Softball Wins UNLV Classic
Feb. 22, 1998
LAS VEGAS, Nev.--The No. 3 Husky softball team came out on fire again on the final day of the UNLV Classic on Sunday to take home the tournament title, winning all five of its games. UW used two home runs and eight other hits to pound No. 8 Colorado State, 6-1. Washington improves to 8-2 on the season.
UW scored in the first inning in four of their five games in Las Vegas, including three runs in the opening frame against the Rams. Sophomore Rosie Leutzinger led off with a walk and then stole second, and freshman Kim DePaul followed her with a blast to the left field fence to bring them both home. Three batters later and with two outs, freshman Christie Rosenblad found the seam between center and right fields and belted the ball through it for a round-tripper of her own.
Colorado State appeared to be following suit when its leadoff hitter doubled, but UW pitcher Jennifer Spediacci held the Rams at bay and scoreless until the third frame. Jennifer Buford reached first on an error, was pushed to second on a walk and returned home on a double by Sarah Fredstrom.
The Huskies registered another run in the fourth. Spediacci was hit by a pitch, and then junior Jeanine Giordano doubled her home. The bats kept firing in the next inning. Sophomore Jamie Graves tripled and then scored off an Eve Gaw single to right, and Rosenblad collected another RBI with a shot to center.
Spediacci (3-1) pitched the complete game, striking out 10 batters and giving up only three hits with no earned runs.
Washington returns to the fields next weekend at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., site of the 1996 Olympic Games softball competition.
Washington 300 120 0 -- 6 10 1 Colorado State 001 000 0 -- 1 3 1 Jennifer Spediacci and Jeanine Giordano; Erin Bennett, Kyla Kiester (6) and Kelley Spence. WP-Spediacci (3-1). LP-Bennett (0-2). 2B-UW:DePaul, Giordano; CSU: Buford, Fredstrom. 3B-UW: Graves. HR-UW: DePaul, Rosenblad.