June 2, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - With a huge sixth inning comeback vs. No. 8 Michigan (51-13), the Huskies (45-16) advance to Sunday night's game vs. No. 1 Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2. It will be an elimination game for the Huskies who will have to win to advance to another elimination game on Monday vs. the Sooners. Michigan was eliminated with the loss.
Michigan got the best of the Huskies in the first meeting of the year in March but Washington fought back to have a great offensive game and earned a complete game from junior Bryana Walker (La Quinta, Calif.) in the circle.
Walker allowed just one run on four hits and struck out seven to pick up her 20th win of the year. It is the first 20-win season of her career.
All four Washington runs came in the top of the sixth. Junior Victoria Hayward (Mountain View, Calif.) singled up the middle to leadoff. A sac bunt by Hooch Fagaly (Chino, Calif.) moved her over to second. After an intentional walk to Kaitlin Inglesby (Portland, Ore.) with one out, sophomore Kimberlee Souza (Waialua, Hawai'i) stepped to the plate as the clean-up hitter for the first time on the year.
Souza singled off the pitcher, Sara Dreisenga, to left field and reached third on the throw and an error. Hayward and pinch runner Marki Creger-Zier (Steilacoom, Wash.) scored for the 2-1 lead.
Sophomore Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) had a huge at bat, doubling down the left field line as pinch runner Dani Braun (Chehalis, Wash.) scored. It was the first hit for Lahners since the regional championship game.
Senior catcher Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif.) continued the inning with a single up the middle and with runners on the corners, a groundout to first base by junior Whitney Jones (Upland, Calif.) allowed Lahners to score the fourth Husky run.
Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a single down the first base line by Jaclyn Crummey driving in Sierra Lawrence from third with two outs.
Sierra Romero led off with single in the sixth for Michigan but Romero tagged up and headed for second on a foul fly out to Souza and was thrown out.
Fagaly, Lahners and Wright each picked up their first hits in the WCWS. Wright threw out Ashley Lane trying to steal second; it was the third runner she threw out in the 2013 postseason.
Washington's seven hits in the game were the most by the Huskies since NCAA Regionals vs. Hawai'i.