SEATTLE – For the second time in two weeks, Hooch Fagaly delivered the decisive hit for the Huskies in a walk-off win. On Friday, Fagaly launched a grand slam home run to right-center in the bottom of the 7th inning, as the No. 11 Huskies defeated No. 9 Arizona, 11-7, at Husky Softball Stadium.
Fagaly also hit a walk-off home run exactly two weeks ago to the date, giving the Huskies a 3-2 win over Arizona State on April 18. Ali Aguilar and Fagaly each had two hits and four RBI.
“I was looking for something to get to the outfield,” Fagaly said of her approach in the deciding at-bat. “It just happened to be a good pitch, and it went over the fence.”
It was a back-and-forth slugfest that saw three ties, three lead changes, and a run scored in every inning.
“That’s our team,” head coach Heather Tarr said of the Huskies resilient effort. “The more we can do that, the more we can put that in our fibers as what we know we are and who we are.”
The game opened with the Wildcats scoring three runs in the top of the 1st off starting pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby. But the Huskies scored one run in each of their first three at-bats to tie the game at 3-3 by the bottom of the 3rd.
Fagaly helped open the scoring, lining a one-out single in the 1st and coming home to score on Kylee Lahners two-out double.
Whitney Jones led off the bottom of the 2nd with a tape-measure home run, blasting the first pitch she saw onto the East Practice Field.
After a leadoff walk to Fagaly in the bottom of the 3rd, Inglesby lined a hard-hit single up the middle. One batter later, Aguilar delivered a ringing RBI-double to tie the game at 3-3, as she scored pinch runner Rylleigh Zbaraschuk from 2nd.
The Wildcats added three in the top of the 4th, but one inning later, the Huskies tied the game again at 6-6 on a monster three-run home run off the bat of Aguilar. Jones continued the inning with a walk and a stolen base. The Huskies took the lead for the first time in the bottom of the 5th, as Suguro drove a double into the gap to score Jones from 2nd base.
Bryana Walker took over for Inglesby – who struck out eight batters in five innings – in the 6th inning and kept the Huskies in the game down the stretch.
With the score tied at 7-7 and runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs in the top of the 7th, Walker got a pop out to end the inning.
The Huskies loaded the bases with one out for Fagaly on three walks and a fielder’s choice. After working the count to 2-2, Fagaly drove a pitch out of the park to give the Huskies the 11-7 win.
The Huskies and Wildcats will continue their three-game series Saturday at 7:00 p.m. In a pre-game ceremony beginning around 6:45 p.m., Huskies legend Danielle Lawrie will become the first player in the history of Washington Softball to have her jersey retired.