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Espinoza's Two-Run Home Run Secures Win In Extra Innings

Apr 23, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – SilentRain Espinoza's two-run homer in the eighth inning secured the 9-7 win for the No. 11 Huskies over No. 19 Oregon on Saturday night. Washington improves to 27-11 overall on the season and 8-6 in conference play.
 
Washington got on the board first on a Madison Huskey two-run home run that scored Sami Reynolds in the first inning.
 
The Ducks responded in the bottom half of the inning with six runs that included a grand slam to take the 6-2 lead.
 
With bases loaded in the second, Angie Yellen scored from third on a wild pitch. Following an intentional walk to Baylee Klingler, Brooke Nelson came up and hit her first career grand to retake the lead at 7-6.
 
Oregon tied the game at seven a piece in the fourth on an RBI single.
 
The teams exchanged zeros on the score board over the next three innings to send the contest into extra innings.
 
Megan Vandegrift hit a one-out double in the eighth. Jenn Cummings sent a ball out to center field that Vandegrift was able to make to third on. Espinoza hit her first home run of the season out to left field to take the 9-7 lead.
 
Gabbie Plain struck out three in the bottom half of the inning as the Huskies secured the series over Oregon. Plain tossed 2.1 innings with five strikeouts and two walks.
 
The Huskies and Ducks conclude the series on Sunday for a 3 p.m. first pitch on Pac-12 Networks.
 
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SCORING
 
1st: Madison Huskey two-run home run; Sami Reynolds scored.
1st: Oregon bases loaded walk; one run scored.
1st: Oregon hit by pitch; one run scored.
1st: Oregon grand slam.
 
2nd: Angie Yellen scored on a wild pitch.
2nd: Brooke Nelson grand slam; Baylee Klingler, Sami Reynolds and Jenn Cummings scored.
 
4th: Oregon RBI single.
 
8th: SilentRain Espinoza two-run home run, Megan Vandegrift scored.
 
GAME TWO NOTES
 
Brooke Nelson hit her first career grand slam in the second inning. The Huskies have hit six grand slams this season and two in the series.
 
Madison Huskey recorded home runs in back-to-back games for the second time this season.
 
The Huskies used all five available pitchers in the game for the first time this season.
 
Gabbie Plain won her second game of the series and the 13th of the season.