Seattle University softball (1-5) heads to the Easton Desert Classic for the second straight year where they will face a slate of tough opponents including No. 1/2 Florida (Feb. 14). The Redhawks will also take on BYU (Feb. 13), Hawaii (Feb. 14), Utah (Feb. 15), Portland State (Feb. 15), and Toledo (Feb. 16) on the weekend. The final match on the weekend vs. Toledo will be head coach Dan Powers’ 500th career game coached and he is two games shy of his 250th win going into the weekend.

SU Picked to Finish Second in WAC: In a vote of the league’s six head coaches, SU was picked to finish second in the league in 2014, while New Mexico State earned the top spot. Rounding out the list were Utah Valley and Bakersfield in the middle of the pack followed by Kansas City and Grand Canyon. Isabella Geronimo and Bubba Morrow also received Preseason All-WAC honors.

Redhawks Highlighted by College Sports Madness: CSM named Mandie Sugita, Brianna Guerrero, and Bubba Morrow to their First Team All-WAC and named Isabella Geronimo to Second Team All-WAC. Lindsay Davis was named Preseason WAC Freshman of the Year while Dan Powers was named Preseason WAC Coach of the Year.

Upcoming Milestones: With a 248-246 overall record, head coach Dan Powers will coach his 500th career game on Feb. 16 vs. Toledo to close out the Easton Desert Classic. Going into the weekend, Powers is also just two wins away from his 250th career win.

Seattle U to Host 2014 WAC Tournament: Seattle U will host the 2014 WAC Tournament on May 8-10, with all five eligible teams (Grand Canyon is in DI reclassification and thus not eligible) advancing to the tournament. Stay tuned to for updates and details as the date nears.

Scouting BYU (2-3): The Cougars opened the season at the Red Desert Classic last weekend, with wins vs. Southern Utah, 10-2, and East Carolina, 13-5. Redshirt freshman McKenzie St. Clair was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week, finishing the weekend hitting .667 with two home runs, seven RBIs, seven runs, a .714 on-base percentage, and a 1.250 slugging percentage in five games. She scored 14 of BYU’s 33 runs over the weekend.

Scouting Florida (6-0): Florida climbed two spots this week to take the top spot in the Softball Collegiate Top 25, marking their first No. 1 ranking since Feb. 28, 2011. They also rose two spots to No. 2 in the USA Today/NFCA poll after topping two ranked teams last weekend. At the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament, the Gators defeated then-No. 23/25 USF and then-No. 4/5 Michigan as well as Wisconsin (twice), Illinois State, and Bethune-Cookman. They are led at the plate by Taylor Schwarz, hitting .500 last weekend while recording eight runs on eight hits, a double, a triple, two home runs, and eight RBI. In the circle, Lauren Haeger leads the squad with two wins, 18 strikeouts, and a 1.08 ERA.

Scouting Hawaii (3-2): Last weekend, Hawai’i opened the season with wins vs. Hampton (twice) and Delaware in their own Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic, falling to the tournament’s No. 1 seed and then-No. 16/13 UCLA, 4-1, in the final game. Jazmine Zamora leads the team at the plate with a .400 average, while Heather Morales recorded a team-high 1.22 ERA in the circle over the first weekend of play.

Scouting Utah (2-3): Utah opened the season at the Kajikawa Classic, as did Seattle U, but the two did not face each other during the tournament. The Utes earned wins vs. Western Michigan, 9-1(6), and Portland State, 10-3, on the weekend. Junior first baseman Kate Dickman hit .667 (12-for-18) on the weekend with six RBI, a 1.056 slugging percentage, and a .684 on-base percentage last weekend. She also only struck out once in 18 at  bats and recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 35 putouts. Bridget Castro drove in a team-high nine runs last weekend. Utah pitched four different pitchers at Kajikawa, with Kayce Nieto and Mariah Ramirez earning wins.
Scouting Portland State (2-3): Portland State also competed at last weekend’s Kajikawa Classic, earning wins over Indiana, 8-6, and New Mexico, 10-0, before falling to then-No. 24 California in the weekend finale. Crysta Conn hit a team-high .500, recording a run, a double, a home run, and four RBIs while Shae Nelson and Becca Bliss recorded a team-high five runs apiece.
Scouting Toledo (0-0): Toledo is set to open their 2014 season this weekend at the Easton Desert Classic facing Pac-12 foes Oregon and Utah, Cal State Northridge, and Seattle U’s fellow WAC opponent Utah Valley before closing the weekend vs. the Redhawks. Last season, the Rockets went 17-36 overall, led at the plate and in the circle by a pair of then-freshmen - Jessica Lemieux with a .371 average and Marla Gooding with a 4.41 ERA.
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