SEATTLE - Kylee Lahners doubled home Jerrin Fa'asua to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the…
#11 UW 8, #20 Hawaii 0 (5)
The day did not exactly begin on the best note when she walked leadoff batter Kelly Majam in the bottom of the first inning, but she rebounded to retire the next 11 batters, including eight in a row by strikeout. Jessica Iwata broke the streak when she drew a two out walk in the fourth, but Walker then set down the next four batters, three more on strikes, to wrap up the win.
As the designated visiting team, the Huskies wasted no time bringing the metal to Sunday's finale and roughing up Hawaii pitchers Kaia Parnaby (39-7) and Loie Kesterson to the tune of eight runs and 12 hits.
Despite not scoring in the first or the second the Huskies had a pair of runners on in both frames. Only a great throw by right fielder Keiki Carlos, her second in as many games against the Huskies, to nail Hooch Fagaly at home plate kept the game scoreless in the top of the first.
Then in the second, with Huskies on first and second, a fly out by Kelli Suguro ended the inning.
The Huskies finally broke through in the third. Victoria Hayward led off with a line single to left and one out later Kaitlin Inglesby drove a 3-2 pitch into the Husky band beyond the center field wall to put Washington up 2-0. Lahners walked, and after a groundout by Kimberlee Souza, Shawna Wright walked. Whitney Jones then ended Parnaby's day in the circle with her second career homer, a three run shot that landed beyond the bleachers in right field, to put the Huskies ahead 5-0.
The Huskies added three more runs in the top of the fifth against Kesterson. Inglesby grounded a single to center. Mercedes Wetmore pinch ran for Inglesby and took second on a single by Lahners. Souza moved up the runners with a sacrifice, and then Wright singled to center to plate Wetmore for 6-0. Whitney Jones then reached on a single, but Wright got called out for runner's interference, putting Huskies at first and third. Jones and Lahners then executed a double steal, with Jones taking second on the front end and Lahners swiping home on the back, to make it 7-0.
Jennie McNeill then finished the scoring with her third hit of the game, a single to right, to score Jones for 8-0.
The Huskies (41-15) will next travel to Columbia, Missouri to face the sixth seeded Missouri Tigers in a best two of three super-regional with dates and times still to be determined. The Huskies have reached this stage of the tourney for the fifth straight season and eighth time in the last nine years. If they can beat Missouri twice the Huskies will reach the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City for the 11th time.
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