Feb. 22, 2013
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -The No. 22/22 UW softball team got off to a great start at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Thursday afternoon with a 7-1 victory over Virginia to improve to 7-5 on the year.
Washington also faced the USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League in an exhibition, falling 8-3.
Game One - No. 22/22 UW 7, Virginia 1
Junior Bryana Walker (La Quinta, Calif.) led the Huskies in the circle and senior Shawna Wright(Lancaster, Calif.) at the plate in the opening game victory of the tournament over the Cavaliers (4-5).
Walker (5-2) pitched the complete game, allowing just one earned run, three hits and had a career-high 12 strikeouts.
Wright had two hits, five RBI and a run in the game, including a home run.
The Huskies struck first in the top of the first as the designated visiting team. Junior Victoria Hayward (Mountain View, Calif.) led off with an infield single, stole second and scored on a single to left field by junior Hooch Fagaly(Chino, Calif.).
In the fourth, pinch runner Dani Braun(Chehalis, Wash.) scored on an error by the Virginia catcher.
Virginia got within one in the bottom of the inning as Marcy Bowdren doubled to left center and scored on a double to center by Karli Johnson.
The Huskies extended their lead in the sixth with three runs on the home run to left by Wright. It was her third home run of the season. Kylee Lahners, Marki Creger-Zier and Kelli Suguroall scored on the play.
The final two Huskies runs came in the seventh as a bloop single by Wright drove them in.
Game Two (Exhibition) - USSSA Pride 8, UW 3
The Huskies took on the USSSA Pride in the final game of the night in an exhibition. The Pride featured four former Husky All-Americans who all appeared in the game: Danielle Lawrie, Jenn Salling, Ashley Charters and Niki Williams.
Jocelyn Cater (Delta, B.C.) got the start in the circle for the Huskies and allowed five earned runs in 2.1 innings. Kaitlin Inglesby(Portland, Ore.) pitched in relief and allowed two unearned runs on three hits in 4.2 innings.
Cat Osterman got the start for the Pride and pitched a no-hitter in 4.0 innings. Lawrie allowed two earned runs in 3.0 innings of relief work.
The Huskies fought off the run-rule by scoring one in the fifth and kept fighting in the seventh with two more runs.
Wright hit a two-run home run in the seventh. The run in the fifth inning for the Huskies came on an error.
Please note that since the game was an exhibition the scores and stats do not count towards the regular season or career stats and rankings.
Washington plays No. 23/23 Florida State at 3 p.m. Friday and Illinois at 5:30 p.m. Live stats will be available for both games at www.gohuskies.com.