I am not a huge college softball fan. I’m not. I’ll admit it. Frankly, I don’t know enough about the nuances of softball to consider myself a huge fan, and I wouldn’t want to slight the diehards by lumping myself in with them. They deserve better than that. They’ve earned it.
By my own estimate, I’ve watched maybe 25 college softball games in my life. Almost all of them have come via ESPN, almost always in the College World Series.
I’ve been to three games in person. Once to get a free t-shirt, once for free hot wings, and once to heckle the opposing team. The Huskies were playing Oregon. It had to be done. I don’t care if they’re girls. They’re still Ducks.
In the past two years alone, I’ve watched more softball than at any other point in my life. It helps when your team is vying for a National Championship, I’ll be honest.
The University of Washington softball team is now 2-0 in World Series play, after defeating Arizona State 1-0 in an extra-inning game earlier this evening.
The Dawgs received eight innings of shutout ball from National College Softball Player of the Year and staff ace Danielle Lawrie, before Morgan Stuart delivered the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The double-elimination pod format of the Women’s College World Series is somewhat complex, but it boils down to this: One more victory and your Washington Huskies are in the best-of-three championship series for the right to the national title.