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The No. 8 Washington Huskies (42-11, 15-8 Pac-12) defeated the No .13 Utah Utes (33-13, 13-8 Pac-12), 4-2, in eight
innings Friday at Dumke Family Softball Stadium to claim a series win.
Morganne Flores knocked in the winning runs with a two-run double in the top of the eighth, giving her 60 RBIs on the season.
Taylor Van Zee once again led the Husky offense, going 3-for-4. She had six hits on her last nine at bats.
Utah jumped ahead on a RBI single from Anissa Urtez in the first inning.
It took the Huskies six innings to score, but the runs came in on a two-run double from Van Zee. Ali Aguilar was hit by a pitch and advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Sis Bates. Casey Stangel walked and Amirah Milloy entered as pinch runner for the senior lefty. Flores reached first on a fielder’s choice, moving Aguilar to third. Van Zee stepped up to the plate and hit a double to the gap in outfield, plating Aguilar and pinch runner Alyssa Simons.
Washington’s lead didn’t last long as Utah’s BreOnna Castaneda hit an RBI single.
After finishing seven innings tied at 2-2, the teams moved on to extra innings and it was Washington who came out on top. Bates singled to left field and Stangel earned her second walk of the night. Flores then doubled on a 3-2 pitch to send the two home.
Utah got one hit in the bottom of the frame, but the Husky defense held on to the lead for the win.
Pitchers Samantha Manti, Madi Schreyer and Taran Alvelo all saw time in the circle, but it was Alvelo (27-6) who ended the night with the win after allowing no runs and striking out two.
No. 8 Washington Makes A 12 Run Comeback To Sweep No. 13 Utah
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SALT LAKE CITY – After entering the fifth inning down by 11 runs, the University of Washington Huskies made the
biggest comeback of the season to defeat Utah, 13-12, in eight innings on Saturday afternoon.
The Husky offense combined for twelve hits on the day, all but one getting knocked in during the final four innings.
Ali Aguilar pounded her 10th home run of the season off the first pitch from Utah’s starter, Katie Donovan.
Senior Casey Stangel went 3-for-3 on Saturday, totaling four RBIs.
Taylor Van Zee came up big for the Dawgs, knocking in the game-winning run in the eighth inning and getting the final out of the game at third base.
Washington took an early 1-0 lead when lead-off hitter Aguilar swung at the first pitch and sent the ball over the fence for a solo home run.
Utah’s Hannah Flippen answered back in the bottom of the frame with a two run homer to steal the lead.
Flippen hit an RBI triple over Casey Stangel’s head in left field for her second RBI of the day. She was plated on a single from Anissa Urtez to extend the lead to 4-1. Two more runs were brought in after Alyssa Barrera hit a
bases-clearing double to center field.
In the third inning, Utah extended its lead to 10-1 after an RBI single from BreOnna Castaneda. Flippen then stepped
up to the plate and hit a three-run homer to left field, her second of the day.
Two more Utah runs were brought in during the fourth inning, the first off a wild pitch from Kristin Cochran. The final run came on a bases-loaded walk, extending the Utes’ lead to 12-1.
Washington put four more runs on the board in the fifth inning after A bases-loaded walk pushed Trysten Melhart home from third. With Aguilar and Kelly Burdick both in scoring position, Stangel hit a two-run single to right field. Morganne Flores then hit a sacrifice fly to right, bringing in Sis Bates, who had previously reached on a fielder’s choice.
With the Huskies’ four runs scored in the fifth, they avoided ending the game by mercy rule. The Utes led, 12-5,
heading into the bottom of the inning and the Husky defense retired the lineup in order to move on to the sixth.
The Husky offense continued to produce, scoring six runs in the sixth inning. Julia DePonte led off with a walk. Trysten Melhart reached first on a fielder’s choice and pushed pinch runner, Maggie Gallagher, to second. Kirstyn Thomas also reached on a fielder’s choice, moving Melhart to third. Aguilar singled up the middle, plating Melhart and Thomas.
Bates then singled to left field moving Aguilar to scoring position. Stangel cleared the bases with a two-run double. She scored on an RBI double from Flores. The final run of the inning came from Van Zee with an RBI single through the left side, sending Flores home.
Washington ended the sixth trailing by only one run, 12-11.
In the seventh inning, Washington stayed alive when Thomas reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a groundout from Burdick. With the tying run in scoring position, Aguilar grounded to second, sending Thomas home.
Washington’s defense retired the Utes’ lineup in order, forcing the game into extra innings.
Stangel led off with a single to left and advanced to second on a wild pitch from the Utes’ third pitcher, Hailey Hillburn.
Flores then grounded out, moving Stangel to third. With one out, Van Zee hit a sacrifice fly to right field and brought in Stangel for the game-winning run.
The Utes were unable to catch up to the Huskies’ one run lead in the bottom of the eighth, giving Alvelo her 28th win of the season.
Source- Communication Services Washington Athletics