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Huskies Come Back, Win Game One

May 2, 2014

SEATTLE Facing two separate three-run deficits, Washington scored eight of the game’s final nine runs to earn an 11-7 victory over Arizona softball to take game one of the series 11-7 on a walkoff Hooch Fagaly grand slam.

Seven of Washington’s 11 runs were scored by players who did not earn their way aboard. Six of 10 UA pitcher walks scored while an error led to run in the fifth. Additionally, Washington (29-12, 9-8 Pac-12) scored a run after an illegal pitch extended the first inning.

Arizona (39-10, 12-7 Pac-12) took a three-run lead in the first and, after Washington chipped away to tie the game, scored three runs in the fourth to take another three-run lead. Washington would score eight runs on just three hits the rest of the way to win the game.

Hallie Wilson went 3-for-4 at the plate including a game-tying solo homer in the top of the sixth inning. Kellie Fox was 2-for-2 with an RBI while Chelsea Goodacre hit her 21st homer of the year to tie the NCAA lead.

Starter Estela Piñon allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits with a trio of walks and strikeouts in 4.1 innings. She was relieved by Kenzie Fowler (8-5) who walked seven of the 15 batters she faced and gave up five runs on two hits. The senior struck out three in her two innings of relief.

After Inglesby retired the first two batters in the top of the first, Kellie Fox drew a walk and Chelsea Goodacre was hit by a pitch. The two each gained a base on a passed ball. Mauga singled in a run to give the Cats an early lead. Mercado followed with a single of her own to score Goodacre and an error on the UW right fielder allowed Mauga to score from first on the play.

Washington responded with a run in a bizarre bottom of the first. After Arizona appeared to turn two to get out of the frame, however an illegal pitch was called to extend the inning. Kylee Lahners took advantage with an RBI double to the right-centerfield gap, however a perfect relay from Mauga to Fox to Goodacre cut down a runner at the plate to limit the damage to a single run on the play.

Whitney Jones led off the bottom of the second with a home run to cut Arizona’s lead to 3-2.

The Huskies tied the game after a leadoff walk came back to bite Piñon. Fagaly drew the walk, moved to second on Inglesby’s single and scored on an Ali Aguilar double. The Huskies seemed poised to take the lead when Dani Braun hit a shot down the left field line with two runners in scoring position. Chelsea Suitos dove, slid and made the catch to save two runs and end the inning.

UA got the run back in the top of the fourth to retake the lead. Hallie Wilson bunted for a single and was sacrificed to second by Kelsey Rodriguez. Fox one-hopped the centerfield wall for a ground-rule double to score Wilson and put Arizona on top 4-3. Goodacre followed with her 21st homer of the year, a ball crushed to right to give Arizona a 6-3 lead.

Washington tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run Aguilar home run and took the lead on Kelli Suguro’s RBI double.

Wilson hit a solo homer in the top of the sixth to tie the game at seven.

Fowler walked the first two batters she faced in the bottom of the sixth inning before retiring the next two of the inning. After a walk of Aguilar, Fowler got Jones to fly out to left field to end the inning and keep the score tied at seven.

After Arizona squandered an opportunity in the top of the seventh, three walks loaded the bases with one out for Fagaly, who hit a walkoff grand slam to center field.

Arizona and Washington meet in game two of the series Saturday at 7:00 p.m. PDT on the Pac-12 Network.