Fifth-Ranked Bruins Fall to #1 Washington in Resumption of Suspended Game
April 3, 2010
SEATTLE, Wash. - The top-ranked Huskies scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and claimed victory in the resumption of Friday's suspended game, posting a 3-1 win over the fifth-ranked Bruins on Saturday at the Husky Softball Stadium.
The Bruins (27-5, 1-1 Pac-10) and the Huskies (29-3, 1-1) will square off in the finale of the three-game series at 1:20 p.m.
The second game of the series resumed on Saturday at 11:36 a.m. with the score tied at one and UCLA immediately had a chance in the top of the fourth inning. Freshman Charlotte Dolan led off with a walk and was pinch-run for by junior Grace Murray. One out later, junior Monica Harrison, who returned to the Bruin lineup after missing Thursday's game, came up as a pinch-hitter and doubled to the right-field wall to put a pair of runners in scoring position. However, Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie got out of the jam, striking out freshman Devon Lindvall and getting some defensive help from third baseman Morgan Stuart, who made a diving catch in foul ground on a pop-up bunt by freshman B.B. Bates to end the inning.
The Huskies scored the go-ahead runs with a two-out rally in the sixth. Niki Williams drew a walk and came around to score on a double to left by Shawna Wright to make it 2-1 Washington. After consecutive walks to Stuart and Hooch Fagaly loaded the bases, Jenna Clifton was hit by a pitch to bring home pinch-runner Jerrin Fa'asua to put the Huskies up 3-1.
The game began Friday night with each team scoring a run in the third inning. Sophomore Samantha Camuso hit the first pitch of the top of the third over the left-field wall, her seventh home run of the year, to make it 1-0. But the Huskies tied it in the bottom of the frame. Amanda Fleischman walked to start the inning, moved to third after a stolen base and a throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Jenn Salling.
Junior Donna Kerr allowed three runs (two earned), two hits and six walks with four strikeouts to fall to 13-2 on the season. Kerr was sharp upon the resumption of the suspended game, retiring the first eight batters she faced before the Huskies rallied for two runs with two outs in the sixth.