UW Huskies brimming with confidence heading into softball NCAA regionals game against Montana

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…

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