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Six Leadoff Ons Lead To 6-3 Husky Win

Apr 2, 2021

SEATTLE – The #6 Washington Huskies took advantage of six leadoff batters reach base, winning 6-3 over the California Golden Bears in a non-conference contest. The Huskies put the first batter of the inning on in every inning of the game and allowed only one of Cal's leadoff batters to reach. Sis Bates and Sami Reynolds had multi-hit games.

Washington is 27-4 on the season now with one more game to play against Cal this weekend. As long as tomorrow's game is completed, this game will not count in the conference standings, going down as a non-conference game.

Washington trailed for just four batters all game long after Cal scored in the first inning. Washington had five different players record RBI: its sixth run came on a steal of home by Bates. Morganne Flores had an RBI and Baylee Klingler scored two runs, though both had their four-game home run streaks come to an end. Flores nearly went yard, hitting a long single that bounced off the wall in right-center.

In the circle, Kelley Lynch worked a strong six innings, striking out a season-high nine batters. Sarah Willis threw a spotless seventh inning to earn her first collegiate save, recording a strikeout along the way. The duo combined for just one walk and ten strikeouts in the game.

Washington's defensive abilities were on display all game as well. Reynolds and Jadelyn Allchin made multiple sliding catches all over the outfield, while Washington's infield routinely squashed out a few dangerous groundballs that looked destined for hits.

SCORING
  • First Inning: Cal scored first for the second straight game, making it 1-0 on a two-out double. The Huskies responded by perfectly executing a first-and-third double steal, with Bates scoring as Klingler drew a throw and Klingler sliding in safely when the defense tried to throw back home, making it 1-1.
  • Third Inning: RBI singles from Noelle Hee and Allchin chased the starter from the game as the Huskies took the lead. A sacrifice fly from Taryn Atlee made it a 4-1 game.
  • Fifth Inning: Cal's first home run of the series made it 4-2.
  • Sixth Inning: Another solo shot from Cal cut the Husky lead to just one run. Washington responded with two runs in the bottom half, on singles by Reynolds and Flores, to push the lead back up to three runs at 6-3.

 

NOTES
  • Bates (2x4, R, 2 SB) set a new career high for steals and is now 12-for-12 on the year.
  • Bates is hitting .487 in her career against Cal.
  • Klingler (0x2, 2 R, BB, HBP) has reached base multiple times in five straight games.
  • Reynolds (2x3, R, RBI) has hits in ten of her last 11 games now.
  • Flores (1x4, RBI) has drive in runs in five straight games, with 11 RBI in that time.
  • Hee (1x3, R, RBI) is hitting .500 with nine runs, five homers, and nine RBI as a starter.
  • Allchin (1x2, RBI) is hitting .467 with five runs and six RBI over her last five games.

The series wraps up tomorrow at 12:00 pm as Washington and Cal face off one final time. That game will be streamed free via the Washington live stream.

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