No. 5 Softball Sweeps Portland State
April 27, 1999
SEATTLE- Junior Jennifer Spediacci established the UW career record in strikeouts today against Portland State, as No. 5 Washington won both games against the Vikings to improve to 38-13. Spediacci needed seven Ks to surpass Stephanie Burns' mark of 499. She struck out eight.
In the first game, the Huskies scored 10 runs off eight hits to run-rule Portland State. The first run came in the second frame, when senior Becky Newbry singled, stole second, moved to third during junior Melissa Downs' at-bat, and scored on sophomore Christie Rosenblad's single.
Four runs came in the next inning off three hits. Junior Rosie Leutzinger reached first on an error and stole second. Sophomore Kelly Hauxhurst then was out but collected an RBI when Leutzinger made it home. Sophomore Kim DePaul walked and moved to second on Newbry's single, and both stole a base before Spediacci's double sent them home. A wild pitch and a Downs single enabled Spediacci to make it 4-0.
The Husky offensive attack continued in the fourth inning, as 10 UW batters went to the plate to produce four runs. Junior Jeanine Giordano walked and went to second off a single by junior Erin Helgeland. Hauxhurst's fielder's choice moved both up to load the bases, and all three scored off a Newbry double. Spediacci then walked, and she and Newbry scored when Downs doubled.
Graves earned her 21st win of the season, striking out six in four innings before freshman Shannon Wilcox relieved her in the fifth.
Washington scored eight runs in six innings in the nightcap while Spediacci's strikeout to end the fourth inning gave her 500 and the school mark. Leutzinger led off the first inning by reaching second on a single and an error and moving to third on a fly to right field by Hauxhurst. A DePaul single helped her cross the plate.
In the next inning, Rosenblad's fielder's choice put her on first, and she tagged up to second on a fly to right field by freshman Shannon Walsh. Helgeland then hit her home with a single to center field. Spediacci doubled in the fourth frame, moved to third during Downs' at-bat, and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Rosenblad.
The big inning came in the fifth, when four runs crossed the plate. Leutzinger was hit by a pitch and went to second on a Hauxhurst fielder's choice. DePaul then put her sixth ball out of the park to collect three RBI. Newbry singled and was helped to second by Spediacci, and then Downs sent her home with a single to center field.
The game-ending run came in the bottom of the sixth. Helgeland walked and moved to second on Leutzinger's single. Hauxhurst moved her to third, and an error which put DePaul on first also allowed Helgeland to score the eighth run.
Spediacci finished with eight strikeouts in five innings before freshman Bridget Wilcox relieved her in the sixth.
Portland State 000 00 0 1 1 Washington 014 5x 10 8 1
Shevaun Seibert and Katie Leneker; Jamie Graves, Shannon Walsh (5) and Jeanine Giordano. WP-Graves (21-7). LP-Seibert (5-20). LOB-PSU: 2, UW 3. 2B-UW: Newbry, Spediacci, Downs.
Portland State 000 000 0 1 3 Washington 110 141 8 10 0Kelly Riskey and Katie Leneker; Jennifer Spediacci, Bridget Wilcox (6) and Jeanine Giordano. WP-Spediacci (16-6). LP-Riskey (4-14). LOB-PSU: 1, UW 5. 2B-UW: Spediacci, Downs. HR-UW: DePaul.