We’re more than ready

Courtesy Washington Athletics

Victoria Hayward and the rest of the Huskies got acclimated to Gator nation as the prepped to take on Florida in Gainesville on Saturday.

Hi everyone!

The postseason is in full swing and I hope that each and every one of you is enjoying the MAYhem as much as I am! After sweeping our Seattle regional with wins against Iona, Brigham Young University and Northwestern, we became the first team to punch our ticket to the round of 16, known to the softball world as super regionals!

Having finished our regional on Saturday afternoon, our team had the luxury of watching every other regional unfold from the comfort of our living rooms. I kid you not; from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday my day consisted of softball, softball and more softball! Put simply, it was awesome because nothing is more exciting than watching teams fight for survival in the postseason!

After the Gainesville regional champion was crowned, the bracket was set and we were headed across the country for a best of three series against the University of Florida. We packed our bags and headed to Gator country early Wednesday morning. Two days later, we have conquered the heat and humidity and are more than ready to step out onto the field this Saturday.

To many teams, playing on the road is a heavy disadvantage, but it is nothing new for the Washington Huskies. This season we have played almost every single game on the road, with a mere 13 games at Husky Stadium (including last weekend’s regional). Not only is playing on the road something we are used to but for our senior class, this is the third time in four years we have been shipped off to a Southeastern Conference (SEC) foe’s house for a super regional. But hey, nothing beats a PAC-12 vs. SEC match up, right?

Throughout my career as a Washington Husky, we’ve always been the “underdog”. If I’ve learned one thing over these last four years it is this: the game doesn’t know who is supposed to win. This weekend my teammates and I have an opportunity to compete together and fight for a trip back to the Women’s College World Series. We’re more than ready and you will not want to miss it. Catch all the action on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPNU and Sunday at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN!

Go Dawgs!