Washington Huskies softball
|University||University of Washington|
|Head Coach||Heather Tarr (10th year)|
|Home Stadium||Husky Softball Stadium
|Colors||Purple and Gold
|1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|1996, 2000, 2010|
The Washington Huskies softball team represents the University of Washington in NCAA Division I college softball competition. A member of the Pacific-12 Conference, they play their home games on-campus at Husky Softball Stadium in Seattle, Washington. Through 2014, the Huskies have made eleven appearances at the Women's College World Series and won the national title 2009.
The program's first season was 21 years ago in 1993, and head coach Teresa Wilson quickly built the team into a national powerhouse, qualifying for the NCAA tournament in their second season, and guiding it to the Women's College World Series six times, including the title games in 1996 and 1999. The team finished no worse than fifth in the nation from 1996 to 2000 and Wilson compiled a record of 532–198–1 (.728). However, Wilson's tenure was cut short in late 2003, when the coach was implicated in a scandal involving dispensing drugs among her players. She became the second high-profile coach Washington fired that year following Huskies football coach Rick Neuheisel's dismissal in an NCAA wagering scandal.
One of Wilson's former players, University of the Pacific assistant coach Heather Tarr, took over the team shortly thereafter. In Tarr's fifth year, Washington entered the 2009 Women's College World Series as the third seed. Despite having no home games due to lack of lights, the Huskies cruised to the national title game in 2009, sweeping the University of Florida Gators in two games. Canada women's national softball team member and 2009 U.S. college player of the year Danielle Lawrie pitched both games, winning 8–0 and 3–2. This marked the 22nd time in 28 seasons of World Series play in which the Pac-12 had won.
The Huskies opened the $2.2 million Husky Softball Stadium 20 years ago in 1994, adjacent to Husky Stadium. East of the football stadium's north grandstand, it shares the view of Mount Rainier to the southeast. The seating capacity is 1,000 in the main grandstand, with up to an additional 500 in bleacher seating. During the 2010 season, standing-room only tickets were sold before games, behind the main sections and along the walkways to the outfield general admission seating. The venue added lights in 2010 to be eligible to host NCAA tournament games (regionals and super regionals).
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