Feb. 7, 2013
HONOLULU - The No. 16/16 UW softball team is 1-1 after a season-opening win over St. Mary's, 8-0 in six innings and a hard-fought 4-3 loss to UAB Thursday afternoon in Honolulu, Hawai'i as a part of the Paradise Softball Classic.
Game One - No. 16/16 UW 8, St. Mary's 0 (6)
The Huskies improved to 7-0 all-time against St. Mary's in their first meeting since 1996.
Junior Bryana Walker (La Quinta, Calif.) got the start and looked great going the distance, allowing just two hits and striking out seven.
The Husky offense scored at least once in five of the six innings. The game ended after six innings due to the run-rule which means if a team is up eight runs or more after five innings the game is called. The UW led 5-0 after five innings and score three times in the sixth to earn the victory.
Senior Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif.) and juniors Victoria Hayward (Mountain View, Calif.), Kelli Suguro (Kent, Wash.) and Whitney Jones (Upland, Calif.) had two each hits and the Huskies as a team had 12.
Fagaly got the Huskies on the board in the first with a two-run home run to center with Hayward on base after a bunt single.
In the second, Suguro hit her first career double down the right field line. Wright walked on four pitches and Jones singled to left to load the bases for the top of the order. Hayward drew a walk to drive in Suguro to make it 3-0 after two.
Junior Marki Creger-Zier (Steilacoom, Wash.) scored on a single by Wright and then a throwing error by the Gaels third baseman to increase the lead to 4-0.
Leading off the fifth, junior Jerrin Fa'asua (Oceanside, Calif.) pinch ran and scored on an RBI ground out by Suguro.
Wright led off the sixth with a solo home run to left field to make it 6-0. Jones doubled to right and Hayward singled and advanced to second. Freshman Jennie McNeill (Simi Valley, Calif.) drove in a run and Fagaly doubled to right which brought in the winning run.
Defensively the Huskies turned two double plays.
Jessica Lemmon was the pitcher of record for St. Mary's, allowing three earned runs on six hits in 4.0 innings of work.
Game Two - UAB 4, No. 16/16 UW 3
In the first-ever meeting between UW and the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), the Blazers came out on top after fighting off some late Husky rallies to earn the upset.
Washington took an early 1-0 lead in the second after Fagaly and sophomore Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) were each hit by a pitch. Suguro doubled over the head of the UAB left fielder as Lahners scored.
All four UAB runs came in the bottom of the fourth and were credited to Inglesby (0-1) who started the game in the circle for Huskies. She allowed three hits in 3.1 innings.
Kristen McGrath and Kate Armstrong hit back-to-back solo home runs to take the lead, 2-1. A Chandler Orr double drove in the final two UAB runs in the inning.
The UW mounted a comeback with one out in the fifth as sophomore Kimberlee Souza, back in her home state, hit a solo home run to left. Hayward followed with a bunt single and stole second, her first of the year.
Inglesby singled to right center driving in Hayward to cut the lead to one, 4-3. Fagaly walked to load the bases but the new pitcher in relief for the Blazers, Lannah Campbell, got out of the jam.
Freshman Missy Taukeiaho (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) earned her first collegiate start in left field. Freshman Jocelyn Cater (Delta, B.C.) entered the circle in relief, allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings. It was also her first collegiate appearance.
Leigh Streetman got the win for the Blazers allowing three earned runs on five hits in 4.1 innings.
Washington plays twice on Friday, at 5 p.m. PT against Ole Miss and 10 p.m. PT vs. No. 25/23 Hawai'i. Follow both games on www.gohuskies.com.