SEATTLE – Starting pitcher Bryana Walker turned in a dominant outing, and the Huskies offense provided a balanced attack, as No. 11 Washington earned an 8-0, five-inning win over No. 9 Arizona in game one of a doubleheader Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium.
The win gave the Huskies (30-13 10-9 Pac-12) a series win over the Wildcats (40-11, 13-8). The series began on Friday night with an 11-7 win for the Huskies.
Walker blanked the Wildcats one just one hit while striking out three in five innings and earned the victory in game one to improve to 17-8 on the season. Walker retired the first nine Wildcats batters she faced in game one. Thanks to a well-turned 6-4-3 double play in the 4th inning, Walker faced the minimum 15 batters in the ballgame.
Hooch Fagaly drove a triple into the right-field corner with out in the bottom of the 1st and scored on Kaitlin Inglesby’s RBI-single to get the scoring started for the Huskies. For Fagaly, it was her 2nd career triple (also: April 6, 2013 vs. Oregon State).
The Huskies tacked on three runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The first three batters of the inning reached base safely. With two outs, Ali Aguilar was hit by a pitch, scoring Marki Creger-Zier from 3rd. The next batter, Whitney Jones drove a two-run single up the middle to score Victoria Hayward and Fagaly and give the Huskies a 4-0 lead.
On the strength of two home runs, the Huskies added four runs in the bottom of the 4th. Kelli Suguro led off with a solo home run, her 1st of the season and 2nd of her career (also: April 6, 2013 vs. Oregon St.).
Then, after Hayward and Inglesby walked, Kylee Lahners launched her team-leading 15th home run of the season, providing the final 8-0 margin for the Huskies.
Lahners was one of five Huskies who drove in a run in game one. She was joined by Jones with two, and Inglesby, Aguilar, and Suguro with one a piece.
With a break in the rain, the Huskies and Wildcats returned to the field just 25 minutes after the conclusion of game one to begin the second game of the doubleheader.
The Huskies were not able to muster much offense in game two, and ended up falling to the Wildcats, 2-0. Walker took the loss in game two, allowing two earned runs on four hits.
The Huskies will wrap up the 2014 regular season with a three-game series in Berekely, California against the Cal Bears, beginning on Thursday.