Softball Sweeps Two
April 1, 1998
SEATTLE--The Washington Husky softball team completed its first home stand with another sweep, this time blanking Portland State 6-0 in both games of a twinbill before 224 fans at Husky Softball Stadium. UW improves to 23-6 on the season and will return to the road and Pac-10 action this weekend, playing at No. 7 Arizona State on Friday and at top-ranked Arizona on Saturday.
The Huskies collected 12 runs off 21 hits on the afternoon, and three of each came in the opening inning. Sophomore Rosie Leutzinger singled and stole second before freshman Kim DePaul took first on a walk. Junior Becky Newbry sacrificed them to second and third before senior Eve Gaws long double to the left center fence made it 2-0. Pinch runner Amber Engen then stole third and came home off a single by junior Jami Nyblod.
Washington scored one run each in the third, fourth and fifth frames. After Gaw walked, pinch runner Angela Bennett scored on a long blast by sophomore Jennifer Spediacci that landed her on third. In the next frame, a DePaul double sent freshman Kelly Hauxhurst home after Hauxhurst singled. Spediacci singled and stole second to lead off the fifth before an error sent her home to make it 6-0.
Sophomore Jamie Graves (9-2) relieved Spediacci in the fourth to pick up the win. They combined for seven strikeouts and allowed only three Viking hits.
Hauxhurst cashed in on her 1.000 on base percentage in the second game to provide four of the Huskies six runs and drive in another. Leutzinger doubled and Hauxhurst singled to lead off, and both crossed the plate off another double by Gaw. Hauxhursts second run came in the third, courtesy of two PSU errors, a single by DePaul and a stolen base.
DePaul hit her home in both the fifth and sixth frames after Hauxhurst got a hit and advanced to second on wild pitched in both innings. DePauls triple in the sixth was UWs sixth extra-base hit of the day. Freshman Denia Pisia also scored on Hauxhursts single after a hit and a wild pitch put Pisia on second.
Gaw (5-1) went the distance for her fifth complete game of the year, whiffing eight batters and giving up only two hits.
Game One Portland State 000 000 0 -- 0 3 2 Washington 301 110 x -- 6 11 0 Beth Stidham and Katie Leneker; Jennifer Spediacci, Jamie Graves (4) and Jeanine Giordano. WP-Graves (9-2). LP-Stidham (7-6). 2B-UW, DePaul, Gaw. 3B-UW, Spediacci.