#17 Cal 3, #12 UW 2

Softball loses last home game of season

SEATTLE - Khala Taylor threw two runners out at the plate and scored the eventual winning run on a triple by Danielle Henderson in the top of the third inning as 17th ranked California beat 12th ranked Washington 3-2 in the regular season finale for both teams at Husky Softball Stadium on an 80 degree Saturday afternoon.

With the win the Bears (10-14 Pac-12, 36-17) avoided a sweep of the three game series against the Huskies (16-8, 38-15) and spoiled Senior Day as Saturday's game marked the final regular season home appearance for Jerrin Fa'asua, Shawna Wright and Lindsay Monk.

Washington had a chance for a big inning against starter Jolene Henderson right away in the bottom of the first. Victoria Hayward got hit by a pitch and beat the throw to second on a sacrifice by Hooch Fagaly, putting two runners aboard with none out. Kaitlin Inglesby then singled sharply to left and Hayward attempted to score but Taylor threw a perfect strike to catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt to nail her at the plate. Fagaly took third on the play and scored on another single by Kylee Lahners, but the play by Taylor seemed to give the Bears momentum because they answered in the top of the second with two runs for a 2-1 lead.

Danielle Henderson blooped a single to center and scored when Breana Kostreba drove a one strike pitch from Inglesby over the wall in left field for a two run homer.

In the top of the third, California made it 3-1 when Taylor reached safely on an infield single with one out and scored when Danielle Henderson lined the first pitch from Inglesby off the wall in left for a triple.

The Huskies made it 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the third. Kelli Suguro led off with an infield single to third. Hayward grounded a single to center to put runners on at first and second. After Fagaly grounded into a fielder's choice putout of the lead runner Suguro at third, Inglesby lined an opposite field single into right to plate Hayward.

Then in the bottom of the fifth the Huskies had a great chance to tie the game when Fagaly led off with a line single to left center and took second when Taylor booted the ball for an error. Inglesby then lined a 2-2 pitch to shallow left field for a single. Taylor charged in, fielded the ball and threw another strike home. This one nailed Fagaly by about ten feet.

Despite allowing nine hits, Jolene Henderson (30-8) earned the win with a complete game in the circle. She walked one and struck out four. For the Huskies, Inglesby (21-7) took the loss, going five innings. She allowed six hits and two walks and did not strike out a batter. She fared better at the plate, going 3 for 3. She also walked to reach base in all four plate appearances.

With the regular season complete the Huskies now find out where and when they will play in the upcoming NCAA tournament, with the 64 teams announced at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.

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