Huskies Take Tournament Title In Hawai'i
Feb. 9, 2013
HONOLULU -With two wins in bracket play on Saturday night, the No. 16/16 UW softball team took the Oceanic Time Warner Paradise Softball Classic tournament title in Honolulu, Hawai'i on opening weekend. Washington defeated UAB in game one 8-4 before defeating No. 25/23 Hawai'i in the championship game, 3-1. The Huskies improved to 4-2 on the season.
“It was good to get the first weekend under our belt,” said head coach Heather Tarr. “Playing at UH is always a tough place to play. They have a nice home crowd and offensively they are a team with one swing can leave the ball park. The most impressive thing was Bryana Walker. She came back after a tough loss to UH it was a great sign of things to come for her and our pitching staff. The leaders on our team showed really good signs of where we are going as a group and to be able to come back and win the tournament after losing two games earlier gives us something to build off of.”
Game One - No. 16/16 UW 8, UAB 4 - Box Score
UAB took an early 3-0 lead after three innings and held that score until the fifth. The UW got two in the fifth and six in the sixth to seal the game.
Junior Kaitlin Inglesby (Portland, Ore.) picked up her first win in the circle in 2013, going 5.0 innings in relief, allowing just one run on five hits. Junior Bryana Walker(La Quinta, Calif.) got the start, allowing two earned runs on five hits in 2.0 innings.
Kristen McGrath hit a solo home run to left to lead off the bottom of the second as the Blazers took a 1-0 lead.
UAB tacked on another in the bottom of the third as Anna Kimbrell also hit a solo home run to left field to lead off the inning. Heather Pearson scored on a fielder's choice and a Husky error. A strikeout by Inglesby and a great defensively play by first baseman Hooch Fagaly(Chino, Calif.) ended the inning.
The Husky offense got going in the fifth with back-to-back singles by sophomore Kimberlee Souza (Waialua, Hawai'i) and freshman Jennie McNeill (Simi Valley, Calif.). Junior Victoria Hayward (Mountain View, Calif.) reached on an error as pinch runner Dani Braun(Chehalis, Wash.) came around to score. A sacrifice fly off of the bat of Inglesby to center drove in McNeill.
In the fifth, the Blazers got one back as Caitlin Attfield singled and scored from second on a double by McGrath.
Washington went off for six runs to blow the game open in the sixth. Leading off the inning, senior Shawna Wright(Lancaster, Calif.) hit a solo home run to left center cutting the lead down to one again.
Souza, McNeill and Hayward all reached base and freshman Missy Taukeiaho(Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) walked after a long at bat to drive in the tying run. Inglesby also drew a walk as McNeill scored the winning run.
With the bases still loaded and no outs, Fagaly singled to the left side of the infield driving in two more. Junior Whitney Jones(Upland, Calif.) singled driving in the final Husky run of the game.
The two teams combined for 23 hits, 13 for Washington led by Fagaly with three.
Leigh Streetman took the loss for the Blazers, allowing four runs on three hits in relief. Lannah Campbell got the start, allowing one earned run on eight hits in 6.2 innings.
Game Two - No. 16/16 UW 3, No. 25/23 Hawai'i 1 - Box Score
Washington scored the winning run in the first inning as Inglesby hit a two-run home run to left with Taukeiaho on base.
Hawai'i got its lone run in the bottom of the inning as Leisha Li'ili'I singled and scored after three-straight walks.
Fagaly, the tournament MVP, blasted a solo shot to deep center field with one out in the third to give the UW a two-run cushion.
Kasey Stanchek(El Dorado Hills, Calif.) got the start in the circle for the Huskies, allowing one run on two hits in 2.1 innings of work.
Walker picked up the win in relief, striking out eight and not allowing a base runner in 4.2 innings.
Kaia Parnaby was handed her first loss in the circle on the year for Hawai'i. She allowed three runs on four hits in 4.2 innings. Keiki Carlos pitched the final 2/1 innings allowing one hit.
Saturday's Bracket Play
MVP - Hooch Fagaly - UW