Softball Bounces Back with Sweep of No. 14 Oregon
April 18, 1999
EUGENE, Ore. - Junior Jennifer Spediacci picked up both wins in the fourth-ranked Husky softball team's first sweep in Pac-10 action this year. Washington downed 14th-ranked Oregon, 8-5 and 5-2, to improve to 31-11 overall and 7-6 in the conference. Spediacci struck out 20 batters in 12 innings.
The Huskies won the wild opener, which Fox Sports Northwest will air on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. After Oregon scored one run in the first inning and four more in the second off a pair of two-run homers, Washington batted around plus one to equal the score off five hits and two errors. The Ducks would not score again, while UW sent three more home.
Junior Jennifer Spediacci relieved classmate Jamie Graves in the bottom of the third, allowing just one hit and striking out 11 for the win. UW's 12 hits ties its second-most productive outing of the season.
Sophomore Christie Rosenblad started the scoring in the third when she singled and was sacrificed to second by junior Jeanine Giordano. Junior Rosie Leutzinger reached first on an error and stole second before sophomore Kelly Hauxhurst's single put her on third and sent Rosenblad home. Sophomore Kim DePaul doubled Leutzinger home and Hauxhurst to third, and Newbry knocked both in on a single. An error put Newbry on second, and she stole third during Spediacci's at bat, who singled Newbry home for the fifth run of the inning.
UW got two more in the fourth frame. Leutzinger led off with a successful bunt and moved to second when Hauxhurst reached first on an error. The pair simultaneously stole a base before DePaul walked. Newbry then hit a shot to the center field wall for a two-RBI double.
A solo homer in the fifth by junior Melissa Downs, her second of the season, completed the scoring.
The nightcap was a back-and-forth affair. The Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a solo home run by DePaul, but the Ducks followed suit in the fourth. Leutzinger led off the fifth with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Hauxhurst and came home on a Spediacci single. But Oregon equaled the score again in the bottom of the fifth on a double and a single.
Washington pulled ahead again in the sixth when Rosenblad singled, moved to second on Giordano's hit-and-run, and came home on Leutzinger's single to center field. Two more runs in the seventh gave the Dawgs a cushion. Hauxhurst reached first on an error and DePaul walked before Newbry moved both on a single. Spediacci then knocked Hauxhurst and DePaul home, giving her four RBI for the day on 4-for-8 hitting. Rosenblad was 5-for-7 on the day.
Washington 005 210 0 8 12 0 Oregon 140 000 0 5 8 3Jamie Graves, Jennifer Spediacci (3) and Jeanine Giordano
Connie McMurren and Missy Coe.
LOB-UW 7, UO 4.
Washington 100 011 2 5 9 0 Oregon 000 110 0 2 5 1Jennifer Spediacci and Jeanine Giordano
Danielle Haag, Bethany Smith (7), Haag (7) and Kelly Planche.
LOB-UW 8, UO 4.