Softball Sweeps UCLA
Apr. 11, 1998
SEATTLE -- Washington completed its third sweep against a Pac-10 opponent this season against UCLA on Saturday, but each game offered a sharp contrast to the other for the 1,182 spectators.
The No. 4 Huskies clobbered the Bruins in the opener, 9-1, in five innings for UWs seventh run-rule win of the season, but needed a single by senior Leah Francis in the bottom of the seventh to break a tied ball game and win 2-1. Washington improves to 30-7 overall and 7-3 in the conference, while UCLA falls to 11-13 and 1-7.
Sophomore Jamie Graves and senior Eve Gaw combined to throw a one-hitter in the first game, but that hit came in the form of a homer by freshman Kim Wuest in the first inning to put the Bruins up 1-0. That would be their only run of the game, however.
The Huskies were on fire at the plate, collecting 11 hits overall and five in the first frame. Sophomore Rosie Leutzinger and freshmen Christie Rosenblad and Kim DePaul each singled to begin the inning, and DePauls hit drove in Leutzinger. Spediacci sent Rosenblad home and landed on first on a fielders choice. After stealing second, Spediacci crossed home plate on a single by Graves, and then Graves scored via a Leah Francis single.
In the second inning, Leutzinger and Rosenblad again singled and both scored on an error to put UW up 7-0. The scoring blitz subsided until the fourth frame, in which the Huskies added two more runs. Gaw walked, and pinch runner Amber Engen and Spediacci scored off a double by sophomore Erin Helgeland to end the game at 9-1.
The first run in the nightcap was a replay of the first game, as Wuest belted her second home run of the day over the left center fence. The Huskies answered in the bottom of the fourth with a run by Francis off a Leutzinger RBI to tie it but could not capitalize on several opportunities, as UW left 13 runners on base throughout the game.
But a rally ensued in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, Spediacci walked and advanced to second on a shot by Helgeland. Then Francis collected the game-winning RBI on a single to center field to end the game.
Game One UCLA 100 00x x -- 1 1 2 Washington 520 20x x -- 9 11 1 2B-UW, Rosenblad, Helgeland. HR-UCLA, Wuest.