The Washington Huskies drew ever so close to the Finals of the WCWS. But after losing to Oklahoma to enter the elimination round, the team fell to the Florida Gators 5-2
The Washington Huskies came in third place in the Women’s Championship World Series. Well, there’s not really a “third place”, but the Huskies suffered their only losses of the series to the number one and two teams in the Women’s Championship World Series tournament: Oklahoma and Florida.
The Washington Huskies lost to the Oklahoma Sooners on Friday June 2 by the score of 3-1. That loss sent the Huskies into the elimination round where the team faced off against the UCLA Bruins.
Once more, the Huskies advanced beyond the June 3 contest on great pitching and defense, blanking UCLA 1-0 to advance.
End Of The Line
Ultimately, the Washington Huskies bats needed to arrive. The team had gotten past Utah 2-1. The team opened the series with a 3-1 win over Oregon, further mystifying the lack of offensive punch. The inevitable finally happened when the team fell to Oklahoma 3-1, again without much punch to their bats. After defeating another PAC-12 opponent UCLA 1-0, the team scored two runs on just two hits against the Gators.
Pitcher Taran Alvelo was the hero for the Washington Huskies throughout the WCWS. Her pitching accounted for 28.1 innings. But she simply ran out of gas against the Gators, who shelled her for four runs on five hits in one and a third innings.
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Alvelo came out of the game with a score of 4-0. But it was not until the bottom of the seventh inning that the Huskies found some offense. With two outs, third baseman Taylor Van Zee reached second on an error. Julia Duponte then homered to right field, drawing the Huskies to within three at 5-2. But Trysten Melhart grounded to first to end the inning and the game.
The only other hit for the Huskies was a bunt single by Van Zee in the second inning.
The Washington Huskies end the season at 50-15. In the series champions series, the team was 2-2. Both wins, curiously, came at the expense of competing PAC-12 teams Oregon and UCLA.