No. 18 UW Splits Two More in Fullerton; Defeats Utah 7-3

March 22, 2008

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FULLERTON, Calif. - Bailey Stenson led off the game with a home run and Jace Williams and Ashlyn Watson also homered to lead No. 18 Washington past Utah, 7-3, at the Judi Garman Classic on Saturday. Earlier in the day, the Huskies lost 2-1 to No. 14 DePaul. They are now 21-9-1 on the season.

Stenson's leadoff homer was her first of the season and she went on to hit 3-for-4 in the game.

Utah (16-15) scored two runs in the bottom of the second for a 2-1 lead before the Huskies scored three runs on two home runs in the top of the third.

Williams led off with a shot to left centerfield, her fifth of the season, to tie it up. With one out and Morgan Stuart on first, Watson hit a ball that was just inside the left field foul pole for her fifth home run of the year and the Huskies led 4-2.

Utah cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the third inning after scoring an unearned run on a Husky throwing error.

In the fifth inning, the Huskies loaded the bases with no outs after Alicia Blake was hit by a pitch and Watson and Caitlin Noble followed with back-to-back infield singles. After an out, Amanda Fleischman was hit by a pitch to bring home Blake to make it 5-3.

Washington added the final two runs in the seventh inning. They had two hits but also took advantage of three Utah errors to score the runs.

Aleah Macon came on in relief of Noble, and gave up just one hit over the final four and one-third innings. She finished with seven strikeouts to improve to 10-4.

The UW totaled 10 hits in the game. In addition to Stenson's three hits, Watson went 2-for-3 and Williams hit 2-for-4.

In the morning game, DePaul (19-9) struck first on an RBI-sinlge by Annie Demas in the second inning.

The Blue Demons increased their lead to 2-0 in the sixth inning. Sandy Vojik, who went 2-for-2 with a double, led off and reached base after getting hit by a pitch from Aleah Macon. Amber Patton reached on an infield single and then pinch-hitter Alex Morocco walked to load the bases. Macon then hit Marcy Wilus to bring in the second run of the game.

Noble came on in relief with no outs and the bases loaded and promptly induced back-to-back groundballs to second baseman Jace Williams, who threw home both times to force out the lead runner at home. Noble then struck out pinch-hitter Marie Thompson to end the threat and strand three Blue Demon runners.

In the seventh, the Huskies cut the lead to 2-1 but stranded the tying run at second base.

Alyson McWherter opened the inning off with a walk. On an attempted steal, McWherter dove in head first towards second base but was stopped short as she slid directly into the legs of shortstop Shea Warren. McWherter, who was visibly shaken-up on the play but remained in the game, was ruled safe on an interference call on Warren.

McWherter advanced to third on a passed ball, and then with one out came home on a single by Stenson through the right side of the infield. That was all the Huskies could manage, though, as they lost their third-straight game to a ranked opponent, all coming in the tournament.

DePaul pitcher Becca Heteniak limited the Huskies to just three hits in a complete-game effort. She walked six and struck out six to improve to 9-5.

Macon took the loss after allowing two earned runs and four hits in five innings. She walked two and struck out five.

Stenson, Blake and Marnie Koziol each had a hit, and Koziol picked up her team-leading 17th stolen base in the game.

The Huskies open Pac-10 Conference play next weekend when they host the Oregon schools. First up is a 1:00 pm game next Friday against Oregon. They then host Oregon State at 3:00 pm on Saturday, and at noon on Sunday.

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