SEATTLE - The Washington softball team opened its home and Pac-10 schedule in fine fashion on Saturday, sweeping a dangerous 14th-ranked Stanford team, 2-1 and 3-0, in front of 584 fans at Husky Softball Stadium. The No. 3 Huskies improve to 21-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while Stanford drops to 21-6 and 2-2. UW will host a doubleheader against No. 19 California tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Today was a great day for Husky softball, head coach Teresa Wilson said. It was our first day on the radio, our first home game of the season, we have a new locker room, and we played two great games. It cant get any better than this.
In the first game, both teams collected five hits, but the Huskies were more productive once they got on base. Junior Becky Newbry opened the second frame with a double to left center, setting up classmate Jeanine Giordanos RBI single. Stanford answered in the next inning with a pair of singles and a sacrifice bunt to score Ramona Shelburne. UW sophomore pitcher Jennifer Spediacci knocked in the game winner in the fourth. Senior Eve Gaw singled and pinch runner Angela Bennett crossed home plate after stealing second.
Spediacci picked up her ninth win and sixth complete game of the season, striking out four.
The Huskies wasted no time getting on the board in the second game. Sophomore Rosie Leutzinger singled, was sacrificed to second and stole third before freshman Kim DePauls single brought her home. Gaws sacrifice bunt sent DePaul to second, and she rounded the bases on another Spediacci RBI.
Both teams bats were relatively quiet for the next several innings. Stanford got one hit each in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but none materialized into runs. UW used three hits in the sixth frame to score the final run of the day. Gaw, Spediacci and Newbry singled consecutively, with Newbrys shot bringing home pinch runner Denia Pisia.
Sophomore Jamie Graves (8-1) went the full seven innings on the mound for her fifth complete game.
KRPM-AM 1090 aired the game, its first of nine this season, with Pioneer Sports as the producer. Mike Brown provided play-by-play an d former UW standout Angie Marzetta was the color analyst.
Game One Stanford 001 000 0 -- 1 5 1 Washington 010 100 x -- 2 5 1 Becky Blevins and Kellie Wiginton; Jennifer Spediacci and Jeanine Giordano. WP-Spediacci (9-2). LP-Blevins (14-2). 2B-Michelle Schneider, Michele Acosta; Becky Newbry.
Game Two Stanford 000 000 0 -- 0 4 0 Washington 200 001 x -- 3 6 0 Marcy Crouch and Kellie Wiginton; Jamie Graves and Jeanine Giordano. WP-Graves (8-1). LP-Crouch (5-4). 2B-Jenni Shidler.