No. 3 UW Tops Southwest Texas State, SW Louisiana
March 20, 1998
FULLERTON, Calif.--The third-ranked Husky softball team pulled out a close, come-from-behind victory over Southwest Texas State to finish pool play undefeated at the KiaKlassic in Fullerton, Calif., on Friday. UW, now 16-3, downed No. 24 Southwestern Louisiana late last night, 3-1, and will face Canisius at 9 a.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Against Southwest Texas State (8-21), the Bobcats broke open a scoreless game in the fifth inning when Stephanie Hughes scored off a double by Joslyn McWhorter. Haley Gaddis then singled McWhorter home.
Washington came back with four hits in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Kelly Hauxhurst led the Huskies off with a single, followed by a hit by freshman Kim DePaul. A sacrifice by sophomore Jamie Graves put Hauxhurst and DePaul in position to score when junior Becky Newbry blasted a long double to the right center fence. Junior Jami Nyblod advanced to first on a fielders choice which put out Newbry, and then Nyblod circled the bags off a triple to the right field fence by sophomore Jennifer Spediacci.
Senior Eve Gaw pitched five and a third innings for UW, striking out six batters, before Graves (6-1) relieved her to pick up the win. Chrystal Smith (6-9) had the loss for Southwest Texas.
The Huskies softball team overcame a nemesis on Thursday night, downing Southwestern Louisiana for the first time ever. The 24th-ranked Lady Cajuns started the scoring in the second inning. Jana Mower singled and Megan Fields blasted a long double to the right center wall to score Mower from first. But USL could not capitalize on its five additional hits the rest of the game.
All three of Washingtons runs came in the fourth inning. Freshman Kelly Hauxhurst led off with a walk, and classmate Kim DePaul sacrificed her to second. Junior Becky Newbry doubled to left center to bring Hauxhurst home, and sophomore Jennifer Spediaccis two-bagger knocked Newbry in. Spediacci then scored off junior Jami Nyblods single for the third run.
Spediacci (7-1) picked up the win, striking out four before sophomore Jamie Graves relieved her in the sixth for her second save of the year.
SW Louisiana 010 000 0 0 7 0 Washington 000 300 x 3 5 2Sunny Martinka and Kelli Bruce; Jennifer Spediacci, Jamie Graves (6) and Jeanine Giordano. WP-Spediacci (7-1). LP-Martinka. Sv-Graves (2). 2B-Fields; Newbry, Spediacci.
Southwest Texas 000 020 0 2 6 1 Washington 000 003 0 3 7 1Chrystal Smith and Lindsay Carroll; Eve Gaw, Jamie Graves (5) and Jeanine Giordano. WP-Graves (6-1). LP-Smith (6-9). 2B-McWhorter; Newbry. 3B-x; Spediacci.