekend's Pac-12 Tournament. Utah enters the weekend with a record of 30-19 (8-13 Pac-12) and sixth place in the conference standings.

WEEKEND PLAN
Friday, May 3rd

in Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah | Dumke Family Softball Stadium
5:00 PM PT | Pac-12 Mountain | Live statistics

Saturday, May 4th

in Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah | Dumke Family Softball Stadium
11am PT | Pac-12 Washington & Mountain | Live statistics

Sunday, May 5th

in Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah | Dumke Family Softball Stadium
12pm PT | Pac-12 Mountain | Live statistics

RANKING OVERVIEW

The Huskies have been ranked in the top 15 in 131 consecutive NFCA polls. The last time UW wasn't ranked in the top 15 was in the preseason poll in 2016, where the Huskies were ranked No. 20.

Tough schedule

The Huskies' 2024 schedule features 10 teams ranked in the top 25 preseason poll by either the NFCA or USA Softball. Teams include Oklahoma, Florida State, Stanford, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Utah, LSU, Oregon, Nebraska, Kentucky, while 2024 opponents Arizona, Arizona State, Minnesota and Cal will receive votes. So far, UW has a record of 7-6 against top 25 teams (at the time of the game). In Washington, two ranking games in LSU (at Clearwater) and Florida State (at Jane Sanders Classic) were canceled due to weather.

ROAD DAWGS

The Huskies opened the first four weeks of the away season with the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge February 8-10. Washington will then travel to Florida for 10 days, starting at the Clearwater Invitational, followed by two midweek games at Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson before the trip ends at the South Florida Showdown hosted by USF. UW then headed to Eugene, Oregon, for the Jane Sanders Classic from February 29th to March 2nd. Washington is 9-4 in true away games and 11-2 in neutral site contests this season. At the end of the regular season, the Huskies will have traveled 19,382 miles, including 11,890 non-conference miles.

LOCK DOWN DEFENSE

Washington's fielding percentage of .981 ranks fourth in the nation. The 21 errors are the fewest in the NCAA. Six Huskies posted a perfect fielding percentage Jillian Celis, Olivia Johnson, Avery Hobson, Brooklyn Carter, Ruby Meylan And Jing Gardner. Celis leads the team with 77 assists and helped turn in eight double plays.

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

Washington is one of seven teams nationally – and the only team in the conference – to have a team batting average above .320 while maintaining a team ERA of 2.50 or better (also Boston U, Duke, Grand Canyon , Oklahoma, Southeastern La. and Texas).

HOME SWEET HOME

Since 2018, the Huskies have compiled a 101-23 record at Husky Softball Stadium, including a 17-3 record in 2023. Washington is 11-4 at home this season.

RECORD NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

Washington set the program weekend attendance record last weekend with 6,455 in attendance against Stanford (April 26-28). Sunday's third game was the most attended game of the regular season with 2,217 spectators. Last year, 2,266 attended the second game of the Super Regional against Louisiana. 22,353 fans have entered the gates so far this season.

HUSKY BATS are hot

As a team, the Huskies have hit a home run in 13 of the last 14 games. During that span, Washington has hit 27 home runs. This season, UW ranks 11th nationally with 1.44 home runs per game. Washington has six Huskies in the conference's top 25 in hitting percentage. Brooke Nelson is fifth in the Pac-12 at .712, followed by Rylee Holtorf (8th, .672), Alana Johnson (9th, .661), Kinsey Fiddler (15th, .603), Jillian Celis (21., .579) and Sydney Stewart (24th, .548). The team ranks first in the conference with a .549 slugging percentage.

PAC-12 HONORS

The Huskies have earned five Pac-12 weekly honors this season Rylee Holtorf (player) and Sidne Peters (Freshmen) were honored earlier this month. Holtorf hit two home runs – including the walk-off in the third – to help the Huskies defeat Oregon State. Peters posted two wins in 2.2 innings with five strikeouts and no hits allowed. Jillian Celis was named Player of the Week after the Jane Sanders Classic. Jadyn Glab named Newbie of the Week on opening weekend and Ruby Meylan was named Pitcher of the Week for the second weekend.

DAWGS WORLDWIDE
Ruby Meylan, Lindsay Lopez, Jillian Celis, Sister Bates And Heather Tarr All represented national teams this summer, along with former Huskies Ali Aguilar, Taran Alvelo and Baylee Klingler. Future Husky Morgan Reimer played with Team Canada at the Pan American Games. Meylan played with Team USA at the Japan All-Star Series in August. Bates, Tarr, Aguilar and Klingler competed with the U.S. national team in the WBSC World Championship Group A and the Pan American Games. Lopez and Celis represented Mexico at the Canada Cup and the Pan American Games, while Alvelo played with Team Puerto Rico at the World Cup qualifiers and the Pan American Games.

