Huskies improve to 14-3
March 19, 1998
FULLERTON, Calif.--The third-ranked Husky softball team won its opening game of the Kia Klassic in a convincing manner on Thursday in Fullerton, Calif., shellacking San Diego State, 8-0, in five innings. UW improves to 14-3 and will meet No. 24 Southwestern Louisiana this evening at 7:30 p.m.
Washington jumped out of the gate early, with the first five Huskies in the lineup crossing the plate for a 5-0 lead after the first inning. Sophomore Rosie Leutzinger, freshmen Kelly Hauxhurst and Kim DePaul, and senior Eve Gaw all singled to start the game. DePauls shot brought Leutzinger and Hauxhurst home, and then she crossed the plate off Gaws hit. Junior Becky Newbry reached first on a fielders choice, and an error put senior Leah Francis on first after she knocked Newbry in.
UW got another run in the second when Newbry hit DePaul home, and two more in the third made gave UW the eight-run lead required to call the game after five innings. Francis singled and advanced to second on an error before Leutzingers double helped Francis cross home plate.
Sophomore Jamie Graves picked up the win, allowing only three hits, to improve to 5-1.
Game One Washington 512 00 8 8 1 San Diego State 000 00 0 3 6
Jamie Graves and Jeanine Giordano, Melissa Downs (4); Sandra Durazo, Tara Atkins (3) and Anne Marie Risquez.