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Huskies Advance to Regional Final

May 21, 2022

SEATTLE – The 13-seed Washington Huskies advanced to the Regional final after a 6-1 win over Lehigh on Saturday night in an elimination game.
Washington dropped its opening game of the day to Texas, 8-2. In the first game, the Huskies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first over Texas on a Baylee Klingler two-run home run.
Starting pitcher, Gabbie Plain, had a no-hitter going through five innings when the Texas' Lauren Burke broke it up with a one out single out to center field. Plain and the Huskies defense were able to get out of the inning to keep it a two-run game.
Texas broke through in the sixth to take the 3-2 lead after scoring three unearned runs. The Longhorns tacked on five runs in the seventh to close out the game with the final score of 8-2.
The Huskies waited to find out the result of the Lehigh and Weber State game, in which they saw they would face the Mountain Hawks in the elimination game.
Brooke Nelson got the start vs. Lehigh and tossed six innings, allowing one run with three strikeouts and no walks. Nelson picked up her fifth win of the season.
Washington took the lead in the first on a solo home run by Madison Huskey.
In the top of the fifth, a pair of home runs by Sarah Willis and Kinsey Fielder made it a 3-0 game. Lehigh broke up Nelson's perfect game in the bottom half of the inning on an infield single, but were kept off the board.
The Mountain Hawks brought a run across in the sixth on an RBI single by Emily Cimino, cutting Washington's lead to two at 3-1.
The Dawgs responded by adding three insurance runs in the seventh on a Kelley Lynch home run, an RBI triple from Fiedler and a Klingler RBI base hit for the 6-1 advantage.
Willis came in to toss the final frame and retired the final three batter to advance the Huskies to the Regional final for a rematch with Texas at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
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1st: Baylee Klingler two-run home run. Kinsey Fiedler scored.
6th: Texas reach on error, one run scored (unearned).
6th: Texas RBI single, two runs scored (two unearned).
7th: Texas RBI single, one run scored.
7th: Texas RBI double, three runs scored.
7th: Texas RBI single, one run scored.
1st: Madison Huskey solo home run.
5th: Sarah Willis solo home run.
5th: Kinsey Fiedler solo home run.
6th: Lehigh RBI single, one run scored.
7th: Kelley Lynch solo home run.
7th: Kinsey Fiedler RBI triple, Megan Vandegrift scored.
7th: Baylee Klingler RBI single, Kinsey Fiedler scored.
The Huskies passed their single season home run record after hitting five home runs on Saturday with 89 home runs on the season. The previous single-season record 86, which was setback in 2015.
Brooke Nelson picked up her fifth win season to move to 5-0. In her career, Nelson is 10-0.
The Huskies must win two games on Sunday in order to advance to the Super Regionals next week to face the winner of the Fayetteville Regional.