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Clutch Bases-Loaded At-Bats Make Difference In 4-2 Win

Apr 17, 2021

SEATTLE – The #6 Washington Huskies took another one from the #8 Oregon Ducks, riding strong defense and clutch bases-loaded hitting to a 4-2 victory. Sami Reynolds' second homer of the weekend started the scoring early on.

Two big bases-loaded situations made the difference in the game. The Ducks loaded the bases in the third after taking their only lead of the day, only for Plain to bounce back and get the next batter swining to end the inning. In the fourth, the Huskies loaded the base with one out, with Lilly Agan's walk and Sis Bates' single driving in three runs and putting the Huskies back in front.

Gabbie Plain took advantage of the stellar defense behind her, holding Oregon to just two runs, both in the third inning. Plain struck out six batters in the game as she improved to 22-0 on the year.

Six different Huskies either scored a run or drove one in. SilentRain Espinoza had two hits, while Kelley Lynch drew two walks to give her a fourth straight game drawing at least one walk. Bates and Megan Vandegrift combined for three steals, making the Huskies 5-for-5 on the basepaths this weekend.
 

SCORING
  • Second Inning: Reynolds' second solo shot of the weekend put the Huskies on top early.
  • Third Inning: Oregon answered with a solo shot, Oregon's first run of the series, and an RBI single. Plain would end the bases-loaded threat with her second K, limiting the damage to just two runs.
  • Fourth Inning: The Huskies loaded the bases with just one out to chase the starter. The pitching change didn't faze the Huskies: Agan worked a walk to tie the game, then Bates bounced a single up the middle to score two and make it 4-2.

 

NOTES
  • Reynolds (1x3, HR) has now hit four homers in five career games against Oregon.
  • Reynolds has now more than doubled her career home run total this season, from eight to 17.
  • Bates (1x3, 2 RBI) has RBI in three straight games, all while batting leadoff.
  • In two games this weekend, Bates has four stolen bases.
  • Bates is now 18-for-18 on steals this year. Only Kimi Pohlman in 2012 has had more steals without being caught, going 22-for-22.
  • Noelle Hee (0x1, HBP) has been hit by pitch five times in the last ten games.

The series finishes up tomorrow at 2:00 pm on the Pac-12 Network.

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