Williams Powers Huskies to Sweep of Utah State

March 16, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. - Freshman Jace Williams went 5-for-6 with two doubles and two home runs to power No. 20 Washington to a sweep of Utah State, 9-3 and 5-4, on Sunday at the Cascade Clash. Washington has now won nine in a row and 16 of their past 18 to improve to 19-6-1 on the season.

Williams, who is leading the Huskies with a .456 average and 24 RBI on the season, went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBI to lead Washington a 9-3 win in the first game. She followed that up by going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and one RBI in the Huskies 5-4 win in game two.

Washington had 13 hits in the opening game, as Williams had a two-RBI single in the third inning and a two-run home run to right field in the sixth inning. Alicia Blake had a solo home run for the UW in the second inning and Alyson McWherter hit 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base.

Bailey Stenson, Marnie Koziol and Amanda Fleischman also had two hits apiece for the Huskies, with Stenson and Fleischman each hitting a double. Fleischman also stole two bases and scored three runs, and Stenson drove in two runs.

Aleah Macon went the distance for the Huskies, giving up five hits, three earned runs and six walks, while striking out four to improve to 8-3.

In game two, Caitlin Noble took a no-hitter into the sixth before the Aggies Nicole Rupp led off with an infield single. Utah State cut the lead to 5-4 on back-to-back two-RBI singles by Kelley Kaneshiro and Megan McDonald, before Noble struck out Michelle Workman to end the game with the tying run on second base.

Noble (11-3) finished the game allowing three hits, four unearned runs and three walks. She struck out nine in her 13th complete-game of the season, and sat down 12 Aggie batters in a row at one point.

The second game was stopped after the sixth inning in order to allow Utah State to catch their flight out of Portland International Airport.

Washington took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI-single by Morgan Stuart and a two-run home run by Ashlyn Watson, her fourth of the season.

Williams led off the bottom of the third inning with a solo shot to right field, her fourth of the year, to extend the lead to 4-0, and then Stuart led off the fifth inning with a solo home run, her fourth of the season, to put the UW up 5-0.

The Huskies had 11 hits in the second game, as Williams, Stuart and Watson each went 2-for-3, and Blake was 3-for-3 with a double.

Washington next heads to Fullerton, Calif. for the Judi Garman Classic. The Huskies will play five games over three days, starting with an 8:00 p.m. game on Thursday against No. 25 San Diego State.

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