The Washington Huskies Women’s Softball Team Edges Utah 2-1 to Advance to the Women’s College World Series
The Washington Huskies Athletics department does not ask questions IF they will win. The question, rather, hinges upon WHICH sport will the Huskies win at. Today, that answer is Women’s Softball. The Women’s Rowing team had just won the title earlier today in record fashion, by sweeping all three races. And the reason for that is the Washington Huskies edged the Utah Utes 2-1 to advance to the Women’s College World Series.
The Huskies made optimal use of three hits to outscore Utah. The Huskies opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Ali Aguilar opened for the Huskies with a single down the right side. Sis Bates followed that with a walk, advancing Aguilar to second base. After Casey Stangel struck out, Morganne Flores hit a fielders choice. On the play, Aguilar advanced to third, Flores to first and Bates was forced out at second base.
During the next at bat , Taylor Van Zee , the Utah pitcher Katie Donovan became wild and hurled a wild pitch. Aguilar scored on the play and Flores advanced to second. Van Zee walked. Julia DePonte popped out to end the inning. Washington takes an early lead: 1-0.
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The Huskies scored the winning run in the second as Trystan Melhart walked to open the inning. Melthart advanced to second following a clutch single by Kirstyn Thomas. Kelly Burdick sacrificed to advance the runners to second and third. Finally, Ali Aguilar hit a sacrifice fly into right field to score Melhart and give the Huskies a 2-0 lead.
Utah would score a run in the top of the fifth, but the Huskies held on for the 2-1 win.
As a result of the win, the Washington Huskies will move on to face the third-seeded Oregon Ducks in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm pacific time. The winner of the contest advances to face the winner of Oklahoma versus Baylor for game one of the best of three series on June 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm Pacific Time.
Should the Huskies advance further, they will play in the winners best of three for the NCAA championship beginning on June 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm Pacific Time