Huskies' Nine-Game Winning Streak Halted
February 28, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Husky softball team's nine-game winning streak ended in the semifinals of the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Sunday with a 6-2 loss to No. 11 DePaul. Fourth-ranked Washington falls to 13-2 on the season, while DePaul moves on to the Gold Medal championship game.
Washington's normally solid defense committed seven errors in the game against just four hits by DePaul. The Blue Demons jumped out to a3-0 lead in the first inning off two Husky errors. DePaul got another run in the third inning off a hit and an error. Two more runs scored in the fourth frame off no hits and two errors. The Huskies finally settled down defensively in the fifth and sixth innings, allowing just one hit and committing no errors. None of DePaul's six runs were earned.
UW managed just two hits in the opening five innings before getting on the scoreboard in the sixth. Sophomore Kim DePaul led off with a single and scored on senior Becky Newbry's subsequent double to center field. In the seventh with two outs, the Huskies scored another run and loaded the bases before the Blue Demons could make the final out. Junior Rosie Leutzinger reached first on a fielder's choice and stole second. Sophomore Kelly Hauxhurst singled to left center to move Leutzinger to third before DePaul's pitcher hit both DePaul and Newbry to score Leutzinger and load the bases.
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