No. 6 Softball Splits with No. 1 UCLA
Box Score | Game 2 Box Score
May 16, 1999
LOS ANGELES - Home runs proved to be the story of the day, as the the sixth-ranked Washington softball team, behind a record-breaking performance from junior Jennifer Spediacci, split with the No. 1 UCLA Bruins on Saturday in its last regular-season doubleheader. The Huskies, now 44-18 overall and 15-13 in the Pac-10, will await the NCAA Tournament Selection Show tomorrow to learn in what regional tournament they will be competing.
UW has handed UCLA two of its six losses this season and finished third in the Pac-10 Conference, a league in which every team was ranked in the top 19 or better throughout league play.
In the second game, Spediacci provided UW's lone run of the day in the fourth frame, a solo shot that bounced on top of and then over the right center field fence. She also threw a one-hitter and broke her own season strikeout record in the sixth inning, whiffing a total of 10 batters on the day for a season total of 214. She had 212 strikeouts last season. Spediacci allowed the Bruins just two hits in the complete-game win.
The Huskies came close to sweeping the Bruins. The first game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. UW had one hit but left five on base because of walks and hit by pitches in the first three frames, and junior Jamie Graves held the Bruins to four hits until the sixth. A single and a Stacey Nuveman's 49th home run of the year made it 2-0, UCLA. The Huskies finished with two hits and seven left on.
Washington 000 000 0 0 2 0 UCLA 000 002 x 2 7 1Jamie Graves and Jeanine Giordano; Courtney Dale and Stacey Nuveman. WP-Dale (28-1). LP-Graves (24-9). LOB-UW 7, UCLA 5. HR-UCLA: Nuveman.
Washington 000 100 0 1 2 3 UCLA 000 000 0 1 1 1Jennifer Spediacci and Jeanine Giordano; Amanda Freed and Stacey Nuveman. WP-Spediacci (19-8). LP-Freed (24-4). LOB-UW 4, UCLA 3. HR-UW: Spediacci.