UW-UCLA College World Series Game Suspended
Bruins lead UW 3-0, but storm interrupts Husky rally.
May 26, 2000
OKLAHOMA CITY - The threat of a severe storm prompted NCAA officials to suspend play Friday night in the Women's College World Series in the bottom of the fifth inning of Game 5, in which UCLA was leading Washington, 3-0.
Saturday's schedule of four games has been increase to six because of the tornado warnings and heavy rain in the Oklahoma City area. The Husky-Bruin game will resume at 9 a.m. and will be the first of six games on Saturday. The Oklahoma-Southern Miss game, scheduled for Friday at 8:30 p.m., also was delayed.
UCLA led Washington 3-0 with one out in the fifth inning when play was stopped. Washington, the No. 1 seed, had Rosie Leutzinger at third base and Kim DePaul at second. Jenny Topping was at-bat with one out and the count at 3-0 of an intentional walk.
UCLA had jumped ahead 1-0 in the second inning. Lyndsey Klein reached base on a fielder's choice, and a single by Tairia Mims put Klein at third before Klein caught the Husky defense sleeping and stole home. It was a move Washington frequently pulls themselves on opponents, though rarely to home plate.
Lindsey Klein then hit a two-run homer in the third to put the Bruins up, 3-0.
Washington threatened in the second inning, when a double by Rosie Leutzinger almost scored Erin Helgeland, who had singled, from first base. But a perfect relay from the left field put the ball in the catcher's mitt just before Helgeland made it to the plate.