Third-Seed UW Advances to CWS Title Game
May 30, 1999
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Washington softball team, ranked sixth in the nation and seeded third in the College World Series, earned a trip to the championship game with a 3-0 win over California on Sunday in the semifinals. The Huskies will face UCLA on Monday at noon. The game will be aired live on both espn2 and KSRB 1150-AM.
UW is in the title game for the second time in its four trips to the Series, losing to Arizona, 6-4, in 1996. The Huskies improve to 27-9 in postseason play and 11-5 in the CWS and will face its fourth Pacific-10 Conference opponent in as many games in this trip to Oklahoma City.
Washington, 51-17, posted its sixth shutout in the past eight games with today's win and is the only team at the CWS to score at least three runs in each game here. The shut out, shared by juniors Jennifer Spediacci and Jamie Graves, was UW's school-record 32nd of the season. Spediacci earned the win to improve to 24-8 on the year and remain undefeated in postseason play in eight outings, while Graves' three innings of relief gave her the save.
The Huskies got on the board early, when leadoff junior Rosie Leutzinger singled to center field, stole second, moved to third on a ground out by sophomore Kelly Hauxhurst, and scored off a single by sophomore Kim DePaul.
Another run came in the fourth inning off a pair of singles and a double. Juniors Jennifer Spediacci and Melissa Downs hit back-to-back singles, and pinch runner Becky Simpson scored off a double by sophomore Christie Rosenblad.
Leutzinger scored again in the fifth when she reached first on a fielder's choice, stole second and came home on DePaul's second RBI single of the day.
"I couldn't be more pleased with my team," UW coach Teresa Wilson said. "It's nice to be back in the title game. It's been too many years. Our team is healthy and playing decent softball. We're doing what we need to do when we need to do it. We're playing consistently; we're getting pretty good pitching and defense and fielding and hitting."
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