No. 5 Huskies Split Wild Doubleheader with No. 18 Oregon
May 2, 1999
SEATTLE - After a 50-minute rain delay, the fifth-ranked UW softball team run-ruled No. 18 Oregon, 11-0, in four-and-a-half innings before falling to the Ducks, 4-3, in an 11-inning epic in the nightcap. UW is now 41-14 overall and 12-9 in the Pac-10, while Oregon is 38-22 and 9-13.
The Huskies jumped out of the gate fast, sending 10 batters to the plate in the opening frame to collect four runs off four hits. Junior Rosie Leutzinger and sophomore Kelly Hauxhurst both singled to start the inning, followed by a walk for sophomore Kim DePaul. Senior Becky Newbry and junior Jennifer Spediacci singled to knock in Leutzinger and Hauxhurst, respectively, and a walk for sophomore Christie Rosenblad brought DePaul home. Newbry then scored on a sacrifice hit by junior Melissa Downs.
Three more runs came in the second inning. Hauxhurst singled and moved to second on a DePaul sacrifice, followed by a Newbry single and a Spediacci walk. Downs singled to drive in Hauxhurst and Newbry, and a single by junior Erin Helgeland helped Spediacci cross the plate.
UW scored twice in both the third and fourth innings. Leutzinger reached first on an error and stole second before DePaul singled. Both advanced a base on a wild pitch, and a Newbry single sent both home. In the fourth frame, junior Jeanine Giordano singled, and pinch runner Becky Simpson moved to second after Leutzinger walked. Hauxhurst then doubled both home for the final runs of the game.
Junior Jamie Graves pitched the complete-game shutout, striking out three and allowing three hits. Offensively, the Huskies got 12 hits, including 3-for-3 by Newbry with two runs and three RBI. Hauxhurst also had three hits in four at-bats for two runs and two RBI. Eight different Huskies collected hits in the game.
The second game had less offensive output but more drama. Despite eight hits by the Huskies and four by the Ducks in the first nine innings, neither team could cross home plate. Per Pac-10 rules, the tie-breaker goes into effect in the top of the 10th, with each half-inning beginning with the batter who ended the previous inning placed on second base.
The Ducks scored first in the 10th on a sacrifice and two fielder's choices. Washington answered when pinch runner Jenn Sumsky moved to third on a single by Helgeland and then scored after Helgeland stole second.
Oregon then got a three-run homer by Katie Mackey in the 11th inning to lead, 4-1. UW then scored twice with one out but was unable to equal the count. DePaul, starting out on second, moved to third on a Newbry single, who then stole second. Spediacci sacrificed DePaul home, and a single by Rosenblad helped Newbry cross the plate.
Spediacci went the distance, striking out 10 and allowing five hits. UW finished with 12 hits, including a 3-for-5 performance by Leutzinger.
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