May 10, 1998
SEATTLE -- It was a good news/bad news day for the Washington softball team on Sunday. The No. 4 Huskies dropped both games of a doubleheader to No. 1 Arizona, 4-2 and 4-0, to close out their regular season at 46-13 overall and as runners-up in the Pac-10 with a 19-9 record. The Wildcats won the conference title with a 27-1 mark, losing only to the Huskies earlier in the season in Tucson, and at 61-3 overall.
The good news, however, is Washington will host Region No. 4 this weekend at Husky Softball Stadium. UW, the No. 1 seed, will face fourth-seeded Northwestern State in the opening round on Friday. Second-seeded and 12th-ranked Louisiana State will meet No. 15 Long Beach State on Friday. The double-elimination tournament will continue Saturday and Sunday, with the champion advancing to the College World Series. Game times will be released on Monday.
"Obviously I'm very happy to be hosting a regional," head coach Teresa Wilson said. "I just hope the results are the same as they were in 1996 (when UW hosted). Im thrilled but a little cautious to be too excited because of the strength of our region. I think our region is stronger because we are hosting than it would have been had we traveled."
On the field, the Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning of the first game, capitalizing on two hits and an error. Sophomore Jeanine Giordano walked and pinch runner Angela Bennett stole second. A bunt by freshman Kelly Hauxhurst put Bennett on third, and then Bennett scored when the catcher overthrew second base trying to catch Hauxhurst stealing. Gaw singled and was out at second but knocked in Hauxhurst on the play.
Sophomore Jamie Graves held Arizona to just two hits through the first five innings before the Wildcats put three runs on the board in the top of the sixth off four hits. A home run by Lindsey Collins in the top of the seventh inning finished out the scoring.
The nightcap was scoreless through five innings, when the game was suspended temporarily to listen to the NCAA selection show for UW and Arizonas regional pairings. After the announcement, the Wildcats scored once in the sixth and three more in the seventh to complete the sweep.
Sophomore Jennifer Spediacci pitched all but the final two outs, striking out six before Gaw relieved her.
Game One Arizona 000 003 1 -- 4 8 1 Washington 002 000 0 -- 2 6 0 Nancy Evans and Leah Braatz; Jamie Graves and Jeanine Giordano. WP-Evans (31-1). LP-Graves (18-6). 2B-UA, Braatz (2); UW, Francis. HR, UA, Collins.
Game Two Arizona 000 001 3 -- 4 8 1 Washington 000 000 0 -- 0 3 1 Becky Lemke and Leah Braatz; Jennifer Spediacci, Eve Gaw (7) and Jeanine Giordano. WP-Lemke (24-2). LP-Spediacci (21-6). 2B-UA, Johnsen (2), Evans.