UW’s Taran Alvelo looked almost nonchalant as she struck out eight batters to post her first career no-hitter and get UW its first win at NCAA regionals
No-hitter? No big deal.
In keeping with the “leave no doubt” and “one pitch at a time” mantras the UW softball team has stood by all year, perhaps it’s no surprise that sophomore pitcher Taran Alvelo looked almost nonchalant as she trotted off the field Friday night at Husky Softball Stadium after pitching the first no-hitter of her collegiate career.
Alvelo’s coach, however, gave credit where it was due.
“It’s her first career no-hitter, against a good, scrappy team,” UW coach Heather Tarr said. “Those are tough to do, especially on a big stage like tonight.”
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In UW’s first game of the NCAA Division I softball tournament Seattle Regional against Montana, Alvelo was the picture of composed, efficient calm as she struck out eight batters to lead the Huskies (44-11) to an 8-0 win that was over in five innings thanks to the NCAA run rule.
Alvelo never departed from her steely poker-faced composure. Not even to celebrate her no-hitter.
“We talk about it all the time, one pitch at a time, on to the next pitch,” said Alvelo, a sophomore from Carroll, Ohio. “At the end of the game, that last out, I was like, ‘OK, we can celebrate for a little bit, but let’s focus on what we have to focus on next.”
That would be a date against Michigan on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m.). The Wolverines (42-11) beat Fresno State 3-1 in the first game of the Seattle Regional Friday evening, and UW’s victory over Montana sets up an intriguing matchup that will pit the 6th seeded Huskies against a Wolverines squad that finished the season ranked 18th nationally.
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