Fourth-Ranked Washington Shuts Out No. 20 Florida in Twinbill
February 20, 1999
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Husky softball team, ranked fourth and 8-1 on the season, completed its second straight sweep of a top-20 squad today at the Louisville Slugger Classic. Washington held host Florida, ranked No. 20, to just two hits on the day, winning 3-0 in the first game and run-ruling the Gators 8-0 in five innings in the second. UW will meet Virginia Tech in one game on Sunday at 10 a.m. The first game against Florida, now 7-3, will be aired on the Sunshine Network on Mar. 23 at 11 p.m.
Junior All-American pitchers Jamie Graves and Jennifer Spediacci each allowed just one hit and struck out four in lowering their season ERAs to 0.56 and 0.52, respectively. Sophomore Kelly Hauxhurst and senior Becky Newbry led the Dawgs from the plate. Hauxhurst went 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBI off a triple, while Newbry was 4-6, hitting for the cycle for the day, scoring two runs and knocking in four RBI.
In the first outing, junior Melissa Downs singled in the second, and pinch runner Jessica Bork rounded the bases on an error which put junior Erin Helgeland on third. UW's two other runs came in the fourth frame on four singles. Sophomore Kim DePaul singled and Helgeland's hit brought her home after Downs' sacrifice hit put DePaul on second. Helgeland stole second and advanced to third on a single by junior Rosie Leutzinger before Hauxhurst's bunt brought Helgeland home.
Spediacci faced just three batters more than the minimum in her first complete game of the season.
In the nightcap, UW scored in the first, second and fourth innings to put the game away early. Hauxhurst walked and came home on Newbry's triple down the right field line. Newbry then scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Jenny Topping.
Four more runs came in the second frame. Helgeland singled and stole second before sophomore Christie Rosenblad walked. Both advanced when Leutzinger earned a walk to load the bases. Hauxhurst then tripled over the center fielder's head to collect three RBI before a double by Newbry helped her cross the plate.
Hauxhurst and Newbry teamed up again in the fourth for the Huskies' final two runs. Hauxhurst singled and Newbry's homer over the left field fence finished the scoring.
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