The Washington Huskies (44-8) are set to host the regional round of the NCAA tournament in pursuit of a Women’s College World Series title. The Huskies earned the No. 5 seed, which means they can also host a super regional if they advance out of the opening weekend.
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Washington will take on Boise State in the first round of the double-elimination regional on Friday, May 18. The other first-round game features Minnesota against Texas, with the regional final set for Sunday, May 20.
Overall, seven Pac-12 schools made the 2018 tourney field with five set to host regionals.
Washington, which climbed as high as No. 1 in the NCAA Division I softball rankings this season, finished fourth in the Pac-12 with a 15-8 mark in conference play — all of their losses came to Pac-12 opponents in 2018.
The Huskies’ best non-conference wins came over Alabama (twice) and Texas A&M.
Washington maintains a strong unit in the circle, helmed by Gabbie Plain who is nursing a 16-4 record and a 1.11 ERA. The Huskies as a team maintain a 1.15 ERA.
Offensively, UW is bats .317. Sis Bates leads the Huskies with an even .400 average, while Julia DePonte had a team-best 14 home runs and 47 RBI.
If Washington wins its regional it would host a Super Regional, likely against No. 12 seed Alabama.