STANFORD, Calif. – Buoyed by a second strong start by Kaitlin Inglesby in three days and a record-setting night from Kylee Lahners, the No. 10 Huskies earned a series win over Stanford with an 11-2, five-inning victory Saturday in Stanford, Calif.
“We saw a sense of urgency in the offense tonight, and that’s exciting,” head coach Heather Tarr said. “I can’t wait to see how our team builds off of this moving forward.”
The Huskies took game one of the series, 7-0, as Inglesby turned in her 17th career complete-game shutout and 2nd of the season.
Inglesby moved to 8-3 on the season for the Huskies (24-11) after allowing just one earned run on four hits in five innings Saturday. After yielding a two-out walk in the bottom of the 1st inning, Inglesby retired 11 of the next 12 batters she faced, allowing the first base hit of the game to Stanford (25-16) with one out in the 4th. Inglesby allowed two runs in the 5th inning, but was able quickly halt the Cardinal’s rally.
“Today was a great day for Kaitlin to dominate and to have to shut somebody down,” Tarr said. “For her to be able to stay strong, it’s a great sign.”
It was Lahners who first gave Inglesby and the Huskies the lead, blasting a solo home run to lead off the 2nd and give the Huskies an early 1-0 advantage.
Lahners – one of four Huskies to record multi-RBI performances Saturday – went 2-for-2, with two runs scored, two home runs, three RBI, and two walks. For Lahners, it was her first career multi-home run game.
Lahners also had one of three two-run base hits in the Huskies seven-run 3rd inning. For Lahners, it was her 2nd home run of the game and her 12th of the season, which set a new career-high for the Laguna Hills, Calif. native.
Lahners has hit at least 10 home runs in each of her three seasons, hitting 11 in 2012 and 10 last year.
“Kylee sees in herself what she’s capable of, and we obviously have high hopes for her,” Tarr said. “For her to do what she’s capable of is exciting. She’s a game-changer.”
Pinch-hitter Marki Creger-Zier proved to be a catalyst when the Huskies added three runs in the top of the 5th. After Creger-Zier’s one-out walk, Kelli Suguro reached on a fielder’s choice and Hayward drove home Creger-Zier with an RBI-single.
“Marki getting on base, drawing a walk with one out, was big time, because we then continued that inning and we ended up scoring three runs, which extended the lead,” Tarr said. “You can’t say enough about that. A small thing that makes a big difference.”
At the end of the day, the Huskies got hits from eight of their starters and compiled 10 base hits overall.
After more than three weeks since their last home game, the Huskies will return to Husky Softball Stadium for a three-game series vs. Arizona State, beginning Thursday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m.