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Huskies Win Pac-12 Opener Behind Plain's 16 Ks

Mar 19, 2021

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SEATTLE – The #6 Washington Huskies won their Pac-12 opener 2-1 over the #7 Arizona Wildcats in a pitcher's duel. Washington struck early for runs in each of the first two innings, then rode strong defense and a masterful Gabbie Plain performance to the win. The Huskies are 21-2 on the season after tonight's win.

Now the nation's leader in strikeouts after a career-best 16-strikeout performance, Plain allowed only three baserunners all game long. Plain retired the first 12 batters she faced, ten by strikeout, before allowing a solo home run in the fifth. Plain bounced right back, striking out the side after that homer and only allowing one other Wildcat to reach scoring position.

That lone Arizona threat came in the sixth, with the Wildcats putting two runners on base for the first time all game. Plain needed just one pitch to retire Jessie Harper on an easy groundout to the circle, ending Arizona's only opportunity with runners on base all game long. Plain threw a perfect 1-2-3 seventh to end the game.

Offensively, Baylee Klingler and Kelley Lynch were big for the Huskies. Klingler doubled in the first and scored the game's first run. Lynch ripped a solo home run in the second and nearly had another in the sixth, settling for a single on a line drive that hit high off the wall in dead centerfield.

  • First Inning: A misplay in leftfield in heavy wind got the Dawgs on the board. Klingler doubled, then Flores sent a high flyball to the wind that curved away from the fielder. With two outs, Klingler easily scored after the ball skipped out of the outfielder's glove.
  • Second Inning: On a full count, Lynch ripped a ball high and hard out of the park, sailing over the leftfield wall with ease for a 2-0 lead.
  • Fifth Inning: Arizona broke up the perfect game with a solo shot to start the fifth.
  • Plain (7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 16 K) has struck out 10+ in four consecutive starts.
  • Plain has struck out the side in 24 innings and allowed a hit in 25.
  • Plain is now undefeated in her last 15 starts, stretching back to the 2020 season.
  • Klingler (2x3, 2B, R) has scored or driven in a run in eight straight and in 21 of 23 games this season.
  • Klingler has multiple hits in six of her last seven games.

Washington and Arizona will play two games tomorrow, with game one set for 3:30 pm on the Pac-12 Network and game two immediately following.

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