PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The second-ranked Washington Huskies (11-1) split their first two games of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Thursday in Palm Springs, Calif. The Huskies (11-1) opened with an 11-0, 5-inning win over the Maryland Terrapins (1-11) before falling to the No. 23 LSU Tigers (10-4) by a final score of 6-3.
The Huskies wasted no time in getting a run on the board against the Terrapins, as the first four runners reached base, and three of them scored to give starter Bryana Walker a 3-0 lead.
Walker was making her eighth start of the season, and the native of nearby La Quinta, Calif. threw 4.0 shutout innings with eight strikeouts to move to 7-0.
The Huskies added a run in the 2nd inning, four in the 3rd, and three in the 4th, highlighted by a two-run double from Whitney Jones in the 3rd. The Huskies had three players with multi-hit efforts, led by Jennie McNeill, who went 3-for-3, including an RBI-single in the 3rd.
The Huskies 11-0 victory was their sixth run-rule shortened victory in their first 11 games.
In the second game of the day, the Tigers three home runs proved too much for Washington, as LSU handed the Huskies their first loss of the season.
Kaitlin Inglesby made the start in the circle, and allowed all six runs (five earned) over 7.0 innings to fall to 3-1 on the season.
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the 3rd, but the Huskies came right back to make it 3-2 in the bottom of the inning. Kelli Suguro knocked a one-out double, and she scored on a single from the next batter, Victoria Hayward. Inglesby drove home Hayward on a sacrifice fly. Hayward finished 3-for-4, with one run scored and one RBI vs. LSU and 4-for-6 on the day.
The Tigers added two runs in the 4th inning and one in the 5th inning, all on solo home runs. The Huskies tried to rally in the bottom of the 7th, as Hooch Fagaly scored on a well-hit ball from Dani Braun that went for an error on the left fielder. That made the score, 6-3, in favor of LSU, but that’s where it would stay.
The Huskies will return to the field at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Friday, Feb. 21 to face No. 25 Texas (7-7) at 10:30 a.m. and Northwestern (7-2) at 1:00 p.m.