WESTWOOD, Calif. -- The Bruins of UCLA surprised a couple of teams this weekend, splitting doubleheaders with both No. 3 Washington and No. 9 Stanford in Westwood for their fourth and fifth conference wins of the season. UW fell in the opener, 3-2, but came back to pound UCLA, 7-1, in the nightcap. The Huskies now stand at 39-10 and 14-6 in the conference, while the Bruins are 15-22 and 5-13.
Both squads collected five hits in the first game, but Washington committed three errors, including two in the fourth frame in which the Bruins scored all three of their runs. UW got on the board first when freshman Kim DePaul walked, stole second and crossed the plate on a double down the left field line by senior Eve Gaw.
The Dawgs would not score again until the final inning, when it mounted a rally that almost tied the game. Sophomores Jeanine Giordano and Rosie Leutzinger hit back-to-back doubles for one run, and a sacrifice bunt by freshman pinch hitter Denia Pisia put Leutzinger on third. DePaul was intentionally walked to put two on before the rally ended.
Sophomore Jamie Graves (16-4) pitched three-plus innings before being relieved by Gaw in the middle of the fourth. Gaw struck out six of the 13 batters she faced.
UW's offensive firepower was evident in the second game, bouncing back to explode for 12 total hits and score four runs in the second inning. Sophomore Erin Helgeland, Giordano and senior Leah Francis hit consecutive singles, with Francis helping Helgeland across home plate. A single by freshman Kelly Hauxhurst, who went four-for-four during the game, sent Giordano and Francis home. DePaul then singled and advanced to third on an error, which also scored Hauxhurst.
After a quiet third inning, Washington added another run to its total when Leutzinger singled, stole second and came home on a Hauxhurst double down the left field line. In the sixth, the Huskies scored twice more. Francis took a walk and landed on third via a Leutzinger shot and a Hauxhurst single. DePaul sacrificed Francis home with a fly to center field, and a double by junior Becky Newbry helped Hauxhurst finish rounding the bases.
Sophomore Jennifer Spediacci earned the win to improve to 17-5. In her 15th complete game of the year, she struck out four.
Game One Washington 100 000 1 -- 2 5 3 UCLA 000 300 x -- 3 5 0 Jamie Graves, Eve Gaw (4) and Jeanine Giordano; Erin Weiler, Stephanie Swenson (4) and Carissa Millsap. WP-Swenson (6-8). LP-Graves (16-4). 2B, UW, Leutzinger, Gaw, Giordano.
Game Two Washington 040 102 0 -- 7 12 1 UCLA 000 100 0 -- 1 4 2 Jennifer Spediacci and Jeanine Giordano; Lyndsey Gayer, Stephanie Swenson (2) and Marin Noack. WP-Spediacci (17-5). LP-Gayer (2-6). 2B, UW, Hauxhurst, Newbry, Spediacci, Francis.