Seeded sixth, UW goes into NCAA tournament play this weekend at Husky Softball Stadium ready for any game scenario imaginable
Not many softball teams can dig out of a 12-1 hole on the road and rally for a comeback win against an NCAA tournament-caliber team.
But on May 13, in their final regular season game in Salt Lake City against Utah – the eventual 11th-seed in the NCAA Division I softball tournament – that’s exactly what the UW Huskies did.
Down 11 runs to enter the fifth inning, the Huskies ignited their offense with four hits apiece from Ali Aguilar and Casey Stangel, and a game-winning RBI from Taylor Van Zee in the eighth to squeeze out a 13-12 victory in eight innings.
That’s the kind of win that imbues a team with irrepressible confidence going into postseason play.
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This Friday, the Huskies begin their campaign for a fifth Women’s College World Series berth under Heather Tarr, who’s in her 13th season as head coach.
The No. 6 seed Huskies (43-11) open postseason play against Montana (35-22) at home Friday night, and will have to get past either Fresno State (34-21) or Michigan (41-11) to advance to the Super Regional round.
Their top-eight seeding means the Huskies will host Super Regionals if they make it out of their regional pod this weekend – a nice bonus which could go a long way toward helping them earn their first trip to the Women’s College World Series since 2013.
“No one on our team has played in a College World Series. Only the coaching staff has had that experience,” Tarr said. “This is the first time this group has earned a top-eight seed. The objective for this group was to earn that seed and get the chance to get to the College World Series. There’s been a lot of growth and opportunities for us to fail and recover this year and learn a lot.”
Last season, the Huskies went into the NCAA tournament seeded 11th and…