Stenson, Williams Lead UW Past Texas Tech, 6-1
Feb. 22, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE - Bailey Stenson and Jace Williams each went 3-for-4 and the No. 22/23 (NFCA/USA Softball) Washington Huskies pounded out 10 hits on their way to a 6-1 win over Texas Tech at the Lobo Invitational on Friday. The Huskies evening game against Missouri was halted in the bottom of the second inning due to rain. The game will most likely be continued on Sunday morning.
Washington's one through four hitters went a combined 9-for-14 and scored all six of the Huskies runs as Washington improved to 5-4-1 on the season. Texas Tech dropped to 0-9.
The win over Tech was the second of the year for the Huskies. Washington defeated the Red Raiders, 8-1, back on Feb. 8, at the Sportco Spring Kick-off Classic in Las Vegas.
Stenson, the leadoff hitter, and Williams, the No. 3 batter, both went 3-for-4, with Stenson scoring a run and Williams scoring two runs and adding a stolen base. No. 2 hitter Marnie Koziol was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while cleanup hitter Lauren Greer was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
After both teams scored single runs in the first inning, the Huskies exploded for three runs in the fifth inning and tacked on two more in the seventh.
Stenson and Koziol had back-to-back singles to lead of the fifth inning and Williams followed with a single to centerfield to plate Stenson with Koziol moving up to third base. With Greer at the plate, Williams stole second base and the throw down from Red Raiders catcher Robyn Wike went into centerfield, allowing Koziol to score easily from third.
Later in the inning, Morgan Stuart laid down a squeeze bunt that allowed Williams to score and put the Huskies up 4-1.
Caitlin Noble (4-2) pitched all seven innings for the Huskies, giving up three hits, one unearned run and two walks while striking out five.
Washington was leading 2-0 against Missouri in the bottom of the second inning and had runners on second and third with just one out before rained forced the teams to their dugouts. After a 45 minute delay the game was postponed until Sunday. Both of the Huskies runs came on a two-run home run by Lauren Greer in the first inning.
The Huskies play two more games tomorrow, starting with a 9 a.m. PT game against Wichita State. They later take on tournament host New Mexico at 2 p.m. PT.
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