STANFORD, Calif. – Kaitlin Inglesby turned in her 17th career complete-game shutout and 2nd of the season, Victoria Hayward collected three hits for the second straight game, and the No. 10 Huskies knocked off Stanford, 7-0, in a game televised nationally on ESPNU on Thursday night in Stanford, Calif.
Inglesby led the Huskies (23-10) in the circle, holding the Cardinal (24-15) to just one hit through four-and-one-third innings and four overall in seven innings with seven strikeouts. With the win, Inglesby improved to 7-3 on the season.
Hayward led off the game with an infield single and eventually scored on a one-out RBI single from Inglesby, who made contributions at the plate and in the circle. Inglesby finished 1-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and two walks.
Inglesby’s complete-game shutout of Stanford marks her second of the season, joining her seven inning blanking of the University of San Diego Torreros on Feb. 7.
“It was good to see Kaitlin come out and control the game from the start to the finish,” head coach Heather Tarr said. “It was good for her to be able to hit Victoria in for us to score first. It was nice to see Kaitlin have a good game from both sides.”
After allowing a two-out single in the bottom of the 1st, Inglesby retired 11 of the next 12 batters she faced. Inglesby also had the benefit of great infield defense, as she coaxed the Cardinal into 12 groundball outs.
“Plating that second run was huge for us, and Marki is one of few people who could have scored, so that was big-time for her to be able to get in there and score,” Tarr said.
After Lahners, six of the next eight batters reached base safely, and the Huskies pushed across five runs in the 5th to take a 6-0 lead.
Hooch Fagaly drew a walk to begin the 6th. It was one of a career-high four walks for Fagaly – who reached base five times – besting her previous high of three.
Hayward went 3-for-4, with one run scored, one RBI, one walk, and one stolen base and has now hit safely in 15 of her past 18 games, since Mar. 1. During that stretch, Hayward leads the Huskies with a .442 average (23x52), with 11 runs scored, four doubles, eight RBI, and eight stolen bases. Thursday marked the second consecutive game in which Hayward has collected three hits.
“Just being able to get our leadoff [batter] on gives us a chance to score runs,” Tarr said. “Both Hooch and Victoria really kept the lineup going at times too.”
Mercedes Wetmore made her season debut for Washington softball in the 6th inning, pinch-running for Ali Aguilar. Wetmore eventually came around to score on a bases-loaded walk to Hayward. Wetmore joins the softball team after setting the all-time record for games played with the Washington women’s basketball team.
The Huskies will take on Stanford in game two of the series Friday at 7:00 p.m. Live audio and stats will be available at GoHuskies.com.