May 9, 2013
SEATTLE - Junior Kaitlin Inglesby had a big night for No. 12/11 Washington (37-14, 15-7) at the plate and in the circle as the Huskies took game one of the Pac-12 series against No. 17/20 Cal, 7-4, on Thursday night at Husky Softball Stadium.
Inglesby (Portland, Ore.) went two-for-three with three RBI and drew a walk at the plate. In the circle, she improved to 21-6, allowing four runs on eight hits in the complete game performance.
Jolene Henderson, one of the top 10 finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year, made her return to the circle for Cal (35-16, 9-13) earning the start. She missed the last six games with a leg injury; all games Cal has lost without her. Still not at full strength, she pitched just one inning and allowed one run on three hits. She took the loss and is 29-8 on the year.
Junior Victoria Hayward (Mountain View, Calif.) scored the run off of Henderson. After reaching on a bunt single and stealing second, she scored on a single by Inglesby.
With freshman pitcher Vanessa Alvarez in, the Huskies added three runs in the second, two in the third and one more in the sixth. Alvarez entered the game for the Golden Bears having pitched just 5.0 innings all year and finished out the final 5.0 innings in the game. She allowed six runs on nine hits.
Junior Whitney Jones (Upland, Calif.) walked to lead off the second. With runners on second and third after a fielder's choice, groundout and illegal pitch, junior Kelli Suguro (Kent, Wash.) for a 2-0 lead. A bloop single to center by Inglesby drove in Hayward and Fagaly for two more.
Cal had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the third but Inglesby got the No. 4 hitter Danielle Henderson to strikeout to end the inning.
In the third, sophomore Kimberlee Souza (Waialua, Hawai'i) led off for the Huskies with a single to right. With one out, Jones singled up the middle. A two-out single to right by Suguro drove in two for a 6-0 lead.
The Golden Bears got on the board in the top of the fifth with a one-out two-run home run to left center by Cheyenne Cordes.
Victoria Jones hit a two-run home run in the sixth for Cal cut the lead to 6-4.
Washington was able to hold off Cal with some great defense by Souza, Suguro and freshman Jennie McNeill.
Sophomore Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) also added a late Husky run on a solo bomb to left field with two outs in the sixth. It was her eighth of the year to increase the margin to three.
Game two is Friday at 7 p.m. live on the Pac-12 Networks.