Macon Strikes Out Nine to Lead UW Past Cal, 2-1
April 4, 2008
SEATTLE - Freshman pitcher Aleah Macon scattered four hits and struck out nine to lead No. 25 Washington past No. 23 California, 2-1, in a Pac-10 Conference game on Friday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium.
The Huskies (23-11-1, 2-2 Pac-10) scored both of their runs with two outs in the third inning and Macon did the rest by allowing just one hit through the final four innings.
After two groundouts to start the bottom of the third, Marnie Koziol reached on an infield single and stole second with Jace Williams at the plate. Williams then doubled to right centerfield to score Koziol and tie the score at 1-1.
The Huskies took the lead when Cal shortstop Vernae Sevilla threw wildly to first base on a ground ball by Morgan Stuart, which allowed Williams to come around and score.
After California catcher Julie Meyer singled to lead off the fourth inning, Macon sat down the last 12 Golden Bear hitters she faced, including four by strikeouts. She allowed one earned run and four walks in seven innings of work, and improved to 12-5 on the season.
Washington finished with six hits off of California pitcher Marissa Drewrey. Williams and Stuart both went 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Koziol, Alicia Blake, Alyson McWherter and Dani Stuart each had a hit.
Drewrey (20-8) walked three and struck out four while giving up one earned run in six innings.
The Huskies continue Pac-10 play when they host No. 7 Stanford tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. The two teams will also meet up on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Notes: California holds a 31-26 lead in the series, but the UW has won three of the past four ... Koziol's stolen base in the third inning was her team-leading 20th of the year ... McWherter also had a stolen base in the fourth inning ... Macon has accumulated at least nine strikeouts nine times this season ... The complete game by Macon was her 12th this season ... William's double in the third inning extended her hitting streak to five games.