Softball Pounds Tennessee, 12-1
May 21, 1999
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Huskies used a record-breaking performance to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Region 3 tournament, pounding out 17 hits for 12 runs against Tennessee on Friday to win, 12-1. It was UW's second straight run-rule and the 11th of the season. Washington will meet Cal State Fullerton at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the semifinals in a matchup between the two unbeaten teams in the tournament. The game will be broadcast live on KSRB-AM 1150.
Junior Rosie Leutzinger crossed the plate four times, tying the NCAA record for runs in a postseason game, and the Huskies tied the NCAA record for hits in a postseason game. The Dawgs hit .531 on the game and also broke four school postseason team records--runs, hits and RBI (11)--and their 17 hits is a season high. Leutzinger's runs and senior Becky Newbry's four hits both tie the respective postseason marks. Three Huskies were perfect from the plate: Newbry (4-for-4), Hauxhurst (3-for-3), Leutzinger (3-for-3). Meanwhile, junior Jennifer Spediacci allowed just two hits and struck out seven
Washington got one run off three hits in the first inning. Leutzinger opened with a double and came home off Hauxhurst's single. But it was the second inning in which the Husky bats exploded. UW sent 10 runners to the plate in the second inning, collecting five hits and scoring four runs. Sophomore Shannon Walsh and Leutzinger singled, and a Hauxhurst triple brought both home before sophomore Kim DePaul singled Hauxhurst in.
Tennessee got on the scoreboard in the third frame off a walk, a double and a sacrifice fly, ending UW's 28 consecutive shutout innings in NCAA regional play.
UW came up with two more runs in the bottom of the third to make it 7-1. Leutzinger singled and advanced on a passed ball during Hauxhurst's walk. Both stole a base and came home on Newbry's single.
Five runs in the fifth inning ended the record-setting game early. Leutzinger walked and moved to second on a single by Hauxhurst, and a single by DePaul loaded the bases. Newbry collected two RBI off a single, and then DePaul scored on a single by Spediacci on which she advanced to third on a fielder's choice and an error. Sophomore Christie Rosenblad knocked Spediacci in for the final run.
In other action today, Cal State Fullerton defeated Texas A&M, 2-1 and Hawai'i downed Colgate in the opener, 7-2. Hawai'i and Texas A&M will square off on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., with the winner facing the loser of the Washington-Cal State Fullerton game at 3 p.m.
Washington 142 05 - 12 17 0 Tennessee 001 00 - 1 2 1