Huskies Split Pair of Games in Fullerton

March 22, 2008

FULLERTON, Calif. - No. 18 Washington split a pair of games at the Judi Garman Classic on Friday, defeating Florida State, 4-3, in nine-innings, and losing 6-3 to No. 23 Long Beach State.

The Huskies (20-8-1) opened the day against Florida State (24-12) by rallying in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 1-1, and then scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning before holding on for the win.

Leading off the seventh inning, Alicia Blake singled through the right side to get things started for the Huskies. Jessica Ventoza came on to pinch-run for Blake and stole second base before Ashlyn Watson lined a single to centerfield. FSU centerfielder Carly Wynn misplayed the ball, which allowed Ventoza to come all the way from second to score.

Aleah Macon struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning to send the game into extra innings. Under international tie-breaker rules, a runner is automatically placed at second base in extra innings.

After neither team scored in the eighth inning, Blake led off the ninth with a two-run home run to left field to put the Huskies up 3-1.

Ashlyn Watson then reached base on a single and advanced to second on a groundout by Dani Stuart. Watson moved up a base on an infield single by Amanda Fleischman and then scored on an RBI-single by Bailey Stenson to make the score 4-1.

The Seminoles Robin Ahrberg led off the bottom-half of the inning with a two-run home run to cut the lead to 4-3. FSU eventually had runners on first and second with two outs before pinch-hitter XXXX lined out to Macon to end the game.

Macon (9-3) went the distance for the UW, striking out 12, while allowing five hits, one earned run and four walks.

Blake and Watson each hit 2-for-4 as Washington had seven hits off of FSU pitcher Tiffany McDonald, who dropped to 9-3 after pitching all nine innings.

In the night game against Long Beach State, the 49ers (23-8) scored six runs in the fifth inning on four hits to break open the game.

LBSU pitcher Bridgette Pagano (9-5) held the UW scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when they scored three runs. Jace Williams had an RBI-single in the inning and Morgan Stuart added a two-RBI double for the Huskies.

Washington outhit the 49ers, 8-6, but Pagano finished with a career-high eight strikeouts.

Caitlin Noble took the loss to drop to 11-5. She struck out nine and gave up six earned runs and five walks in a complete-game effort.

Williams finished the game 3-for-3, while Stenson and Marnie Koziol each hit 2-for-4. The Huskies one through four hitters had all eight hits in the game.

The UW continues play in the Judi Garman Classic with a pair of games tomorrow. They face No. 14 DePaul at 11:15 a.m., and then finish the tournament by playing Utah at 3:45 p.m.

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