April 25, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 3/2 Arizona State softball team heads up to the Pacific Northwest to face the No. 11/13 Washington Huskies this weekend starting at 6 p.m. Friday.
The three-game series will see the Devils (39-5, 11-2 Pac-12) in their sixth-consecutive series against a Top 25-ranked team. Huskies are 36-11, 9-4 Pac-12 after going 1-2 against Oregon State last week. The series dates back to 1993, with Washington leading 49-20. The last time the two teams met (2011), No. 1 ASU swept the series 3-0 in Seattle against the then-ranked No. 13 Huskies. ASU has swept Washington just once in program history (2011).
PREVIOUSLY FOR THE DEVILS
Arizona State completed their third-straight home series sweep against the No. 16 Stanford Cardinal in a weekend that saw two grand slams, seven home runs, and 23 runs scored in total. Hillary Bach pitched two victories on the weekend as well to improve to 19-0 on the year.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
UW was upset in their most recent series in conference play, losing twice to the Oregon State Beavers over the weekend. The Huskies are ranked 24th overall in batting average with a cumulative .313 clip on the year, led by Kaitlin Inglesby's .437 BA, which is 17th in the nation. Inglesby's 59 RBI are fourth in the country as well. She also leads the bullpen with a 2.01 ERA and an 18-7 record.
BOYD NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Katelyn Boyd has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of April 16-22. This is Boyd's third career conference weekly honor and ASU's 68th. Boyd hit at a .444 clip with a 1.111 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage against No. 16 Stanford. Her grand slam in game one of the series and another homer on Sunday boosted her season home run tally to 17, a team best.
FOLLOW THE SUN DEVILS LIVE
Friday's game will be on Fox Sports Net, check TV listings in the Seattle area for the channel. Fox Sports Arizona will show a tape delay of Friday's game on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PT in the Phoenix area, check TV listings for the channel. Live stats and play-by-play will be available for the Washington series on GameTracker, here, and live video for free (Saturday and Sunday) here.
VOTE FOR BOYD FOR THE LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD | Vote Here
Ten NCAA® softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as finalists today for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Katelyn Boyd has been chosen as one of the 2012 finalist. To be eligible for the award, 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. Vote for Katelyn at www.seniorclassaward.com/vote.