May 19, 2013
SEATTLE - It was another great pitching performance from the Husky pitching staff on the weekend, and specifically Bryana Walker, as the junior threw her second career no-hitter in an 8-0 win in five innings over No. 20/23 Hawai'i in the Seattle Regional Championship game on Sunday afternoon.
The win moved No. 11/9 Washington (41-15) to 3-0 on the weekend and on to the Super Regionals for the eighth-straight season. As the No. 11 seed in the tournament, Washington will play at the No. 6 seed Missouri next weekend. Game one is Thursday at 6 p.m. PT live on ESPN. Friday, game two is at 3 p.m. PT live on ESPNU and the if necessary game will air live on ESPN at 6 p.m. PT.
Walker (La Quinta, Calif.) struck out 12 batters in the game, just one shy of her career-high (13) that she recorded on Friday night against Portland State. At one point vs. UH, she struck out eight hitters in a row.
In 2011, Walker threw her first career no-hitter against Delaware in Stockton, Calif., also in five innings.
A five-run third inning was led by Inglesby with a two-run home run to center field with Victoria Hayward (Mountain View, Calif.) on base after a single. It was the 11th home run of the season for Inglesby, a team-high.
Junior Whitney Jones (Upland, Calif.) followed with a bomb of her own to deep right field. The three-run shot was just the second of her career. Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif.) were on base after drawing walks.
The Huskies added three more runs in the fifth as Inglesby led off with a single. After a single by Lahners and a sac bunt by Mercedes Wetmore (Lake Tapps, Wash.) scored on a single up the middle by Wright. A double steal with two outs brought in Lahners and a single by McNeill drove in Jones.
Kaia Parnaby ended her softball career for Hawai'i in the circle with the loss. The senior had an outstanding year with a 39-7 record. She allowed five earned runs on six hits in 2.2 innings in the championship game.
Washington traveled to Columbia, Mo., for Super Regionals in 2011, falling to the Tigers in a best-of-three series.