FULLERTON, Calif. – The sixth-ranked Huskies bounced back after a tough loss to No. 16 Nebraska in the first game of a doubleheader to defeat Texas for the second time in a month on Saturday at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. The Huskies lost in the bottom of the 7th inning to Nebraska, 2-1, but came right back to defeat Texas, 6-3.
The Huskies (19-3) held a 1-0 lead on Nebraska going into the bottom of the 7th after a solo home run from Kaitlin Inglesby in the top of the 5th inning. But with two outs, Huskers (15-7) leadoff batter Kiki Stokes reached on an error. That set the stage for Nebraska catcher Taylor Edwards, who hit a walk-off two-run home run to give Nebraska the 2-1 win. It was the fifth home run of the season for Edwards.
Bryana Walker made the start and was tagged with the loss, falling to 11-2 on the season. Walker allowed two runs (zero earned runs) on six hits through 6.2 innings pitched.
Inglesby went 2-for-4, with one run scored, one home run, and one RBI, providing the majority of the Huskies offense in a game that featured brilliant pitching from Walker and Nebraska starter Emily Lockman.
With only twenty minutes between games, the Huskies rebounded from their loss to the Huskers to strike first against the Longhorns (14-12) and not look back.
Inglesby got the start in game two for the Huskies and tossed 5.0 innings and allowed three runs on her way to improving to 6-1.
Kylee Lahners got the Huskies on the board in the top of the 2nd inning with a solo home run, her 9th home run of the season.
Jennie McNeill led off the top of the 3rd with a four-pitch walk and Victoria Hayward followed with a single to put runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out. McNeill and Hayward pulled off a double-steal, and Hooch Fagaly drove McNeill home with a sacrifice fly, giving the Huskies 2-0 lead.
After a walk to Inglesby, Ali Aguilar went deep for her 4th home run of the season, a three-run blast that extended the Huskies lead to 5-0.
The Longhorns added two runs in the bottom of the 3rd and a run in the bottom of the 4th to cut the Huskies lead to two, 5-3.
Walker took over in relief of Inglesby in the 6th inning with a runner on and no outs and ended up stranded five Texas runners over the final two innings of the ballgame. Walker threw 2.0 scoreless innings to pick up her first save of the season.
Aguilar gave the Huskies an insurance in the top of the 7th, lining a two-out double to score pinch-runner Kimberlee Myers from 1st base to give the Huskies the 6-3 advantage. Aguilar finished the game 3-for-4, with one run scored, one double, one home run, and four RBI.
The Huskies win over Texas marked their second win over the Longhorns in two weeks. The Huskies defeated Texas, 3-2, on Feb. 21 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
The Huskies will wrap up the Judi Garman Classic on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. vs. Fresno State (10-8).