SEATTLE--The Washington softball team recorded its fourth-straight shutout of the season in blanking Massachusetts 1-0 in its opening game of the 1998 College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Thursday. The Huskies (50-13) advance to the quarterfinals and on Friday at 6 p.m. will face Arizona (64-3), who downed Oklahoma State 1-0 in the first game.
The only run in the game came in the first inning. Freshman Kelly Hauxhurst walked and stole second before head coach Teresa Wilson waved Hauxhurst home on a single to right by senior Eve Gaw.
Sophomore Jennifer Spediacci (25-6) struck out six and allowed only one hit in five innings, extending her scoreless-inning streak to 21 frames. Sophomore Jamie Graves relieved her in the sixth to earn her third save of the year. The Huskies ended the Minutewomens 22-game winning streak.
We talked yesterday about the parity and quality of teams in this tournament, and today we saw two very goo ball games, Wilson said. My heart stopped beating in the first inning and didnt start again until the last out. It wasnt pretty, but a wins a win. Hopefully it is indicative of our first game of regionals.
Massachusetts 000 000 0 -- 0 3 0 Washington 100 000 x -- 1 3 0Danielle Henderson and Kelly Buckley; Jennifer Spediacci, Jamie Graves (6) and Jeanine Giordano. WP-Spediacci (25-6). LP-Henderson (30-7). Sv-Graves (3). 2B-UM, Faessler.