GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Huskies spectacular 2014 season came to an end in the Super Regionals on Sunday in Gainesville, Fla. Just as they did all season, the Huskies battled and persevered through adversity in the three-game series, but in the end, were not able to overcome their opponents – the Florida Gators.
Facing elimination in game two of the series on Sunday morning, the Huskies earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Florida to force a winner-take-all game three later that day. The deciding game of the series last nearly eight hours and featured two severe weather delays. After beginning the game at 3:14 p.m. ET, the Huskies eventually lost to the Gators, 8-0, just after 11:00 p.m. local time.
“This is a great group of young women that represent our university well,” head coach Heather Tarr said. “I guess the saddest part about the day is we graduate seven seniors who entered the program together and are leaving together, and that’s a fantastic accomplishment. They’ve probably grown more than any senior class I’ve ever had. We’ll be very sad to lose them.”
The Huskies seven seniors are Marki Creger-Zier, Hooch Fagaly, Victoria Hayward, Kaitlin Inglesby, Whitney Jones, Bryana Walker, and Mercedes Wetmore. Throughout their careers at Washington, each of the seven seniors left an indelible mark on the program, giving their best efforts on and off the field.
The first weather delay occurred with the Gators leading 1-0 at the end of the 3rd inning when lightning struck near Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The rain and lightning delay started at 4:13 p.m. ET and lasted until 7:30 p.m. ET, a delay of three-hours and 17-minutes.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the 4th, Kaitlin Inglesby drew a one-out walk and Kylee Lahners followed with a base hit. It appeared the Huskies had a chance to tie the game when Whitney Jones lined a ball to left field, but the Gators left fielder snagged the ball on the run, ending the Huskies rally.
The Gators stretched their lead to 4-0 with a three-run home run in the bottom of the 4th and just minutes afterwards, the umpires once again suspended the game due to lightning in the area. The game was halted at 7:55 p.m. ET. Play resumed at 10:30 p.m. ET after a delay of two-hours and 35-minutes.
Florida closed the game with four runs in the bottom of the 5th for the 8-0 victory.
For the Huskies, it marked the end of their season, but they had much to be proud of throughout their 2014 season.
“I’m just really proud of our team this year, our program, what our seniors have accomplished,” Tarr said. “I’m excited for the young ones to be able to carry on the traditions. The seniors were fantastic examples of Huskies softball and what we’re all about.”
The Huskies finish the 2014 season with a record of 37-15.