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Talented UW softball team hopes to ‘leave no doubt’ as it begins NCAA tournament

Coach Heather Tarr remains cautious as the eighth-ranked Huskies begin their quest for the Women’s College World Series and have adopted the motto: “Leave No Doubt,” meaning they can’t afford to waste opportunities.

Heather Tarr, Washington’s softball coach, doesn’t mean to be a buzz kill. It’s just that, as she likes to tell her players, she’s constantly paranoid. It’s one of the hazards of the coaching profession – the constant fear that even triumph can sow the seeds of doom, if you’re not careful.

In their final game before the NCAA regional tournament that begins Friday at Husky Softball Stadium, UW roared back from an 11-run deficit last Saturday to defeat Utah, 13-12, in extra innings.

Considering that Utah is nationally ranked, and considering that the Huskies have won 13 of their last 14 games, you’d think that they’d be bursting with momentum heading into the postseason.

And they most certainly are, as they prepare to face Montana in their regional opener. It’s just that Tarr doesn’t want her players dwelling on that fact.

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“I probably ruin it for our team because I say, ‘So what. Next pitch. Get over it,’ ’’ Tarr said with a laugh on Thursday.

In the jubilation of that epic win in Salt Lake City – the biggest comeback victory in program history – star shortstop Ali Aguilar beseeched her coach, “Can we just celebrate for 12 hours?”

Tarr glanced at her watch and warily granted permission. But one gets the sense that she had a timer set to go off at precisely 12 hours. This is a Husky team with high expectations; the UW enters postseason play with a 43-11 record, ranked eighth in the country and seeded sixth overall in the NCAA field. And Tarr is a strong believer…

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