Huskies defeat CS Fullerton, Lose to Florida State
PHOENIX-- The No. 3 Washington softball team came out on fire on the second day of the Coca-Cola Classic in Phoenix, mercy ruling CS Fullerton in six innings, but the Huskies' bats cooled off in their shutout loss to No. 21 Florida State.
In the 9 a.m. game against the Titans, four of the first five batters scored to get the Dawgs rolling early. Sophomore Rosie Leutzinger singled and then stole second and third by the time freshman Kim DePaul's single drove her home. DePaul also stole second and third to be in position for junior Becky Newbry's single to be an RBI. Sophomore Jamie Graves advanced to third on an error which scored Newbry, and then senior Eve Gaw doubled to send Graves home.
Newbry collected her other RBI of the game when her second-inning single drove Leutzinger home, and Washington's scoring spree took a two-inning break. In the fifth, however, sophomore pinch runner Angela Bennett scored on Graves' single and sophomore Erin Helgeland's double. Helgeland then stole third and crossed home plate on a Leutzinger hit.
DePaul collected the game's final run in the bottom of the sixth, singling to get on and reaching the next two bags on a wild pitch and passed ball. Helgeland knocked her home on a shot to right field.
Gaw held CS Fullerton to just four hits and struck out seven batters, pitching the full six frames to win in her first outing of the season.
The contest against FSU was a defensive battle, with only eight batters managing a hit. Collectively, the two pitchers faced just seven batters more than the minimum. The Lady Seminoles' run came in the sixth frame when Danielle Cox led off the inning with a hit and then advanced to second on a sacrifice. A passed ball sent her to third and Misty Molin brought her home.
Sophomore Jennifer Spediacci pitched the complete game, striking out three and giving up five hits, one of which rifled of the bat of Cerecedes and landed belted Spediacci in the stomach.