No. 22 Huskies Rally For 6-5 Win Over No. 21 Cal
April 26, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - A change in the batting order is just what Jace Williams needed. With only two hits in her previous 15 at-bats, Williams went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs on Saturday afternoon to lead No. 22 Washington past No. 21 California, 6-5, in a Pac-10 Conference game at Levine-Fricke Field.
Williams had not hit lower than third in the order in the 37 games she had started, but hit sixth against Cal after entering the game with only two hits over the past five games.
'Talking to coach (Heather) Tarr yesterday, I realized that it's not a slump, but rather it's good pitching,' said Williams. 'My swing is the same but the pitching is really good in the Pac-10. I need to take every at-bat as trying to improve and make an adjustment, which I hadn't been doing.'
After the Golden Bears went up 2-0 in the third inning on a two-run home run by Taylor Kelly, the Huskies responded by scoring three runs in the top of the fourth.
With one out, Ashlyn Watson and Morgan Stuart both reached after getting hit by pitches from Cal starter Marissa Drewrey. Two batters later and with two outs, Williams singled back up the middle to plate Watson.
Pinch-hitter Ashley Tuiasosopo drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases before Amanda Fleischman hit a 3-2 pitch over the third base bag that brought home Stuart and Williams to put the Huskies up 3-2.
A UW error in the bottom half of the inning led to three unearned runs and Cal went back in front, 5-3. All three runs came with two outs.
Again the Huskies answered right back with three more runs to take a 6-5 lead.
The Huskies tied it up at 5-5 on an RBI-single by Williams, and took the lead when Dru Hester hit a hard shot that Cal third baseman Katie Vickers couldn't handle, which allowed Watson to score from third.
Aleah Macon came on in relief of Caitlin Noble and pitched the final four and two-thirds innings to pick up the win and improve to 15-10. Macon scattered two hits while striking out eight and walking five.
In addition to Williams' two hits, Amanda Fleischan was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Watson was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and two walks. Hester, making just her sixth start, had a single in the seventh inning for her first hit of the season.
Washington and Cal finish up their two-game series with a 12:00 p.m. game tomorrow. GameTracker will be available through GoHuskies.com.
Notes: The Huskies clinched the season series with the win and have won four of the past five against the Golden Bears. Washington defeated Cal, 2-1, earlier this season in Seattle ... Cal has a 31-27 lead in the all-time series ... Washington is now 7-11 against teams ranked in the Top 25 ... Williams also snapped a five-game drought of not driving in a run.