#12 UW 9, Northwestern 0 (5)

Whitney Jones (Courtesy: UW Media Relations)

SEATTLE - Hooch Fagaly hit a grand slam to cap a six run fifth inning and the 12th seeded Huskies blanked Northwestern 9-0 in five innings in the final of the Washington regional at Husky Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

969 fans saw Kaitlin Inglesby toss her second shutout in as many starts as the Huskies (36-13) advanced to super-regionals for the sixth straight season and ninth time in ten years, missing only in 2008.

The Huskies also outscored the opposition 26-0 in three games and sent the fans home early again following an 8-0 win over Iona in six innings on Thursday and a 9-0 shutout over BYU in five innings on Friday.

Washington played as the designated visiting team on Saturday's game and led 3-0 going into the top of the fifth.

With one out Whitney Jones singled off the glove of pitcher Sammy Albanese and stole second. Dani Braun singled to right to plate Jones for 4-0. A throwing error on the play on right fielder Andrea DiPrima allowed Braun to advance to second. Kelli Suguro and Marki Creger-Zier walked to load the bases and another walk to Victoria Hayward brought home Braun for 5-0.

Fagaly then drilled a 1-0 pitch over the Husky band in the center field bleachers for her eighth homer of the season and a 9-0 lead.

Northwestern made a bid to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Emily Allard and Mari Majam singled with none out, but Inglesby (15-4) preserved the shutout by getting Marisa Bast to fly out to left, DiPrima to tap back to the pitching circle, and Brianna LeBeau to pop out to shortstop Ali Aguilar.

Inglesby finished with a five hitter, walking three and striking out two.

The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first against Kristen Wood (19-11) when they got two runners on via bases on balls and Aguilar grounded a single to right to score Inglesby. Aguilar made it 2-0 in the top of the third when she drove a 1-0 pitch from Wood over the wall in center for her seventh homer of the season.

The score became 3-0 in the top of the fourth when Creger-Zier got hit by a pitch with one out and scored on a line double into the gap in right center by Hayward.

The Huskies will next play the winner of the Florida regional in Gainesville. Should host and fifth seed Florida win the Huskies will travel to face the Gators in a best two of three super-regional from May 22 to 25. If Central Florida can win twice the Huskies would host the Knights.

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