Undefeated Dawgs Take Down Rutgers, No. 8 Arkansas
PUERTO VALLARTA – The No. 7 Washington Huskies defeated Rutgers (9-0, 5) and No. 8 Arkansas (10-5) Saturday in the final day of action at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. The Huskies finish the tournament 5-0, with two wins coming against a top-10 team.
Over a player's first six at-bats of the season, no Husky has ever had six hits. There are instances of 5-for-6, but not 6-for-6. Just last season, Sis Bates started 5-for-5, but hit into a fielder's choice in her sixth at-bat. Through the end of the Rutgers game, in her four collegiate appearances, Olivia Johnson was 6-for-6 with eight RBI, one triple, three home runs and seven walks (FIVE intentional). Her slugging percentage was 2.833. She cooled off in game two against Arkansas, going 1-for-4 with a single.
Gabbie Plain earned the win against Rutgers, and pitched two innings of work to end the Arkansas game. The Australian earned a spot on the all-tournament team, along with Baylee Klingler, who rallied the Huskies with her first career grand slam against the Razorbacks. Johnson was named tournament MVP.
2nd: Sami Reynolds homered to center field, driving in Lily Agan and Rylee Holtorf.
3rd: Kinsey Fiedler hit a solo shot to right center.
4th: Madi Huskey also got in on the home run action, scoring Olivia Johnson (who was intentionally walked) and Reynolds.
5th: Huskey doubled to right center, scoring Jadelyn Allchin (who was on as a pinch runner).
5th: Sarah Willis singled to center field in her first at bat of the game, and sent Huskey home.
Fiedler recorded the first home run of her career, bombing one to right center in the third.
Johnson did not see an at bat, and instead was intentionally walked four times.
2nd: Sami Reynolds doubled to left center, scoring Sarah Willis.
3rd: Kelley Lynch hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Madi Huskey.
6th: Baylee Klingler hit her first career grand slam.
6th: Kinsey Fiedler homered for the second consecutive game, also scoring Huskey.
7th: Huskey singled (2 RBI), scoring Reynolds and Angie Yellen.
Reynolds has doubled in every game this year. This moves her hitting streak to eight games, dating back to last year in the Regionals against Michigan. Eight games is her longest career hitting streak.
After hitting her first career home run in the morning, Fiedler followed it up with a two-run shot against the Razorbacks. She also stood out on the defensive end, snagging a zinger in the top of the fourth.
Huskey drove in two runs, and leads the team this season in RBI (10).
Six different Huskies hit a home run in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge (Johnson, Huskey, Fiedler, Reynolds, Klingler, Willis).
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