SEATTLE – Hooch Fagaly – normally one of the Huskies most patient hitters – took the first pitch she saw from Arizona State pitcher Dallas Escobedo leading off the bottom of the 10th inning and drove it over the left field fence for the Huskies first walkoff win of the season.
“I had been feeling well in previous at-bats,” Fagaly said. “I was just going to go up there and hit a good pitch, and I got a good pitch and I did.”
The No. 11 Huskies scored once in the bottom of the 7th and once in the 10th to earn the 3-2 comeback win over No. 6 ASU, 3-2, in the second game of a doubleheader Friday at Husky Softball Stadium. It was the longest game of the season for the Huskies.
After Kylee Lahners tied the game at 2-2 with a two-strike, two-out single in the 7th, the Huskies (25-12) and Sun Devils (39-7) traded zeroes for two innings. But then Fagaly, 2nd on the team in walks with 27, jumped on the first pitch from Escobdeo for her 4th home run of the season to give the Huskies the win.
“Hooch deserved it,” head coach Heather Tarr said of Fagaly. “She talked herself into what she wanted to do. It was going to happen.”
The 3-2 win came on the heels of a 3-1 loss to the Sun Devils earlier in the day.
Bryana Walker made the start in game two and stifled the Sun Devils for seven-and-two-thirds innings, allowing just two earned runs while striking out seven. Kaitlin Inglesby threw two-and-one-thirds scoreless innings of relief to earn her 9th win of the season.
The Sun Devils opened the scoring in the 2nd, but the Huskies answered back in the 4th to tie the game at 1-1 on a RBI-groundout from Whitney Jones.
ASU retook the lead in the top of the 7th on back-to-back two-out base hits, only to have the Huskies tie the game again on Lahners run-scoring single that scored Kelli Suguro from 2nd base.
Three innings later, Fagaly came through for the final blow that Arizona State could not recover from.
“It speaks to the toughness of our group,” Tarr said. “Kell Suguro gets on base, gets the leadoff on, and we find a way to score her to tie it up. Kaitlin came in after Bryana threw a great game and stayed tough to keep us in the game.”
In the first game of the series, Inglesby came within three outs of a perfect game but ended up surrendering three runs in the 7th, as the Sun Devils came back to claim a 3-1 win.
Not only did Inglesby retire the 18 batters she faced, she provided the only offense for Huskies, clubbing a leadoff solo home run to begin the bottom of the 4th inning. But that would be all the offense the Huskies mustered in the first game.
The Huskies will look to claim the series win Saturday, with first pitch at 11:00 a.m. at Husky Softball Stadium. Listen to the live broadcast with Mike Brown and follow live stats at GoHuskies.com.