Last month, Tarr was again named head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team for this summer's WBSC Women's Softball World Championship Finals in Castions di Strada, Italy. She will be with Bates, who was named to the WBSC World Cup squad last week as part of the U.S. Women's National Team. Klingler will compete with the US Women's Elite Team at the Japan All-Star Series.

DO IT IN A CIRCLE

last season, Ruby Meylan (18) and Lindsay Lopez (14) led the pitching staff in wins. It was the first time since 2019 (Gabbie Plain – 24 and Taran Alvelo – 26) that the Huskies had two pitchers with double-digit wins. The duo are on track to do it again, with Lopez on ten wins and Meylan on nine. Brooke Nelson has also recorded five wins and Sidne Peters with seven. The last time the Huskies had three pitchers with 10 or more wins was in 2012 with Kaitlin Inglesby (19), Kasey Stanchek (10) and Bryana Walker (10). All four Husky pitchers recorded at least one complete game.

LIGHTNING FAST SPEED
Brooklyn Carter got off to a fast start on the bases. In 33 games, Carter has stolen 19 bases, which is the third most in the conference. Against Iowa State, she set a program record with four steals in a game, becoming the first Husky since 2000 to accomplish the feat. Last season, Carter had 28 stolen bases. She has stolen 42 consecutive bases, which is the longest streak in the country. As a team, UW has 63 stolen bases, ranking 56th nationally. Next to Carter, Avery Hobson (10), Kinsey Fiddler (8th), Rylee Holtorf (7), Sydney Stewart (7), Alana Johnson (4), Jillian Celis (2), Jing Gardner (2 and Brooke Nelson (2) Everyone has multiple stolen bases.

NELSON GOES TO THE YARD (AGAIN).
Brooke Nelson had two multi-home run games last week at Oregon (4/6/24) and Boise State (4/10/24). The Oregon game was Nelson's first multi-home run game. The last time a Husky had two multi-home run games in four days was Morganne Flores in 2019, when she hit two home runs at Oregon (3/24/19) and against Cal Poly (3/27/19). . She recorded her third multi-home run game of the month on April 20 in Game 2 at Cal.

CONSISTENT CELIS

Fifth grader Jillian Celis started every single game of her career between her time at San Diego State and Washington. She has started in 224 games – 183 at SDSU and 41 at UW. Celis is 51st among active DI softball student-athletes with 221 career hits. With 49 doubles she ranks 13th.

NO NO

Fifth grader Brooke Nelson recorded her first career no-hitter and 50th in program history against Loyola Chicago in the South Florida Showdown. Nelson hit five strikeouts in the outing and allowed just one walk to the leadoff batter in the second inning. It was the first Husky no-hitter since then Kelley Lynch And Ruby Meylan combined for one at Oregon State last season. Lynch also threw a no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman at Mary Nutter earlier this year.

ALL-ROUND FIELDLER
Kinsey Fiddler has played seven positions during her time as a Husky. As a freshman, she saw time at second base and shortstop. As a sophomore, first base and catcher were added. This season, she has seen action at third base, left field and center field.

CAREER WIN NO. 800

Head coach on February 24th Heather Tarr recorded career win No. 800 after an 8-0 run-rule victory over Yale in the South Florida Showdown. Tarr is Washington's all-time leader in wins across all sports. Among active Division I softball head coaches, Tarr ranks 28th in career wins (819). Only 12 other head coaches with more wins have coached at one school. Her winning percentage of .728 ranks her 10th among active DI coaches who have coached five or more seasons.

ALL-TIME VS. UTAH

Washington is 40-11 against Utah. The two teams met five times last season – three times during the regular season, in the Pac-12 Tournament and in the Women's College World Series, with Washington winning the season series 3-2.

Looking for the Utes

Utah enters the weekend series with a record of 30-19 and 8-13 in Pac-12 play. The Utes are sixth in the conference standings. Abby Dayton leads the team with a .449 batting average. Kaylah Nelsen leads the team with 15 doubles, while Julia Jimenez is the team leader with 40 RBI and five home runs. Mariah Lopez leads the pitching staff with a 2.26 ERA with four shutouts, 196 strikeouts, 15 complete games and a 19-10 record over 180 innings. As a team, the Utes posted a 3.15 ERA with nine shutouts.

NEXT

The Huskies conclude the regular season in Salt Lake City with a three-game series at Utah beginning Friday, May 3. Click here to see the full weekend schedule and find out how to tune in.

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